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

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                             

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 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                           

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 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

                                             

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

                                             

Bead Giveaway Alert

For those of you who are beaders yourself, I want to share news of a great giveaway by Outwest. They are giving away this set of beads to one lucky winner–maybe you or hopefully me! lol!

Outwest Giveaway

Outwest Bead Giveaway

I love everything from this talented lampwork artist.  Here’s one of my bracelets, which features a Outwest Bead as well as a copper component from Kristi Bowman Designs.

The Outwest bead is the large bead to the left of Kristi’s ammonite focal piece.

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

Bead Table Wednesday: Gem Faire

BTW: New Goodies

I went to the Gem Faire in Tacoma last Friday and I have all kinds of new goodies on my bead table now.  I’m fairly cautious at Gem Faire, because many of the gem dealers don’t have store fronts or websites and I see a lot of gems that look dubious to me.  One booth had beads that were obviously glass, but were billed as quartz, (but had garish bright non-quartz colors).  Other dealers looked quite reputable.  I really didn’t need any stones any way.  They have good deals on Swarovski crystals and I picked up several strands.  The oval beads (below) are Chinese crystal.  The rest are Swarovskis.


new items from Gem Faire

Swarovski and Chinese crystals.

Unicorn Beads always has a booth at Gem Faire and they have great deals on their discontinued lines.  Unicorne Beads specializes in handmade lampworked Boro (Borosilicate) glass.  At a nearby booth, I also picked up one strand of moukite – my only gemstone purchase.

boro glass beads

Unicorne Beads and moukite

Here’s a close up of some of the boro beads.  Pretty, huh?

Lampwork beads

Unicorne Beads

I finished off my shopping spree with 4 feet of brass chain and 2 feet of copper chain.  The ceramic pieces below are from Summers Studio and they arrived in the mail this week, too.

ceramic beads from Summers Studio

New chain and ceramic beads from Summers Studio

Now I can’t wait to get into the studio and start creating with all these new goodies.

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

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Table Wednesday: Picasso Jasper Jewelry Set

BTW: New Goodies & New Jewelry

Kristi Bowman Components

OK, I admit it.  I’m completely smitten with Kristi Bowman’s copper components.  I already have a bunch that I haven’t yet made into jewelry, but when she had a sale last week, I had to get more!  So here’s whats on my bead table today.

Handmade copper jewelry components

Copper components by Kristi Bowman Design

Whispers Necklace and Bracelet

I also have a necklace and bracelet set on my bead table.  They are made of one of my favorite gemstones: Picasso jasper (aka Picasso marble).  This grey stone has endlessly fascinating black lines which crisscross through it, like some crazy road map.  It looks awesome with wine red garnets and a bit of metallic gleam from Thai Hill Tribes silver.

The “Whispers Necklace” has quiet colors, like whispers in the evening.

Whispers Necklace

Whispers Necklace

Whisper Necklace

Picasso Jasper is so beautiful!

The “Whispers Bracelet” has contrasting diamond and oval shapes.

Whispers Bracelet

Whispers Bracelet

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

link to BTW Flickr group