Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal

Niky Sayers makes the most delightful clasps out of old coins. I’ve designed jewelry with her clasps before and was excited to throw my name in the hat to win one of her hare clasps this month.

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I am always inspired by autumn colors and textures.  It’s easy to picture hares hopping through fallen leaves while scoping out safe burrows for their winter retreats, (although, do hares only live in drier regions? Hmmm, I may have to look into that… )

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And that’s how the idea for this bracelet came to be.  I paired one of my ceramic leaf bracelet focals with Niky’s hare clasp and accented it with earthy, fall colors.

The bracelet went through two iterations.   Version 1 is shown below.  Originally I wanted the clasp near the front, hoping it would be more in the spotlight there. I was pleased with version 1 initially.  I took all the bracelet photos for this blog post and went about the rest of my day, wearing my new bracelet.

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However, the more I wore it, the less I liked it.  It was too bulky and it didn’t drape gracefully on my wrist. It just looked stiff and chunky.

Should I start over, including re-doing all the photos?  Yup, it just wasn’t right and I knew that I would always feel uneasy about it, if I left it as version 1.

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Enter Version 2.  Much better.  Some of the bulk in the front was reduced by moving the clasp to the back of the bracelet. I also replaced the bulky and awkward tip drilled pearls, with a double strand of smaller “peanut” beads.

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Now there is a focus of interest in both the front and the back. The bracelet curves to the shape of the wrist, rather than standing out at stiff angles.  I’ve said this before, but I think that creating jewelry is like writing an essay.  First you free-write to express all your ideas. Then you go back and do the painstaking work of editing it down to the down to the crystallized essence of your vision.  I hope you can see that process at work here.

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Many thanks to Niky for the opportunity to design with her awesome clasp.  And thanks, also, to my friends at Art Elements for hosting this giveaway and blog hop.

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Now please visit all the participants in this blog hop, to see how they have used Niky’s clasp in their own unique designs.

Guest Designers

Linda Landig

Kathy Lindemer

Divya N

Art Element Team

Claire Fabian

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Susan Kennedy

Caroline Dewison

Lesley Watt

Diana Ptaszynski

Lindsay Starr

Laney Mead

Niky Sayers

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News Day Tuesday: Fall Leaf Jewelry

 Welcome to News Day Tuesday;  the day for updates on my shops and other relevant or possibly irrelevant  news.

Shop Updates:

I thought I’d pull together a collection of my fall jewelry for you.  I’m going to keep this short and sweet and make it an eye candy post.  If you’d like more information on  the earrings in this post, just click its title.

Flaming Autumn Earrings

Autumn Leaf Earrings Fall Orange Red Gold Dangles Brass Handmade OOAK

Flaming Autumn Earrings

Dappled Leaf Earrings

Dappled Leaf Earrings

Dappled Leaf Earrings

Actually when I first planned out today’s blog post, I also intended to share a brand new fall necklace I’d made this week.  I posted a link to it on my Facebook Jewelry Page and it sold in just a few hours.  I  always post my newest jewelry designs on my Facebook Jewelry Page first, before I blog about them, so it is a good idea to follow me there, too.

I’ll share the new necklace, just for eye candy, but it is no longer available.

Fallen Leaf Necklace

Fallen Leaves Necklace

Fallen Leaves Necklace

In addition to these, I have two other pairs of leaf earring.  I blogged about them on Friday’s Art Jewelry Elements blog. I hope you’ll hop over there and check out that post, too.

Thanks for reading.  I love to hear you comments!

-Linda

I heart macro – Cactus

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

We have a large barrel cactus that we’ve had for over 20 years.  In the summer it sits out on the deck – hence the pine needles in some of the photos.  In the fall we haul it back indoors.

One time, many years ago, the woman who cleaned our home, accidentally backed into it while she was vacuuming.  She told me later that her husband wanted to know why she had so many pin pricks on her butt!  Believe me, she never made that mistake again!

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Center of the cactus with new growth.

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Caution: These hurt!

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Youch!

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Top of the barrel cactus

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori for links to more great macro shots.

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i heart macro – Leaves

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥  I know I kind of dropped out of this for a while.  But, hello, I’m back!

I absolutely love autumn colors!  They are so inspiring to me.  The macro shots really capture the complexities of the colors along the veins of the leaves.

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Autumn Leaf Close Up

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Red and Yellow Autumn Leaf

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Fall Leaf Close up

Autumn colors also inspire my jewelry design.  I just added “Smoky Autumn Earrings” to Linda Landig Jewelry on Thursday.  The great autumn colored lampwork glass leaves are handmade by Havana Beads.  I accented them with flawlessly clear smoky quartz, carnelian and brass bead caps.

Smoky Autumn Earrings

Smoky Autumn Earrings

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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Lampwork Leaf Earrings

Autumn Favorites

I’ve added two pairs of earrings to my jewelry shop, which are my new autumn favorites.  They both feature lampwork (handmade glass) leaves by Havana Beads.

The “Autumn Leaf Earrings” showcase large (14 mm) fire agate beads.  The color is s-o-o-o-o gorgeous! I framed the fire agate with brass spacers and topped them with cool sage green fire polish glass beads.  The handmade glass leaves at the bottom have flecks of amber, pink and green.

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Autumn Leaf Earrings

The “Dappled Leaf Earrings” are smaller and more subtle, but just as pretty.  This pair of leaves has varying shades of brown and cream with hints of green.  I accented them with gleaming tiger eye (the brown stone), brick-red glass beads and light green beads that have a copper core.  Both pairs of earrings are suspended from handmade brass ear wires.

Dappled Leaf Earrings

Dappled Leaf Earrings

Bead Table Wednesday: Meadow Necklace

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

I made a necklace with a gorgeous ceramic clay pendant from Shaterra Clay Studio and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  I was holding it up to admire it last night when…awk…I found a mistake!  See, look, I messed up the pattern of the little tan jasper beads!  So now this necklace is back on my bead table, to be re-strung.  I hate re-stringing!!!  By the time this blog is published though, I’ll have it fixed and listed in my ArtFire studio.

I named this necklace Meadow.  Don’t you just love this pendant?  It was the inspiration for the color scheme for the rest of the necklace.

Ceramic flower pendantGoing with the flower theme, I finished the necklace with this great brass filigree leaf  clasp from Israel.

brass fillagree leaf shaped toggle claspMeadow is now available (without bead-pattern errors!) in my ArtFire Studio.

Ceramic Clay pendant with two flowersI encourage you to hop over to  the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.