Forest Dewdrop Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and blog hop.  September’s component was made by the talented Lesley Watt of THEA Elements.

Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few  lucky guest artists were each given one of these amazing handmade brass “Bursting Seed Pod” bead caps.   I received the green one that is positioned at about 2:00 in the first photo below.

artisan bead components by Lesley Watt

Bursting Seed Pods from THEA Elements

This piece presented a number of challenges to me.  First off I wanted to find a bead to fit within the metal piece that Lesley made.  I found that Lesley’s bead cap was 18mm large.  I had very few beads that were that size and most of the ones I did have, had flowers, swirls or other designs that competed with the pretty design on the top of the bead cap.

At one point I bought a strand of 18mm magnesite beads.  The magnesite looked passable with Lesley’s bead cap, but not great.  Eventually I located a beautiful lampwork glass bead by Genea Beads  that was a perfect match for the bead cap.  I strung those 2 components onto a lampwork glass headpin by Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodles.

handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Forest Dewdrop Necklace

Nancy was my Bead Soup exchange partner a couple of years ago and she gave me the most amazing collection of her lampwork to work with.  I still had 2 headpins and one bead leftover from that exchange.  The headpin was perfect for the pendant I was creating, but it had the thickest, toughest metal pin that I have ever encountered.  After I’d wrapped the loop at the top, I could not clip the extra wire, no matter how hard I pressed on the cutters.  So I brought it to my husband and jokingly told him that I was providing him with an opportunity to show off his manly prowess!   He clamped down with all his might and….the pliers broke, but the excess wire remained intact!!!  I finally went out into the garage and got the big electrical wire shears and was able to clip the wire.  Sheesh!

artisan necklace by linda landig jewelry

Forest Dewdrop Necklace

After that things went fairly smoothly!  I am moving toward making more and more of my own ear wires, bails and clasps, so I decided to make my own clasp and use Nancy’s lampwork glass bead that I still had leftover from our exchange.  To transition from the beaded double strands to the chain, I used two shell hoops, with one of them serving as the loop for my handmade clasp.

handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Forest Dewdrop Necklace

Here’s how the whole necklace looks, on my trusty mannequin, Matilda.

handmade necklace by linda landig jewelry

Forest Dewdrop Necklace

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Lesley’s wonderful Bursting Seed Pod bead caps?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!
Guest designers:
Erin Prais-Hintz – Tesori Trovati
Cate – Fulgorine
Claire Lockwood – Something To Do With Your Hands

AJE team

Jennifer Cameron

Jenny Davies-Reazor
Francesca Watson
Melissa Meman
Linda Landig – You are here!
Susan Kennedy
Rebekah Payne
Caroline Dewison
Lesley Watt
I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy
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Bead Soup Blog Party 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by the talented Lori Anderson of Pretty Things blog.  Lori partners up all the participants and we exchange beads, including a special focal bead and clasp.  Today is the day we reveal what we have made with the beads we received.   

I was very fortunate to have been paired with Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodles.   Nancy creates beautiful  lampwork glass, enamelled metal beads and metal components.  Here’s what Nancy sent me!  Everything here is handmade except the leather and the items in the little dish. 

bead goodies from Nancy Boylan

Bead goodies from Nancy Boylan

I was giddy with joy about receiving such a gorgeous “soup” to design with.

lampwork glass, enameled beads, clasp and leather

Thrilled with my bead soup!

I started with the pendant and designed this necklace.  The necklace includes Nancy’s pendant, 2 of her lampwork glass beads, 1 of the lampwork headpins, 2 of the teardrops beads and the leather she sent.

lampwork glass necklace

“Dot to Dot” necklace

I also used one of  her handmade clasps, which includes another of her lampwork beads. The clasp was so pretty, that I decided to place it at the side where it could be appreciated.  I dangled 2 teardrop shaped beads from the jump ring above the hook.

turquoise lampwork necklace

“Dot to Dot” necklace

I already had a clear picture in my mind of what I wanted to do for the second necklace.  I wanted a really simple necklace so all the attention would be focused on the lampwork beads.

lampwork bead necklace

“Playa” necklace

I named this the “Playa” necklace.  Playa is Spanish for beach.  This necklace reminds me of beautiful tropical beaches we have visited, with their turquoise water and lush green jungle growth.

lampwork glass and chain necklace

“Playa” necklace

The “Playa” necklace used up the larger beads, so I used a pair of the smaller lampwork beads to create earrings. I wired the lampwork beads to a pair of handmade copper components by Melinda Orr.  Then I dangled the last 2 turquoise tear drop beads in front of the copper components.  I named these earrings after Forget-Me-Not flowers, which are kind of turquoise–my brain was kind of zapped by the time I got around to naming these.  If you’ve got a good name for these earrings, let me know in the comment section, please!

copper and lampwork glass earrings

“Forget Me Not” earrings

Nancy was so generous with her beads that I still have more left over.  A number of unexpected things happened this past week, which ended up sapping all my time, (and sanity).  So I ran out of time to make jewelry with all the beads Nancy sent.  Here’s what is still left.  The beads on the right are a combination of Nancy’s beads with carved polymer clay beads by Barbara Bechtel.  I’m planning to make a bracelet with some combination of these beads and use Nancy’s gorgeous copper toggle clasp as the closure.  I haven’t decided what to do with the items on the left yet.  Isn’t that pinwheel cool? Can’t wait to use it!

Below is a list of all the blog hop participants.  I hope you will go visit these blogs next.  Lots of lovely eye candy going on in these jewelry blogs!  Have fun!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com
 
 
Alicia Marinache, All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts, Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry
 
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
Candida Castleberry, Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn’s Creations
 
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson, Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy’s Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
 
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris’ Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
 
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
 
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
 
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge’s Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten, Jewelry, Art and Life
 
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
 
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
 
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
 
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
 
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie’s Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog & Meanderings  You are here & I’m glad you are!
 
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry
 
Marti Conrad, Marti C’s Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs  My Bead Soup partner
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
 
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
 
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre’z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal’s Attic
 
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
 
Suzette Bentley, Ellie’s Bijoux
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

 

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

Bead Soup Goodies

It’s almost time for another Bead Soup Blog Party.  I think this about the 5th one I have participated in.  Hosted by the talented Lori Anderson of Pretty Things, this has become a big event with participants from all over the world.  (To see a map of all the countries participating click here.)

Lori partners up all the participants and we exchange beads, including a special focal bead and clasp.  Tomorrow we will reveal what we have made with the goodies we received.    I was very lucky to have been paired with the super talented Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodles

box from Nancy Boylan

Bead Soup box from Nancy Boylan

Nancy is an amazing jack-of-all trades. She creates gorgeous lampwork glass, enamelled metal beads and metal components. Not only that, but she is generous beyond belief. I was stunned when I open her package and saw all that she sent me!  I was so excited when I peered inside this box!

box of lampwork glass beads

Bead Soup goodies from Nancy Boylan.

 Nancy packed a lot of goodies into such a small box.  Here is my new stash!!!  Be still my heart!  Lampwork glass beads, including a large focal and a strand of graduated beads, lampwork head pins, enamel beads and pin-wheel, leather, two handmade clasps and a dish of coordinating commercially made beads.

bead goodies from Nancy Boylan

Bead goodies from Nancy Boylan

And how did I feel about this phenomenal bead soup?  Well this says it all:

lampwork glass, enameled beads, clasp and leather

Thrilled with my bead soup!

And here’s what I sent to Nancy.  The ceramic dragonfly focal bead is from Shaterra Clay Studio.  The beads in the lower left hand corner are leopard skin jasper and the pretty leaf clasp is brass.

dragonfly ceramic pendant, leaf clasp and beads

Bead Soup sent to Nancy Boylan

Please come back tomorrow, July 28th, to see what I made with Nancy’s beautiful beads.  There will be links to all the other jewelry designers as well.