Bead Table Wednesday: Disorderly Conduct (in the studio)

BTW: Disorderly Conduct

…in the studio

If you read the interview with me on the Pacific Northwest ArtFire Guild Blog, it will come as no surprise to you that my work surface is a constant disaster.  I usually have numerous projects going at once.  And I’d rather design jewelry than clean up after myself.  I did include a studio picture with the interview and it looks half-way decent, but I neatened things up before taking that picture.

So I’m coming clean about not being clean.  Here’s how the studio really looks!

handmade jewelry in progressHow do I even find what I am working on????  Here’s a close up of the mess on the left.

Messy table top with handmade jewelry in progress.

Here’s the little blue bowl that is on the upper right in the picture above.

Black bracelets in a blue bowl

Work in progress

These bracelets were commissioned by a friend’s mother.  Her mother had bought a similar bracelet from me and received compliments from her friends.  So she decided she wanted to gift her friends with matching bracelets.  The only problem was that I couldn’t find the exact same black and pink floral beads – I only had 1 left in my stash.  These are similar and I hope they will be OK, (I do like the originals better, though).

I’ve finished one bracelet and just have to add the clasp to the second one.

Handmade bracelet by Linda Landig

Black and pink custom bracelet

Here are a pair of heart earrings I am working on.  I don’t like that extra silver ring above the heart.  It looks too gangly to me.  I may remove it.  What do you think?

Handmade Heart and lampwork earring

Heart and lampwork earring (Lampwork by Radiant Mind)

And last of all, I’m already laying out ideas for a heart necklace.  The photo makes the ceramic heart look blue, but it is really lavender and it pairs well with this lampwork bead, which I’ve had for a long time, (unfortunately I no longer remember who made it).

valentines day necklace in progress

Ceramic heart (by Bohulleybeads) and lampwork glass bead

Well now you have the truth of the matter.  I make pretties while I act disorderly!

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Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Table Wednesday: Custom Lanyard

BTW: Practice and Patience

Custom Lanyard

My next door neighbor saw my Blue Iris Necklace when she was at my Artisan Home Party a couple of weeks ago.  She asked if I could design a lanyard for her, using a similar design.  “Sure, no problem.”, I said.

Blue Iris Necklace.

Blue Iris Necklace

The  Blue Iris Necklace had been part of Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party, where participants had exchanged clasps and a pendant with another beader.   Stringing the lanyard in a similar design was easy.  The challenge came, unexpectedly, when it was time to create the clasp.  My Bead Soup Blog Party partner had been Elisabeth Auld of Beads For Busy Gals.  Elisabeth had made the clasp and pendant herself.  But, really, I thought, how hard could the clasp be???  Meanwhile 5 clasps later…

This is the loop end of Elisabeth’s clasp.  I wired on the iolite briolettes and the Swarovski crystals.

Blue Iris necklace, clasp close upI tend to get impatient when I can’t master something as easily as I think I should be able to.  The tricky part in this clasp, is that the hook portion has two parallel wires–or rather they are supposed to be perfectly parallel.  Mine weren’t!

Over the years, my impatience has been tempered somewhat by the realization that what was once infuriating, becomes easy or at least easier, with repeated practice.  Some of the things I do now, without a thought, such as making wrapped loops, were once formidable learning tasks.  So, I made about 5 clasps, several of which got cut up and tossed in the waste basket.    Here’s the final clasp.

handmade hook and eye claspHere’s the lanyard this morning, just before I attached the clasp.

lanyard design, just before completionAll Done!

Lanyard of rock crystal, iolite, lampwork beads and glass

Custom lanyard. Lampwork glass by Beads and Botanicals, rock quartz, iolite, Swarovski crystal, glass

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

link to BTW Flickr group

 

ArtFire Artisan Wedding Fair

Handmade Wedding

Are you planning a wedding or do you know someone who is?  Then check out the Artisan Wedding Fair from January 17th – January 31st.   Nearly 75 ArtFire studios are participating in this wonderful event, aimed at helping you create the wedding of your dreams!

wedding

Karina wearing the bridal jewelry I designed for her.

Many of the participating studios will be offering coupons or sales.  Everything in my jewelry studio will be marked down 10% during the entire 2 weeks of the Artisan Wedding Fair, (this sale also comes at a good time to get your Valentines Day jewelry).  No matter if you are planning a traditional ceremony, something modern and edgy or a casual, fun event; you’ll find fine handcrafted or vintage items to make your special day unique and memorable.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Artisan Wedding Fair studios lately and I’ve discovered beautiful and delightful wedding and shower favors, jewelry for the bride, and bridal party, purses, centerpieces, perfume, invitations and thank you notes, wedding albums, cake toppers and more.

You don’t have to go searching all over ArtFire either, because we have a blog,  Artisan Wedding Fair, with live links to all the participating studios, as well as having articles and great tips on how to make your dream wedding a reality.

Last summer I designed the bridal jewelry for this pretty bride, Karina C.  I love these pictures.  Her joy is so evident!  Feel free to contact me if you would like to have custom jewelry designed for your special day–or any day!

bride and flower girl with custom jewelryedited to add: Here are all the links to everyone’s studios.  Please feel free to contact the shop owners with any questions you may have.  We are here to help!

Bridal Jewelry :  Necklaces, Earrings,

Bracelets, & Wedding Rings!

Linda Landig Artisan Jewelry everything is 10%
off during the Artisan Wedding Fair
http://www.artfire.com/users/JudyCogoDesigns everything is marked at 10% off!
http://www.artfire.com/users/PatriciaCVener Look for the Sale tag on specially priced items!
http://www.artfire.com/users/ErinsInspirations special for bridesmaids  orders – 50%  off the
regular priced necklaces and/or earrings, when you buy 4+ of any item.

Dresses, Fragrances, Headpieces, Footwear

Bouquets, Flowers and more

Cards, Invitations, Placecards, Holders, Guest Books

Handbags and Gifts

Centerpieces, Favors , Cake Toppers, and Gifts

Tablecloths, Napkins and Gifts

Patterns

Other Merchandise of Special Interest

http://www.artfire.com/users/OBXPuparazzi 15% off my Special Occasions section.  Use coupon code is “WeddingFair”

Create your Own:

Straight From The Heart

It started like this:

Lampworked heart by Dan and Jenelle Caracas

Jenelle gave this lovely lampworked heart  to her mother for Mother’s Day, and shortly after we met, about a month ago, her mom asked me to design a necklace to go with it.  When I picked up the heart, yesterday, I knew immediately that it was crying out for amethysts and garnets!  I could hardly wait to get to work.

I found amethyst rounds and pretty faceted garnet tubes in my stash.  I added some small silver rounds and some Swarovski crystals for bling.

Amethysts, Garnets and Swarovski Crystals

Next I wired the pendant to a sterling silver bail and added a pretty little tassel at the end of the heart with more Swarovski crystals and a single garnet.

Pendant with Tassel

I finished the necklace with a sterling silver heart-shaped clasp, to echo the beautiful lampworked heart pendant.

Sterling Silver Clasp

I love doing custom work.  It gives me a chance to make something that is meaningful and special.  The whole time that I am designing, I have a specific person in my mind.  I hold an image of them, as well as of their jewelry.  It’s a deeply gratifying process for me .

Now, here’s the finished design.  I hope she likes it!