Featured on the Art Bead Scene Blog

I’m pleased to share that my “Woodland Blossom Necklace” was featured on the Art Bead Scene Blog today.  They sponsor a monthly art challenge where they post a painting and ask people to interpret it and include the use of art beads.  I loved this colors in this month’s painting!

Paul Cezanne

Basket of Apples

Basket of Apples by Paul Cézanne, 1893
Oil on canvas 65 cm × 80 cm (25.6 in × 31.5 in)
Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, Art Institute of Chicago


Just look at those juicy yellow greens and the rich reds and oranges!  This was right up my alley!  And I had the perfect pendant, by Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln, to bring out those colors!

Linda Landig Jewelry

Woodland Blossom Necklace

I had so much fun creating this and remembering Bead Fest in August when Mary and I swapped jewelry and beads. When I use art beads they have so much meaning to me.  It’s not only that they are amazing little pieces of art – it’s that I have formed personal connections with the artists and each art bead speaks to me of its maker, of their talent and skill and of their personality and our connections.  So thank you Mary and thank you Art Bead Scene!

Handmade Flower Pendant Necklace Green Burnt Orange Black Ceramic OOAK Gift Rich Colors Holiday Jewelry Winter

Woodland Blossom Necklace

Bead Table Wednesday: New Beads

Retail Therapy

I’d been feeling a little low lately and that led to some serious bead retail therapy shopping…. This picture doesn’t even show it all–oh my!  Here’s what’s on my table now:

Bead Table Wednesday stash

New beads and pendants

The strands of glass beads and the ceramic beads in the little bowl are all from Shipwreck Beads. Fortunately – or unfortunately, (depending on how you look at it), I only live about 15 minutes away from Shipwreck.  Those red and black beads are so-o-o cool!  The round ceramic charms are from Bo Hulley Beads. You can sorta see that I already made one pair into earrings.  The green and brown leaves and the deeply textured rounds are from Chinook Jewelry.

H-m-m-m, what else have I gotten?  Well, these from DaviniaDesign:

    View Receipt  Turquoise and Orange Ribbed Lampwork Glass Beads (2) - DaviniaDesign

Venetian Glass from DaviniaDesign

and these from Free Individual:

Handmade bronze metal oval bead textured 2 pack

Handmade bronze metal oval beads from Free Individual

and this from Golem Studios:

Golem Studios

Poppy pendant from Golem Studios

and finally this from MartiC51 !


Green Banana Owl - How cute is this???


I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and  see what is on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Happy Camper

Happy Camper Necklace

Dichroic Glass and 5th Grade Camp

As some of you may know, I work part-time for the University of Washington as a field supervisor for student teaching interns.  One of the student teachers I worked with this past year was teaching a 5th grade class that was earning money to attend 5th grade camp.  The school had a kiln and the classroom teacher knew how to fuse glass.  So she created an after school glass club where students could learn how to make a variety of fused glass projects, which they would then sell to defray the costs of going to camp.  When I first started visiting this class they were selling dichroic fused glass pendants.  They ran this venture as a business.  They had business cards, they tracked their inventory, and their expenses and income.  All the proceeds went to helping defray the costs of 5th grade camp.  I looked through their extensive selection of pendants and selected the one you see here.

Happy Camper Necklace

Happy Camper Necklace

I felt I was contributing to a good cause and the pendant I selected is very nice.  I decided on a contemporary, asymmetrical design.

Happy Camper Necklace

Happy Camper Necklace

The turquoise, bow tie shaped beads on the right, are vintage German glass.  The metallic black, tip drilled glass beads feel really silky in the hand (yes, I am a very tactile person).  The clasp is sterling silver and the length is adjustable.

Happy Camper Necklace

Happy Camper Necklace

I decided to name this the “Happy Camper Necklace“, since the purchase of the pendant helped send those 5th graders to camp. And believe me, they had a blast there and learned a lot about science, social studies and cooperative work.

Later in the year, the kids also made fused glass wall vases, light catchers and garden markers.  What a great way to integrate business skills, art, math, science (properties of glass), and social skills!  Way to go 5th graders!

The “Happy Camper Necklace” is now available in my ArtFire shop.

Birthday Gift

Birthday Necklace

Buried Treasure Pendant

I was grateful to be chosen as a July Design Partner by  Mellisa of Chinook Jewelry.  Melissa makes the most wonderful ceramic pendants, beads and bead caps.  She is known for her awesome glazes and she really outdid herself with the new glaze she developed for her Shipwreck Series.  I received the Shipwreck pendant you see below.  It is made of porcelain clay and is finished  in a rough matte rusty-gold glaze.  I love this rustic look; as though the pendant had just been unearthed from many years below the sea.

Shipwreck pendant from Chinook Jewelry

Heike’s Birthday

My sister-in-law, Heike, had a birthday coming up soon, so I got to work on designing a necklace for her with this pendant. Now Heike is the queen of handmade, so I knew she would appreciate a handmade necklace for her birthday!  She has taught me how to dye silk, create paper-cut wall hangings, paint with acrylics and who knows what else, over the years.

I met my husband-to-be when he was an exchange student from Germany, in my high school.  We were now going to Germany to celebrate Heike’s birthday, our 38th (!) anniversary and, most importantly, we were going to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 85th birthday.  This necklace would come with me.

Ceramic and carnelian necklace

Heike's birthday necklace

I wanted a rustic look for the necklace, in keeping with the pendant.  I found a couple of strands of organically hand-cut golden carnelian that I loved with the pendant.  I made a bail for the pendant with a round of seed beads and then two loops of right angle weave.  I then threaded one strand of the necklace through each of the seed bead loops.

handmade ceramic, brass and carnelian necklace

A year or so ago, I bought a woven bracelet at an import store that had the coolest organic metal cubes.  I then cut the bracelet apart, so I could use the beads!  Some of those brass beads found their way into the front portion of this necklace.  I added a rustic stone, placed off-center and highlighted it with wood and serpentine.  Next came a small accent on the opposite side and an artsy brass colored toggle clasp.

detail from a handmade necklace

We arrived in Germany on the morning of Heike’s birthday.  That evening she opened our gift and was delighted with the necklace.  She wore it several more times during our stay.

Handmade necklace with pendant by Chinook Jewelry

Thank you, Melissa, for inspiring me with your wonderful pendant.  Designing is a joy when you have such a great focal piece to work with.  Please visit Melissa’s website, if you’d like some inspiration, too!  Erin Prais-Hintz was also a Chinook Jewelry Design Partner for July.  I’d encourage you to hop on over to Erin’s blog, so you see the wonderful jewelry that Erin designed with Melissa’s ceramic pieces.  Melissa blogged about both Erin’s and my designs.  You can read about them on Melissa’s blog.

Handmade necklace by Linda Landig

Bead Soup Blog Party

Let’s Party!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party!  Here’s how it works.  Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things, paired up all the participants. In January we sent each other a pendant, a nice clasp and some coordinating beads.  My partner, Elisabeth Auld, of Beads For Busy Gals, sent me a wonderful pendant and clasp she made herself, as well as many other goodies. I blogged about them here: Bead Soup Ingredients Arrive. You can visit Elisabeth’s blog to see what she made with the things I sent her.  I’d also encourage you to take a look at her Etsy shop to check out all her beaded beauties.

The Necklace

Blue handmade necklace by Linda Landig

I love the pendant Elisabeth made, so this necklace was a joy to design.  I placed her handmade clasp on the side, toward the front.  I wired two iolite briolettes and 4 Swarovski crystals to it.

I added two fabulous round rock crystals to balance the asymmetrical design.  The rock crystal echos the clear glass faceted rounds in Elisabeth’s clasp.

Lampwork Glass by Beads and Botanicals

I used turquoise lampworked beads from my friends at  Beads and Botanicals on either side of the pendant and the rock crystals. Elisabeth supplied the Montana Blue crystals and the rest of the beads were from my stash. This necklace is now available in my ArtFire Studio.

The Bracelet

There were still lots of Elisabeth’s goodies left over after the necklace was made, so I decided to make a bracelet.  I’ve redone this bracelet two times now and it still isn’t quite right! First it turned out to be too small.   I didn’t mind redoing it the first time because I just had a plain turquoise bead in the center and I had decided to switch it out and add a lampworked bead instead.  It turned out  much prettier this way, however….now it is too long! (*says impolite words here*)  So now I must redo it again and make it shorter.  I’ll add a link to it here when I finally get it “just so”.  The final version will be very similar to this:

Turqoise handmade bracelet with lampwork bead.

Don’t you just love the little bird charm that Elisabeth sent me?  I’ve had the speckled lampwork bead for a long time–I’m not sure who made it.  Elisabeth supplied the turquoise tubes, the off-white teardrop shaped beads and the turquoise colored lentil shaped beads.

Turquoise speckled lampwork bead

Earring Giveaway!

I still had some of the turquoise tubes left, so I made some earrings to giveaway!  All you have to do, to be entered in the giveaway, is  leave a comment on this post.  A winner will be chosen the following Saturday.  If your comment doesn’t automatically leave a link where I can contact you, then please leave your email address with your comment.

Linear turquoise and silver earrings

Bead Soup Blog Hop

Now comes the fun part! All the blogs listed below (over 200!) participated in the Bead Soup Blog Party.  I encourage you to visit as many as possible over the next week(s).  Many of them are having giveaways, also.

Once again, I’d like to thank Lori Anderson for putting all this together.  There was an amazing amount of behind the scenes work that took place to coordinate something of this size.  Lori will be publishing a book on her Bead Soup Blog Parties.  I’ll post info on it when it comes out.  Stay tuned!

Bead Soup Partiers!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things (Bead Soup Party  hostess)
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK’s Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl’s Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack’s
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori’s Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel’s Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue’s Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading to Be Done!
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana’s Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni’s Bead
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally’s Creations
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy’s Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

100.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings (You are here!)
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong’s Creations
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice’s Beads and Baubles
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H’s Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina’s Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear’s Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta’s Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki’s Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka’s Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie’re
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie’s Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader’s Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab’s Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana’s Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Homeschooling Life

The next party’s sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don’t miss it!

The Second Necklace Challenge Reveal!

Michaels Necklace Challenge #2

The Necklace Reveal makes me feel like a little kid on a playground.  I want to go play here, no wait, over there, now that way!  It’s a kind of giddy fun to hop from blog to blog and discover what everyone has created.

The rules of the game are explained in The Challenge.  Briefly, we all bought (or tried to buy) the same beads.  We had to use these beads, plus our own focal bead and clasp to create a necklace.  We could use 2 additional types of  beads of our choosing.

An Extra Challenge

I ran into an extra challenge because I couldn’t get all the beads we were supposed to work with.  I went back to Michaels 3 times and they never had the clear beads with the silver edges (my favorite beads of the whole selection).  They also didn’t have the faceted natural colored, oval mother of pearl beads.  I couldn’t find any good substitute for the clear beads, so I just left them out.  I substituted white (bleached) mother of pearl ovals for the unbleached ones.

 Necklace for Lorelei Eurto's Challenge

My Design Process

The chunky black quartz was the biggest challenge to work with.  I pulled out my drawer of Art Glass and when my eyes lit on this fabulous  Black Sea Sand Dollar bead from Beads and Botanicals I knew it would be perfect with the black quartz.  The rest of the design process flowed easily from that point on.

Black Sea Sand Dollar by Beads and BotanicalsI strung a quartz bead on a gunmetal headpin and sat the Black Sea Sand Dollar bead above it.   I attached the pendant to the gunmetal chain and wired some of the peacock colored pearls and some black Delica seed beads to a short length of the chain.  I like the grayish-purple of the pearls with the black of the pendant.

I framed the mother of pearl ovals with black and clear organic seed beads from Beads and Botanicals and then strung an alternating pattern of pearls and black Delicas.  I finished the necklace with a pretty vintage black German glass button and loop clasp.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I encourage you to check out the other fabulous artists whose links are listed below.  You will marvel at how each person has come up with a totally individual creation, even though we’ve all been working with the same beads.  Have fun!

Vintage German button clasp by Linda landig

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