Super Bead Sunday

Yes, you read that correctly:  Super Bead Sunday! It all started when Shannon German, (Miss Fickle Media), jokingly posted, “Is there a special activity going on today?”, on Facebok.  Heather Powers (Humble Beads)  replied, “Super Bead Sunday? Can we declare that???”  I chimed in with, “I’ll second that, Heather!”.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

Heather quickly wrote up the following rules:

The rules:
  • Make something beady inspired by one of the teams colors playing the Super Bowl today .
  • Snap a photo and share it on the Create Bead Chat Super Bead Sunday Photo Album. (Click right here)  If you aren’t a member, join right now!
  • You have until half-time today.
  • After the half-time show I will pick two random entries.

Then she and Marla James put together the following prizes:  Prizes: a $48 gift certificate from Humblebeads and a collection of ceramic beads from

Marla’s Mud worth $60!  And the crowd cheers for Heather and Marla!!!!

I grew up in the Seattle area and now live just an hour and a half south of Seattle, so guess which team colors I used for my bracelet?  Yup!  Seahawks Rule!   To say that Seattlites are a little Hawks crazy right now is a bit of an understatement.
The Space Needle got into the act.

And so did Boeing.

There’s even some special beer for the occasion.

And last but not least, here is my “Team Spirit” bracelet!

Team Spirit Bracelet

Team Spirit Bracelet

Spot On Bracelet

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal.  December’s component was made by the talented Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few  lucky guest artists were given awesome polymer clay beads that Rebekah made for us.  I  love these.  They are so unique and I especially like that the sides of the beads look like they’d been roughly formed on a potter’s wheel

Goodies from Tree Wings Studio

Rebekah and I share a favorite color:  orange.  I am especially drawn to burnt orange and the colors of autumn.  Happily those are the colors of the bead she sent me, along with a sprinkling of white dots.  Those whimsical dots resulted in the name I chose for this piece, the Spot On Bracelet!

Spot On COM Bracelet

Spot On Bracelet

The flower beads have a Picasso finish and were perfect with Rebekah’s focal bead.  I like the way they add texture to the design.

Spot On COM Bracelet

Spot On Bracelet

Speaking of texture, the charcoal colored ceramic bead on the left and the green bead on the right are handmade by Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln.  Mary does a great job with surface textures on her beads and I love the way she achieves layers of color with her glazes.

Spot On COM Bracelet

Spot On Bracelet

The large round bead to the right of the focal is an enameled bead that I won in a giveaway from Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire.  I’ve been experimenting with enamels a bit, but my beads don’t come out this nicely yet!  Maybe that will be happening in 2014!

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Rebekah’s beads?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Guest Designers:

Stephanie - Confessions of a Bead Hoarder

Ann - Bead Love

Karin - Ginkgo et Coquelicot

Melissa - Bead Recipes

AJE Team:

Karen - Starry Road Studio

Diana - Suburban Girl Studio

Kristen - My Bead Journey

Lesley - The Gossiping Goddess

Jenny - Jenny Davies-Reazor

Linda - Linda’s Bead Blog & Meanderings

Melissa - Melissa Meman… Art, Life, Love

Susan - Sue Beads

Rebekah - Tree Wings Studio

Caroline - BlueberriBeads

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Autumn Breeze Bracelet

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  November’s components were made by the talented Kristen Stevens of Beadwork By KAS.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a lucky guest artist were given gorgeous beaded beads that Kristen made for us.  I received awesome green beaded beads, (3rd pair from the left).

beadwork by KAS

Beaded beads by Kristen Stevens

I decided to take sort of a free form approach to designing with Kristen’s beads.  I had no plan when I started, so I just started grabbing various beads that were on my work table and that I thought would look good with Kristen’s beaded beads. I supplemented those with other beads from my stash and moved them around until I had a pleasing arrangement.

handmade bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Autumn Breeze Bracelet

Originally I want to finish the bracelet with a pretty coiled link that I learned from Cindy Wimmer’s book, The Missing Link, but the link ending up being too small to be on scale with this chunky bracelet.  Instead I used a basic spiral hook and eye clasp, with a rustic patina.

artisan bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Close up of Kristen’s Beaded Beads

In addition to Kristen’s beads, I included lampwork glass by AJE Team Leader, Jen Cameron, raku beads by XAZ Beads and handmade ceramic beads by White Clover Kiln and Slate Studio.

lampwork, ceramic and wood artisan bracelet

Autumn Breeze Bracelet

I was kind of stuck for a name for this bracelet, but I finally decided to call it Autumn Breeze, because I made it on a windy afternoon.  I enjoyed making it with a playful spirit, rather than having any preconceived notions about how it would turn out.  I quite like it.  I hope you do too.

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Kristen’s beaded beads?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Special Guest
Alice Alice Dreaming

AJE Team

Jennifer  Glass Addictions
Lesley  Gossiping Goddess
Jenny Jenny Davies-Reazor 

Caroline  Blueberri Beads
Melissa Melissa Meman 
Rebekah Tree Wing Studio
Sue SueBeads 

Kristi Kristi Bowman Design

Diana Suburban Girl Studio

Linda Linda’s Bead Blog  – You Are Here

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

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

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 

Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

 

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Blue Leaf Bracelet

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  January’s components were made by the talented Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio.  How cool are these?  They are hollow and their little scalloped edges make them look like miniature pies.  Mmmmm, delish!

Yesterday Karen blogged about how she created these wonderful treasures. Reading about her creative process really helped me appreciate how much work goes into making these art beads.

handmade ceramic beads

“Pie Beads” by Starry Road Studio

I received one of the light blue and brown beads with a leaf print on each side.  I love this color combination so I decided to emphasize this two-tone effect.  To that end, I strung all the beads on two lengths of waxed linen cording in brown and light blue.

Handmade bracelet

Blue Leaf Bracelet

To the left of Karen’s focal bead is a beautifully carved tiger eye stone, then a small two-tone glass bead and a large ceramic round which was handmade by AJE team member Diana Ptaszynski. Next to Diana’s bead is a faceted, fossilized coral bead.

Handmade bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Blue Leaf Bracelet

I hung a little brass leaf charm to the right of the focal bead.  Next to the charm is a hand-enameled bead by Barbara Lewis, followed by two strands of blue “peanut” shaped beads.  I finished the bracelet with a self-made clasp.

bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Blue Leaf Bracelet

Blue handmade bracelet

Blue Leaf Bracelet

Hop on over to  Art Jewelry Elements and discover what everyone else has created with their yummy pie beads!

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

Linda

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The Challenge of Color Blog Hop

 

(Find the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month blog hop here!)

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Erin Prais-Hintz is hosting a color challenge on her blog, Treasures Found.  Each challenge participant was given two random color palettes from a curated pool of 40 that Brandi Hussey created inspired by the USGS Earth As Art landsat satellite  images.  These images are so amazing and inspiring! 

Of the two palettes that we were given, we could choose which one would inspire our bead design. I chose the Ugab River.

ugab river

I haven’t designed much with gemstones lately, so I decided to accent a lampwork bead with green garnets, amethyst, a few seed beads and a button.  I’ve had the lampwork bead for so long that I no longer know who made it, but I thought the bead’s meandering lines and markings looked a lot like a birdseye view of the Ugab river’s path.  The lampwork bead does a nice job of picking up the greens, purple and teal in this color palette.

River Bend Bracelet 2

The Thai enameled button is a deep purple on  gold-colored metal.  The center of the button features a glittery silver heart and there are cut-out areas surrounding the heart.  A light purple and teal seed bead loop fits around the button closure.

River Bend Bracelet 4

River Bend Bracelet 3

River Bend Bracelet 7

We have an abundance of beady eye candy to enjoy today!  All the blogs that are participating in the color challenge are listed below.  Plus, don’t forget to check out the Component of the Month blog hop, sponsored by Art Jewelry Elements, (as mentioned at the beginning of this post).  Remember, you can enjoy all this creative talent over the course of several days.  So grab a nice cup of tea, put on your favorite music and enjoy visiting the links below.

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As happens every year, the detours in our life sometimes get in the way of our best intentions.  Some of the hoppers in the list below might not have a post…or might have one later. Consider showing them some love and support anyway! They will be with us in spirit.

Please enjoy this virtual house party with all my colorful friends!:
 
 
 
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Inspired?
Want to join in the fun next time?
The Challenges are held quarterly in February, May, August and November.
Check Erin’s blog the first week in February for sign ups for the 2nd Annual Challenge of Music!
 
 
 
 
 

News Day Tuesday: Kalmbach Bead Soup Challenge

My online friend, Lori Anderson,  recently published a book titled: Bead Soup.  It was published by Kalmbach Publishing in August.  Kalmbach is now hosting their own Bead Soup Challenge to publicize Lori’s book.

A group of beaders were selected and paired with various bead shops around the country.  The bead shops contributed beads, a focal and a clasp, which Kalmbach then sent out to the participants.  I was partnered with the Bead Lounge in Colorado.  Here are the goodies they sent me!

Bead Soup from the Bead Lounge

Bead Soup from the Bead Lounge

Before I actually started my design process, I went through my bead drawers and pulled out some good contenders to include in the design.  Here’s the soup bowl with additions from my bead stash.

Bead Soup with additional items from my bead stash

I started with the pendant first.  I knew I wanted this lampwork glass “wing-ding” by Genea Beads to be a dangle in front of the pendant.  I knotted it in place with Irish waxed linen and accented it with 3 small green serpentine beads.

Ceramic, lampwork glass and serpentine bead pendant

Ceramic, lampwork glass and serpentine bead pendant

I decided not use the gold plastic beads that you see in the picture above.  They have a very cool shape, but their size, seemed to overwhelm the pendant.  I saved them for a second project later.

green and brown handmade necklace

Kalmbach Bead Soup necklace

The beads are all knotted on linen-colored cotton cording.  I had some fun playing with the design.  I used green rubber O-rings as spacers.  They go perfectly with the serpentine stones on the pendant.

brown and green one of a kind necklace

Kalmbach Bead Soup necklace

The jewelry challenge stated that we only need to use the pendant and the clasp in our design.  But I still wanted to use the gold three-sided beads, so I created a bracelet on memory wire.  I haven’t used memory wire in years and frankly I was kind of surprised that I liked the results so much!

red, gold and orange 3 strand bracelet.

Kalmbach Bead Soup bracelet

Kalmbach is going to be letting people vote on their favorite designs.  Three winners will receive Kalmbach gift cards. I’m not clear if the voting will take place on Kalmbach’s Jewelry Facebook page or if it will be on the company website.  Follow me on my Facebook page and I’ll let you know where to vote, as soon as I find out.

Red, gold and orange 3 strand memory wire bracelet

Kalmbach bead soup bracelet

To all my readers who are in the path of hurricane Sandy, I wish you safe keeping.  You are in my thoughts tonight, (I’m writing this on Sunday night).

-Linda

News Day – Tuesday: Artisan Whimsy Challenge

I recently joined an online group called Artisan Whimsy.  In fact I played a minor role in doing some of the behind the scenes work of organizing this site. If you create beads or work with them, you should check out this inspiring and informative site.
I contributed this necklace for a giveaway that was held to celebrate the launch of Artisan Whimsy, on Oct. 1st.  The lovely and talented Jen Cameron of  Glass Addictions was the lucky winner.
Handmade blue floral necklace, Linda Landig Jewelry

Giveaway necklace for Artisan Whimsy

At the moment Artisan Whimsy is running a jewelry challenge called “Show Us Your Hooters”!  People may enter a picture of their jewelry or jewelry components that feature owls.  Have you noticed how popular owls are these days?  I see them not only in jewelry, but also on backpacks, shirts, notepads etc.
We have owls in the woods near our house and I love them!  I entered this bracelet in the challenge. The adorable owl connector piece was made by Marti’s Buttons and Beads.  Isn’t he the cutest little owl you’ve ever seen?  On the right side of the owl, I’ve placed a small lampwork glass bead and an amethyst.  The dangles near the clasp are composed of another amethyst, a blue lace agate and some Czech glass beads.  The beads around the back as also Czech glass.
bracelet for Owl Challenge on Artisan Whimsy

Blue Owl Bracelet

Artisan Whimsy members will be voting on their favorite entries and there are prizes for the winners!  I’d encourage you to hop over and sign up for Artisan Whimsy.  Then go to the forums and vote on your favorite hooters!

Edited to add:  The voting has started over at Artisan Whimsy.   Please join Artisan Whimsy, if you haven’t yet, and then vote for your favs!  There are 2 categories and you get to vote for 3 in each category.  Here’s the link:
http://artisanwhimsy.ning.com/page/hooters

News Day – Tuesday, 9/4/12

New Feature

As the name implies, News Day - Tuesday is a new  weekly feature on Linda’s Bead Blog.  Each Tuesday I will be updating you on new items in my shops, work in progress, shows I’ve done, and random chatter. 

Speaking of random…I can be very random, (not my best quality) and it always takes massive effort on my part to incorporate new routines.  But I’m really going to try to be consistent with my Tuesday posts.  There’s a lot that happened over the summer and I’ve done a pretty lousy job of keeping my blog current. 

Catwalk

As I’m writing this I’m sitting in  a new artists cooperative gallery and boutique in Tacoma, WA.   Named “Catwalk”; our gallery is a temporary pop-up in an empty store, right in the heart of Tacoma’s museum district. 

picture of the front of Catwalk

Catwalk as seen from Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA

Right now there are about a dozen artists showing their work here.  We have everything from paintings, to couture clothing, altered art, books by local writers and of course, jewelry.  Several of the artists take shifts running the gallery.  My work day is Sunday.  By the way, one of the artists took home that plant in the broken pot (in picture above), so the entryway is more inviting now.

The pictures that follow were taken during a recent Tacoma Arts Walk.  Things were slow at first, so I had time to take some pictures.  Later in the evening the gallery was packed and we had pizzas and a raffle!

front entry way at Catwalk Gallery

Front of Catwalk Gallery

If you look just behind the 2 shoppers, you can see a bit of my jewelry display.  I took other pictures of my jewelry, but it was too dark.  Later, I changed the settings on my camera  and remaiings pictures turned out much better.  The desk in the foreground, above, is where purchases are made–would you believe that the Bead Style magazine isn’t mine?  Really!

The Tacoma Weekly printed an article about the gallery this week. If you’d like to read more, check out Catwalk Boutique and Gallery Offers Handcrafted Jewelry, Apparel and Art.

Paintings hanging in Catwalk gallery Tacoma, WA
Back corner in Catwalk
Handcrafted clothing in the gallery

I love art-to-wear!

 

Beauty Berry Bracelet

My ArtFire shop is looking a bit empty at the moment.  I took quite a bit of the jewelry out of it and placed it at Catwalk.  It was time to freshen up my ArtFire offerings, anyway.  So with that, I’m embarking on adding new work.  My first addition is the “Beauty Berry Bracelet”.

Beauty Berry bracelet

Beauty Berry Bracelet

The colors in this bracelet remind me of our Beauty Berry bush that sports bright lavender berries in our garden throughout the winter.

purple berries, with green leaves

Beauty Berries

The Beauty Berry Bracelet is a collection of  handmade glass and ceramic beads, along with some commercial beads.  I wired the beads on black craft wire to bring out the black in the lampwork glass center bead.  I also fashioned a handmade clasp of the same wire and added some pretty dangles along one side.  The colors in this bracelet are just luscious and I love the texture added by the unusual 3 sided, lilac ceramic bead (by Marti’s Buttons and Beads), and the teardrop shaped beads at the back of the bracelet.

Purple Green Bracelet Handmade Ceramic Bead Lampwork Glass Handwired

Beauty Berry Bracelet

Head over to Linda Landig Jewelry to see more pictures of the Beauty Berry Bracelet.

I Heart Macro – Lichen & Giveaway Winners

Its time for another I Heart Macro Sunday!  And we also have a winner for the giveaway!!!  But first the macro shots.  (If you just want to skip to the winners (he-he),  scroll down about half way)!

Lichen

We live in a beautiful woodsy area in western Washington state.  Dry, almost hair-like lichen is a common sight here,  Sometimes it hangs off the forest branches like a veil. Lichen does not flourish in areas with a great deal of pollution, so it is a sign of a healthy environment to find it so abundantly here.

lichen

lichen

According to Backyard Nature:

Lichens are not plants. They are “composite organisms” made up of two, or maybe three, completely different kinds of organisms. It’s as if you combined an animal such as a dog with a plant such as an oak, maybe with a fungus thrown in as well, and ended up with something very different from animal, plant or fungus. Something that was its own thing, with its own identity and manner of being.

Every lichen species is part fungus. Usually the other  species is a photosynthesizing alga, but sometimes it can be a photosynthesizing bacterium known as a cyanobacterium. Sometimes all three kinds of organisms are found in one lichen.

Washington State Lichen

Pacific Northwest Lichen

A scientist who studies lichens is called a lichenologist.  I never even knew such a field existed – did you?

Lichen in Western WA State

Pacific Northwest Lichen

According to Lichen Biology and the Environment:

Lichens grow in the leftover spots of the natural world that are too harsh or limited for most other organisms. They are pioneers on bare rock, desert sand, cleared soil , dead wood, animal bones, rusty metal, and living bark. Able to shut down metabolically during periods of unfavorable conditions, they can survive extremes of heat, cold, and drought.

Washington State Lichen

Lichen in my backyard

Most lichens grow very, very slowly, often less than a millimeter per year, and some lichens are thought to be among the oldest living things on Earth. Lichens with known, slow growth rates, like Rhizocarpon geographicum, have been used to estimate the dates of geological events such as the retreat of glaciers.

Washington State Lichen

Lichen in my backyard

Giveaway Winner

A big thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!  Also a warm welcome goes out to everyone who liked my Facebook jewelry page, as part of this giveaway!  I had a lot of fun reading your comments!

sometimes you don't

source: Pinterest

So Sari Earrings

The first part of the giveaway is for everyone who left a comment about the copper, lampwork and sari silk earrings.

copper, lampwork and sari silk earrings

So Sari Earrings

There were 115 entries for this giveaway!  And the winner is (drum roll please):  # 73 – Shannon Hollahan

The second part of the giveaway was for people who shared the link to the giveaway on their Facebook pages, on their blog or on Google+.

These people were eligible to win their choice of a pair of beautiful Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms by Melinda Orr Designs or…..

Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms

Athena Ancient Patina Copper Charms

…a hand-woven bracelet by me.

right angle weave bracelet

There were 62 entries for this part of the Giveaway.  The winner is: # 16 – Sarah Lyons

 (note: I tried to paste a screen shot of the random number generator here, but I was unable to do so successfully – computer klutz that I am…)

Congratulations to the winners!  Please contact me through Facebook or by clicking on the contact button on the right side margin on my blog!

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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