Luna Moth Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal.  March’s component was made by the talented Caroline Dewison of Blueberribeads.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a lucky guest artist were given one of these beautiful  luna moth pendants that Caroline made for us.

Handmade pendants by blueberribeads.

Ceramic Luna Moth Pendants

I chose the lilac moth in the top row.  I had recently ordered several colors of matte “peanut” beads, (aka farfalle beads) and I was anxious to put them to use.  I made a mix of lilac, dark purple and cream-colored peanut beads.  Then I tossed in some metallic purple, lilac and sage green seed beads.  I created 3 strands on each side using this mix of beads and I wove them in and out of larger beads.

Luna Moth Necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Luna Moth Necklace

I dangled flowers at the points where the beaded cords attached to the chain.  Two flowers dangle on one side and one flower dangles on the other.  The Luna Moth Necklace is now available in my Etsy shop.

Luna Moth Necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Luna Moth Necklace

I thought you might also enjoy seeing what an actual Luna Moth looks like.

Luna Moth

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Caroline’s Luna Moth pendants?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Guest Designer:
Niky Sayers – http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

The AJE Team
Caroline Dewison – http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Diana Ptaszynski – http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com
Susan Kennedy – http://suebeads.blogspot.co.uk
Kristen Stevens – http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/
Keirsten Giles – http://cerebraldilettante.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Melissa Meman – http://melissameman.blogspot.co.uk
Rebekah Payne – http://www.treewingsstudio.com
Lesley Watt – http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk
Linda Landig – http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com

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

Linda

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Thirty Word Thursday: Radiant Orchid

purple and white blooming orchid

Pantone decrees

Radiant Orchid

For the New Year.

And everyone obeys.

Wall paint.  Evening gowns.

Advertising.  And jewelry.

I laugh.

I’ve had Radiant Orchid

On my window sill

For years.

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The premise of 30 Words Thursday is simple…

Choose an image and write 30 words about it. No more. No less.  30 Word Thursday is the brainchild of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  To find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts,  head over to Erin’s blog.

Snowflake Earrings

Last Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Its time for the last Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal.  This Challenge lasted all throughout 2013.  The goal was to make one pair of earrings each week of the year.  I missed a few weeks when life got crazy, but overall I did fairly well.  This challenge really pushed me to produce, and I think it was good for me!

“Let It Snow” Earrings

The “Let It Snow” earrings feature shimmering blue lampwork glass beads by fellow AJE team member Sue Kennedy.  The beads have a silvery sheen that adds a striking lux factor to the earrings.

handmade snowflake earrings by Linda Landig

Let It Snow Earrings

Dangling beneath Sue’s lampwork beads are handmade sterling silver snowflakes by Oakhill Silver Supply.

Handmade earrings by Linda Landig

Let It Snow Earrings

Spiral Fiber Earrings

I blogged about these earrings on the Art Jewelry Elements blog, but I haven’t shared them here.  I made the Spiral Fiber Earrings using wire links that I learned from Cindy Wimmer’s book, “The Missing Link”.

Spiral Fiber Earrings

Spiral Fiber Earrings

After I formed the wire links, I wrapped the hoop portion with Wooly Wire and dangled lampwork headpins by Lori Bergman, from the hoops.

Spiral Fiber Earrings

Spiral Fiber Earrings

Want to see more gorgeous earrings?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Earring Reveal blog posts!  We  also have an AJE Earring Challenge Board on Pinterest.

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Dancing Amethyst Earrings

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal.  For those of you who are new to this blog, the challenge is to make a pair of earrings, each week, that use at least one artisan component.

Dancing Amethyst Earrings

This pair of earrings would be perfect for a holiday party, perhaps a New Years Eve celebration.  They have a sophisticated elegance about them.  The earrings are 3 inches long, lending a touch of drama.  I wrapped a silver wire in a graceful curve across the face of the lavender bead at the top.

Handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Dancing Amethyst Earrings

Below that, I strung lampwork discs on Irish linen cording and let two faceted amethysts dangle beneath each disc.  I really love the spiral of violet and blue on each handmade glass disc. The colors and texture make them extra special.

Handmade earrings by Lind Landig Jewelry

Dancing Amethyst Earrings

Savory Sage Earrings

My second pair of earrings have the same graceful wire wrap at the top, but this time, it curves across the face of  shimmering blue-green shell pearls.  I love the color combination of sage green and brass.

handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Savory Sage Earrings

Speaking of brass, the pretty textured brass dangles were made by Free Individual, on Etsy.  The artist lives a bit north of me in Seattle, WA.

Handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Savory Sage Earrings

Want to see more gorgeous earrings?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Earring Reveal blog posts!  We  also have an AJE Earring Challenge Board on Pinterest.

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

Linda

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Little Bow Earrings

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal.  For those of you who haven’t been following along, the challenge is to make a pair of earrings, each week, that use at least one artisan component.

I’m a little behind with my earrings because I was sick earlier this week.  I’ll post one pair here and either later today or tomorrow I’ll add another pair.  Catching up step by step. ;)

Little Bow Earrings

This pair of earrings features adorable ceramic heart charms by Mary Harding.  I love Mary’s nature inspired work and her color sense.

Handmade ceramic heart earrings

Little Bow Earrings

As I sat down to work on these, I knew I wanted to use the brass spiral beads, but I hadn’t decided yet how to attach everything.  That was when I spied a strand of silk that Marsha Neal had given me at Bead Fest last August.  It was a perfect accent for the hearts. I looped the silk through the charms and the beads and then tied pretty little bow in the middle. I added a touch of glue in the back to secure the bows so they won’t come loose. Then I made the earwires and included a little turquoise fire polish bead just above the loop.

Linda Landig Jewelry

Little Bow Earrings

I haven’t added these to my shop yet–that’s my next task today.  Once they are listed, I’ll come back here and add a link.  The Little Bow Earrings have been added to my shop now.

Want to see more gorgeous earrings?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Earring Reveal blog posts!  We  also have an AJE Earring Challenge Board on Pinterest.

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

Linda

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Day Of The Dead Necklace

Halloween – Day of the Dead Jewelry Blog Hop

Diana Ptaszynski, of Suburban Girl Studio, is hosting a Halloween – Day of the Dead blog hop! Since my husband and I were in Oaxaca, Mexico during the Day of the Dead last year, this jewelry challenge was right up my alley!  (I wrote about our experience with this amazing celebration, on the Art Jewelry Elements blog, if you would like to read more).

Dia de los Muertos was originally an Aztec celebration of the lives of those who had died. The Spanish conquerors tried to put an end to the holiday, without  success.  Over time el Dia de los Muertos merged with the Catholic All-Saints day and All-Souls day on November 1st and 2nd. The contemporary celebration melds aspects of Aztec ritual with Christian traditions and contemporary life.

Sugar Skulls and Marigolds

Day of the Dead

Sugar Skulls in Oaxaca

We started seeing sugar skulls in the markets about a week or 2 before the Day of the Dead celebration.  Apparently the Catholic friars taught the Mexicans how to make decorations from an ingredient that was abundant and affordable:  sugar.  Sugar Skulls and other items are often used to decorate the ofrendas on Dia de los Muertos.  As in the picture below, marigolds also decorate small home altars like this, as well as large public displays.  The bright orange marigolds are said to guide the spirits of the deceased, back to their earthly homes, as they visit their loved ones.

Day of the Dead alter

Oferendas with sugar skulls

Day of the Dead Necklace

I wanted my Day of the Dead necklace to reflect these traditions with respect and authenticity.  So I started with an awesome, bronze clay sugar skull that I got from Staci Smith at Bead Fest in August.

DOD Necklace Sugar Skull

Then I needed some beads to represent the marigolds.  These were perfect!

Day Of the Dead Necklace with Marigold beads.

Day Of the Dead Necklace with Marigold beads.

So I wired a “marigold” to the chin of the sugar skull and dangled 7 of them from a strand of black, gray and silver “peanut beads”.

Sugar Skull necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Day of the Dead Necklace

I topped the sugar skull with a dark lilac handmade ceramic bead by Mary Hubbard, of White Clover Kiln and then added a strand of purple, recycled sari silk.

Sugar Skull Necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Day of the Dead Necklace

I had a lot of fun expressing my experiences in Mexico through the design of my Day of the Dead necklace.  Thank you Diana Ptaszynski, for hosting this blog hop!  Check out the links below to visit the other blogs participating in Diana’s blog hop!

 
 

Kathleen Breeding  http://99bobotw.blogspot.com

 

Sue Kennedy  http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

 

Dianne Miller  http://www.artbydianne.blogspot.com

 

Lisa Liddy  http://www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com

Toltec Jewels  http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Linda Landig  http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com  You are here.

Laura Medeiros  http://Www.zoeowyn.blogspot.com

Veralynne Malone  http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com

Lynn Jobber  http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk

Michelle McCarthy  http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

 

Karen Totten  http://www.starryroadstudio.blogspot.com

 

Jayne Capps  https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor  http://jdaviesreazor.com/blog

 

Joan Miller  http://metalmudandsand.blogspot.com/

Melissa Meman  http://melissameman.blogspot.com

Melissa Trudinger  http://www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com

 

Kari Asbury  http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Inge von Roos  http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com

 

Andrea Glick  http://zenithjade.blogspot.com 

 

Stephanie LaRosa  http://Www.stringaholic.blogspot.com

Lola Surwillo  http://www.beadlolabead.com

Jennifer Cameron  http://glassaddictions.com/blog

Diane Hawkey  http://dianehawkey.blogspot.com

 

Kristi Harrison  http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.com

 

Nicole Valentine Rimmer  http://www.nvalentine.blogspot.com

Tanya Goodwin  http://www.Pixiloo.blogspot.com

 

Shai Williams  http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

Sandra McGriff  http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Sarajo Wentling  http://www.sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

Marie Covert  http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com

Lisa Stukel  http://www.carefreejewelrybylisa.blogspot.com

Laurie Vyselaar  http://www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com

 

Sherri Stokey  http://www.knotjustmacrame.com

Pam Traub  http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com

Lori Dorrington  http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com

Kristen Stevens  http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Eleanor Burian-Mohr  http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com

Sally Russick  http://thestudiosublime.com

Dawn M. Gallop  http://www.flipflopsandpoptarts.com

Christine Damm   http://storiestheytell.blogspot.com

DOD Necklace 1_edited-1

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

Linda

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Sister In Law Earrings

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal.  Participants have challenged themselves to make a pair of earrings every week.  All of our earrings include art beads or components.  Here are my new creations from the past 2 weeks.

Lilac Link Earrings

My husband’s side of the family gathered to celebrate my nephew’s 27th birthday, recently.  Mmmmm, cake & laughter!

Chocolate Birthday Cake

I brought along a new pair of earrings for my sister-in-law.  She makes jewelry too, so we enjoy gifting each other with our creations.

Earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Lilac Link Earrings

The lampwork glass discs are handmade by Out West.  The lilac, blue and black are such a gorgeous color combo.  My sister-in-law loves them!

Handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Lilac Link Earrings

I linked the disks to my handmade ear wires with a ring of matte “peanut beads” in shades of gray, silver and black.  I have another set of Out West disc beads that are very similar to these and I will probably link them up the same way and offer them in my Etsy shop.

Lime Green Earrings

This second pair of earrings are more on the casual, fun side of things.  The little blue polka dots on Jennifer Heynen’s ceramic headpins just say “playtime” to me!

Handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Lime Green Earrings

I placed blue Greek ceramic discs above the headpins, to accent the blue polka dots.  Then I selected these two-tone lampwork glass beads to top things off.  The lime green transparent glass has lighter green, opaque streaks that have glass bubble decorations that echo the polka dots on the ceramic headpins. I love the way they carry on the dotty theme!  Unfortunately, I have had these lampwork beads a long time and I no longer remember the artist who created them.

handmade lampwork glass earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Lime Green Earrings

Want to see more gorgeous earrings?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Earring Reveal blog posts!  We  also have an AJE Earring Challenge Board on Pinterest.

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                             

Coral Blossom and Butterfly Earrings

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal.  Participants have challenged themselves to make a pair of earrings every week.  All of our earrings include art beads or components.  Here are my new creations from the past 2 weeks.

I have fallen behind the in past several of weeks,  First my right hip became inflamed from arthritis and I was in severe pain for about a week, then I was away at a metalsmithing retreat and then my computer died!  My hip is much better now, the retreat was awesome and a new computer has been ordered and should be here by Wednesday.  So enough with the excuses and onward to the new earrings!

Butterfly Earrings

I made this pair of earrings just before my hip pain flared up a few weeks ago.  They were sort of a last attempt to hang onto summer!  Though clearly that attempt failed as it has been raining hard here for the past couple of days and leaves are falling all over–including into overflowing rain gutters.

Butterfly Earrings

Butterfly Earrings

The pretty scalloped brass butterfly charms are handmade by Lesley Watt of THEA Elements.  The glass beads are baby blue with pretty pink roses and green leaves.  In my mind, I picture the butterflies flitting among the roses in a country garden.

Butterfly Earrings 2

Coral Blossom Earrings

I made the coral blossom earrings last week, with gorgeous, autumn colored lampwork glass beads by Lara Lutrick.

Coral Blossoms Earrings 4

 

The coral colored lampwork beads are accented by tiny pearls.  Handmade copper charms by Kristi Bowman Design dangle below. I love the color of the lampwork glass with the warm tones in the copper.  The copper charms bear the impression of flowers in the middle, which is how I came up with the name “Coral Blossoms”  for this pair of earrings.

Linda Landig Jewelry

Coral Blossoms Earrings

I haven’t added these to my Etsy shop yet, but I hope to be able to do so, before the weekend is over.  I’ll update this post when I have these listed.  Tomorrow is the reveal for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month, so please come back and visit again!  See you then!

 

Want to see more gorgeous earrings?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Earring Reveal blog posts!  We  also have an AJE Earring Challenge Board on Pinterest.

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                             

Wonky Bead Blog Hop

My apologizes for arriving late to the blog hop.  The cord that recharges the battery on my laptop is broken and so until the new one arrives, I had to find another computer to use for my blog post. Hence the fact that I’m a day late.

I had a lot of fun working with Kristi Bowman’s polymer clay “Wonky Beads”.  I loved both the colors and the fun textures.  Here are the beads that I bought for the blog hop.

planning 3

I had some ideas in mind for what I wanted to do, but nevertheless, it took a couple of false starts.  This was my first layout.  I really liked it, but the pendant has a yellowish cast to it, that just didn’t work with Kristi’s beads.  Sadly, I had to set it aside.

planning necklace

Next off, I tried a ceramic butterfly that was a perfect color match.  I even knotted this onto the necklace and knotted some of the beads together, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

planning 2

  I stared at it for awhile and finally cut the butterfly off.   I decided that the Wonky Beads spoke for themselves and that the necklace looked too cluttered with the pendant.  When I restrung it, without the pendant I had that “just right” feeling that tells me that I’ve arrived at my happy design place!

Wonky Bead Necklace

Wonky Bead Necklace

The necklace is strung on a doubled strand of brown cotton cording and the upper portion features 2 strands of dark teal “peanut” beads, with a button closure.  When I found that button in my stash, I was thrilled!  Look how well it accents the polymer clay tube bead, above the small red disk!  The “Wonky Bead Necklace” is available in my Etsy shop.

You can find links to all the other Wonky Bead creations of Kristi Bowman’s blog!  Check out her shop, as well!

Bead Fest Loot Earrings

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal.  Participants have challenged themselves to make a pair of earrings every week and all of our earrings include art beads or components.

I could hardly wait to make use of my new Bead Fest loot, so both pairs of earrings, this week, feature components from bead artists whose work I admire and whose friendship I treasure.  After hanging out, at Bead Fest, with Marsha Neal Minutella and Staci Klinger Smith, I’m missing them now, But I can conjure up our laughter and creative energy, when I design with their components.

Swirly Spike Earrings

I’ve known Marsha Neal Minutella online for a long time and some of my past AJE Earring Challenge pieces have included Marsha’s work.  My bead stash always includes lots of her wonderful ceramic pieces, but we had never met before last weekend.   Finally meeting her in person was one of the highlights of  Bead Fest for me, this year.  Marsha greeted me at Bead Fest with a big hug and a bag of her amazing ceramic beads and jewelry components, plus some of the gorgeous hand dyed silks that she sells in her shop.

Bead Fest 2013

Marsha and I

Yesterday I wrote about using the hand dyed silk in a necklace I designed recently.  But actually I made these earrings first.  The black, twisted or swirled ceramic spikes are Marsha’s handiwork.

handmade ceramic earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Spikey Swirl Earrings

The swirled spikes are actually headpins, onto which I threaded the brass spacers and the blue and black ceramic beads.  I have had those blue beads for so long that I actually can’t even remember if they are handmade or commercially produced.  I like the way the glossy black glaze contrasts with the matte blue background.  I thought they were perfect with Marsha’s headpins!  I’ve got two more pairs of these spikes in different colors, so you can expect to see them soon on the earring reveal blogs!

Spikey Swirl Earrings 2

Fab Fuchsia Earrings

Staci Klinger Smith and I met at Bead Fest last year and hit it off right away.  We spent one afternoon bead shopping together and found that we were often attracted to many of the same colors and styles of beads.  There was a lot of, “Oh!  Did you see these beads?” and “Look! Aren’t these cool?”, going on last year!  This year Staci was a vendor so she wasn’t able to spend an afternoon browsing for beads with me.  But I hung out at her booth a lot and we spent Friday and Saturday evenings together.

Staci and Linda

Staci is one of the most exuberantly creative people that I have ever known.  Both the beads and components she creates, as well as her jewelry designs never cease to amaze me.  Here are some of the polymer clay components that Staci had in her booth.  She also works in metal clay, wire work and metalsmithing.

Staci 4

Artisan Accents by Staci Louise

There was a bead swap on Saturday which I will write more about later.  Staci and I were partners for the swap.  She later told me that she carefully observed which of the components in her booth I liked and then gave me a selection of those pieces in the swap.  That thoughtfulness really touched me.  So for my 2nd pair of earrings I used some dangles of Staci’s that I was drooling over admiring in her booth.

Fab Fuscia Earrings

Fab Fuchsia Earrings

The drops are made of polymer clay and then hand painted in layers of colors and sealed.  I paired them with hematite and Greek ceramic spacers.  Because these earrings are mostly polymer clay they are very lightweight to wear, despite their length.  The Fab Fuchsia Earrings are now listed in my Etsy shop.

Fab Fuscia Earrings 5

Want to see more gorgeous earrings?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Earring Reveal blog posts!  We  also have an AJE Earring Challenge Board on Pinterest.

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy