Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal

Niky Sayers makes the most delightful clasps out of old coins. I’ve designed jewelry with her clasps before and was excited to throw my name in the hat to win one of her hare clasps this month.

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I am always inspired by autumn colors and textures.  It’s easy to picture hares hopping through fallen leaves while scoping out safe burrows for their winter retreats, (although, do hares only live in drier regions? Hmmm, I may have to look into that… )

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And that’s how the idea for this bracelet came to be.  I paired one of my ceramic leaf bracelet focals with Niky’s hare clasp and accented it with earthy, fall colors.

The bracelet went through two iterations.   Version 1 is shown below.  Originally I wanted the clasp near the front, hoping it would be more in the spotlight there. I was pleased with version 1 initially.  I took all the bracelet photos for this blog post and went about the rest of my day, wearing my new bracelet.

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However, the more I wore it, the less I liked it.  It was too bulky and it didn’t drape gracefully on my wrist. It just looked stiff and chunky.

Should I start over, including re-doing all the photos?  Yup, it just wasn’t right and I knew that I would always feel uneasy about it, if I left it as version 1.

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Enter Version 2.  Much better.  Some of the bulk in the front was reduced by moving the clasp to the back of the bracelet. I also replaced the bulky and awkward tip drilled pearls, with a double strand of smaller “peanut” beads.

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Now there is a focus of interest in both the front and the back. The bracelet curves to the shape of the wrist, rather than standing out at stiff angles.  I’ve said this before, but I think that creating jewelry is like writing an essay.  First you free-write to express all your ideas. Then you go back and do the painstaking work of editing it down to the down to the crystallized essence of your vision.  I hope you can see that process at work here.

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Many thanks to Niky for the opportunity to design with her awesome clasp.  And thanks, also, to my friends at Art Elements for hosting this giveaway and blog hop.

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Now please visit all the participants in this blog hop, to see how they have used Niky’s clasp in their own unique designs.

Guest Designers

Linda Landig

Kathy Lindemer

Divya N

Art Element Team

Claire Fabian

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Susan Kennedy

Caroline Dewison

Lesley Watt

Diana Ptaszynski

Lindsay Starr

Laney Mead

Niky Sayers

Linda cursive

Linda Landig Jewelry

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Autumn Joy

Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  I was even born on the first day of autumn!  I put together some wonderful autumn inspiration boards on the Art Jewelry Elements blog today.  You might want to check them out.

I’m going to be doing an online trunk show on October 18th and 19th.  I’ll be posting more about that soon.  But you should know that I’m busy making some cool autumn themed items to offer on trunk show.  In the meantime, I’ll highlight some of the fall items that are already in my shop.

These earrings combine the most beautiful, flawless smoky quartz and faceted carnelian with gorgeous lampwork glass leaves from Havana Beads.  Love these!

handmade earrings by Linda Landig JewelrySince I love autumn colors so much, I have a lot of jewelry in those wonderful oranges, golds, reds and browns.  When you click on the photo, it will take you to the listing in my shop.

Hibiscus earrings

Fall Colors bracelet

Leather feather handmade necklaceHere are a couple of flower pendants in autumn colors, for you jewelry designers out there.  We have fall dahlias blooming in this color in our front yard right now.

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I hope you are enjoying sunny, golden autumn days.  Go outside and play in the leaves!

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry