Muffin Tin Challenge 2017

Life is what happens when you make other plans.  Ever heard that saying?  It pretty much explains what happened to me the past two weeks, in regards to this challenge.  Let me explain.

Heather Powers (Humble Beads) issued her annual Muffin Tin Challenge a couple of weeks ago.  The idea is to kick start your creativity at the start of the new year.  Participants  load up each cup of a muffin tin with all the “ingredients” needed to make a piece of jewelry.  Then whenever you have a spare moment, you can sit down and start creating, without the need to gather material or get distracted by all the other pretties.

I was coming down with a cold, so I decided to make it easy on myself and just use a 6 cup muffin tin, rather than attempting 12 projects.

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My muffin tin.

That cold I mentioned?  Yah, well it quickly morphed into bronchitis.  Which explains why my muffin tin reveal is now a week late.  Even though I missed the deadline for the blog hop, I still felt a sense of commitment to follow through on this challenge.

Before the bronchitis hit me like a tsunami, I got a couple of pieces done.  First up is a pair of earrings that I featured on my Earrings Everyday blog post yesterday.  I ended up making the earrings from the contents of the first two muffin cups. The ceramic spikes are from Suburban Girl Studio and the beaded beads are from Sue Beads.

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Then I went on to make a necklace with the Humble Beads bird pendant that you see in the second muffin cup.

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The rest of the jewelry was made this week. I made these cute earrings next.  They are strung on Irish waxed linen and I macramed the loops at the tops.  The wavy ceramic charms were made by Marsha Neal Studio.  I’m in love with the glaze on these.  See how it shades from mauve to lavender? ❤

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I adore this wonderfully textured heart, by Yoli Miramontes.  I topped it with a  lampwork glass cube, that pulls in the pink from the heart and accents that with mint green.  I’ve been looking for an excuse to use these unusually faceted, mint green beads.  Their time had come to shine!  I interspersed them with tiny green seed beads and transparent pink fire polish beads.  I’m super pleased with this one.

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This next necklace features more ceramic work by Marsha Neal Studio.  I have a huge hoard of Marsha’s work, so I need to focus on designing with her things and then releasing them out into the world, so others can enjoy them.  I topped Marsha’s pendant with a delightful, ceramic bird bead by Caroline Dewison of BlueberriBeads.

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And finally, I wrapped up this challenge with these happy, little flower earrings.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the lampwork artist.

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So I finally finished the Muffin Tin Challenge.  Better late than never.  The first pair of earrings are available in my shop now and I will be adding the others over the next few days.  Thanks for visiting my blog.
I am always delighted to read your comments!  Hope to hear from you.

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Tropical Getaway Earrings

We’re All Ears :: February

Welcome to the Earrings Everyday Challenge!  Have I told you that I am now writing for Earrings Everyday?  This month (and every month after this) we are hosting a fun earring challenge and blog hop.  We post a picture on the Earrings Everyday blog to inspire your earring designs and then one month later we have a blog hop to see what everyone has made!  Sound fun?  If you didn’t get in on it for February, you can hop on board in March.

Here is the February picture, with a natural heart from Mother Nature.

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February Earring Inspiration

My first thought was to use some dragonfly charms as dangles on the earrings.  The dragonflies had a shiny fake gold coating on them which I decided to sand  off.  I then painted them with VerDay so I could then patina them, (VerDay is a paint which contains very fine metallic pieces which can be used to  create a patina).  I thought that a nice verdigris patina would pick up the greens and turquoise in the photo.  Nice idea, but FAIL!

Botched dragonfly charms

Botched dragonfly charms

I re-sanded them and tried again, but still no better.  I later learned that the insects in the photo are not actually dragonflies.  They are damselflies.  ::Shrugs shoulders::  Who knew?  Soooo, on to Plan B.

And its all good, because I’m very happy with the Plan B earrings.

handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Tropical Escape Earrings

The orangy-coral ceramic discs are from Marsha Neal Studio. They echo the orange at the ends of the damselflies bodies.  The turquoise glass beads pick up the color of the insects’ eyes.

orange and turquoise earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Tropical Escape Earrings

The colors  of the earrings somehow make me think of a tropical vacation (I think the gray rainy days are getting to me), so I named these earrings “Tropical Getaway”.

Now comes the fun part.  Click on the link below to get links to all the challenge participants.  Then visit their blogs to see all the wonderful earrings they have created!

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

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Bead Fest Loot 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 and all of our earrings include art beads or components.

I could hardly wait to make use of my new Bead Fest loot, so both pairs of earrings, this week, feature components from bead artists whose work I admire and whose friendship I treasure.  After hanging out, at Bead Fest, with Marsha Neal Minutella and Staci Klinger Smith, I’m missing them now, But I can conjure up our laughter and creative energy, when I design with their components.

Swirly Spike Earrings

I’ve known Marsha Neal Minutella online for a long time and some of my past AJE Earring Challenge pieces have included Marsha’s work.  My bead stash always includes lots of her wonderful ceramic pieces, but we had never met before last weekend.   Finally meeting her in person was one of the highlights of  Bead Fest for me, this year.  Marsha greeted me at Bead Fest with a big hug and a bag of her amazing ceramic beads and jewelry components, plus some of the gorgeous hand dyed silks that she sells in her shop.

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Yesterday I wrote about using the hand dyed silk in a necklace I designed recently.  But actually I made these earrings first.  The black, twisted or swirled ceramic spikes are Marsha’s handiwork.

handmade ceramic earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Spikey Swirl Earrings

The swirled spikes are actually headpins, onto which I threaded the brass spacers and the blue and black ceramic beads.  I have had those blue beads for so long that I actually can’t even remember if they are handmade or commercially produced.  I like the way the glossy black glaze contrasts with the matte blue background.  I thought they were perfect with Marsha’s headpins!  I’ve got two more pairs of these spikes in different colors, so you can expect to see them soon on the earring reveal blogs!

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Fab Fuchsia Earrings

Staci Klinger Smith and I met at Bead Fest last year and hit it off right away.  We spent one afternoon bead shopping together and found that we were often attracted to many of the same colors and styles of beads.  There was a lot of, “Oh!  Did you see these beads?” and “Look! Aren’t these cool?”, going on last year!  This year Staci was a vendor so she wasn’t able to spend an afternoon browsing for beads with me.  But I hung out at her booth a lot and we spent Friday and Saturday evenings together.

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Staci is one of the most exuberantly creative people that I have ever known.  Both the beads and components she creates, as well as her jewelry designs never cease to amaze me.  Here are some of the polymer clay components that Staci had in her booth.  She also works in metal clay, wire work and metalsmithing.

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Artisan Accents by Staci Louise

There was a bead swap on Saturday which I will write more about later.  Staci and I were partners for the swap.  She later told me that she carefully observed which of the components in her booth I liked and then gave me a selection of those pieces in the swap.  That thoughtfulness really touched me.  So for my 2nd pair of earrings I used some dangles of Staci’s that I was drooling over admiring in her booth.

Fab Fuscia Earrings

Fab Fuchsia Earrings

The drops are made of polymer clay and then hand painted in layers of colors and sealed.  I paired them with hematite and Greek ceramic spacers.  Because these earrings are mostly polymer clay they are very lightweight to wear, despite their length.  The Fab Fuchsia Earrings are now listed in my Etsy shop.

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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