Blue Raven Necklace

AJE Component Of The Month Reveal – November 2014

Our November component comes to us from Kristen Stevens of Beadwork By KAS. Kristen does amazing things with tiny beads, including these wonderful beaded links.

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Beaded Links by Kristen Stevens

Here is the pair I chose for this month’s challenge:

Beded links in dark blue

Terra Pearl Blue Beaded Links

This is actually the second time I have used Kristen links in this color, but I was delighted to give it a go another time!  I made these earrings a couple of months ago and they are available in my shop.

Montana Blue Earrings with Beadwork Hoops and Swarovski Crystals Handmade. OOAK

Montana Blues Earrings

.I purposely picked the same color this month, because I really love it!  However, I didn’t want to make earrings again.  I had this necklace started on my work table.  I liked the front part of it, that you can see below, but I was dissatisfied with the back of the necklace. The blue raven pendant is by Oh! Sullivan Studio, the handmade ceramic beads are from Gaea and White Clover Kiln.  There are also some recycled glass beads and various other goodies that are all knotted on Irish waxed linen.

Blue Raven Necklace 3 cropped, lightenedWhen I saw the unfinished Blue Raven Necklace sitting on my table this week, I realized that Kristen’s beaded links would make a perfect transitional point from a beaded section of the necklace to chain in the back, and the colors were perfect.  I love serendipity like that!  So here’s my transformed necklace.  I love it now!

Blue Raven Necklace 1

Blue Raven Necklace 2Due to Thanksgiving busyness and holiday jewelry show preparations, I haven’t had time to add the Blue Raven Necklace to my shop yet.  But just leave a comment below or message me if you think you might be interested and I’ll fill you in on the details.

Blue Raven Necklace 5This is a blog hop, so I encourage you to check out what all the participants did with Kristen’s awesome beaded links.

Guest Artists

Cindy Martin Shaw
Shai Williams
Karen Martinez

AJE Team Members

Susan Kennedy 
Linda Landig
LesleyWatt
MelissaMeman
Caroline Dewison
Francesca Watson
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Lindsay Starr
Jennifer Cameron

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

Button Love

Button Jewelry

I love finishing my jewelry creations with button closures, or using buttons as decorative elements in a jewelry design.  On today’s Art Jewelry Elements blog post I shared my vintage glass button collection, as well as my collection of Thai cloisonné buttons and mother of pearl buttons.  There are also multiple examples of jewelry that employs the use of buttons and resources for finding handmade buttons.  You can check it out here:  Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button.

Meanwhile, here are a few of my designs that feature buttons:

This woven bracelet features a beautiful green vintage glass button from Germany.

Zigzag Zing Bracelet

This necklace also has a German vintage glass button closure, with a loop made of soft, round leather cord.

Blue Sky & Sunshine Necklace

orange and turquoise handmade necklace

This fun bracelet is made of intricately decorated handmade ceramic cubes and it closes with a button and seed bead loop.

Singing a Happy Tune bracelet

Ceramic Bracelet Blue Green Orange Vintage Button Clasp Handmade Blue

This rustic necklace is chock-a-block full of artisan components.  It features a horn and metal button closure.

Rustic Raku necklace

Handmade Raku Necklace Rustic Recycled Glass Ceramic Leather Wood Button Clasp

Although Christmas is still 4 months away, I’ll share this last bracelet with you anyway.  It’s hand-woven in Christmas colors and has a pretty gold button closure with a cut-out star in the center.

Holiday Garland bracelet

Christmas Bracelet Handmade Woven Button Clasp Green Red Gold Holiday

So, now you can head on over to Art Jewelry Elements if you’d like to see some great button jewelry from other designers.

Linda

The Ultimate Bead Organizer!

A Gift That Didn’t Fit Under The Tree

In What is Santa Bringing? I wrote that I was clearing a space for a BIG gift from Santa.  Well, here it is!  Santa, (aka my wonderful husband and my father) gave me an amazing antique printers cabinet!  This solid oak Hamilton printers cabinet  is approximately 100 years old. Its 18 drawers are divided into many small sections which were originally used to hold letterpress type.  The many sections are a beader’s dream come true!  I can organize so many beads here.  Oh my, I am in heaven!   Well, I’d better get to work!  My bead stash has been growing faster than my storage capacities and now everything will have its own little space!  *Jumping up & down with joy!*

100 Year Old Hamilton Oak Printers Cabinet

Antique Oak Hamiton Printers Cabinet

Just look at all those wonderful sections for my beads!

Antique Hamilton Printers Cabinet

I LOVE you, Santa!