Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Astrology: Sagittarius Traits and Correspondences for the New Age!

Sagittarius Info Plus Crystals and Gemstones to Help Balance Sagittarian Energy

Dates: November 22 – December 21
Sanskrit Name: Dhanu धनु (means an archer, a half human-half beast centaur)
Symbol: Archer

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rhodonite Correspondences: Metaphysical and Physical Qualities

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Rhodonite

Name: Rhodonite

Also Known as: Manganese Inosilicate

Family: Pyroxenoid

Hardness: 5.5-6.5

Rhodonite Bracelet by DHD

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beautiful Raku Beads

I have been up to my elbows in these amazing raku ceramic beads that I got for this month's DHD subscription box projects. Two great pieces of jewelry have been made for subscribers using these plus some other beads in different sizes and a few silver ones thrown in for good measure. ⠀ ⠀ 

I just love how this 16th-century Japanese craft is still used today to create such beauty. It uses porcelain and glazes to create beads, small sculptural elements, and other items, each being unique due to the handmade nature and the Raku process.

Most types of pottery are loaded into a cold kiln where the firing proceeds slowly until the desired temperature is reached. This firing cycle may take anywhere from 8-24 hours or more. When the kiln has reached temperature, it is shut off and allowed to cool enough to be able to remove the ware using bare or lightly gloved hands. The cooling cycle may last from 12-24 hours or longer. The item is considered finished when it is taken from the kiln. 

In raku, the pieces are preheated and loaded into a hot kiln. The firing proceeds at a rapid pace with the wares reaching a temperature in as short a cycle as 15-20 minutes. Glaze maturity is judged by the trained eye without the use of measuring devices. When the firing is determined to be completed the wares are immediately removed from the kiln. Since at this point the glaze is molten, tongs or other lifting devices are used. 

At this point, the process is still not complete. The beads are put into a container with combustible material such as sawdust, or leaves and allowed to smoke. The atmosphere created reacts and affects the glazes and clay and imparts unique effects and surfaces to the wares. When the beads have cooled, they are washed with an abrasive cleaner to remove all residue of soot and ash. What remains is called Raku.

I really am looking forward to hearing what my subscribers think of the jewelry that was created from these great beads!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Easy Ways To Achieve The Best Autumn Self-Care

While many people love the changes that fall brings, for others it can be a real challenge. Stress on the body, as we move into darker days and colder weather, and the mental stress of the holidays combine during this time. This combination makes it necessary to have a plan for self-care in place. Taking time to plan now will help avoid stress or "not

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Sneak Peek For You!

The Dancing Happy Dragonfly subscription box for October is being put together as we speak. I am working on the jewelry (of course!) and gathering all the gift items, crystals and goodies that are to be included in this month's boxes.

It is such a blessing to curate, locate and bring together so many items that bring sparkle and shine to the lives of my subscribers, each in a different way.  I send out "a little bit of happy in a box," as I like to say! 

It is so important to take care of yourself, take time to just "be" and to help those less fortunate. My subscribers appreciate this and I know they are pleased and proud to be doing this so easily by subscribing. I know I certainly am grateful for the opportunity to help them all and am truly happy to have met so many fantastic people in the process! 

On that note:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Get Results:12 Best Ways to Cleanse your Crystals

There are several different methods of cleansing crystals that can be easily used. Personal choice will dictate which you gravitate to, but generally speaking, most people find certain methods work better for them than others and they will use this method or methods on most occasions.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Labradorite Correspondences - Metaphysical and Physical Qualities

Labradorite Crystal Healing Metaphysical Correspondences

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Labradorite

Name: Labradorite

Also Known as: Black Moonstone, Feldspar, Spectrolite

Family: Plagioclase, Tectosilicate

Hardness: 6-6.5


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Rainbow Moonstone

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Rainbow Moonstone

Name: Rainbow Moonstone

Also known as: Labradorite, Plagioclase Feldspar

Family: Labradorite

Hardness: 6-6.5


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Moss and Tree Agate

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Moss Agate

Name: Moss Agate

Also known as: Mocha Stone, Moosachat, Agate Mousseuse, Birthing Crystal, Gardener’s Stone

Family: Chalcedony, Quartz

Hardness: 6.5-7


Sunday, July 30, 2017

A friend is doing her first fashion show!

I love when I get to collaborate with someone. It is not only a lot of fun but it gets me thinking of new ways to incorporate what I do. It also allows me to stretch myself as an

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

So happy to have finished...

Happy to say that I have finished and shipped this huge wholesale order. 250 pieces later and many, many overtime hours last week. I am one tired girl! but it is totally worth it all.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Red Jasper

Name: Red Jasper
Also Known as: Stone of Fairness and Justice, Jasper, Red Calcedony, The Nurturer's Stone, Imperial Red Jasper
Family: Quartz, Chalcedony
Crystal System: Triagonal
Hardness: 6.5-7

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Recently, I was asked if I really made all the jewelry I sell....

via Instagram

 Why, yes! Yes I do. See my hands? They are covered in the resin that I also created. Working on handmade items can be a messy business but it is so worth the effort!

That being said: I see so much fraud in the handmade world today. Especially with jewelry.  Cheap junk imports that people pretend to make themselves.  I would estimate that almost half the "designers" out there participate in some kind of fraud. It may be "only" one or two of their items but they are still doing it and I get pretty upset about the whole thing.

Here at DHD that will NEVER happen. No way, no how. If I did not make an item I carry I tell you straight because I treat everyone like I would want to be treated. I come from that old school of belief that you should really do what you say and be honest as the day is long. Always.

I understand I can't be the only person you ever come to for everything. Just do me a favor and check out whoever you are buying from, especially online. If you have never seen their work in progress be sceptical! Ask them where they source their materials, how long they have been creating and other questions until you feel comfortable that they are making what they say they are.

#madeinusa #DHD #dawnhilldesigns #handmadeisbetter #connecticut #madeinct #madebyhand #madeinamerica #jewelry #jewelrydesigner #jewelrymaking #jewelrygram #handmadewithlove

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Another custom order ready to be picked up this morning! #DHD

Another custom order ready to be picked up this morning. My first foray into soft soldering. Not bad for an old lady, just winging it! I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks! I was really apprehensive about diving into this one but when a customer comes to you and knows EXACTLY what she HAS to have you make it happen!

This features a bow and arrow center that I created from wire, a filigree connector and a moon and pentacle charm plus a rainbow moonstone teardrop. The sides were created with black obsidian and rainbow moonstone beads plus some pretty Celtic moon connectors. More photos coming soon!