About Linda Landig

I love all things beady and beautiful! I design jewelry, blog, arrange flowers, travel, spend time with family and friends, cook, savor nature, and enjoy reading. email: llandig@msn.com

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This month I’m playing along with Art Elements Component of the Month challenge. The super talented Lindsay Starr, created these innovative leather cabochons. To learn how she made these, you can read about her process here.  The cabochon I received is the second from the left, in the top photo.

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This was an interesting challenge for me, because I’m not a seed beader, so I couldn’t create a beaded bezel.  Upon further reflection, I realized that I could use some techniques that I learned in a pine needle basketry course that I took about a year ago.

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As you can see, the center of my basket is a stone cabochon.  My idea was to use Lindsay’s leather cab in a similar manner, but only weave two rows of pine needles around it and then use it as a brooch or pendant.  I glued a sturdy fabric to the back of the cab and prepared my pine needles.

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Using dark green Irish waxed linen, I added the two rows of pine needles.   In the photo below, the second row is close to being finished.  I laid the cab on our glass coffee table and started playing with some different possible embellishments.  When I found a combination I liked, I trimmed the remaining pine needles to a tapered point and wove them in.

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I used Fire Line to add the flowers and leaves.  I haven’t added any findings yet, as I haven’t decided if this should be a brooch or a pendant.  What do you think?

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I’d position the cab sideways, as above, for a brooch.  If I were to make it into a pendant, I’d position it vertically.

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A big thank you to Lindsay for sharing the leather cabochons with us. I also want to thank each of you for visiting my blog.  Now hop on over to the all the other participants and see all the fantastic things that everyone has created.

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

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Muffin Tin Challenge 2017

Life is what happens when you make other plans.  Ever heard that saying?  It pretty much explains what happened to me the past two weeks, in regards to this challenge.  Let me explain.

Heather Powers (Humble Beads) issued her annual Muffin Tin Challenge a couple of weeks ago.  The idea is to kick start your creativity at the start of the new year.  Participants  load up each cup of a muffin tin with all the “ingredients” needed to make a piece of jewelry.  Then whenever you have a spare moment, you can sit down and start creating, without the need to gather material or get distracted by all the other pretties.

I was coming down with a cold, so I decided to make it easy on myself and just use a 6 cup muffin tin, rather than attempting 12 projects.

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My muffin tin.

That cold I mentioned?  Yah, well it quickly morphed into bronchitis.  Which explains why my muffin tin reveal is now a week late.  Even though I missed the deadline for the blog hop, I still felt a sense of commitment to follow through on this challenge.

Before the bronchitis hit me like a tsunami, I got a couple of pieces done.  First up is a pair of earrings that I featured on my Earrings Everyday blog post yesterday.  I ended up making the earrings from the contents of the first two muffin cups. The ceramic spikes are from Suburban Girl Studio and the beaded beads are from Sue Beads.

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Then I went on to make a necklace with the Humble Beads bird pendant that you see in the second muffin cup.

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The rest of the jewelry was made this week. I made these cute earrings next.  They are strung on Irish waxed linen and I macramed the loops at the tops.  The wavy ceramic charms were made by Marsha Neal Studio.  I’m in love with the glaze on these.  See how it shades from mauve to lavender? ❤

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I adore this wonderfully textured heart, by Yoli Miramontes.  I topped it with a  lampwork glass cube, that pulls in the pink from the heart and accents that with mint green.  I’ve been looking for an excuse to use these unusually faceted, mint green beads.  Their time had come to shine!  I interspersed them with tiny green seed beads and transparent pink fire polish beads.  I’m super pleased with this one.

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This next necklace features more ceramic work by Marsha Neal Studio.  I have a huge hoard of Marsha’s work, so I need to focus on designing with her things and then releasing them out into the world, so others can enjoy them.  I topped Marsha’s pendant with a delightful, ceramic bird bead by Caroline Dewison of BlueberriBeads.

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And finally, I wrapped up this challenge with these happy, little flower earrings.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the lampwork artist.

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So I finally finished the Muffin Tin Challenge.  Better late than never.  The first pair of earrings are available in my shop now and I will be adding the others over the next few days.  Thanks for visiting my blog.
I am always delighted to read your comments!  Hope to hear from you.

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Facebook Trunk Show

This Saturday I will be having a trunk show in a wonderful Facebook group called Artisans Create Together.  This group has been a great resource for finding out about jewelry designers and component makers that I’d not known about before.  They’ve also featured old favorites of mine, as well. The primary purpose of the group is to get to know various jewelry artists, but they do have trunk shows too.  I was the featured artist on Wednesday and the info about me is still on the page.  The founder of the group, Janice Everett of J-Lynn Jewels, shared info and photos about my studio spaces, my family and home, as well as my creative journey.

Saturday’s Trunk Show will feature my ceramic jewelry components and my finished jewelry as well as work by Dana Phillips.  Here are some sneak peek at some of my offerings.

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See you at the trunk show on Saturday. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtisansCreateTogether/

Panorama Arts Walk 2016

Starfish Color Palette Challenge

Towards the end of May, Sherri Stokey put out a challenge on the Love My Art Jewelry blog to design something in this color palette.

I was inspired, although I didn’t play by the rules exactly.  The necklace I designed is beachy and turquoise.  I even included a starfish, however the necklace doesn’t have the neutral colors that Sherry included in her pretty color palette.  My necklace just didn’t seem to want to develop in that direction.
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I’m still inspired by Sherri’s color palette though and I’d like to make some additional pieces of jewelry that adhere more closely to her colors.  I made some ceramic clam shell pendants this weekend.  I bisque fired them on Sunday, but they haven’t been glazed yet.  Perhaps I’ll use one of the clam shells to design a necklace in tan, ecru, turquoise and teal.
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I’ll be sure to share further explorations with this theme. In the meantime, my Sea Star Necklace is available in my shop.
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And The Winner Is…

Giveaway

The winner is….. Martha Reese!!!!  Congratulations Martha!  You’ve won the bracelet pictured below!

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Thank you to all who entered the giveaway.  I appreciate each person who visits my blog and hope you will continue to do so.  Hugs!

Linda Landig

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New Studio & A Giveaway

We’ve been in our new home for a month now. It’s smaller than our old house, but very nice.  We’ve unpacked all our boxes, and put nearly everything away. Tomorrow I plan to haul all the cardboard boxes back to the moving company so someone else can reuse them.  It still doesn’t seem like home yet.  I wonder how long that will take?  It feels kind of like we’re house sitting someone else’s place.

I promised you a studio tour and a giveaway. The studio tour comes first. Hang on till the end and you’ll find out how to enter the giveaway for a free artisan bracelet!

My studio isn’t 100% moved into yet.  There are a few small boxes on the floor, the closet is a mess and not all the pictures have been hung. But I decided not to wait any longer to share some pictures. I can always do an update later.

We’ll start at the door of the studio.  See that guy there?  He just sort of followed me to this new house, helped me install a whole wall of shelving and even gave me the “Jeweler Parking Only” sign.   I think he’s a keeper. 😉

To the right of the door are some IKEA spice racks that are the perfect size for my ceramic glazes.  The white box on the far right is a photo cube, which helps diffuse light and reduce shadows on my jewelry photographs.  Next to the photo cube is my desk.  I didn’t take any pictures of it, because it’s become the surface on which I’ve laid all the stuff I’ve unpacked, but haven’t found a space for yet.

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Here’s a closer view of the “spice racks”. Small bottles fit two deep and pint jars fit nicely, too.

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My orchids are happy in their new home on my studio window sill.

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The next picture is the best part of the new studio.  As I mentioned in my last post, we took most of the shelving that had been in our previous living room and moved it into my new studio.  It is a dream come true to have a place for all my metalsmithing equipment, polymer clay supplies, enameling, beading and ceramic supplies.  It’s not a big room, but the wall of shelves makes it all possible!

The wooden boxes are from IKEA, as are the shelving units.  I keep all my beads, except my art beads, in these boxes, sorted by color. The white, plastic 5 drawer units hold all my metal supplies, such as brass beads, copper wire, silver chain, etc. The other shelf of plastic units holds some of my clay supplies.  The wooden earring rack was made by Kristi Bowman’s husband.  It folds up flat and is super handy to bring to shows.

New Studio 1The last picture shows the wall behind the door, where I hung up  some certificates of appreciation from my 30 teaching career  The wall looked kind of bare, so I also hung up  a fused glass wall hanging and a collage with lovely calligraphy about the value of friends.  Both these are handmade.  Just around the corner, to the left, is a handmade ceramic wall vase by Marsha Neal Minutella.New Studio 4So now you’ve had the tour and it is time for the giveaway.  I’m thinking of this as a kind of reverse house-warming gift. Lots of neighborhood people brought us gifts when we moved in, so now I’m turning the tables and giving this bracelet away, as a gift, in celebration of our new home and this new chapter in our lives.

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The focal bead is handmade lampwork by Paradise Beads.  The tab shaped purple flower bead is by Sue Beads and is also lampwork glass.  The lilac colored bead is handmade ceramic by White Clover Kiln.  There are also a sprinkling of  top-drilled pearls, 2 Lepidolite beads and Czech glass bird beads.

Here’s how to be entered for my house-warming giveaway:

  • You can get one entry for commenting on this post.
  • You can get one additional entry each time you share this post on your choice of social media.  After you’ve shared, come back here and enter where you shared it and a link to it. Make a separate comment each time you share.  If you list multiple shares in one comment, it will only count as one.
  • Please include contact info, so I can easily let you know if you won.  If I can’t connect with you without having to search for contact info, I will skip on to the next entry.
  • I will announce the winner next Thursday, March 24th 2016.
  • Good luck and have fun!

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