New Earrings

There’s a peacock that lives a short distance from us.  Sometimes I see him at the side of the road, showing off his splendid tail feathers. I suspect that he is an escapee from someone’s yard.  He probably lives in the woods on either side of the road.  These earrings are inspired by his beauty.

 The beautiful copper peacock feathers were made by my good friend, Kristi Bowman.  I topped the feathers with gorgeous lampwork glass beads and little ceramic cubes.  The finishing touch is a bit of teal silk, knotted between the lampwork and the peacock feathers.
 I chose the stunning colors of peacock feathers, blue, green and teal, to accent the copper feathers.   I especially like how these earrings incorporate so many different materials: copper, lampwork glass, ceramic and fabric.
Green peacock from South east Asia

Transitions

Its taken me awhile to transition back to my normal routine here in the states (I just returned from 3 months in Oaxaca, Mexico). I’ve picked up the old routines again, gradually.  I’m now back to doing my adult literacy tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons.  Hubs and I have date night on Fridays. We’ve got books checked out from the library etc.  When we returned home, we found that our water heater was leaking, so we’ve gotten that fixed.  We’ve caught up on laundry and I spent some time cleaning up my studio.

The clean studio inspired me to create.  When it is a mess, I feel .paralyzed.  Mind you, the whole room isn’t clean yet, but there is space at my work table to create and so I did.

I’ve joined a group that is participating in a webinar series called “set yo space“.  It will focus on how to create an inviting studio space that inspires us to create, rather than having a space that paralyzes our muse.  I’ll write more about that, once we get going next week.

It’s a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest.  Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and I feel happy.  So I decided that a good name for the new earrings would be “Springtime Celebration”.  Its how I feel.

The shield-shaped copper pieces were created by my good friend Kristi Bowman.  She colored them in the most amazing jewel-tones.  Love!  I topped them with some silver lined, turquoise glass beads and wove some hand-dyed ribbon above them.

Kristi shared some her customer’s recent work on her blog today, including these earrings.  You should check her blog post out.  All the jewelry is just yummy!

The Spring Time Celebration Earrings are available on my website now.

Bonus picture, just because I love flowers!  This is an  Akebia bloom from our backyard.

Vine on back deck

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

September Component of the Month Reveal

Its time for the Art Jewelry Elements September Component of the Month Reveal!  This month’s components are from Kristi Bowman Design.

Copper PMC Pendants by Kristi Bowman

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.

COM 3I 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.

COM 1aI 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.

COM I continued the copper and turquoise theme with some gorgeous, handmade raku beads that I got from Xaz Beads, at Bead Fest last year.

COM 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!

Guest Artists

SJ Designs Jewelry

Kari Asbury

Shirley Moore

AJE Team Members
Linda Landig   – You are here.

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

-Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry

 

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

I have fallen behind the in past several of weeks,  First my right hip became inflamed from arthritis and I was in severe pain for about a week, then I was away at a metalsmithing retreat and then my computer died!  My hip is much better now, the retreat was awesome and a new computer has been ordered and should be here by Wednesday.  So enough with the excuses and onward to the new earrings!

Butterfly Earrings

I made this pair of earrings just before my hip pain flared up a few weeks ago.  They were sort of a last attempt to hang onto summer!  Though clearly that attempt failed as it has been raining hard here for the past couple of days and leaves are falling all over–including into overflowing rain gutters.

Butterfly Earrings

Butterfly Earrings

The pretty scalloped brass butterfly charms are handmade by Lesley Watt of THEA Elements.  The glass beads are baby blue with pretty pink roses and green leaves.  In my mind, I picture the butterflies flitting among the roses in a country garden.

Butterfly Earrings 2

Coral Blossom Earrings

I made the coral blossom earrings last week, with gorgeous, autumn colored lampwork glass beads by Lara Lutrick.

Coral Blossoms Earrings 4

 

The coral colored lampwork beads are accented by tiny pearls.  Handmade copper charms by Kristi Bowman Design dangle below. I love the color of the lampwork glass with the warm tones in the copper.  The copper charms bear the impression of flowers in the middle, which is how I came up with the name “Coral Blossoms”  for this pair of earrings.

Linda Landig Jewelry

Coral Blossoms Earrings

I haven’t added these to my Etsy shop yet, but I hope to be able to do so, before the weekend is over.  I’ll update this post when I have these listed.  Tomorrow is the reveal for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month, so please come back and visit again!  See you then!

 

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

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Wonky Bead Blog Hop

My apologizes for arriving late to the blog hop.  The cord that recharges the battery on my laptop is broken and so until the new one arrives, I had to find another computer to use for my blog post. Hence the fact that I’m a day late.

I had a lot of fun working with Kristi Bowman’s polymer clay “Wonky Beads”.  I loved both the colors and the fun textures.  Here are the beads that I bought for the blog hop.

planning 3

I had some ideas in mind for what I wanted to do, but nevertheless, it took a couple of false starts.  This was my first layout.  I really liked it, but the pendant has a yellowish cast to it, that just didn’t work with Kristi’s beads.  Sadly, I had to set it aside.

planning necklace

Next off, I tried a ceramic butterfly that was a perfect color match.  I even knotted this onto the necklace and knotted some of the beads together, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

planning 2

  I stared at it for awhile and finally cut the butterfly off.   I decided that the Wonky Beads spoke for themselves and that the necklace looked too cluttered with the pendant.  When I restrung it, without the pendant I had that “just right” feeling that tells me that I’ve arrived at my happy design place!

Wonky Bead Necklace

Wonky Bead Necklace

The necklace is strung on a doubled strand of brown cotton cording and the upper portion features 2 strands of dark teal “peanut” beads, with a button closure.  When I found that button in my stash, I was thrilled!  Look how well it accents the polymer clay tube bead, above the small red disk!  The “Wonky Bead Necklace” is available in my Etsy shop.

You can find links to all the other Wonky Bead creations of Kristi Bowman’s blog!  Check out her shop, as well!

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

Denim Elegance Earrings

I had gotten one week behind on the earring challenge.  So here’s my catch-up pair.  The Denim Elegance earrings feature gorgeous lampwork beads from Stone Designs.

hade jewelry by Linda Landigandm

Denim Elegance Earrings

Marigold Earrings

Next up are earrings made with Kristi Bowman‘s awesome textured copper charms.  I named these the Marigold Earrings, because the top bead is just the color of the marigolds that are blooming on our back porch.

handmade earrings by Linda Lanidg Jewelry

Marigold Earrings

Forest Path

The Forest Path earrings feature rustic, deep forest green charms by Jenny Davies-Reazor.  I think that this is the first pair of earrings that I’ve ever strung on waxed Irish linen.

rustic green and pink handmade earrings

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

Ladybug Earrings

I’ve had these ceramic ladybug charms from Golem Studio for a quite a long time.  They look like they’d be so easy to design with, but for some reason, everything I tried to pair with them fell flat.

Ladybug Earrings

About a month ago, my friend Lee Anne, and I headed up to Tacoma to visit the Bead Factory, one of our favorite bead shops.  I bought a bunch of glass rings there.  I remember Lee Anne asking me what I planned to do with them.  I shrugged and replied vaguely that they might come in handy for earrings.  But in truth, I wasn’t sure what I would do with them, till last week.

Ladybug Earrings

First I tried dangling the ladybugs from red glass rings.  After staring at them awhile, I decided that I liked pairing the charms with the rings, but that the red was just too garish.  I tried them with the blue rings and viola!  Perfect!  Sometimes you just have to let your art beads hang around for a while, till inspiration or just the right accents appear on the scene. I love these earrings for fun and whimsical spring and summer wear.  The “Ladybug Earrings” are available in my Etsy shop now.

Midnight Glow Earrings

The next pair of earrings I made were completely different from the Ladybug Earrings.  Rather than whimsical, the “Midnight Glow Earring”s are quite elegant.  I love the handmade lampwork   glass headpins made by Havana Beads.  My friend, Kristi Bowman tipped me off to this shop and now I’m a big fan.

Midnight Glow Earrings

I placed bluish-black shell pearls above the headpins, separated by pretty sterling silver spacers.  These earrings would look great with a LBD or with jewel tones, don’t you think?

Midnight Glow Earrings

The “Midnight Glow Earrings” are now available in my ArtFire 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

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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 
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AJE Earring Reveal Weeks 16-17/52

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Love earrings?  I do.  So I joined the Art Jewelry Elements 2013 Earring Challenge.  To meet the challenge, participants must create a pair of earrings every week for a year.  The earrings must contain at least one art bead.  Every other Sunday we have a blog hop to share what we have made.  Here are my designs for the past two weeks.

Ammonite Impression  Earrings

Last weekend I helped  Kristi Bowman with her booth at the Whole Bead Show in Lynnwood, WA.  Spending the weekend with Kristi  inspired me to make more earrings with her copper components.  I made the Ammonite Impression Earrings last Saturday evening, while staying at Kristi’s house.  I used some of Kristi’s deeply textured copper components and a yummy pair of sage green lampwork beads that I bought from Lara Lutrick, one of our booth neighbors at the bead show.

Kristi’s home studio is great fun to poke around in.  She has several different sizes of fossilized ammonites that she uses to make impressions in copper metal clay.  One ammonite is so large it takes two hands to hold it and I’m guessing that it must weigh over 5 lbs.!

Ammonite Impression Earrings 1

Starfish Earrings

My second pair of earrings also features Kristi’s copper, this time in the form of starfish headpins.  When Kristi torch patina’d these, the copper turned a subtle mauve color, which is unusual and very pretty.  On Monday I went to the Bead Factory in Tacoma, with my childhood buddy, Lee Anne, of  Baubles Handcrafted Jewelry.  I found the perfect match for the headpins there.  The beads are the same mauve color as the headpins, and they are made of shell, so they continue the ocean theme.  I could hardly wait to get home and see what the shell beads looked like with the headpins.  They were perfect!  I love it when things all  fall into place, as though they were just meant to be!

Star Fish Earrings 2

Star Fish Earrings 5

Jan & Linda Mothers Day gretting

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 
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AJE Earring Reveal Weeks 14-15/52

Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal

Love earrings?  I do.  So I joined the Art Jewelry Elements 2013 Earring Challenge.  To meet the challenge, participants must create a pair of earrings every week for a year.  The earrings must contain at least one art bead.  Every other Sunday we have a blog hop to share what we have made.  Here are my designs for the past two weeks.

April Bloom Earrings

Next weekend I am going to help  Kristi Bowman with her booth at the Whole Bead Show in Lynnwood, WA.  Naturally, I’ll want to wear jewelry that features Kristi’s awesome metal clay components.  On Friday I wrote a post for the Art Jewelry Elements blog about a necklace I designed with a bronze clay butterfly pendant that Kristi made.  So yesterday I made a pair of coordinating earrings.

April Bloom  Earrings

April Bloom Earrings

The April Bloom Earrings feature textured bronze clay flowers by Kristi Bowman Design. I paired Kristi’s bronze flowers with Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, seed beads and brass.

bronze flower earrings

April Bloom Earrings

Here are the earrings with the coordinating necklace.

bronze clay handmade earrings and necklace

April Bloom Earring, with the Fly Away Necklace

Diamond Delight Earrings

My second pair of earrings also feature bronze flowers by Kristi, but in a little bit different style.

Handmade bronze clay flower earrings

Diamond Delight Earrings

The glass triangle-shaped glass beads are highlighted with crosshatching bronze/brass colored metallic stripes.  The intersecting lines create a diamond in the middle, which inspired me to call these the Diamond Delight earrings.  I topped the glass beads with 4 mm serpentine rounds.

green and bronze handmade earrings

Diamond Delight 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