AJE Component Of The Month Challenge – May 2015

Iris Bracelet

This month’s components are beautiful beaded beads by Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads.  I love her beaded beads and her color choices!

Sue’s beaded beads are an obvious choice for earrings, but this time I decided to switch it up a bit and make a bracelet.

Iris Bouquet Bracelet 1I paired Sue’s bead with a lampwork bead by my friends at Beads and Botanicals. and a pretty matte bead with light blue stripes.

Iris Bouquet Bracelet 2I enjoy making bracelets that go from one strand to multi-strands and that was my approach here.  When I started my Facebook Destash Group several weeks ago, I realized that I’d been neglecting my gemstone collection, so I chose some amethysts and pearls for the for the first two strands.

Iris Bouquet Bracelet 5Although I rarely use Swarovski crystals any more, they were exactly what this bracelet called for in the third strand.

While I like each strand to be different, I try to tie them all together with some repeating components, in this case, I have light purple seed beads and small, blue cubes in every strand.

At this point, I knew that my usual brass or copper clasps were not going to work at all for this bracelet.  Instead I selected a beautiful, hammer textured sterling silver toggle clasp. Ooo, so lovely!

Iris Bouquet Bracelet 3When I was a kid, I had a little garden plot where I grew purple irises.  They made me happy and so does this “Iris Bracelet“.

Check out my new life-sized wrist model!  This is her début!  Does she help you picture how the bracelet would look on you?  I hope so.

Iris Bouquet Bracelet 6The Iris Bracelet is available on my website.

The Component of the Month Challenge is a blog hop. Enjoy all the eye candy by visiting the links below.

Guests
AJE Team
Susan Kennedy – Hostess

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop Reveal

Toltec Jewels is hosting a blog hop today, featuring Chicklet Beads from Susan Kennedy of SueBeads.  I have designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads before and I really love them, so I was excited to have the opportunity to use these beads again.

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Here’s a bracelet I designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads, in May 2014.

Handmade blue bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Cornflower Bracelet

For today’s blog hop, I received a plum purple colored Chicklet bead.  I like the way these tab beads lay flat in a bracelet design, so I combined my Chicklet bead with other artisan beads and came up with this “Plum Delight” bracelet.

Purple handmade bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

I combined Sue’s Chicklet bead, with a lentil shaped bead from Beads & Botanicals and a ceramic bead from White Clover Kiln.

Purple lampwork bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

Additional accents include tip-drilled pearls, purple Czech glass bird beads, fire polish beads and ovals of Chinese Charoite.

handmade artisan bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

Thank  you Toltec Jewels for hosting this wonderful blog hop!  And thank you Sue Beads for your lovely lampwork beads!

artisan jewelry by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

Now check out all the other jewelry designers who created awesome designs with Sue’s Chicklet Beads!

ARTISTS:

Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy
Sue Kennedy’s blogs:     SueBeads…A Beady Girl’s blog
                                           Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy’s website:     SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads:     SueBeads
                                       Hostess:
Toltec Jewels                                           http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
                                   Artists:

Linda Anderson                                       http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno                                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Shirley Moore                                          http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/
Kristen Stevens                                        http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                         http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com
Jael Thorp                                                http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger                                     http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Andrea Glick                                            http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nan Smith                                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina                                         www.peru-medesigns.com
Shai Williams                                            http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson                                       http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Rana Wilson                                             http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com
Robin Reed                                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Robin Showstack                                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Sheila Prosterman                                     http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Kari Asbury                                             http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Kelly Rodgers                                          https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue
Jayne Capps                                            https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                    https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Heather Richter                                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Chris Eisenberg                                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breeding                                   http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall
Linda Landig                                          https://lindalandig.wordpress.com 
Crystal Thain                                           http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/
Cheri Reed                                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/
Dini Bruinsma                                          http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider                                         http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams                                        http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html
Melinda Orr                                            http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog
Lennis Carrier                                         http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Hodges                                    http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussen                                  http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/
Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Charlie Jacka                                          http://clay-space.com/blog/
Ev Shelby                                                  http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                        http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Jasvanti Patel                                        http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

 

Dogwood Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  August’s component was made by the talented Melissa Meman of Melismatic Art Jewelry.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few  lucky guest artists were given gorgeous metal focals that Melissa made for us.  I received the pretty mixed metal dogwood pendant in the upper right of this photo.

As usual, I left this project till the last-minute–but that turned out to be fortuitous! Since I’d put off designing my necklace until after I returned home from Bead Fest in Philadelphia, I was able to incorporate some of the new treasures which I brought home with me.

Linda Landig Jewelry

Dogwood Necklace

My ideas started perking when I spied a purple and periwinkle lampwork glass leaf sitting on my work table.  I bought the leaf from glass artist, Judith Billig, this past May, at a local bead show. Pairing a leaf with the dogwood flower made sense to me and they were proportional to each other and looked good together.

Brass Dogwood Necklace 6

After that, the rest of the ideas flowed quickly.  I grabbed a beautiful silk ribbon that Marsha Neal had given me at Bead Fest.  Then I added awesome textured ceramic beads that I  got at Bead Fest from Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln and a glowing purple raku bead from XAZ Bead Company.  To add a bit of contrast to the ceramic, I incorporated a lampwork glass bead from Beads and Botanicals and finished the whole thing off with a clasp I got from Melinda Orr last weekend in Philadelphia.

handmade jewelry by Linda Landig

Dogwood Necklace

I love it when ideas just flow together like this.  I’m still floating on a creative high from spending 4 days in bead heaven with all my beady buddies at Bead Fest.  (More on Bead Fest soon)

Artisan necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Dogwood Necklace

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Melissa’s mixed metal focals?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Guests:

Perri Jackson
Hope Smitherman
Monique Urquhart

AJE Team:

Melissa Meman
Jennifer Cameron
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Sue Kennedy
Linda Landig – You are here!
Kristen Stevens
Francesca Watson
Lesley Watt – Unfortunately, Lesley’s component decided to take a vacation and hasn’t shown up at her house yet 😦 But you can still go check out her great blog!

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

 

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal – Week 23 & 24

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.  All of our earrings include art beads or components.  Here are my new creations from the past 2 weeks.

Garden Breeze Earrings

I wanted to make some earrings using these fantastic handmade copper headpins by Kristi Bowman Design.  I got out a bunch of lampwork beads to see how they looked with the copper.  Once I laid these lavender, periwinkle and yellow lampwork beads next to the copper, I knew I had a winner. The colors just sing together.  I named them the Garden Breeze earrings because the colors reminded me of the iris we have in our garden.

Handmade earrings

Garden Breeze Earrings

New Leaf Earrings

For my second pair of earrings, I used lampwork glass from Beads and Botanicals and accented them with yellow-green glass leaves.  The beads are strung on enameled headpins by Sue Beads,  Newly unfurled leaves often have a strong yellow cast to them, especially in the early spring.  I named this pair of earrings “New Leaf Earrings” because of the yellow-green bands on the leaf beads.

Handmade lampwork earrings with leaves

New Leaf Earrings

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.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                             

AJE Earring Reveal Weeks 20, 21, 22

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Art Jewelry Elements Blog is hosting a year-long Earring Challenge.  Participants agree to create a pair of earrings, every week for a year and their earrings must include art beads.  Every other Sunday we have a blog hop to share what we have made.  Here are my designs for the past 3 weeks.  I was one week behind schedule, but I got caught up this week.

Seafoam Earrings

My earrings, today, are inspired by some of my favorite things.  The Seafoam Earrings were inspired by my love of the sea.  When I need to restore my soul, relax or just get away, I head for the ocean.  These lovely hoops were made by Marsha Neal Studio.  I dangled faceted midnight blue and smooth light blue pearls from the top.

Ceramic hoop earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Seafoam Earrings

Garden Idyll Earrings

I love flowers. I love creating floral arrangements and I love walking through our garden and savoring all the magnificent flowers my husband has planted.  With these earring you can even have flowers hanging from your ears!  The ceramic daisies are from Bo Hulley Beads.  I used royal blue artistic wire to accent these earrings and added 5 pretty glass flower beads that look to me like they are climbing up a garden trellis.  At the top I added a little coil of purple artistic wire and then wrapped down the blue wire loop.  I love how playful and happy the Garden Idyll Earrings are.

ceramic flower earrings

Garden Idyll Earrings

Evening Merlot Earrings

Um, need I say more?  Love me some wine in the evening.  The Evening Merlot Earrings feature lampwork glass beads by Beads and Botanicals, with glass headpins by Havana Beads.

Red and black lampwork glass earrings

Evening Merlot Earrings

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.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                             

AJE Earring Reveal Week 19/52

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Art Jewelry Elements Blog is hosting an Earring Challenge this year.  To meet the challenge, participants agree to create a pair of earrings, every week for a year and their earrings must include art beads.  Every other Sunday we have a blog hop to share what we have made.  Here is my design for last week.  I’m one pair of earrings behind schedule, but I’ll get caught up next week.

My Garden Earrings

My husband is an amazing gardener and I love walking through our yard and admiring everything that is in bloom.  Right now we have irises, rhododendrons, azaleas, lavender, clematis and lots of beauties that I don’t know the names of.  Today’s earrings, the 19th pair of this year’s challenge, were made after a leisurely walk through our garden.

My Garden Earrings

My Garden Earrings

The flower dangles are silver plated and have tiny crystals in their centers,  I topped the flowers with gorgeous lampwork glass beads from Beads and Botanicals.  These beads have swirls of pink, raspberry, gold and orange, with a contrasting black lower section.  The beads have been gently faceted to catch the light and they have a trailing of fine silver accenting the sides.

Handmade artisan earrings

My Garden Earrings

I placed pink Swarovski crystals above and beneath the lampwork beads, with pretty sterling silver bead caps at the bottom too.  I think the My Garden Earrings represent our garden well.

Pink Swarovski and sterling silver earrings

My Garden Earrings

The My Garden Earrings are available in my Etsy shop.

 

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.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                             

AJE Earring Reveal Week 7-8/52

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Love earrings?  I do.  So I joined the Art Jewelry Elements 2013 Earring Challenge.  To meet this challenge, participants create a pair of earrings, every week, that features artisan beads or components.  Every other Sunday we join up at Art Jewelry Elements for a blog hop featuring everyone’s earrings.

Emerald Paisley Earrings – Week 7

Copper and emerald-green are such a gorgeous color combination!  For this pair of earrings I started copper paisley headpins by Kristi Bowman Designs.  I love the deep, swirling texture on these headpins and the graceful leaf shape!

earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Emerald Paisley Earrings

I topped the headpins with amazing lampwork beads by Beads and Botanicals.  Check out the layers of colors in these beauties.  A few little accents of Greek ceramic, fire polish glass and copper were all that was needed to complete these earrings.  They are already across the country in a new home.

Linda Landig Jewelry

close up view

Spring Heather Earrings – Week 8

I love the rich depth of color in the Spring Heather Earrings.     The distinctive disc beads (by Beads and Botanicals)  give these earrings a great artistic flair.  The violet centers are domed and glassy and the black that is near the center is also shiny.  However the outer edge of black is etched and the contrast is really cool.

violet and black handmade earrings

Spring Heather Earrings

I decided to try out some new wire-working ideas with these earrings.  Each earring is strung on one 6 inch piece of patin’ed brass wire.  I looped on the disc first, then brought a decorative swirl of brass up across the face of the round bead.  The other end of the wire extends straight up from the top bead and forms the ear wire.  Usually ear wires are added on to the dangle at the end, but in this pair of earrings, it is integral to the whole design.  I had fun making these.  The Spring Heather Earrings are available in my Etsy shop.

Linda Landig Jewelry

Spring Heather Earrings

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

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Minty Sweet Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  February’s components were made by the talented Francesca Watson of Francesca Watson Designs.  Each member of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus five other artists were given an enameled piece that Francesca had made for us.

I received a minty green enameled piece.  I love it because Francesca did multiple firings; adding several layers of color.  It adds so much interest and depth to the piece.  She also added 3 fine silver “pebbles” which are such a pretty accent.

enameled jewelry pendants

I received the green one on the right.

You may remember that in January and the beginning of February, I was taking an online wire working class from Kerry Bogert.  She had a new project for us, every day for 30 days.  Like many of the students, I didn’t have to the time, then, to keep up with all 30 projects, but I am slowly working through the projects, as time permits, now.  So I decided that, for this necklace, I would make one of the cool bails that Kerry taught us.  I have to say that I am just tickled pink with how it turned out!  Thank you Kerry!

Minty Sweet Necklace

Minty Sweet Necklace

I discovered that Francesca’s enamel matched beautifully with some faceted free-form chrysoprase that I had.  I placed 2 of the chrysoprase beads near the pendant.  Then I added 4 etched lampwork beads by Beads and Botanicals, that also have wonderful layers of color.

Minty Sweet Necklace

Minty Sweet Necklace

I sprinkled in 2 smoky brown and 10 transparent green Czech faceted glass beads and some copper spacers.  The necklace finishes with patinated solid brass chain and a lobster claw style clasp.  I’ll be adding the Minty Sweet Necklace to my shop later this afternoon.

Minty Sweet Necklace

Minty Sweet Necklace

Hop on over to  Art Jewelry Elements and discover what everyone else has created with their gorgeous enameled focal beads!

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Purple Pansy Earrings

Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge

Love earrings?  I do.  That’s how I first got started making jewelry.  I wanted. More. Earrings.  So I’ve joined the Art Jewelry Elements 2013 Earring Challenge.  To meet the challenge I must create a pair of earrings every week and join up on the blog hop every other Sunday.

Purple Pansy Earrings

When I was a little girl, our church passed out small potted pansies to the children on Easter, as a symbol of new life and growth.  I was enchanted.  The little pansy faces were so sweet and I have loved flowers ever since.  When I saw these gorgeous wooden, handmade pansy charms in J-Lynn Jewels’ shop, I didn’t even hesitate for a second.  I had to have them!

Handmade lampwork glass and wood flower earrings

Purple Pansy Earrings

The purple lampwork glass beads, by Beads and Botanicals, accent the charms perfectly.  The jet black trailings around the glass beads, even echo the black on the edges of the charms.  These two were made for each other! I adore these earrings (if I do say so) and hope they will find a home with a flower lover and/or gardener.

Handmade purple flower earrings

Purple Pansy Earrings

I’ve already blogged about my second pair of earrings.  So I’ll just mention that the “Green Spindle Earrings” feature handmade ceramic charms by Marti’s Buttons and Beads.

Handmade ceramic and glass green earrings

Green Spindle Earrings

Both of these earrings are available in my Etsy shop, Linda Landig Jewelry.

Now I suggest that you click here to go to the AJE blog, where you’ll find links to all the other Art Jewelry Earring participants.  So much beauty and inspiration to enjoy there today!  Have fun!

Labyrinth Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

The participants in the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Challenge are revealing their designs today. We each received a labyrinth pendant from Jenny Davies-Reazor.

Multi-colored, handmade Labyrinth Pendants

Ceramic Labyrinth Pendants by Jenny Davies-Reazor

I received a violet colored 2-hole pendant.  I love the color and it goes quite nicely with this labyrinth found on Pinterest.  The labyrinth is made of blooming lavender.  How cool is that?  The scent must be so heavenly!

lavender labyrinth

Source: google.com via Linda on Pinterest

Purple handmade ceramic pendant

Labyrinth Pendant

When I started on my necklace I intended to use patina’ed copper wire, with a subtle color palette of violet, lilac and sage green.  I wired the little flower dangle on copper and added two copper jump rings to the pendant, but it just seemed to be calling out for silver.  So silver it is, even though sterling is so dang expensive right now.  I tried to contain costs a bit by using silver filled wire and just used sterling silver for the clasp and chain. 

Handmade necklace with ceramic and lampwork

Labyrinth Necklace

 Despite switching to silver, I did stick with my original color choice of purple, lavender and sage green.  Just above the flower dangle is a purple, lampwork glass ring by Beads and Botanicals. The two beads above that are commercial glass. The square pillow shaped bead has touches of sage green in it, which are also echoed in the two small fire polished beads below it.

Handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Labyrinth Necklace

On the other side I wired a Chinese Charoite stone.  The three beads above the gemstone are more handmade lampwork glass by Beads and Botanicals.

Handmade ceramic and lampwork necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Labyrinth Necklace

I would like to try walking a labyrinth someday.  I think it would be very calming and medative.  Just for fun, I Googled “labyrinth Washington State”.   According to The World-Wide Labyrinth Locator there are over 100 labyrinths just in the state of Washington.  I’m amazed!  The World-Wide Labyrinth Locator will help you find labyrinths in your state or country too.

Labyrinths are found in many cultures and religious traditions, dating as far back as 3,500 years.  Walking a labyrinth can be used for prayer, meditation, contemplation or personal growth.  According to the reading I did, there are many ways to walk a labyrinth. 

One of a kind necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Labyrinth Necklace

Often the walk toward the center is used to quiet the mind and to become more centered and peaceful. The time at the center can be an experience of openness to insight, learning or to simply receive what the moment has to offer.  As one moves outward again, there can be  a time of reflection on what was received at the center how it applies to one’s life. 

One can also use the walk as a time to reflect on a specific concern or issue.  The labyrinth can be used as a walking prayer too, or it can be a meditative walk, in which one focuses on a specific word or phrase, such as “May peace prevail on earth.”

purple and green handmade necklace

Labyrinth Necklace

The labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France is one of the most famous.  As you can see in this brief YouTube video, the labyrinth maybe covered with chairs in the church.  But when the chairs are removed many people come to walk, meditate and pray.  http://youtu.be/QXfJNrrcgiI  If this a piqued your interest you can find a lot  more information on labyrinths here.

I learned a lot by doing this month’s Component of the Month Challenge and that made it extra enjoyable for me.  Thanks Jenny!

You can see what others have designed with their labyrinth pendants by following these links.