Bead Art In The Kitchen

This will just be a quick post, because I have to write a post for Art Jewelry Elements this evening.  But come back on Sunday for a peek at 3 new pairs of earrings that I’ve been working on this week.

I just came across the most amazing piece of beaded art work that you could imagine.  Artist Liza Lou has created at art installation that consists of an entire kitchen that is meticulously made of over 30 million tiny beads that have been precisely glued in place with tweezers.  I can’t even imagine the time and exactitude a project like this would demand.  I’d become a drunken, blathering idiot if I were forced to undertake such a task!  The installation, which took 5 years to complete, is called Kitchen.  I don’t have pictures to show you, but here is the link:  Kitchen  The link takes you to a slide show, so click on the picture to see close-ups of different parts of the kitchen, from beaded dishes in the sink, to a beaded bag of potato chips sitting on the counter.  Its sure to amaze you!

Then, if you continue clicking the pictures, you’ll see an accompanying installation called “Backyard”, which includes beaded individual blades of grass, a beaded Bud beer can crumpled on the ground and a beaded lawnmower.  This was just too over-the-top not to share it with you in a quick post.  Hope it puts a smile on your face and causes you to reflect a bit on Ms. Lou’s social and political themes, such as women’s issues!

happy housekeeping

Who said the 50’s were the “good ‘ole days”? Finding fulfillment in a shining pan??? Um, I don’t think so!

Turquoise Feathers Bracelet

 Tuesday News Day

Welcome to News Day Tuesday –  the day for jewelry updates and snippets of life

Turquoise Feathers Bracelet

I just re-listed the Turquoise Feathers Bracelet in my ArtFire Shop.  I had it listed there awhile ago, but had removed it.  The bracelet was at the Catwalk Gallery in Tacoma until recently, but sadly, we had to close shop because the University of Washington had just loaned us that space and they wanted it back again.  So I brought all my jewelry back home and am slowly getting it listed online.

Turquoise Purple Lampwork Glass Bead Bracelet Pearls Sterling Silver

Turquoise Feathers Bracelet

The lovely, handmade glass focal bead was the inspiration for the name “Turquoise Feathers”.  The artist started by making an all white glass bead.  Then they added an undulating swirl of purple on both sides of the bead.  Next they added a stripe of turquoise and then pulled a thin, sharp tool through the still molten turquoise glass, causing a feathered pattern to appear. Isn’t it a lovely effect?

Turquoise Purple Lampwork Glass Bead Bracelet Pearls Sterling Silver

Turquoise Feathers Bracelet

I matched the colors in the focal bead with purple and white freshwater pearls.  But to add visual interest, I alternated oval pearls with “button” pearls.  I interspersed turquoise crystals throughout, for contrast and a touch of sparkle.  This would make a pretty treat for yourself at only $18-.

ArtFire is now set up to allow 10 pictures of each item, so you can get a really complete picture of each item.  The Turquoise Feathers Bracelet listing shows both sides of the focal bead and also includes one picture of it in my hand, to help you gauge the size.

Artists Garage Sale

I had a booth at the Artists Garage Sale on  May 18th, here in Olympia.  This unique show is an opportunity for area artists to destash unwanted art supplies and sell their less expensive artwork.   For some reason we only had about half as many artists there, as in the past and the shoppers were way fewer as well.  I don’t know why this happened.  So things were a bit slow and I sold somewhat less than in years past, but it was still worthwhile.  I have tons of beads to destash and this was a good start.

Jewelry booth

Here’s one end of my booth. The boxes contain some of my destash beads.  I sorted the beads into sections by color.

Jewelry booth

 Jewelry booth

I also sold findings.

Jewelry booth

And books….

jewelry books

And scrapbook papers.

scrapbook papers

I also brought along finished jewelry, but I only sold one pair of earrings.  People were mostly there to get all sorts of art destash materials.


Some of my earrings

booth 3

My next show will be a regular-style arts show on June 23rd.  It will be part of the local Boston Harbor, WA Garden Tour.  If you are local, I hope you’ll stop by and say “hi!”

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


Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
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Artist’s Garage Sale

 Tuesday News Day

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Upcoming Show – Sort Of

I am blessed to live in a  funky, artsy town.  An annual event here is called the Artist’s Garage Sale.  This is not your everyday art show!  It is an opportunity for area artists to destash unwanted art supplies and sell their less expensive artwork.  It’s a great event for people to pick up affordable art,jewelry, beads, art print cards, paints, canvases, fabric, yarn etc.  I will have a booth at the Artist’s Garage sale this Saturday.  I will be selling my jewelry, plus I’m destashing tons of beads at below cost.

Garage Sale Olympia, WA


The Facebook event page describes it this way:

Need art supplies? Searching for a great gift for yourself or a friend? Check out the artistic wares and whatnots of over 70 area artists! The Artists’ Garage Sale is a unique event that gives Olympia’s artists and art lovers the opportunity to meet, shop, and connect.

The event is just $1.  All proceeds benefit POSSCA’s mission to support the arts, including the Cultural Assistance Program for Students (CAPS) program which provides musical instruments to students who otherwise couldn’t participate in school music programs and annual arts scholarships for high school seniors pursuing a college arts education.  

Olympia Armory, 515 Eastside St SE, Olympia WA 98501

If you live in the Olympia area, I hope you’ll stop by, say “Hi” and support a good cause!

Jewelry Collage

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


Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy


Valentine’s Day Heart Jewelry

Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Who is on your Valentines Day gift list?  It used to be just an occasion for lovers, but these days many people use this opportunity to express their love for family and friends too.  I usually send Valentines greetings to my grown kids and closest friends, in addition to my husband.

“Orange You Glad I love You?”  in my Etsy shop.

handmade orange necklace

“Orange You Glad I Love You?” necklace

Valentines Day is extra special for my husband and I.  Our first date was a high school prom, held on Valentines Day. I was 16 and he was 18 at the time.  That was, uh-hum, 43 years ago.  Hard to believe that!  We’ve traveled a long, sometimes rugged road together and our love has held firm. I feel so blessed.  I find it hard to shop for guys on Valentines day.  Any good ideas?

Tango Tonight Necklace, in my ArtFire shop.

Tango Tonight necklace

“Tango Tonight” Necklace

Take a moment to think about your loved ones.  You know them well.  You know what makes them laugh  You know their special interests and what you like to do when you are together.  You know the trials they have suffered.  You know their personal strengths as well as their weaknesses.  And they know these things about you too.

Whimsical Heart Necklace in my Etsy Shop.

handmade black and white heart necklave

“Whimsical Heart” Necklace

When you are on the hunt for a gift for those you love, do you try to find items that match those unique and special qualities?  I always try to, sometimes with more success than others.  Whenever possible, I try to find handmade items.  I either look online, at ArtFire or Etsy, or in local galleries and art shows.  My loved ones are not mass produced.  They are definitely one of a kind, so I try to give them one of a kind gifts.

Heartfelt necklace in my Etsy Shop.

Handmade turquoise lampwork glass heart necklace

“Heartfelt Necklace”

I made the “Heartfelt Necklace” (above) in honor of my friend, Jenelle Aubade of Beads and Botanicals.  The lampwork glass heart and the turquoise and black beads were made by Jenelle and her husband, Dan.  Although this necklace is in my shop, there are other pieces I’ve given to her as gifts, and Jenelle and Dan have often gifted me.  Unique gifts for unique and special people.

Ceramic Heart Necklace in my ArtFire Shop.

Handmade heart necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Ceramic Heart Necklace

Who do you give Valentines Day gifts to?  Just your beloved?  Your children?  How about your Mom or best friend?  Maybe even a little something for your children’s teachers?  Do you go the candy and flowers route, or do you look for other gifts?  Share your thoughts!

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


Linda Landig Jewelry

Its A Wrap

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Welcome to News Day Tuesday –  the day for jewelry updates and snippets of life.

Wired Bangle Bracelet

To follow up on last week’s post, I finished the wrapped and twined bracelet I was making for my friend’s birthday.  I was complaining of sore hands from the wire work, last week, but then I got the idea to use one of those gripper things you have in the kitchen to open jar lids.  It gripped the wire much more firmly than my hand could.  That enabled me to lighten my grip on the wire.  The next day I was able to complete the bangle without any pain!

I started out with over 8 feet of wire!  It looked like this to start.

wire wrapped jewelry

Wire Bangle in progress

I’m taking an e-course from Kerry Bogert to improve my wire-working skills.  You can see that its my first attempt.  There are patches where the wire wrapping has gaps, but there are also spots where it looks pretty good.  Practice makes better.

learning to make a wire wrapped bangle bracelet

Wire Bangle in progress

When I finished the bangle, I decided to add a matching bead dangle.  Here’s the finished project.  My friend loves it and told me she was proud of me for always striving to broaden my skill set.

Aspire To Wire Bracelet

Twined Wire Bracelet

I’m excited because the next project that I’m going to attempt in Kerry’s class is a variation on this bracelet, that also includes an artisan focal bead that is wired onto the bracelet.  I’m hoping to be able to get started on it, on Wednesday.

Twined Wire Bracelet

Twined Wire Bracelet

Green Spindle Earrings

I gave a sneak peek of these earrings a couple of weeks ago, but I’d never gotten around to listing them in my shop–till now!  The Green Spindle earrings feature lovely artisan-made ceramic dangles by Marti’s Buttons and Beads.  These earring have a fairly simple design, but I love the graceful shape of the ceramic dangles with the pretty glass beads that are accented with tiny pink rosettes.

handmade ceramic and glass earrings

Green Spindle Earrings

handmade ceramic and glass bead earrings.

Green Spindle Earrings

View these earrings in my shop here.

Did you know that I am always delighted to read your comments?  I am!  Hope to hear from you.


News Day Tuesday: Fall Leaf Jewelry

 Welcome to News Day Tuesday;  the day for updates on my shops and other relevant or possibly irrelevant  news.

Shop Updates:

I thought I’d pull together a collection of my fall jewelry for you.  I’m going to keep this short and sweet and make it an eye candy post.  If you’d like more information on  the earrings in this post, just click its title.

Flaming Autumn Earrings

Autumn Leaf Earrings Fall Orange Red Gold Dangles Brass Handmade OOAK

Flaming Autumn Earrings

Dappled Leaf Earrings

Dappled Leaf Earrings

Dappled Leaf Earrings

Actually when I first planned out today’s blog post, I also intended to share a brand new fall necklace I’d made this week.  I posted a link to it on my Facebook Jewelry Page and it sold in just a few hours.  I  always post my newest jewelry designs on my Facebook Jewelry Page first, before I blog about them, so it is a good idea to follow me there, too.

I’ll share the new necklace, just for eye candy, but it is no longer available.

Fallen Leaf Necklace

Fallen Leaves Necklace

Fallen Leaves Necklace

In addition to these, I have two other pairs of leaf earring.  I blogged about them on Friday’s Art Jewelry Elements blog. I hope you’ll hop over there and check out that post, too.

Thanks for reading.  I love to hear you comments!


Bead Table Wednesday: Bead Treasures

BTW: Bead Treasures From A Friend

My friend, Anita, told me that she had some beads that she no longer wanted and would like to give to me.  I asked her if she had been a beader, at some time before I knew her.  She said, “Not really.  I just collected beads.”  So I imagined that I might receive a small baggie of beads.  NOT!  Just look what she gave me last week!

New beads

Bead gift from Anita

There were two plastic shoe boxes full of beads plus a carrying case of beads!  There must have been  over 5 lbs of beads altogether!  I laid them all out on my studio floor and started sorting through them.

beads and bracelets

Beads and bracelets.

The beads I don’t want will be sent to A Little Something, a Denver charity that helps refugee women achieve self-sufficiency here.  There were also some stretch bracelets that Anita had made.  I’m going to see if my local YWCA can use those in their program to help women transition back into the workplace.

As you can see in the photo below, I’m starting to sort the keepers into to color groupings.

beads sorted by color

Beads sorted by color.

And, oh my gosh, just look at all this furnace glass (aka cane glass).  I never know quite what to do with furnace glass beads, (ideas?), but I think it is so lovely!

bag of cane glass beads

Furnace glass beads.

Not only did Anita gift me with beads, but also some tools….

flush cutters and crimp tools

Flush cutters and crimp tools.

….and a cool Craft Mate tote bag, filled with beads in storage boxes!

bead storage and carrying case

Craft Mate tote bag and bead storage boxes

Wow!  Thank you Anita!


I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

“Harem Bracelet” Kit Winner!

Painting With Fire Giveaway

I woke up this morning to find out that I am the winner of the “Harem Bracelet” Kit on Lori Anderson’s blog, Pretty Things.  I am beyond thrilled!

Lori Anderson is one of sixteen people who are taking turns reviewing Barbara Lewis’ book “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry – A Workshop in Painting With Fire“.  Each review includes a giveaway!  That’s 16 opportunities to win!  Here’s what I won:

enameled beads and silk bracelet

Harem Bracelet Kit, by Barbara Lewis

Here are some pictures from one of Barbara’s classes, of bracelets made with this kit.

enameled beads and silk bracelets

Harem Bracelets

There will also be opportunities for a mega prize at the end; drawing on all the names that have been entered for the 16 reviews.  Here’s the schedule of the reviews that remain:

Thank you Barbara Lewis and Lori Anderson!

Wish List

“Star bright, star light…

First star I see tonight.

I wish I may, I wish I might,

Have the wish,

I wish tonight.”

Did you ever recite that ditty as a child?  Here’s my current wish list:

These enameled wonders are from Teka and Zoe on ArtFire.  Basically I love every single thing in their shop.  If I won the lottery, I’d buy them out!

I love the scent of mint.  I drink peppermint tea, and prefer to bathe with handmade mint infused soap. This soap is from DeShawn Marie on ArtFire.

Be still my heart…  Just think what cool earrings could be made with these shiny baubles from Booga119!

I love the raised pattern on these earrings, don’t you?

Did you know that I used to make hand dyed silk scarves? Mine weren’t this nice, though.   I love the work of Morgan Silk !

Darn this girl!  She just keeps making more and more copper components that I just can’t live without! Kristi Bowman Designs:

Wouldn’t these lampwork beads from Radiant Mind, look luscious with Kristi’s copper components?  Just sayin’

I saved the best for the last!  I coveted these earrings for a while, but now I have them–and you can have them too!  They are made by my daughter, Naomi Landig.  Aren’t they awesome? I wear them all the time!