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.
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!
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!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. I am thankful for our bead community on my blogs, on Facebook and here in my own neighborhood.
I’m having a 20% off sale on everything in my jewelry and component shop from now through the end of the day on Monday December 1st. Just go to Linda Landig Jewelry and use either the coupon code TURKEY20 or TURKEY14 at check out and the 20% will be taken off your purchase. Easy-peasy! You’ll find necklaces, earrings, bracelets and ceramic pendants in a range of colors and prices. Perfect for holiday gift giving or for accessorizing your holiday outfits.
This year I am seriously trying to avoid the malls and shop locally or online. I feel so much calmer when I do so. I hate being frazzled in the days leading up to the holidays. Last year was awful in that way and I’ve resolved to approach things differently this year.
I have a show this Saturday. If you are local, I hope you’ll come visit at the Lincoln School Winter Market! I plan to do much of my shopping there and then wrap up the rest online.
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.
Its time for the Art Jewelry Elements September Component of the Month Reveal! This month’s components are from Kristi Bowman Design.
I love Kristi’s copper metal clay pieces and have used many of them in my jewelry designs over the years. For this month’s design, I chose the first piece in the bottom row of the picture above.
Unfortunately I had a lot going on this month and somehow the end of the September snuck up on me sooner than I expected. So today’s post will be a peek at a work in progress necklace.
I just loosely strung the beads on walnut colored, waxed linen cording, to give you an idea of where I’m going with this. The final piece will be knotted between the beads.
I wrapped the center of Kristi’s pendant with turquoise colored Wooly Wire. I also wrapped two channel beads with Wooly Wire. I love the vibrant turquoise with Kristi’s copper pendant and the Wooly Wire adds such a nice soft texture contrast to the hard copper.
I continued the copper and turquoise theme with some gorgeous, handmade raku beads that I got from Xaz Beads, at Bead Fest last year.
Unfortunately that’s as far as I got with this project. I’ll post an update later this week when I finish the necklace.
So now I encourage you to visit the other participants blogs to see what they created with Kristi’s pendants. And visit Kristi’s shop too, to see more of her work!
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!
Since 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.
Here 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.
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.
The talented Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio is this month’s hostess for the AJE Component of the Month Challenge. Rebekah is well known for her delightful polymer clay jewelry components, but for the last year or so, she has been working with leather, as well. Her colorful leather feathers are really inspiring. They come in 2 sizes: large ones for pendants or smaller ones for earring pairs. I requested the smaller earring size and received the pair in the the upper left of this photo.
Even though these are the smaller sized feathers, they are still close to three inches long, so I decided to use mine as a pendant. I folded the top of the feather around one of Karen Totten’s ceramic gear links and I secured it with Irish waxed linen cord. I dangled a copper charm on one side and a copper colored flower with an antiqued brass bird on the other.
The beaded part of the necklace includes lightweight wood beads and Greek ceramic discs. I attached these to a long length of leather, that simply slips over the head, without needing a clasp.
I really like the necklace, but I have 2 questions where I’d appreciate some feedback from readers. Do you like the charms on either side of the feather, or would it look better without them? What do you think about the length of the necklace? Do you think it should be shorter, or not?