I am on the Beads Of Clay (BOC) Design Team. Every month or so, five of the Design Team members are given some beautiful handmade clay beads and asked to design one or two pieces of jewelry with them. I received a delightful selection of BOC beads with the “assignment” to design two necklaces using these beads and whatever else I wished to add. I have completed one necklace and I’m currently working on the 2nd one.
I wish I could show you what is on my bead table today, but it is top-secret until the reveal date which is July 15th. In the meantime, I had fun using PicMonkey to alter the picture of my finished necklace. This is what is on my bead table today!
I have a small collection of orchids, on my kitchen window sill, that I either nurture to bloom or kill. I seem to do a bit of both. Knowing that I love orchids, my family often gives me new orchids on my birthday or Mother’s Day. This past Mother’s Day, my daughter, Naomi, (a metalsmith) outdid herself in the orchid department.
She gave me this gorgeous orchid, that is still blooming gloriously. I thought it would make a great subject for this Sunday’s macro photo.
“But wait, that’s not all!”, as they say on TV. When my eyes lit upon the orchid pot, I saw that tucked into the rim were a pair of sterling silver orchid earrings that Naomi had designed for me!
I was deeply touched by this gift. Here’s a pair of earrings, designed with love by my daughter, to reflect my personal passion for flowers, especially orchids. Check out the cool texturing, the exacting craftsmanship and the central rivet which holds it all together.
I love these earrings and I wear them often. More importantly though; I love my daughter and am thankful for her thoughtful gift and her wonderful presence in my life.
Now, as a bonus, I’ll include a macro photo of another orchid of mine that is also in bloom at this time.
Lori ofStudio Waterstone hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.
Two Wednesdays ago, I said I was starting a studio clean up. I haven’t made a lot of progress, but there are a few signs of hope. This was my work table 2 weeks ago.
It’s not a whole lot better, but if you look at the picture below, you’ll notice that there is a bit of clear space on the left. And although there are materials out and about, they are mostly related to the current project, and are not just random clutter.
I am nearly done with this necklace. I decided I didn’t like the clasp I had made, so I removed it and still need to make a new one. I’m also going to remove one of the long calcite beads on the right, and instead, extend the chain a bit longer. Even though it is an asymmetrical design, there still needs to be a sense of balance. I think it will look more balanced with these revisions. The butterfly pendant and flower bead were made by Yolanda’s Clay. The 2 little swirly ceramic squares on the bottom right were made by Marsha Neal Studio and they will eventually become earrings.
This white board (see picture below) is no longer propped up on the floor. I put the bulletin boards in the closet, until I can paint them and I put away the other “junk”.
Looks better, huh? I’ve got a running To-Do list up there, the due dates for the Beads Of Clay Challenge (I’m on the design team), a necklace idea and a magnetic calendar. The drawings above the whiteboard are by my brother, Jeff Kaufman. To the left you can see a new addition to my studio, This is Matilda II. Why the 2? My mother was quite artistic and she made a torso sculpture that we affectionately called Matilda. This mannequin is also just a torso and so she is Matilda the Second. It’s such a pleasure to have the white board hanging and functional now. As you can see, small things make me happy.
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.
I know I promised last week to do an update on my studio cleaning efforts, but I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped, though it is definitely better!
Instead I thought I’d just quickly share that today is my 2nd Blogversary! I started blogging on June 6th 2010. I sure have learned a lot since then, both about blogging as well as about new jewelry techniques and materials. Plus, I have met so many awesome people along the way. I really feel a part of a community now and I treasure that! I hope you have felt that kind of welcome here, too.
Since June 6, 2010 I have written 225 posts and have received 1753 comments! Love those comments – keep ‘em coming! I’ve gone from one web shop to 2, Linda Landig Jewelry on ArtFire and Linda Landig Jewelry on Etsy. I’ve joined a local Etsy team and have shipped jewelry as far away as Sweden, Russia and Greece! What a ride! Its been fun – and still is. I hope you will stick with me for many more blogversaries! Thanks for everything!