Bead Fest Loot Earrings

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal.  Participants have challenged themselves to make a pair of earrings every week and all of our earrings include art beads or components.

I could hardly wait to make use of my new Bead Fest loot, so both pairs of earrings, this week, feature components from bead artists whose work I admire and whose friendship I treasure.  After hanging out, at Bead Fest, with Marsha Neal Minutella and Staci Klinger Smith, I’m missing them now, But I can conjure up our laughter and creative energy, when I design with their components.

Swirly Spike Earrings

I’ve known Marsha Neal Minutella online for a long time and some of my past AJE Earring Challenge pieces have included Marsha’s work.  My bead stash always includes lots of her wonderful ceramic pieces, but we had never met before last weekend.   Finally meeting her in person was one of the highlights of  Bead Fest for me, this year.  Marsha greeted me at Bead Fest with a big hug and a bag of her amazing ceramic beads and jewelry components, plus some of the gorgeous hand dyed silks that she sells in her shop.

Bead Fest 2013

Marsha and I

Yesterday I wrote about using the hand dyed silk in a necklace I designed recently.  But actually I made these earrings first.  The black, twisted or swirled ceramic spikes are Marsha’s handiwork.

handmade ceramic earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Spikey Swirl Earrings

The swirled spikes are actually headpins, onto which I threaded the brass spacers and the blue and black ceramic beads.  I have had those blue beads for so long that I actually can’t even remember if they are handmade or commercially produced.  I like the way the glossy black glaze contrasts with the matte blue background.  I thought they were perfect with Marsha’s headpins!  I’ve got two more pairs of these spikes in different colors, so you can expect to see them soon on the earring reveal blogs!

Spikey Swirl Earrings 2

Fab Fuchsia Earrings

Staci Klinger Smith and I met at Bead Fest last year and hit it off right away.  We spent one afternoon bead shopping together and found that we were often attracted to many of the same colors and styles of beads.  There was a lot of, “Oh!  Did you see these beads?” and “Look! Aren’t these cool?”, going on last year!  This year Staci was a vendor so she wasn’t able to spend an afternoon browsing for beads with me.  But I hung out at her booth a lot and we spent Friday and Saturday evenings together.

Staci and Linda

Staci is one of the most exuberantly creative people that I have ever known.  Both the beads and components she creates, as well as her jewelry designs never cease to amaze me.  Here are some of the polymer clay components that Staci had in her booth.  She also works in metal clay, wire work and metalsmithing.

Staci 4

Artisan Accents by Staci Louise

There was a bead swap on Saturday which I will write more about later.  Staci and I were partners for the swap.  She later told me that she carefully observed which of the components in her booth I liked and then gave me a selection of those pieces in the swap.  That thoughtfulness really touched me.  So for my 2nd pair of earrings I used some dangles of Staci’s that I was drooling over admiring in her booth.

Fab Fuscia Earrings

Fab Fuchsia Earrings

The drops are made of polymer clay and then hand painted in layers of colors and sealed.  I paired them with hematite and Greek ceramic spacers.  Because these earrings are mostly polymer clay they are very lightweight to wear, despite their length.  The Fab Fuchsia Earrings are now listed in my Etsy shop.

Fab Fuscia Earrings 5

Want to see more gorgeous earrings?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Earring Reveal blog posts!  We  also have an AJE Earring Challenge Board on Pinterest.

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


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Bead Fest – Stash!


About a dozen of my online my bead artist and designer friends were all planning on attending Bead Fest in Philadelphia last weekend.  I yearned to meet these women in person because I had enjoyed and cherished our online communication so much.   Once I got the idea of going to Bead Fest, I couldn’t get it out of my thoughts.  Mind you, I live in the completely opposite corner of the United States.  Flying to Pennsylvania for just a day and a half is totally expensive and frivolous.  Etc.,etc.!

I wanted to go anyway!  I’m retired, right?  Time to have some fun.   Well,I thought,  I’ll just take a peek at online ticket prices…no harm in that.  The first time I looked, tickets ranged from $565-$1500.  Yikes!  No way.  But I kept monitoring the airline prices and by Friday night the prices had fallen to $507.  I’m usually not given to impulsivity, but my desire to personally know my beady sisters, out-weighed any judgement or caution.  I booked my tickets at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night and in less than 24 hours, I was on my way to the Philly Bead Fest!!!

Bead Table Wednesday

So here’s what’s on my bead table today: my great new bead stash from Bead Fest.  I know you’re jealous, but don’t drool on your keyboard, OK?

Hands of the Hill

Kazuri Beads

Dyed howlite & matte finish sodalite

Hand-painted porcelain

etched and matte agate beads

Rustic fire polished beads

Drop beads

Tribal beads and pendants

Delightful rustic glass beads

Lampwork glass flowers

Drilled river stones

Here’s Diana Ptaszynski  demonstrating how we all felt after a day’s worth of bead shopping: exhausted!  We revived ourselves with an excellent dinner at Legal Seafood—but more on that in a future blog post.

Bead exhaustion!!!


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

link to BTW Flickr group