August Component Of The Month Reveal

Rustic Feather Necklace

The talented Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio is this month’s hostess for the AJE Component of the Month Challenge.  Rebekah is well known for her delightful polymer clay jewelry components, but for the last year or so, she has been working with leather, as well.   Her colorful leather feathers are really inspiring.  They come in 2 sizes: large ones for pendants or smaller ones for earring pairs.  I requested the smaller earring size and received the pair in the the upper left of this photo.

handmade leather feathers for earrings

Leather Earrings Pairs From Tree Wing Studio

Even though these are the smaller sized feathers, they are still close to three inches long, so I decided to use mine as a pendant.  I folded the top of the feather around one of Karen Totten’s ceramic gear links and I secured it with Irish waxed linen cord.  I dangled a copper charm on one side and a copper colored flower with an antiqued brass bird on the other.

Handmade necklace

Rustic Leather Feather Necklace

The beaded part of the necklace includes lightweight wood beads and Greek ceramic discs. I attached these to a long length of leather, that simply slips over the head, without needing a clasp.

handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelr

Rustic Leather Feather Necklace

I really like the necklace, but I have 2 questions where I’d appreciate some feedback from readers.  Do you like the charms on either side of the feather, or would it look better without them?  What do you think about the length of the necklace?  Do you think it should be shorter, or not?

Handmade leather feather necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Rustic Leather Feather Necklace

The Rustic Leather Feather Necklace is now available in my Etsy shop, here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/201887706/leather-feather-necklace-rustic-woodland?ref=shop_home_feat_4

Listed below are links to all the people who participated in this month’s challenge.  Check out their blogs to see all the unique designs made with Rebekah’s leather feathers!

Guest Artists
The AJE Team
Linda Landig <— You are here!

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

 

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop Reveal

Toltec Jewels is hosting a blog hop today, featuring Chicklet Beads from Susan Kennedy of SueBeads.  I have designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads before and I really love them, so I was excited to have the opportunity to use these beads again.

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Here’s a bracelet I designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads, in May 2014.

Handmade blue bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Cornflower Bracelet

For today’s blog hop, I received a plum purple colored Chicklet bead.  I like the way these tab beads lay flat in a bracelet design, so I combined my Chicklet bead with other artisan beads and came up with this “Plum Delight” bracelet.

Purple handmade bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

I combined Sue’s Chicklet bead, with a lentil shaped bead from Beads & Botanicals and a ceramic bead from White Clover Kiln.

Purple lampwork bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

Additional accents include tip-drilled pearls, purple Czech glass bird beads, fire polish beads and ovals of Chinese Charoite.

handmade artisan bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

Thank  you Toltec Jewels for hosting this wonderful blog hop!  And thank you Sue Beads for your lovely lampwork beads!

artisan jewelry by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

Now check out all the other jewelry designers who created awesome designs with Sue’s Chicklet Beads!

ARTISTS:

Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy
Sue Kennedy’s blogs:     SueBeads…A Beady Girl’s blog
                                           Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy’s website:     SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads:     SueBeads
                                       Hostess:
Toltec Jewels                                           http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
                                   Artists:

Linda Anderson                                       http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno                                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Shirley Moore                                          http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/
Kristen Stevens                                        http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                         http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com
Jael Thorp                                                http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger                                     http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Andrea Glick                                            http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nan Smith                                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina                                         www.peru-medesigns.com
Shai Williams                                            http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson                                       http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Rana Wilson                                             http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com
Robin Reed                                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Robin Showstack                                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Sheila Prosterman                                     http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Kari Asbury                                             http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Kelly Rodgers                                          https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue
Jayne Capps                                            https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                    https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Heather Richter                                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Chris Eisenberg                                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breeding                                   http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall
Linda Landig                                          http://lindalandig.wordpress.com 
Crystal Thain                                           http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/
Cheri Reed                                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/
Dini Bruinsma                                          http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider                                         http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams                                        http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html
Melinda Orr                                            http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog
Lennis Carrier                                         http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Hodges                                    http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussen                                  http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/
Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Charlie Jacka                                          http://clay-space.com/blog/
Ev Shelby                                                  http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                        http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Jasvanti Patel                                        http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

 

New Jewelry On Etsy

I have decided to close my ArtFire shop.  It was a difficult decision, because I’m quite fond of ArtFire, but it was just too difficult for me to manage two shops.  I decided it would be better to do one shop well, than to do a mediocre job on two shops.  So I spent most of yesterday transferring my ArtFire jewelry over to Etsy.  It feels good to have everything consolidated in one place!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LindaLandigJewelry

Linda Landig Jewelry on Etsy

Linda Landig Jewelry on Etsy

I hope you’ll stop by and check out all the new goodies.  I now have over 70 items in my shop, with new things being added all the time!

A few new ceramic components coming later this weekend, too!

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

 

Cornflower Bracelet

AJE May Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a giveaway and jewelry reveal.  May’s giveaway component was made by Susan Kennedy of Sue Beads.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given a set of these beautiful  lampwork glass flower beads that Sue made for us.  I was given the blue set on the far right.

lampwork glass by Sue Beads

Beautiful flower tab beads from Sue Beads.

First I must say that I really love these beads.  You know me – I <3 flowers, plus I like the unusual shape.  The fact that this shape lays flat on the wrist, makes them especially well suited to bracelet designs.  I do have an earring design in mind too, but that will have to wait till another time.

One of a kind blue bracelet

Cornflower Bracelet

I used one of Lesley Watt’s gorgeous brass bracelet bars as the focal of my bracelet.  Sue’s beads frame it perfectly.  I love these three together.  I think they were made for each other! I furthered the floral theme with two Czech glass flower beads.  The rest of the bracelet is fire polished beads and little glass seed beads, finished with a decorative antiqued brass toggle clasp.

Cornflower Blue Bracelet

Cornflower Bracelet

It is a simple design, but quite eye-catching and elegant.  I can personally attest to the eye-catching part.  I wore it today and the lady at the grocery store asked me about it and wanted not just one of my business cards, but several to share with the other women who work there!

Handmade blue bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Cornflower Bracelet

I named this bracelet after the beautiful blue Cornflower (aka Bachelor Button).  When you look at the photo below, you’ll see what a perfect match this name is.

Batchelor's Button

Cornflower

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Susan’s  lampwork glass beads? –  Here are all the links.    Have fun blog hopping!

Guests

Shai Williams

Erin Prais-Hintz

Kari Asbury

Carolyn Lawson

Merja Sundstrom

AJE Members

Susan Kennedy

Diana Ptaszynski

Linda Landig  – You are here.

Lesley Watt

Melissa Meman

Caroline Dewison

Francesca Watson

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Rebekah Payne

Keirsten Giles

Kristen Stevens

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

We’re All Ears :: May

Spiral Nerite Earrings

Welcome to the May, We’re All Ears blog hop!  Once a month, Erin Prais-Hintz posts a picture on the Earrings Everyday blog to inspire our earring designs. Then we all  share what we have created.

This month’s inspiration is a beautiful photo of Zigzag Nerite Shells.  Isn’t nature amazing?

red, black and white snail shells.  Earring inspiration.

Zigzag Nerite Shells

I love the deep, rich red in these shells and wanted to be sure that was a dominant part of my design.  Next I dug through my black bead stash, but somehow none of those beads seemed “just right”.  They all just looked sort of ho-hum with the red beads I’d selected.

Handmade spiral earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Spiral Nerite Earrings

My next thought was to pair the red beads up with some copper, at which point I spotted these cool artisan spirals that I’d purchased quite some time ago.  The copper spirals were a perfect way to echo the spiral form of the snail shells!  Now that I’d found a “theme”, the rest was easy.  I made spiral headpins out of patina’ed copper wire and bent the spirals upward so they made a spiral at the center of the red beads.  I made a triple wrapped loop at the tops of the beads and attached them to the copper spirals.

Artisan earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Spiral Nerite Earrings

The Spiral Nerite Earrings will be in my Etsy shop later this evening.  UPDATE:  The Spiral Nerite Earrings are now in my shop HERE.

Now comes the fun part.  Click on the little frog picture at the end of this post to get links to all the challenge participants or simply go to Earrings Everyday for all the links.  Then visit everyone’s blogs to see the wonderful earrings they have created!

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

 

Happy Day Bracelet

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

April’s Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) giveaway was hosted by the multi-talented Lesley Watt of  Thea Elements.   Members of the AJE team, plus a few lucky guest artists, were given one of these delightful, ceramic button clasps that Lesley made for us.

Button Clasps from THEA Elements

Here’s the bracelet I made with the clasp that I received.

Handmade bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Happy Day Bracelet

I combined Lesley’s clasp with an enameled bead in a matching color,  a yellow-peach colored ceramic cube from Suburban Girl and a faceted polymer clay bead from Second Surf.  The back of the bracelet has 3 strands of glass cube beads, interspersed with purple Czech glass seed beads.  I strung them all on denim blue Irish waxed linen and added a Czech glass flower dangle near the clasp.

purple, blue and yellow, handmade, multi-strand bracelet

Happy Day Bracelet

I called this the “Happy Day Bracelet” because I had the most delightful day when I made this bracelet.  I began the day with my first session of a volunteer job tutoring a young man in basic reading skills.  Our first session went much better than expected.  I felt that old thrill that I always experienced as a teacher, when I could see that real learning was taking place.  There’s nothing like it!  After the tutoring session, I came home and made this bracelet.  Then after dinner, I went to Marion Pollman’s studio for a ceramics lesson. We glazed my first batch of ceramic pendants and charms.  I can’t even begin to express how happy I am that Marion is helping me to make my ceramic dreams come true!  After all that goodness in one day, I was just certain that this had to be called the “Happy Day Bracelet“!

Handcrafted bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Happy Day Bracelet

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Lesley’s awesome button clasps?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Guest Designers:

Johana Nunez

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Earrings Everyday April Challenge

Take Flight 

Welcome to the We’re All Ears blog hop!  Once a month, Erin Prais-Hintz posts a picture on the Earrings Everyday blog to inspire our earring designs and then on the third Friday of the month everyone shares what they have created.

This month’s inspiration is a beautifully staged photo from the Pottery Barn.

Skylark table setting from the Pottery Barn

As usual, the first thing that I loved about this photo was the rich colors:  olive-green, brown, and yellow.  Swoon!  After I recovered from my color swoon, I noticed the bird on the plate and how that shape is echoed in the bowl that holds the olive oil.

So here’s what I came up with:

Handmade bird and flower earrings bu Linda Landig Jewelry

Take Flight earrings

The ceramic connectors are the creation of Marti Conrad of Marti’s Buttons-n-Beads. I love glaze on Marti’s connectors.  It’s not just a solid green, there are flecks of blue and brown too.  It makes them much more interesting  than just a flat green color.

Handmade Summer flower earrings by Linda Landig

Take Flight earrings

The birds used to have 2 loops each, but my wire cutters and a file solved that problem!  The flowers pick up the silver tones of the silverware in the Pottery Barn picture.  I’ve never seen a silvery coating on beads quite like what these flowers have and I always gravitate toward unique finds! The slightly whimsical striped yellow beads bring in the yellow tones on the bird and in the base of the drinks.

The Take Flight earrings are available in my Etsy shop now.

One of a kind earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Take Flight earrings

Now comes the fun part.  Click on the little frog picture at the end of this post to get links to all the challenge participants or simply go to Earrings Everyday for all the links.  Then visit everyone’s blogs to see the wonderful earrings they have created!

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

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

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Courage Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal.  January’s component was made Jenny Davies-Reazor.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few  lucky guest artists were given a personalized polymer clay and resin focal that Jenny made for us.  Since these components were made at the start of the new year, Jenny chose words to guide us on our journey through 2014.  My word was “Courage”.  I need courage to try new jewelry techniques without being too self-critical about the outcome during the early learning stages.  I also need courage to start submitting jewelry designs to magazines, knowing full well that the process will involve some rejections along the way, with (hopefully) some acceptances.

jewelry pendant by Jenny Davies-Reazor

Courage Pendant

Unfortunately I’ve been sick for nearly 3 weeks now and after seeing my doctor yesterday, I’ve learned that I have bronchitis.  Now I know why I have been feeling so exhausted and lousy.  Which is to say that, while I’ve developed plans for this focal, I haven’t actually executed them yet.  So this will be a work-in-progress blog post.  I’ll share my plans with you and when I get this necklace finished, I’ll post an update here.

The focal has an old-fashioned, elegant antique vibe to it, so I immediately thought of a wonderful old bracelet that I picked up in an antique store about a year ago.

antique braceletJenny’s focal has two holes at the bottom of it, so I thought I would use them to attach the dangle  focal from the bracelet.

3aThe bracelet’s chain is unusually lovely and I want to incorporate some of it in the necklace, though I’m not yet certain how I will do so.

antique jewelry chainI plan to finish the necklace with small champagne colored pearls and faceted garnets.

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

Guests:
Hope of Craftyhope -
Sarajo of SJ Designs Jewelry

AJE team
Jennifer Cameron
Diana Ptaszynski
Lesley Watt
Susan Kennedy
Caroline Dewison
Linda Landig
Melissa Meman
Keirsten Giles
Rebekah Payne
Kristen Stevens
Jenny Davies-Reazor

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

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