Cornflower Bracelet

AJE May Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a giveaway and jewelry reveal.  May’s giveaway component was made by Susan Kennedy of Sue Beads.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given a set of these beautiful  lampwork glass flower beads that Sue made for us.  I was given the blue set on the far right.

lampwork glass by Sue Beads

Beautiful flower tab beads from Sue Beads.

First I must say that I really love these beads.  You know me – I ❤ flowers, plus I like the unusual shape.  The fact that this shape lays flat on the wrist, makes them especially well suited to bracelet designs.  I do have an earring design in mind too, but that will have to wait till another time.

One of a kind blue bracelet

Cornflower Bracelet

I used one of Lesley Watt’s gorgeous brass bracelet bars as the focal of my bracelet.  Sue’s beads frame it perfectly.  I love these three together.  I think they were made for each other! I furthered the floral theme with two Czech glass flower beads.  The rest of the bracelet is fire polished beads and little glass seed beads, finished with a decorative antiqued brass toggle clasp.

Cornflower Blue Bracelet

Cornflower Bracelet

It is a simple design, but quite eye-catching and elegant.  I can personally attest to the eye-catching part.  I wore it today and the lady at the grocery store asked me about it and wanted not just one of my business cards, but several to share with the other women who work there!

Handmade blue bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Cornflower Bracelet

I named this bracelet after the beautiful blue Cornflower (aka Bachelor Button).  When you look at the photo below, you’ll see what a perfect match this name is.

Batchelor's Button

Cornflower

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Susan’s  lampwork glass beads? –  Here are all the links.    Have fun blog hopping!

Guests

Shai Williams

Erin Prais-Hintz

Kari Asbury

Carolyn Lawson

Merja Sundstrom

AJE Members

Susan Kennedy

Diana Ptaszynski

Linda Landig  – You are here.

Lesley Watt

Melissa Meman

Caroline Dewison

Francesca Watson

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Rebekah Payne

Keirsten Giles

Kristen Stevens

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Printers Cabinet Update

On Wednesday I gave you a peek at my work table.  So now that I’ve still got you all in my studio, I’m going to keep you here one more day and today I’ll share some of my reorganizing efforts that have been a spin-off of receiving an antique Hamilton Printers Cabinet for Christmas.

Printers Cabinet

Antique Hamilton Printers cabinet

The printers cabinet gives me loads of space for organizing my beads.  Let me pull open a couple of drawers for you.  I put my art glass in the top drawer, with  all my lampwork glass from Beads and Botanicals on the left side of that first drawer.

Lampwork glass beads by Beads and Botanicals

Lampwork glass beads by Beads & Botanicals

Lampwork from other artists fills out the rest of that drawer.

art glass drawer in my Printers Cabinet

The next drawer contains my ceramic bead collection.

Hamilton printers cabinet with ceramic beads

In the back row, the two bird beads and the bead tied with raffia are from Nan Emmett of Spirited Earth.  The blue flower pendant and the green circle are from Nancy Schindler of Round Rabbit Extra.  The curved bracelet focals in the front right compartment are by  Shattera of Shattera Clay Studio.

Watercolor painting of boats in the mangroves of Costa Rica

Yesterday I hung a favorite watercolor, by Susan England, above my printers cabinet. Susan and her husband, Andrew, run a small, remotely located, vacation spot in Costa Rica, called Cabinas Los Cocos .  My husband and I have stayed there several times.  Susan is an artist and painted this scene from the mangroves behind their place.  This picture fills me with so many happy memories, that I knew it would fill my studio with joy.

BOC Second Saturday State of Your Studio

This post is part of the monthly Beads Of Clay Second Saturday State of Your Studio blog hop, where you can share the state of your studio (your creative space) with other clay bead makers and jewelry designers.

What?  It’s not the second Saturday???  That’s right, it’s almost the third Saturday of the month.  Ah well, better late than never!