Birthday Gift

Birthday Necklace

Buried Treasure Pendant

I was grateful to be chosen as a July Design Partner by  Mellisa of Chinook Jewelry.  Melissa makes the most wonderful ceramic pendants, beads and bead caps.  She is known for her awesome glazes and she really outdid herself with the new glaze she developed for her Shipwreck Series.  I received the Shipwreck pendant you see below.  It is made of porcelain clay and is finished  in a rough matte rusty-gold glaze.  I love this rustic look; as though the pendant had just been unearthed from many years below the sea.

Shipwreck pendant from Chinook Jewelry

Heike’s Birthday

My sister-in-law, Heike, had a birthday coming up soon, so I got to work on designing a necklace for her with this pendant. Now Heike is the queen of handmade, so I knew she would appreciate a handmade necklace for her birthday!  She has taught me how to dye silk, create paper-cut wall hangings, paint with acrylics and who knows what else, over the years.

I met my husband-to-be when he was an exchange student from Germany, in my high school.  We were now going to Germany to celebrate Heike’s birthday, our 38th (!) anniversary and, most importantly, we were going to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 85th birthday.  This necklace would come with me.

Ceramic and carnelian necklace

Heike's birthday necklace

I wanted a rustic look for the necklace, in keeping with the pendant.  I found a couple of strands of organically hand-cut golden carnelian that I loved with the pendant.  I made a bail for the pendant with a round of seed beads and then two loops of right angle weave.  I then threaded one strand of the necklace through each of the seed bead loops.

handmade ceramic, brass and carnelian necklace

A year or so ago, I bought a woven bracelet at an import store that had the coolest organic metal cubes.  I then cut the bracelet apart, so I could use the beads!  Some of those brass beads found their way into the front portion of this necklace.  I added a rustic stone, placed off-center and highlighted it with wood and serpentine.  Next came a small accent on the opposite side and an artsy brass colored toggle clasp.

detail from a handmade necklace

We arrived in Germany on the morning of Heike’s birthday.  That evening she opened our gift and was delighted with the necklace.  She wore it several more times during our stay.

Handmade necklace with pendant by Chinook Jewelry

Thank you, Melissa, for inspiring me with your wonderful pendant.  Designing is a joy when you have such a great focal piece to work with.  Please visit Melissa’s website, if you’d like some inspiration, too!  Erin Prais-Hintz was also a Chinook Jewelry Design Partner for July.  I’d encourage you to hop on over to Erin’s blog, so you see the wonderful jewelry that Erin designed with Melissa’s ceramic pieces.  Melissa blogged about both Erin’s and my designs.  You can read about them on Melissa’s blog.

Handmade necklace by Linda Landig

A Little Something: Bead Donation

Denver Refugee Women’s Craft Initiative

My friend, Janet, of Pink Poppy Studios, told me that she had donated some of her unwanted beads to the Denver Refugee Women’s Craft Initiative, also known as A Little Something.   According to their website:

“A Little Something came about in the summer of 2007 when refugee women in a literacy-level English class in Denver, Colorado asked how they—a group of stay-at-home mothers—could earn their own money from their own work. “

Neighborhood groups of women now meet together to create crafts, learn new business and craft skills  and support one another.  The women in the program earn 75 percent of the selling price of their items. The rest of the money goes back into the business to purchase supplies.

I was needing to weed through my over-vast bead collection too.  So I decided to follow Janet’s lead.  I gathered up all these beads, (plus a few more). I sent them all off to a Little Something yesterday.

donation for Denver Refugee Women's Craft Initiative

You don’t have to be a beader to contribute to A Little Something.   In addition to  leftover or unwanted beads or jewelry-making supplies, they also welcome weaving fiber, knitting needles, or natural fiber yarn.  They do point out that they do not use acrylic or nylon yarn.  You can also make cash donations to their cause.  So if you are doing some spring cleaning of your crafty endeavors, this may be just the destination you need for your unwanted supplies.  It was just what I needed!

Do Over Blog Hop

The Beauty Make-Over

Jeannie Dukic of Jeannie’s Blog has been making jewelry for a very long time.  Looking back at some of her beginning efforts made her realize how far she had come.  It also made her realize that she no longer wanted those initial pieces of jewelry because they didn’t live up to her current standards of design or craftsmanship.  She had the brainstorm to send the old jewelry out to interested designers, who would photograph the original piece, then take it apart and breathe new life into it.

Before

Here is what Jeannie sent me..  I think this pendant was a project in Bead Style magazine.  The rest is all black, with little visual interest.  Hey, ‘ya gotta start somewhere.  My early attempts were not this pretty at all.Jeanies do-over necklace for the blog hop

After

So I cut it all apart and put it with a very cool, slightly edgy ceramic pendant by Yolanda’s Clay.

Black and Red heart necklace

I scattered Jeannie’s black beads throughout the multi-strand section of the necklace.  The beads in the single strand portion came from an old necklace of my aunt’s, that she no longer wanted.  So I cut it apart, too.  It was also all plain black and just begging for a make-over.

Red and black bead necklace with ceramic heart

I chose the sterling silver clasp because it so beautifully echos the spirals on the heart.

Sterling silver hook and eye clasp

What do you think?  Did I give this a second lease on life?

This necklace is now available in my shop.

Blog Hop

Now comes the fun part.  Click on the links below and you’ll find other jewelry designers who received old jewelry from Jeannie and reworked those oldies into beautiful new pieces of jewelry that anyone would be proud to wear.

Jeannie

Sally

Dagi
Lisa
Christine
Erin
Leslie
Shannon
Niky
Diane
Barbe
Elisabeth
Lori
Linda
Pam
Patty
Nancy
Kim
Marci
Charlene

Children’s Rare Disease Campaign Bracelet

Bracelets For Hope & A Giveaway

Bracelet Winner

The Bracelet Giveaway closed last night at 5:00 p.m. PST.  There were a total of 18 entries.  I used the Random Number Generator at Random.org to determine the winner.  And the winner is…..Deci Worland!  Congratulations Deci, you have won this 2 strand bracelet with a vintage button closure!  Please email me with your address and your bracelet will be on it way!

2 stradn peurple bracelet with vintage glass button

7,000 Bracelets For Hope

112 jewelry designers, myself included, have joined up with Lori Anderson in supporting the  7,000 Bracelets For Hope project.  The  Global Genes Project, a children’s rare disease campaign, is collecting bracelets to be sent to families who have a child with a rare disease.  Why 7,000 bracelets?  Because over 7,000 rare diseases have been identified. 

blue and red ceramic and coral bracelet

Kazuri bead, Greek ceramic, sponge coral, trade beads

Rare diseases often suffer from an acute lack of funding for research into the causes and treatments of the diseases.  This particular project is not a fund-raiser, however, but rather, it’s a way of demonstrating support to families that are facing incredible obstacles in their daily lives.  As a play on words, all the bracelets are to be blue jean (gene!) colored.  The bracelets will be sent to the families this Christmas.

blue and red ceramic and coral bracelet

I’d encourage you to learn more about the Global Genes Project and the Bracelets for Hope Project.  Perhaps you would like to support their work to help people suffering from a rare disease.

blue and red ceramic and coral bracelet, with Karzuri bead

Blog Hop!

Now for the fun part!  Everyone loves a blog hop!  All the blogs listed below are participating in the 7,000 Bracelets For Hope Project.  Here’s your chance to view 112 blue jean colored bracelets.  I guarantee that each one will be unique and wonderful.  Enjoy!

Bracelet Blog Hop
1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got To Doodle
3.  Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4.  Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings
7.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9.  Amy Severino, Amy’s Beads
10.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride11.  Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12.  Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13.  Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14.   Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16.  Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium
18.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading To Be Done!
20.  Nicki Keller, Nicki’s Reef21.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23.  Carrie Tahquechi,  Carrie T
24.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
26.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
28.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings  ♥You are here.♥
29.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady 
30.  Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs 

31.  Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux  
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads 
33.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread 
34.  Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde 
35.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 
36.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me 
37.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. 
38.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
39.  CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations 
40.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash 

41.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy’s Coloring Box 
42.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
43.  Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn 
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle 
45.  Emanda Johnson, Artemisia’s Studio 
46.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47.  Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48.  Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49.  Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53.  Andrea Robinson,  Madame Magpie’s Shiny Things
54.  John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55.  Breana Fry, Vault 31
56.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60.  Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61.  Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64.  Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66.  Norma Agron, Norma’s Clay
67.  Ana Novak, Cat’s Pajamas, Dog’s Tuxedos
68.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72.  Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73.  Deana Hager, Just Deez’ Art & Life
74.  Lupe Meter, Gem’s PC Corner
75.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76.  Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79.  Sally Russick, WireWorked
80.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter 

81.  KJ, KJ’s Beadacious Beads
82.  Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman … Art, Life, Love 
84.  Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy 
85.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86.  Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87.  Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88.  Deb Beechy, Beetique
89.  Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
90.  Kerry Bogert, Kab’s Creative Concepts

91.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92.  Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
 93.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94.  Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
95.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97.  Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99.  Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100.  Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores 

101.  Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets 
102.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104.  Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108.  Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109.  Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110.  Maggie Towne, Maggie’s Bead Towne

 111.  Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112.  Mary Ellen Parker,  BeeTree by m.e.

Bead Table Wednesday – New Goodies

I’ve Been Shopping!

Jewelry Display

My friend and I were in JC Penny the other day to find a dress jacket for her to wear to a friend’s wedding.  We passed by the jewelry (oh-oh, danger zone) where I saw some adorable jewelry display stands.  They were marked $10 off because they were all a bit bent.  But if you design jewelry, then you know how to wield  jeweler’s pliers and it doesn’t take much to bring it back into alignment.  I’ve tweaked it a bit, but I can see from this picture that it’s still not quite right yet. The left footing still doesn’t sit flush with the table.  But with another small tweak, it will be good to go!  It was a great deal because of the mark down and I think it will make a nice addition to my booth at jewelry shows.  What do you think?

jewelry display with branch designDream Some

I have lots of wonderful handmade metal components on my work table today! I got these components from Kristi Bowman of DreamSome on Etsy.  The charms are handmade from copper metal clay.  When fired they become pure copper and a second firing creates this gorgeous patina.  I’ve already made a pair of earrings from one set of charms (not shown) and can hardly wait to get my hands on the pair that are pictured here.  I also purchased this delightful domed brass heart pendant.

Brass and copper jewery components from Dream Some

Miss Fickle Media

And since I’m a “more is always more” kind of gal, I also placed an order with Shannon LeVart of MissFickleMedia,  on Etsy.  Shannon is well known for the many colors she is able to coax from metals with her special patina processes.  These copper and brass charms will probably also find their way into earrings.

copper and brass earring components and copper beads with patina

I don’t have a definite plan yet for these amazing pure copper round beads.  Sometimes when something is as gorgeous as these beads are, I get afraid to use them–like I’ll spoil the magic or something.  I know–I gotta get over it.  Eventually I just force myself to use my treasures.  You just have to push on through your real or imagined barriers.

Do you ever have to force yourself to take the next step?  Do you have to actively silence the critic in your head?  What helps move you forward?

Check out other bead tables over at the Bead Table Wednesday Flickr group!

Spring Break

Time To Play With Beads!

It’s Spring Break at all but one of the schools where I have student teachers to supervise.  That means that I only have one appointment on Friday and the whole rest of the week is MINE! (you can start cheering here!)

Today I’m slogging through the tedious task of filling out my mileage report form for the university.  I’m so clerically inept — it just puts me on edge.  And, of course, I’ve put off the paper work for 3 months and now it is all due on Monday and I must get it done.  Sigh…

turquoise, black  and orange earrings

I used to name all my jewelry and I’ve decided to return to that practice.  It makes it seem more personal and special.  This pair of earrings is called Turquoise Glow.  They were added to my shop last night.

dichroic earrings in black, turquoise and orange

The Turquoise Glow earrings are made with dichroic glass beads,  which just seem to glow from within.   According to Wise Geek:

“Dichroic glass, also called fusion glass, is glass treated with various metal oxides to make it appear to have many colors. Developed for use in the American space program, dichroic glass is now popular as a jewelry and art material. The name comes from a Greek word meaning “two colors.” …

To make dichroic glass, the glass must be sprayed with micro-layers of metals, usually including titanium, chromium, gold, zirconium, and aluminum. This is conducted in a vacuum chamber, which evaporates the metals and fuses them to the glass in extremely thin layers. The fusion process creates a crystalline structure on the glass, which causes light to fracture. Each piece of dichroic glass has at least three colors: the color that reflects from the glass, the color of the glass, and a second refracted color that can be seen at a 45 degree angle. The process requires special equipment, and can be quite expensive to produce.”

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Are your kids on Spring Break?  What about you?  Any fun plans?

Second Saturday – Printers Cabinet Progress

Second Saturday State Of Your Studio

Printers Cabinet Progress Update

Beads of Clay Blog hosts Second Saturday State Of Your Studio.  Participating bloggers give a glimpse into our studios and current projects we have underway.  I missed the Second Saturday State Of Your Studio post for February, but I’m working on Spring cleaning in March!

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to de-cutter my studio and my life.  It’s a year-long project.  The Hamilton printers cabinet that I received for Christmas has been a big help.  I had many un-housed beads that were cluttering every surface of my studio. I’ve taken all my faceted and special shaped gemstones and pearls and placed them in  drawers in the printers cabinet.  The rest still reside in drawer units I bought at IKEA a number of years ago.

Using a Hamilton printers cabinet for bead organization

small compartments in printers cabinet with pearls Now here is here is the organizational work I am most proud of.  There are about 7 drawers with very small compartments.  Before we bought the printers cabinet, I checked to see if tic-tac style boxes would fit in the compartments.  Perfect!  So I have purchased a couple hundred of these babies and filled them with my seed beads, fire polish and crystals.

This was a very time-consuming task.  Every time I thought I was all done, more seed beads would show their ugly little faces, buried in some remote place in my studio.  Then I’d have to buy more tic-tac boxes and continue organizing.  This was further complicated by the fact that I couldn’t find any tic-tac boxes locally and had to go to a town about 30 miles north of us.  Worse than that, three times,  when I got home and opened the packaging I found that all the boxes had cracks in them.  So I had to go north again and exchange them.  But its done now and I love it.

The colors in the drawers are arranged by the color wheel.  Here is a close up of some of the blues.  There are compartments for seed beads, fire polish and crystals here.

using a hamilton printers cabinet to organize seed bead, and crystalsMy bead room companion, Chochi, joined me while I was taking these pictures.

My dog, Chochi laying next to the Hamilton printers cabinet.By getting my studio better organized and making many runs to Goodwill, I have been able to eliminate 4 of these white plastic drawer units, the purple rolling cart and a large  wooden bookcase!

Be sure to visit the other blogs in the Second Saturday State of Your Studio group.  Its fun to see what everyone is up to.

Plastic storage units with three drawersfour drawer rolling storage unit

Long Linked Necklace

I finished the necklace I blogged about for Bead Table Wednesday (BTW).  I’m slower at wire wrapping than I wish I were, but I love how it turned out!  It’s rustic, varied and each bead is interesting–not only that but it has my favorite color, rust orange!

long necklace with gunmetal chain, ceramic, glass, felt and carnelian

Organically shaped ceramic beads, handmade felt beads, African beads, glass and carnelian are all hand-wired to gunmetal colored chain.  There is no clasp, as the necklace is long enough to just slip over your head.  This Chain Necklace is now available in my shop.

long hand wired necklace

Gunmetal hand wired orange and black necklace

Bead Table Wednesday – New Beads and Chain

BTW (Bead Table Wednesday).  A weekly peek at what’s on my bead table.

I think I’m all about bead and chain shopping just now.  Let me take you on a tour of the many goodies laid out on my bead mat today.

Bead Table Wednesday

I was at Michaels on Tuesday and found a bunch of cool stuff on sale.  I especially love the organically shaped pink, orange and ruby colored ceramic beads.  I may wire them and add some rhodinite and carnelian with some chain for a long necklace.  Speaking of chain, I also found the chain on the lower right, on sale at Michaels, as well as the funky brass earring frames. 

The brass wire and handmade ear wires arrived this week from Fresh String Beads.  I also grabbed the whimsical ceramic hearts the moment I saw them on Kristie Roeder’s Artisan Clay Facebook page.  Aren’t they delightful?  I’m going to re-string the necklace I’ve started here and add some of the glass pearls that I set above the necklace.  I think they will help highlight the cream-colored portions of the heart.

If you’d like to take a peek into more studios, of both the people who create beads, as well as those who use them, visit the BTW Flickr group.

Bead Soup Package

Bead Soup Ingredients Arrive

Lori Anderson has arranged another wonderful Bead Soup Party.  I’ve been partnered with the talented jewelry designer, Elisabeth Auld.  I wrote about Elisabeth and the Bead Soup Party earlier this week.   Just today, I realized that Elisabeth was the Designer of the Week in September at the Art Bead Scene Blog.  Yay, Elisabeth!large soup bowl and ladle

This week all the Bead Soup Partners sent off packages of “ingredients” for Bead Soup.  Our packages were to include a pendant or focal piece, a nice clasp and some coordinating beads.  Just look at the lovely ingredients that Elisabeth sent me!

Beads sent from Elisabeth Auld

I was so delighted when I opened the tin which was wrapped with the felt ribbon you see in the background.  This generous serving of beads includes stick pearls, glass, ceramic beads and felt beads.  Also, note the sweet little bird on the right!

Handmade pendant by Elisabeth Auld

I think I literally gasped aloud when I saw this gorgeous pendant.  Elisabeth made it herself!  I LOVE it!!!! Oh my gosh, I couldn’t have been luckier.  I’m so glad that I have such a talented partner!  And she made the clasp, as well.  Wow!  Thank you Elisabeth!

The big Reveal date will be Saturday, February 26th.  Be sure to come back then to see what everyone has made with their Bead Soup ingredients!

Handmade hook and eye clasp

Give Away News

Lori Anderson, who arranged this Bead Soup Party joy, is having a fabulous metal stamp giveaway on her blog, Pretty Things.  She has a very cool set of metal  stamps (worth $70)  to give away to some lucky winner (Me? You?).  Click here to find out how you can enter your name for the give away.