June Component Of The Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a giveaway and jewelry reveal. I am the hostess for June.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus three guest artists were given one of my garden themed ceramic components to use in a jewelry design of their making.  I can’t wait to see what everyone has created!

ceramic jewelry components giveaway

Art Jewelry Elements Giveaway

Garden themed ceramic jewelry components

Garden themed ceramic jewelry components

I decided to make two pieces of jewelry.  First, I made a pair of earrings as a tiny “Thank You” to my ceramic mentor, Marion Pollmann.  Marion has been teaching me how to work in clay.  Without her offer to take me under her wing, none of this would be happening.  I am so very grateful to her! <3

Marion at work on one of her custom stoneware book covers.

Marion at work on one of her custom stoneware book covers.

Marion picked out a pair of rustic teardrop flower charms and I made them into earrings for her.

Rustic Flower Earrings

Rustic Flower Earrings

The earring charms were made in layers.  I learned how to make a clay “slip” that, when fired, permanently attached the flowers to the teardrop shape.  I did a rustic wire wrap and made my own ear wires with accent beads.

Ceramic flower earrings

Ceramic flower earrings

Next up, I wanted to make a necklace for myself.  It’s funny how infrequently I make something just for me.  I’d been dreaming of getting my hands into clay for so long, that I decided I should make a necklace that would mark the realization of a dream come true. The medallion pendant was one of the first pieces I made and it was pretty much a collaborative effort between Marion and I.  I love the colors in it and I know I will wear it a lot.

Green Medallion Necklace

Green Medallion Necklace

I highlighted the pendant with some bone colored beads and two gorgeous premium Czech glass flower beads. The rest of the necklace is made of serpentine, three sizes and colors of fire polish beads, some size 6 seed beads and brass spacer beads.  It is adjustable, with a self-made clasp.

Green Medalian Necklace 3

 

Green Medallion Necklace

Green Medallion Necklace

Now comes the fun part!  Follow the links below to visit all this month’s jewelry designers!  Have fun!

Guests
Ann Schroeder
 Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi

Therese Frank

AJE Members

Susan Kennedy

Diana Ptaszynski

Linda Landig

Lesley Watt
Melissa Meman

Caroline Dewison

Francesca Watson

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Rebekah Payne

Kristen Stevens

Keirsten Giles

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Waxed Linen Jewelry Blog Hop

Spools of colorful waxed linen.

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!

Diana and I learning to use waxed linen, with Erin’s guidance.

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.

Handmade necklace by Linda Landig

Blue Raven Necklace

The ceramic raven pendant was made by Oh! Sullivan Studio. Most of the ceramic beads were made by Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln.

Handmade Raven Necklace by Linda Landig

Blue Raven Necklace

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.

Blue Raven Necklace by Linda Landig

Blue Raven Necklace

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.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 

Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

 

Diana Ptaszynski  Our much appreciated hostess

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

Featured on the Art Bead Scene Blog

I’m pleased to share that my “Woodland Blossom Necklace” was featured on the Art Bead Scene Blog today.  They sponsor a monthly art challenge where they post a painting and ask people to interpret it and include the use of art beads.  I loved this colors in this month’s painting!

Paul Cezanne

Basket of Apples

Basket of Apples by Paul Cézanne, 1893
Oil on canvas 65 cm × 80 cm (25.6 in × 31.5 in)
Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, Art Institute of Chicago

 

Just look at those juicy yellow greens and the rich reds and oranges!  This was right up my alley!  And I had the perfect pendant, by Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln, to bring out those colors!

Linda Landig Jewelry

Woodland Blossom Necklace

I had so much fun creating this and remembering Bead Fest in August when Mary and I swapped jewelry and beads. When I use art beads they have so much meaning to me.  It’s not only that they are amazing little pieces of art – it’s that I have formed personal connections with the artists and each art bead speaks to me of its maker, of their talent and skill and of their personality and our connections.  So thank you Mary and thank you Art Bead Scene!

Handmade Flower Pendant Necklace Green Burnt Orange Black Ceramic OOAK Gift Rich Colors Holiday Jewelry Winter

Woodland Blossom Necklace

Forest Dewdrop Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and blog hop.  September’s component was made by the talented Lesley Watt of THEA Elements.

Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few  lucky guest artists were each given one of these amazing handmade brass “Bursting Seed Pod” bead caps.   I received the green one that is positioned at about 2:00 in the first photo below.

artisan bead components by Lesley Watt

Bursting Seed Pods from THEA Elements

This piece presented a number of challenges to me.  First off I wanted to find a bead to fit within the metal piece that Lesley made.  I found that Lesley’s bead cap was 18mm large.  I had very few beads that were that size and most of the ones I did have, had flowers, swirls or other designs that competed with the pretty design on the top of the bead cap.

At one point I bought a strand of 18mm magnesite beads.  The magnesite looked passable with Lesley’s bead cap, but not great.  Eventually I located a beautiful lampwork glass bead by Genea Beads  that was a perfect match for the bead cap.  I strung those 2 components onto a lampwork glass headpin by Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodles.

handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Forest Dewdrop Necklace

Nancy was my Bead Soup exchange partner a couple of years ago and she gave me the most amazing collection of her lampwork to work with.  I still had 2 headpins and one bead leftover from that exchange.  The headpin was perfect for the pendant I was creating, but it had the thickest, toughest metal pin that I have ever encountered.  After I’d wrapped the loop at the top, I could not clip the extra wire, no matter how hard I pressed on the cutters.  So I brought it to my husband and jokingly told him that I was providing him with an opportunity to show off his manly prowess!   He clamped down with all his might and….the pliers broke, but the excess wire remained intact!!!  I finally went out into the garage and got the big electrical wire shears and was able to clip the wire.  Sheesh!

artisan necklace by linda landig jewelry

Forest Dewdrop Necklace

After that things went fairly smoothly!  I am moving toward making more and more of my own ear wires, bails and clasps, so I decided to make my own clasp and use Nancy’s lampwork glass bead that I still had leftover from our exchange.  To transition from the beaded double strands to the chain, I used two shell hoops, with one of them serving as the loop for my handmade clasp.

handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Forest Dewdrop Necklace

Here’s how the whole necklace looks, on my trusty mannequin, Matilda.

handmade necklace by linda landig jewelry

Forest Dewdrop Necklace

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Lesley’s wonderful Bursting Seed Pod bead caps?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!
Guest designers:
Erin Prais-Hintz – Tesori Trovati
Cate – Fulgorine
Claire Lockwood – Something To Do With Your Hands

AJE team

Jennifer Cameron

Jenny Davies-Reazor
Francesca Watson
Melissa Meman
Linda Landig – You are here!
Susan Kennedy
Rebekah Payne
Caroline Dewison
Lesley Watt
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!

Dogwood Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  August’s component was made by the talented Melissa Meman of Melismatic Art Jewelry.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few  lucky guest artists were given gorgeous metal focals that Melissa made for us.  I received the pretty mixed metal dogwood pendant in the upper right of this photo.

As usual, I left this project till the last-minute–but that turned out to be fortuitous! Since I’d put off designing my necklace until after I returned home from Bead Fest in Philadelphia, I was able to incorporate some of the new treasures which I brought home with me.

Linda Landig Jewelry

Dogwood Necklace

My ideas started perking when I spied a purple and periwinkle lampwork glass leaf sitting on my work table.  I bought the leaf from glass artist, Judith Billig, this past May, at a local bead show. Pairing a leaf with the dogwood flower made sense to me and they were proportional to each other and looked good together.

Brass Dogwood Necklace 6

After that, the rest of the ideas flowed quickly.  I grabbed a beautiful silk ribbon that Marsha Neal had given me at Bead Fest.  Then I added awesome textured ceramic beads that I  got at Bead Fest from Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln and a glowing purple raku bead from XAZ Bead Company.  To add a bit of contrast to the ceramic, I incorporated a lampwork glass bead from Beads and Botanicals and finished the whole thing off with a clasp I got from Melinda Orr last weekend in Philadelphia.

handmade jewelry by Linda Landig

Dogwood Necklace

I love it when ideas just flow together like this.  I’m still floating on a creative high from spending 4 days in bead heaven with all my beady buddies at Bead Fest.  (More on Bead Fest soon)

Artisan necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Dogwood Necklace

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

Guests:

Perri Jackson
Hope Smitherman
Monique Urquhart

AJE Team:

Melissa Meman
Jennifer Cameron
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Sue Kennedy
Linda Landig – You are here!
Kristen Stevens
Francesca Watson
Lesley Watt - Unfortunately, Lesley’s component decided to take a vacation and hasn’t shown up at her house yet :( But you can still go check out her great blog!

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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

 

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Who me?  A bead hoarder???  Cough, cough, sputter.  Um yah.  I have a boatload of beads and many that I have hung onto for years.  Lori Anderson could host a blog hop like this every month, and I’d still have hoarded beads to spare.

This is how Lori describes this blog hop:

So what’s this blog hop design challenge about?  Well, I’ve noticed that I’m really, really good at collecting beads, but not so good at parting with them!  I’ve amassed a scary number of beads that need to see the light of day.  I have excuses — lots of excuses.  This one is too special, this set cost a lot more than I usually spend, this set needs just the right accent beads.  
 
Enough excuses!  It’s time to play!

 

Here are some oldies but goodies I managed to put to use in the last month or so.

I purchased the sweet ladybugs charms from Golem Studios well over a year ago.  The charms are so cute, but whatever I paired them with just looked lame.  So I never used them – ’till now!  I think these simple glass rings give them a little extra pizzazz, without competing for attention with the charms.

Ladybug Earrings

Blue and red artisan earrings

Ladybug Earrings

I got this rabbit pendant from Shaterra Clay Studio in March of 2012.  The triangular,  peach aventurine has been in my stash for probably 5 years!  A rabbit in our yard finally inspired me to use these.  I love the peach and brown together.

Brown Rabbit Necklace

Linda Landig Jewelry

Brown Rabbit Necklace

This next and last, pair of earrings uses rustic patinated copper rounds from Miss Fickle Media that I bought over 2 years ago.  I love them with my new spiky ceramic charms from Off Center Productions.

Big, Bold & Sassy Earrings

Turquoise Dagger-Shaped Earrings Handmade Ceramic Copper Long Funky

“Big, Bold & Sassy” Earrings

Thanks for hosting this fun blog hop, Lori!  I look forward to visiting others’ blogs!

Here are all the participants.  Click to find out what they have been hoarding and what lovelies they designed with their hoarded treasures.

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine’s Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre’z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D’Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie’s Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia’s Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka’s Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda’s Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou’s time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 – For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD’s Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine’s Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl’s Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn’s Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings ‘n’ Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi’s Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra’s Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge’s Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca’s Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena’s Beady Blog

Dahlia Inspired Necklace

Art Jewelry Elements Update:

Today on AJE, I write about a trip my husband and I took down the Oregon coast to celebrate our 40th anniversary.  We stopped at Shore Acres State Park in Newport, Oregon.  The site of a former summer estate from the 1800’s; Shore Acres has extensive, meticulously maintained gardens.  The roses and dahlias were in full, glorious bloom and my attention was especially drawn to the yellow and pink dahlias.

pink & yellow daliahs 1

Although I rarely use pink and yellow in my jewelry designs, I decided to challenge myself to make a pink and yellow necklace.  Quite a stretch for me, but I did it!  To read more, visit my post:  Jewelry Inspiration In Bloom.

Here’s a little sneak-peek  picture:

Garden Park Necklace

Garden Park Necklace

Blue Skies and Sunshine Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements hosts a component giveaway and reveal. May’s component was made by the talented Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus several other artists were each given one of these gorgeous lampwork glass discs that Sue made for us.

AJE Component of the month

Component of the Month by Sue Beads

I received the disc at the top, with the orange center.  I was so delighted, because orange is one of my favorite colors!

Remember last month when I broke one of Jen’s lampwork glass headpins?  This month’s Component of the Month was just the opposite experience.  The necklace went together quickly and easily and I am rather pleased with it.

handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Blue Skies and Sunshine Necklace

I strung the necklace on orange leather cording, attaching the lampwork disc with a larks head knot. Using waxed linen cording, I dangled a flower bead below the disc.  The flower is accented with a turquoise seed bead and a tiny transparent, peach colored glass teardrop-shaped bead.

close up of handmade necklace pendant

Blue Skies and Sunshine Necklace

I placed a turquoise, enameled bead by Barbara Lewis, above the glass disc, completing the pendant portion of the necklace.  The two round, orange ceramic beads were made by Bo Hulley.  The rest of the ceramic and glass beads are commercially made.

necklace with handmade glass, ceramic and enamel beads.

Blue Skies and Sunshine Necklace

About 17 years ago, a bead shop near my parents’ house, bought out all the glass buttons from a defunct German button factory.  I bought quite a supply of them back then at a very reasonable price.  One of the orange glass buttons worked  perfectly as a loop and button closure for this necklace.  The necklace measures about 16.5 inches long and the enamel bead will be at about collarbone length on most people.

Blue Skies and Sunshine Necklace

Blue Skies and Sunshine Necklace

I made this necklace on a gorgeous spring day.  As I looked out my studio window, I noticed that the sky was a clear blue-turquoise, like the beads in the necklace.  That’s how this necklace came to be named the “Blue Skies and Sunshine” necklace!

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with these lampwork discs?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Component of the Month blog posts!  

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Linda

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