Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio is hosting a waxed linen blog hop today. If you are not a jewelry designer, you may wonder what waxed linen is. It is a linen thread that is coated with wax for stiffness and durability. As far as I know, it was originally used for artisan bookbinding and for twining handmade baskets. It comes in many colors and is a fun and versatile material for stringing beads.
A couple of years ago I took a class from Erin Siegel where we learned to make earrings using Irish waxed linen. I’ve been happily knotting linen cording ever since!
When I first heard that Diana was hosting a waxed linen blog hop, I imagined that I would have quite a few pieces of new jewelry to show today. But I’ve been so wrapped up in making ceramic pendants lately, that it wasn’t until last night that I started to work on a necklace.
However, I do love working with with waxed linen, so making this necklace was a pleasure.
The dark blue ceramic beads are from Kazuri Beads. There’s some recycled glass and Czech glass beads, too. I like the way that the linen knots separate the beads, so they stand out more and the way it adds an extra bit of color.
I am looking forward to visiting all the other participants in this blog hop. Their creations will be so inspiring. I’d encourage you to visit their blogs too. The links are below.
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl is hosting an Art Bead Earring Swap. Here’s how she set it up:
Participants will be put into groups of 3 and will create 1 pair of earrings for each partner. Each earring must contain at least 1 art bead. (If you need clarification on what an art bead is, visit Art Bead Scene.)
And now for the fun part: Here’s what Dee and Kari designed for me!
Dee is a published lampwork glass artist and her earrings feature her gorgeous handmade turquoise, purple and green hearts, crystals and a purple lamped beads suspended from sterling silver chains. Aren’t they lovely? I love turquoise and purple together!
Kari’s earrings feature rust-orange/brown lampwork glass beads with copper clay dragonfly dangles by my friend Kristi Bowman. I wear lots of brown and rust colors, so these go with everything!
Big thank you’s to Diana for hosting this and to Dee and Kari for sharing their creativity with me.
Now I encourage you to check out all the creative earring designs in this blog hop. The links for all the participants are listed below.