Radiant Rainbows! - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade



The monsoon season is still going on here in the Desert Southwest.  Most every afternoon, the sky clouds, the wind starts to howl, thunder can be heard and lightning seen . . . and if we are lucky, rain falls.  As happens so often here, our house can get a deluge but a friend just a few block away may only get a few sprinkles.  If the rain ends at just the right time, a magical rainbow can be seen towards the east.  Sometimes a paler secondary - or even very pale triple - rainbow forms.  A colorful, visual gift!  The photo above shows part of a double rainbow (that tried to turn into a triple rainbow).  At the end of this post is a single rainbow, both taken with my trusty camera.





RED:  Red Poppies Dog Bandana Handmade by Donna of SewAmazin



Basically, a rainbow is composed of millions of raindrops hanging in the atmosphere. Rainbows are caused by the natural refraction and reflection of light in droplets of water, much like light through a prism. Sunlight hitting a raindrop is refracted on the surface of the raindrop and then enters the droplet. Once refraction occurs, the light breaks up into seven colors inside the raindrop; it is then reflected to the other side of the raindrop.  The angle of reflection as the light exits the raindrop determines the specific color that is seen; only one color is seen coming from each raindrop.  Since rainbows appear on the side of the sky that is directly opposite the sun, each band of light is reflecting at the exact same angle.


The seven colors in a rainbow are, from top to bottom:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  To remember the colors in their order, a helpful mnemonic device is used (one that I hope the students that were in my 6th grade science classes still remember!).  Remember this man’s name:  ROY G BIV, the letters representing the first letter of the colors of a rainbow. If a secondary rainbow forms, the colors are reversed due to even more complicated angles of refraction and reflection.




ORANGE :  Tejana Collection Mexican Choker Necklace with Orange Graduated Beads Handmade by Gloria of Chrystalis Tribal Jewelry



Since rainbows are eagerly awaited, this seemed like a great time to focus in on artisan handmade beauties found in rainbow colors.  The first seven items represent the individual colors of a rainbow and the last three represent the rainbow itself.  I hope you enjoy these choices from Indiemade artist friends!




YELLOW:  Hand Knit Baby Girl Sleeveless Sundress Tunic in Yellow Handmade by Cathy of CraftingMemories 




GREEN:  Small Earrings with Dark Green Jasper Stones and Antiqued Sterling Silver Handmade by Pamela of Pebbles at My Feet




BLUE:  Crocheted Blue Boho Bib Necklace with Feathers Handmade by Jacki of Christie Cottage 




INDIGO:  Hand Knit Navy, Teal and Purple Shoulder Shawl Handmade by Nancy of Nancy's Knots, Lace and More




VIOLET:  Venetain Glass Lilac Violet Earrings with Crystals and Pearls Handmade by LInda of Linda Landig Jewelry




RAINBOW:  Multicolored "Le Jardin" Dichroic Glass Pendant Handmade by Umeboshi Jewelry Designs




RAINBOW:  Copper Rainbow Chevron Drops Hand Painted with Ice Resin Pair, 1 Pair, Handmade by Kristi of Kristi Bowman Design




RAINBOW:  Swarovski Crystal and Sterling Silver Chakra Rainbow Yoga Earrings Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs






I hope you have enjoyed each and every one of these colorful handmade creations that together form beautiful rainbows! If you would like to make my day and the day of the talented artists featured, please leave a comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!



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Great picks.

Nice selections.

Rainbow Love!!

What a great idea, fun to scroll through all the rainbow colored items you chose!! :)

Beautiful selections,

Beautiful selections, Catherine. Thank you for including my knit dress. Shared all.

Love the rainbow. I don't see very many rainbow's here, though we have had a lot of rain this year.


Thanks so much for including our new red poppy bandana in your rainbow selections.

Pinned and scheduled tweets for all!

So pretty


Tweeted all

Congratulations on your sale Catherine

Rainbows are magic

Everyone knows that rainbows are magic. Your scientific explanation is no doubt correct, but I want magic in my life please. Rainbows are mystical and awe inspiring and such an incredible inspiration for artists! Thanks for sharing all the beautiful rainbow and brightly colored works. Each is a pleasure to behold and all have just a bit of magic in them too!

We've had some beautiful

We've had some beautiful double and faint triple rainbows this season, too. The monsoon has settled down a bit for us, but its welcome rains have helped keep central Colorado beautifully green this summer. Thanks for including my pebble earrings for the G for green line in your fab rainbow selections.


I'm always so impressed with all the themes you come up with for your posts. Choose one item for each color of the rainbow is super creative. Thanks for including my earrings.

Lovely picks! Thanks so much

Lovely picks! Thanks so much for including my necklace.

Nice selections

Nice selections for rainbow colored items.

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