Forest Lodge Bracelet

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  March’s components were made by the talented Jo Tinley of Daisy Chain Extra.  Each member of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus five other artists were given a copper lentil bead that Jo had made for us.  To read more about how Jo made these copper beads, go to Making Hollow Beads.

The beads had different surface textures, as you can see from the pictures.  The bead I received had a textured surface created by the rounded end of a ball peen hammer.

I love the copper beads, but I ran into a couple of challenges while creating my bracelet.  Although challenges can be a bit frustrating, I kind of like the way the problem solving process makes me think more creatively.  I knew I wanted to pair Jo’s copper lentil bead with other flat or lentil shaped beads, but it took a bit of searching to find beads that would not over-power Jo’s bead in terms of color or size.  I finally found a Kazuri bead that was a perfect fit.

Forest Lodge Bracelet

Forest Lodge Bracelet

The greater challenge was that I wanted to have multiple strands of glass seed beads in the back of the bracelet.  My plan was to use 5 strands of beading wire.  I wanted the wires to be separated when they ran through the seed beads, but to be strung all together when running through the larger beads.  Nice idea, but it didn’t work.

Forest Lodge Bracelet

Forest Lodge Bracelet

It turned out that the copper lentil would only accept one strand of beading wire.  So I needed to figure out a way to taper the number of threads going through the lentil, without letting the mechanics of the transition be visible.  I worked this out by crimping all 5 strands and then  trimming the strands down to one  and hiding the crimps under the solid turquoise beads.  I finished the bracelet with a spiral brass hook I made. I’m  pleased with how it all turned out.

Forest Lodge Bracelet

Forest Lodge Bracelet

I named this piece the “Forest Lodge Bracelet” because last week my husband and I took a day trip to the magnificent Lake Quinault Lodge.  Nestled in the woods on the shores of Lake Quinault, this traditional lodge was built in 1926.  Everything about it exudes tranquility and relaxation.  It seemed like the perfect way to name the bracelet!

Lake Quinault Lodge

Lake Quinault Lodge

I really enjoyed designing with Jo’s handmade copper bead and I’d encourage you to check out both her component shop, Daisychain Extra, as well as her jewelry shop, Daisychain Jewellery.  Now go have fun discovering what the other jewelry designers have created with these copper lentil beads!  Just click on the picture below to get links to the other participating blogs.

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I am always delighted to read your comments!  Hope to hear from you.

Linda

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New Wire Coiling Tool

 News Day Tuesday

Welcome to News Day Tuesday -  the day for jewelry updates and snippets of life.

Wire Coiling Gizmo

Last week I shared a wrapped wire bangle bracelet that I learned how to make in Kerry Bogert’s e-course, Aspire To Wire.  The wires in that bracelet were wrapped around a core wire by hand. The hand work is necessary when creating a long coil.  When 5 inches or less coiled wire is needed, then you can use a nifty tool called the Wire Coiling Gizmo.  Kerry included a little video showing how to use this tool and I got one right away.

colored wire and coiling tool

wire coiling gizmo

It’s a deceptively simple tool.  Its the kind of thing that makes you think:  “Why didn’t I think of that?!”  The deluxe model comes with an attached  C-clamp, otherwise you have to use a separate clamp.  You clamp it to a table and choose the size mandrel you want.  Those metal things on the left are the mandrels.  I chose the thinnest mandrel, because I wanted a wire coil that I could use with earrings.  I selected some 20 gauge purple wire and wrapped the tail around the crank handle to stabilize it.  I unrolled a bunch of wire from the spool–you can see the wire hanging down below the table.  And then I started cranking, around and around.  Viola!  A purple coil!

purple wire coil

Wire coiling gizmo with purple wire wrapped evenly around the mandrel.

Well it wasn’t quite that easy.  I learned a bit from this first attempt.  You have to apply an even, moderate tension on the wire and angle it “just so” to keep the wire wrapping evenly.  If I held it too tight or at the wrong angle,  then either the wire had gaps between the wraps or, more often, several loops of wire piled up on top of one another.  Then I had to unwind them, smooth them out and try again.  I imagine this gets much easier with practice.  When Kerry demonstrated the Coiling Gizmo, she wound that wire so quickly and it was perfect!  I also think that when using the small mandrel, it would be better to use 22 or even 24 gauge wire.  The 20 gauge wire was so thick that it tended to bend the mandrel.  I’ve got several ideas for using this purple coil.  I’ll show some of them for the next AJE earring reveal in 2 weeks.

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A Thank You Card

There are a few other creative pursuits that I enjoy, in addition to designing jewelry.  I like floral arranging and making my own cards.  My daughter’s boyfriend thoughtfully gave me a pretty flower stamp and ink pad for Christmas, (along with an awesome bottle of brandy!).  So naturally I used the new stamp to create a Thank You card for he and my daughter.  I stamped the flower  on ivory colored card stock.  Colored the center with a yellow pencil and cut out the flower.

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Stamped and cut-out flower

Thank you card

I pressed a little sticky square of foam on the back of the flower, so it would be raised a bit from the surface of the card.  I added ribbon and some stick on cork letters and it was good to go.

handmade thank you card

Completed card

Did you know that I am always delighted to read your comments?  I am!  Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Its A Wrap

 Tuesday News Day

Welcome to News Day Tuesday -  the day for jewelry updates and snippets of life.

Wired Bangle Bracelet

To follow up on last week’s post, I finished the wrapped and twined bracelet I was making for my friend’s birthday.  I was complaining of sore hands from the wire work, last week, but then I got the idea to use one of those gripper things you have in the kitchen to open jar lids.  It gripped the wire much more firmly than my hand could.  That enabled me to lighten my grip on the wire.  The next day I was able to complete the bangle without any pain!

I started out with over 8 feet of wire!  It looked like this to start.

wire wrapped jewelry

Wire Bangle in progress

I’m taking an e-course from Kerry Bogert to improve my wire-working skills.  You can see that its my first attempt.  There are patches where the wire wrapping has gaps, but there are also spots where it looks pretty good.  Practice makes better.

learning to make a wire wrapped bangle bracelet

Wire Bangle in progress

When I finished the bangle, I decided to add a matching bead dangle.  Here’s the finished project.  My friend loves it and told me she was proud of me for always striving to broaden my skill set.

Aspire To Wire Bracelet

Twined Wire Bracelet

I’m excited because the next project that I’m going to attempt in Kerry’s class is a variation on this bracelet, that also includes an artisan focal bead that is wired onto the bracelet.  I’m hoping to be able to get started on it, on Wednesday.

Twined Wire Bracelet

Twined Wire Bracelet

Green Spindle Earrings

I gave a sneak peek of these earrings a couple of weeks ago, but I’d never gotten around to listing them in my shop–till now!  The Green Spindle earrings feature lovely artisan-made ceramic dangles by Marti’s Buttons and Beads.  These earring have a fairly simple design, but I love the graceful shape of the ceramic dangles with the pretty glass beads that are accented with tiny pink rosettes.

handmade ceramic and glass earrings

Green Spindle Earrings

handmade ceramic and glass bead earrings.

Green Spindle Earrings

View these earrings in my shop here.

Did you know that I am always delighted to read your comments?  I am!  Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Chinook Jewelry Design Partner

I have been very fortunate, this month, to be able to collaborate with Mellisa Essenburg of Chinook Jewelry.  I was given one of her beautifully patterned ceramic buttons to create this necklace, which I titled “Turquoise Tide“.

Handmade necklace by Linda Landig,with turquoise ceramic pendant

Turquoise Tide Necklace

I love ceramic where the glaze pools in darker colors in the recessed portions, while the raised portions remain white!  When I saw that the button that Mellisa had sent me was just this way, I thought:  “YES!”, (fist pump!).

I looped a piece of gold sari silk through the holes in the button, for a soft and pretty accent.  Then I added a ring of glass seed beads to suspend the button-pendant from the necklace.

Handmade necklace by Linda Landig,with turquoise ceramic pendant

Turquoise Tide Necklace

The round faceted beads are amazonite (a semi-precious stone). The little gold spacer beads with the rounded edges are vintage German glass.  The gold colored stones near the chain are agates that have been accented by lacy looking antiqued bronze bead caps.

Turquoise Tide Necklace

Turquoise

The uniquely shaped turquoise, tear drop shaped beads are from Wynnwoods Gallery in Port Townsend, WA.   Port Townsend, a beautiful Victorian seaport town, is my favorite place in the state of Washington.  And a big bonus is that there is a truly awesome bead store there, where I can always find the most unique and wonderful beads!

Turquoise Tide Necklace

Turquoise Tide Necklace

The back of the necklace is finished in antiqued bronze chain, which fastens with a hook and eye clasp on the side, near an agate.

Turquoise Tide” is now available at Linda Landig Jewelry.

Handmade  Necklace of ceramic, amazonite, gold agate, vintage glass, glass and brass.

Turquoise Tide Necklace

Four talented designers were chosen to work with ceramics from Chinook Jewelry this month.  Please check out their blogs, too, to see more jewelry that features ceramics from Chinook Jewelry:

Cilla Watkins of Tell Your Girlfriends Blog:  Tell Your Girlfriends

Patty Gasparino  of  The Junquerie  Blog: My Life Under The Bus

Hope Smitherman of Crafty Hope  Blog: Crafty Hope

Bead Table Wednesday: Disorderly Conduct (in the studio)

BTW: Disorderly Conduct

…in the studio

If you read the interview with me on the Pacific Northwest ArtFire Guild Blog, it will come as no surprise to you that my work surface is a constant disaster.  I usually have numerous projects going at once.  And I’d rather design jewelry than clean up after myself.  I did include a studio picture with the interview and it looks half-way decent, but I neatened things up before taking that picture.

So I’m coming clean about not being clean.  Here’s how the studio really looks!

handmade jewelry in progressHow do I even find what I am working on????  Here’s a close up of the mess on the left.

Messy table top with handmade jewelry in progress.

Here’s the little blue bowl that is on the upper right in the picture above.

Black bracelets in a blue bowl

Work in progress

These bracelets were commissioned by a friend’s mother.  Her mother had bought a similar bracelet from me and received compliments from her friends.  So she decided she wanted to gift her friends with matching bracelets.  The only problem was that I couldn’t find the exact same black and pink floral beads – I only had 1 left in my stash.  These are similar and I hope they will be OK, (I do like the originals better, though).

I’ve finished one bracelet and just have to add the clasp to the second one.

Handmade bracelet by Linda Landig

Black and pink custom bracelet

Here are a pair of heart earrings I am working on.  I don’t like that extra silver ring above the heart.  It looks too gangly to me.  I may remove it.  What do you think?

Handmade Heart and lampwork earring

Heart and lampwork earring (Lampwork by Radiant Mind)

And last of all, I’m already laying out ideas for a heart necklace.  The photo makes the ceramic heart look blue, but it is really lavender and it pairs well with this lampwork bead, which I’ve had for a long time, (unfortunately I no longer remember who made it).

valentines day necklace in progress

Ceramic heart (by Bohulleybeads) and lampwork glass bead

Well now you have the truth of the matter.  I make pretties while I act disorderly!

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Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

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Bead Soup Blog Party – Welcome!

Bead Soup Blog Party

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party!  Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is the amazing organizer of an event that now spans five continents and 21 countries!  This is the fourth Bead Soup Blog Party that Lori has organized and the second one in which I have participated.

Here’s how it works:  Lori paired up all the participants.  We all sent our partners a special focal bead or pendant, a pretty clasp and some accompanying beads.  We could add anything to this “bead soup” that we wanted.  We all made one or more pieces of jewelry and today we are sharing what we have created!

My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner

My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner was Lori Dorrington.  Lori is a lampwork artist (handmade glass) and a jewelry designer.  She has a blog called, “Lori’s Adventures in Etsyland” and she has an online shop called, Lori’s Glassworks.  Here is a picture of the wonderful beady goodies that Lori sent me.

Beads from Lori Dorington

Bead Soup from Lori Dorington

Clockwise from the left, we have Lori’s pretty lampwork glass beads, tiger-eye beads and a clasp, some small green pearls and garnets.

My Bead Soup Necklace

I knew right away that I would make one of the lampwork beads into a pendant and that I’d like to have two strands in the front, with the other two lampwork beads serving as a transition from two strands to one strand.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Focal Bead

I purchased some little bead caps to add importance to the lampwork and I bought this cool leaf chain that I dangled from the end of the lampwork focal. The lower necklace strand is mostly garnet, with some pearl highlights and the upper strand is mostly pearls, with one cream-colored lampwork bead in the middle.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

I’ve been designing this necklace in my head for several weeks now, but last week I suddenly remembered that I had some hand dyed silk in a deep red.  I found it in my stash and it was a perfect match!
I’d never finished a necklace with textiles before, so I had to push myself into new territory–which is the exact purpose of this exercise.  I added some fine copper chain to give added strength to the ribbon in the back.  I don’t particularly like necklaces where the ribbon just ties in the back, so I finished it with copper cones and the clasp that Lori sent me.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

The transition (see above) was a little tricky for me.  At first I had larger beads where the two strands come together, beneath the lampwork, but it was too bulky and the strands jutted out awkwardly.  So I re-strung that portion of the necklace using smaller beads.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Spiced Cranberries Necklace

I named it the “Spiced Cranberries Necklace“, because the deep reds remind me of the cranberries that grow so well here in the Pacific Northwest, along the coast. And here’s a little bonus:  click on the link, if you’d like a yummy recipe for a Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider Drink.

A Giveaway

I also made some earrings with the tiger-eye beads that Lori sent me.  I placed a copper wafer and a green Czech glass bead above the tiger-eye and then I topped the earrings off with a small mookite bead.

These earrings will be given away as a “thank you” for visiting my blog during this blog hop.  All you have to do to be entered to win the earrings is to leave a comment on today’s blog post.  You must include your email address, or your link must lead to a blog or other website where is it easy for me to locate your email address.  If I cannot find your email address, I will choose someone else.  This giveaway will be open until the end of the month.  The winner will be chosen using an online random number generator.

Tiger-eye, glass copper and mookite earrings.

Bead Soup Giveaway Earrings

The Blog Hop

Here is a list of all the Bead Soup Blog Party participants.  Have fun visiting as many people as you can.  I know this list is overwhelming, so I want to thank you for visiting my own little corner of the bead blog world.  I sincerely appreciate it.

These are the partner pairs.
The Hostess with the Mostess (!), Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke
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19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel
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You are here!     118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington
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For a total of 362 people making jewelry!

Bead Table Wednesday: Custom Lanyard

BTW: Practice and Patience

Custom Lanyard

My next door neighbor saw my Blue Iris Necklace when she was at my Artisan Home Party a couple of weeks ago.  She asked if I could design a lanyard for her, using a similar design.  “Sure, no problem.”, I said.

Blue Iris Necklace.

Blue Iris Necklace

The  Blue Iris Necklace had been part of Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party, where participants had exchanged clasps and a pendant with another beader.   Stringing the lanyard in a similar design was easy.  The challenge came, unexpectedly, when it was time to create the clasp.  My Bead Soup Blog Party partner had been Elisabeth Auld of Beads For Busy Gals.  Elisabeth had made the clasp and pendant herself.  But, really, I thought, how hard could the clasp be???  Meanwhile 5 clasps later…

This is the loop end of Elisabeth’s clasp.  I wired on the iolite briolettes and the Swarovski crystals.

Blue Iris necklace, clasp close upI tend to get impatient when I can’t master something as easily as I think I should be able to.  The tricky part in this clasp, is that the hook portion has two parallel wires–or rather they are supposed to be perfectly parallel.  Mine weren’t!

Over the years, my impatience has been tempered somewhat by the realization that what was once infuriating, becomes easy or at least easier, with repeated practice.  Some of the things I do now, without a thought, such as making wrapped loops, were once formidable learning tasks.  So, I made about 5 clasps, several of which got cut up and tossed in the waste basket.    Here’s the final clasp.

handmade hook and eye claspHere’s the lanyard this morning, just before I attached the clasp.

lanyard design, just before completionAll Done!

Lanyard of rock crystal, iolite, lampwork beads and glass

Custom lanyard. Lampwork glass by Beads and Botanicals, rock quartz, iolite, Swarovski crystal, glass

I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

 

Bead Table Wednesday: Meadow Necklace

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

I made a necklace with a gorgeous ceramic clay pendant from Shaterra Clay Studio and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  I was holding it up to admire it last night when…awk…I found a mistake!  See, look, I messed up the pattern of the little tan jasper beads!  So now this necklace is back on my bead table, to be re-strung.  I hate re-stringing!!!  By the time this blog is published though, I’ll have it fixed and listed in my ArtFire studio.

I named this necklace Meadow.  Don’t you just love this pendant?  It was the inspiration for the color scheme for the rest of the necklace.

Ceramic flower pendantGoing with the flower theme, I finished the necklace with this great brass filigree leaf  clasp from Israel.

brass fillagree leaf shaped toggle claspMeadow is now available (without bead-pattern errors!) in my ArtFire Studio.

Ceramic Clay pendant with two flowersI encourage you to hop over to  the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

Bracelet Giveaway!

Celebration

I feel like celebrating spring, my grandson’s first birthday (Happy Birthday, Riley!)  and I promised my Facebook fans that I’d do a giveaway when my jewelry page hit 700 fans.  I’m so grateful to everyone who has “liked” my page.  700!  I can hardly believe it!  I posted a query regarding which color people would like for the giveaway bracelet and people are wanting purple.  So I got to work…

I knew I wanted to do a two strand bracelet with a button clasp.  This style of bracelet is just plain fun to make (and wear!).  So I dumped out all my vintage glass buttons and started sorting through them.

multi colored vintage glass buttonsI chose this gorgeous vintage purple glass button.

vintage purple glass button

Next I got out all my purple beads that might possibly work for this bracelet.  I sorted through them and selected the ones I liked best.  I placed those on my work table.

purple beads in ziplock baggiesI made a beaded loop to fit around the button.

puple beads in a loopI strung the beads…

two strands of purple glass beads before the clasp is added…and finished the bracelet.

two strand purple beaded bracelet with purple vintage glass button clasp.So all that’s left to do now is for you to enter the giveaway.  Here’s how.

Bracelet Giveaway

Head over to my shop and find one piece of jewelry that you like.  Copy the title and then hop back here (it’s easy if you open two pages in your browser).  Leave a comment here stating the name of the piece of jewelry that you like, (not required, but nice: say why you like it).  That’s it – you are entered to win.

Want two chances to win?  Go to my Facebook page.  Scroll down a little bit and find the thread about this giveaway.  Choose a different piece of jewelry that you like and enter the name on my Facebook giveaway thread.  Viola, you are entered twice!

I will number each entry and use an online random number generator to determine the winner.  Giveaway closes at 5:00 pm PST on Friday April 15, 2011.  I will post the winner on Saturday morning, April 16th.  Be sure I have contact info for you.  Good luck!

Bead Table Wednesday – Playing With Wire & Chain

{BTW – Bead Table Wednesday.  A weekly look at work in progress on my bead table.}

Having Fun

I’m having fun switching things up and just playing with my beads right now.  I’ve  made several “serious” necklaces and bracelets recently, for the Artisan Wedding Fair in which I participated.  You know, serious stuff like: white pearls, faceted gemstones, rhinestones and sterling silver.

So today I’m playing with a completely opposite style of jewelry.  I’m using black-coated copper-core wire and gunmetal colored chain to make a whimsical, casual, long necklace.  You can see the beginnings of it below.

Bead Table WednesdayThe ceramic rounds are the sale beads I bought at Michaels and wrote about last week, on Bead Table Wednesday.  I’ve combined them with some handmade felt beads, some speckled African beads, some carnelian and various other interesting beads from my stash.  I’d hoped to include the calcite you see in the upper right, but the holes were too small for the wire.  I’m going to make this long enough to just slip over your head – no clasp needed.

I’m having fun making this necklace, and I hope its eventual owner will feel that playful spirit every time she puts it on.

necklace in progress

If you’d like to take a peek into more studios, of both the people who create beads, as well as those who use them, visit the BTW Flickr group.