The package arrived a bit late from Germany, but look at what I just got from my sister and brother-in-law for Christmas!
This is 2 dozen dyed silks in brilliant jewel tones! When my sister-in-law visited us last summer, she was shocked at how much dyed silks cords cost at Shipwreck Beads. So she went all out in providing me a lifetime supply of silks! Below are another 2 dozen silks, all in watery cool tones.
Oh my goodness, I’m going to have so much fun designing with these! It might be a little while until they start showing up in my shop, though, because we’re moving on Feb. 12th and my studio is mostly in boxes at the moment. I looking forward to getting resettled and having some creative time again.
Here’s a picture of all the silks together. Which silk color(s) do you like best? I’d like to know. Tell me in the comments, please.
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
This month’s Component Of The Month was made by Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) team member Niky Sayers. Niky, who is from London, England, used 2 old farthing coins to make a very cool bead. I didn’t know how much a farthing was worth or when it had been in use, so I looked it up. A farthing was worth a quarter of an old penny and there were also half farthings and 3 quarter farthings. They were taken out of circulation in 1961.
I knew that I wanted to make a multi-strand bracelet with my farthing bead. I thought this raku bead, from Odd Designs, would add some color while also tying in with the coppery color of the coin. At that point I decided to go for blue and coppery brown in the whole bracelet, along with some smaller spots accent colors.
The blue lampwork glass bead (above, right) by Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions was perfect for my third focal bead.
Each of the three strands of smaller beads has a mix of blue and brown glass beads, with some accent colors and some small copper heshe.. Although each strand is different, they all have some blue glass seed beads with a copper sheen and some of the copper heshe. These common components help to tie the overall design together. I finished the bracelet with a handmade ceramic button by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio.
Thank you Niky for sharing your awesome metalsmithing skills with us in the form of this uber-cool bead! In addition to the AJE team members, 3 lucky guest artists also received farthing beads. My Farthing Bracelet is available in the bracelet section of my shop.
Check out the blogs listed below to see what everyone else made with their farthings.
This month I am excited to be Erin Prais-Hintz’s Pretty Palettes partner. Pretty Palettes is a monthly challenge that Erin hosts on the Halcraft Inspiration blog. Halcraft is a company that produces several different lines of beads for various retailers. Their Bead Gallery® line is made exclusively for Michaels. Each month Erin chooses a theme and selects Halcraft beads inspired by that month’s theme. July’s theme is Aurora Borealis.
Photo by Julien Ratel ( Júllí Jónsson ) Creative Commons
Erin also chooses someone to partner with her each month. As her July partner I received this fabulous set of Bead Gallery beads and the pendant. Its hard to catch the shimmer and shine of these beads in a photograph. They are super inspiring! Others can play along with this challenge as well. They can purchase these beads if they want and/or use beads from their stash. My designs will be a combination of the Halcraft beads and coordinating beads from my stash.
So far I’ve made one item and I’m working on more. I can’t show you what I’ve made until the reveal date, which is July 29th. But I will say that I have used almost the whole strand of beads that is on the far right in the photo above and I love how it turned out! I hope you will come back on the 29th for the Pretty Palettes reveal!Linda Landig Jewelry
The first month of 2015 has gone by in a rush. Our big adventure is that we are living in Oaxaca, Mexico through the end of March. We celebrated the New Year in Oaxaca by dancing to an awesome marimba band and watching fireworks.
Llano Park, Oaxaca Mexico
Skeleton paintings on a building in Oaxaca
Of course I brought beads with me here and I’ve been busy designing new pieces. Oaxaca has been good for my creative mojo.
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal. December’s component was made by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given one of these awesome ceramic snowflake pendants to design with. Today we get to see what everyone created!
Ceramic Snowflake Pendants by Suburban Girl Studio
I received one of the turquoise snowflakes to work with. I decided to highlight the triangular shaped points of the snowflakes, by using some bicone shaped beads and by creating a triangular shaped clasp.
The triangular link is based on a link from Cindy Wimmer‘s book The Missing Link. I used a bit lighter gauge wire and made it a bit smaller, so it wouldn’t overwhelm Diana’s pendant. Then I used the same basic idea, but created a hook on one end, so I could use it as a clasp.
The beads are strung on walnut colored Irish waxed linen. The beautiful batiked ribbon wrapped a bead order I got from Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio. It has some turquoise in it, along with shades of blue, black and green. So pretty and it was a perfect finishing touch for my necklace.
Thank you Diana for sharing your pendants with us! Visit Suburban Girl Studio to see more of Diana’s work!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Diana’s snowflake pendants? Click on the links below to see what the other participants created. Have fun!
In preparation for the upcoming holidays, my local Etsy Team has challenged its members to reach 100 listings on Etsy by today. I took up the challenge and am proud to say that I have reached the goal! Here are a few of the new items you’ll find in my shop.