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

Puget Sound Bead Festival

It’s Bead Table Wednesday and my bead table is filled with new bounty from the Puget Sound Bead Festival. On Sunday, Kristi Bowman and I met in Tacoma and spent a pleasant afternoon together feeding our bead addiction.

shopping for beads

Kristi Bowman and I at the Puget Sound Bead Festival

I didn’t take many photos of the Bead Festival, but here’s what I have.  The tables were all just laden with temptations!  A whole lotta bling going on in this booth.

Bead booth with crystals

Puget Sound Bead Festival booth

And here we have lampwork on the table with finished pieces above.

lampwork beads booth

Puget Sound Bead Festival lampwork beads booth

My favorite bead shop in the world, is Wynwoods Bead Studio in Port Townsend, WA.  It’s a couple of hours from my house, but we visit Port Townsend fairly regularly to walk the beach and visit the many art galleries.  Lois Venarchick, the owner, seems to have a particular gift for finding unusual beads and I always visit her shop when I’m in town.  She had a booth at the bead festival, too.  So I had to drop by to say hello.

wynwoods booth at the bead festival

Wynwoods Bead Studio

So, do you want to see what treasures I brought home with me?  Of course you do!  I was trying to be a bit budget minded, with medium success.  Here’s my haul.

These lampwork beads came from Unicorne Beads.  The lady at the booth was super friendly and helpful.  There was a price break on purchases over $100, so Kristi and I combined our orders.  The savings get passed on in reduced  jewelry prices, so everyone wins!

Goodies from Unicorne Beads

Unicorne Glass

Most of these stone beads were among my first purchases.  Kristi and I looked at these pumpkin shaped coral beads and loved them, but the price was quite steep.  So we decided to move on and maybe come back later.   At the end of the day, this coral was still calling our names, so we went back and bought one strand to share.

stone beads

Stone Beads

Who could resist this adorable polymer clay chickadee???  I couldn’t!

polymer clay beads

Polymer clay beads and patin’ed brass charms.

Of course I also had to pick out a couple of the copper components that Kristi makes!  I chose a pair of her Copper Paisley Leaf  Headpins and a pair of Copper Earring Bails.

Handmade copper headpins and earring bails

Handmade copper headpins and earring bails by Kristi Bowman Designs.

So I’ll leave you now with a couple of pictures of Kristi and I goofing off at the show.  If you’d like to see pictures of Kristi’s bead purchases from the Puget Sound Bead Festival, as well as her pictures from the show itself, hop on over to the Kristi Bowman Designs blog.  Enjoy!

Kristi Bowman

Kristi Bowman showing off some beady eye candy!

Linda Landig

Me, acting silly and holding several strands of beads by my ear, as though they were super-beady earrings.

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

link to BTW Flickr group

Copper Component Blog Hop ~ Welcome!

Copper Component Blog Hop

The Challenge

My friend, Kristi Bowman,  makes the most wonderful copper components with copper metal clay.  If you follow my blog, you’ve seen several of the earrings I’ve made with her copper connectors and charms.

Recently, she started making larger curved pieces to be used as bracelet focals.  Today she is the hostess for the much anticipated Copper Component Blog Hop.  Each participant purchased a bracelet focal from Kristi’s shop, Kristi Bowman Design.

We each set to work, designing bracelets.  Today we get to see what everyone created.  I can’t wait to visit all the blogs!  (see list below)

My Bracelet

I purchased a copper ammonite focal and had a blast choosing beads to go with it.

copper wired bead bracelet

Ammonite Bracelet

I don’t often make jewelry that is all wired and not strung, but that was what this focal seemed to call for.   I’d also set a goal for myself  to do more jewelry in this style.

I wired a wonderful Out West lampwork (handmade) glass bead next to Kristi’s copper focal.

lampwork bead by Out West

Lampwork bead by Out West

Then I wired ceramic beads all around and a couple of cool turquoise teardrop shaped beads from Wynwoods Bead Gallery.  I added serpentine, pressed glass and copper bead dangles.  The bracelet closes with a copper lobster claw clasp on one side of the focal.

copper and ceramic bracelet, handmade by Linda Landig Jewelry

Rustic Ammonite Bracelet

My Earrings

As I was working on the bracelet, I remembered that I had previously purchased copper ammonite connectors from Kristi.  So I made some coordinating earrings for my bracelet!

copper earrings with serpentine and copper dangles

Copper Ammonite Earrings

handmade copper earrings with serpentine and glass dangles

Copper Ammonite Earrings

The “Copper Ammonite Bracelet” and the “Copper Ammonite Earrings” are both available in my shop, Linda Landig Jewelry.

Please show Kristi some cyber love.  Visit her blog and her shop to see all the finished jewelry and copper components this talented lady designs.

bracelet and earrings with handmade copper components

Ammonite Bracelet & Earrings

The Blog Hop

Here is a list of the other blog hop participants.  Its fun to see how each person interpreted the same copper focals to design bracelets that express their own unique visions.  Enjoy!

Linda Landig http://lindasbeadblog.com/   YOU ARE HERE!

Bead Table Wednesday: Copper Component Blog Hop This Saturday

Copper Component Blog Hop This Saturday

What’s on my bead table today? -The bracelet that I’m working on for this Saturday’s Copper Component Blog Hop.

15 jewelry artisans are designing bracelets utilizing an amazing copper focal piece by the talented Kristi Bowman of Kristi Bowman Designs.

Here is the copper focal that is the centerpiece of my bracelet.

copper blog hop

Copper focal by Kristi Bowman

And here is a sneak peek of the bracelet I’m working on.  Come back on Saturday to get a clearer view!

distorted bracelet

Come back on Saturday!

Here is a complete list of all the participants.  Please come back on Saturday, Feb. 4th to see all the coppery goodies revealed!

Lana Kinney (will share on Kristi’s blog)

 

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

link to BTW Flickr group

Wish List

“Star bright, star light…

First star I see tonight.

I wish I may, I wish I might,

Have the wish,

I wish tonight.”

Did you ever recite that ditty as a child?  Here’s my current wish list:

These enameled wonders are from Teka and Zoe on ArtFire.  Basically I love every single thing in their shop.  If I won the lottery, I’d buy them out!

I love the scent of mint.  I drink peppermint tea, and prefer to bathe with handmade mint infused soap. This soap is from DeShawn Marie on ArtFire.

Be still my heart…  Just think what cool earrings could be made with these shiny baubles from Booga119!

I love the raised pattern on these earrings, don’t you?

Did you know that I used to make hand dyed silk scarves? Mine weren’t this nice, though.   I love the work of Morgan Silk !

Darn this girl!  She just keeps making more and more copper components that I just can’t live without! Kristi Bowman Designs:

Wouldn’t these lampwork beads from Radiant Mind, look luscious with Kristi’s copper components?  Just sayin’

I saved the best for the last!  I coveted these earrings for a while, but now I have them–and you can have them too!  They are made by my daughter, Naomi Landig.  Aren’t they awesome? I wear them all the time!

Featured Artist

Catching Up

This post will be a little of this and that.  I’ve had a lot going on in my life and haven’t posted here in a while.  I’m giving myself a kick in the fanny to keep moving forward.

Kristi Bowman Designs

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that I adore using the copper and brass clay components that Kristi Bowman sells in her Etsy store, Dream Some.  I made 3 pairs of earrings with her copper clay charms for the Muffin Tin Challenge.

I’m excited to share that I was the featured artist on Kristi’s blog this week.  I hope you’ll go give her some blog love; maybe even leave a comment.  Definitely click on the links to her ArtFire or Etsy shops.

Autumn Girl is my newest pair of earrings, utilizing Kristi’s components.  The copper leaves are just so cool and they pair perfectly with the brown jasper and the diagonally strung, molted green glass cubes.   These earrings could be worn all the time, in many settings:  work, weekend, dinner out etc.

Handmade earrings of copper, jasper and glass

Autumn Girl Earrings

Big Giveaway at Humble Beads Blog

Heather Powers is having a huge giveaway on her Humble Beads Blog.  Hop on over and check it out–just don’t win, ‘cuz I’m going to!  Just kidding.  You can enter multiple ways, so check it out.

If you are not familiar with Heather’s awesome polymer clay beads and pendants, you should visit her wonderful Etsy shop.  My Tiger Lily bracelet features one of her focal beads.

Tiger Lily Bracelet

Tiger Lily Bracelet

You’re Invited!

I will be showing my jewelry at the 18th annual Fusion Art Gala, at the  Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way, WA on August 3rd, from 3:00-9:00 p.m.  If you are in the area, I’d be delighted to have to stop by and say “Hi!”.  This event is a fundraiser for a local organization working to provide housing for homeless women and their families.  This art event is their major fundraiser for the year.  From their website:

The 2011 Event — Fantasia— features an Asian theme sure to enchant.

Come join us Wednesday, August 3, for a spectacular evening of Asian inspired entertainment and food, exciting silent and live auction items, and fabulous creations from many well-known Northwest artists.