August Component Of The Month Reveal

Rustic Feather Necklace

The talented Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio is this month’s hostess for the AJE Component of the Month Challenge.  Rebekah is well known for her delightful polymer clay jewelry components, but for the last year or so, she has been working with leather, as well.   Her colorful leather feathers are really inspiring.  They come in 2 sizes: large ones for pendants or smaller ones for earring pairs.  I requested the smaller earring size and received the pair in the the upper left of this photo.

handmade leather feathers for earrings

Leather Earrings Pairs From Tree Wing Studio

Even though these are the smaller sized feathers, they are still close to three inches long, so I decided to use mine as a pendant.  I folded the top of the feather around one of Karen Totten’s ceramic gear links and I secured it with Irish waxed linen cord.  I dangled a copper charm on one side and a copper colored flower with an antiqued brass bird on the other.

Handmade necklace

Rustic Leather Feather Necklace

The beaded part of the necklace includes lightweight wood beads and Greek ceramic discs. I attached these to a long length of leather, that simply slips over the head, without needing a clasp.

handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelr

Rustic Leather Feather Necklace

I really like the necklace, but I have 2 questions where I’d appreciate some feedback from readers.  Do you like the charms on either side of the feather, or would it look better without them?  What do you think about the length of the necklace?  Do you think it should be shorter, or not?

Handmade leather feather necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Rustic Leather Feather Necklace

The Rustic Leather Feather Necklace is now available in my Etsy shop, here:

Listed below are links to all the people who participated in this month’s challenge.  Check out their blogs to see all the unique designs made with Rebekah’s leather feathers!

Guest Artists
The AJE Team
Linda Landig <— You are here!


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


Linda Landig Jewelry


AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Blue Leaf Bracelet

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  January’s components were made by the talented Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio.  How cool are these?  They are hollow and their little scalloped edges make them look like miniature pies.  Mmmmm, delish!

Yesterday Karen blogged about how she created these wonderful treasures. Reading about her creative process really helped me appreciate how much work goes into making these art beads.

handmade ceramic beads

“Pie Beads” by Starry Road Studio

I received one of the light blue and brown beads with a leaf print on each side.  I love this color combination so I decided to emphasize this two-tone effect.  To that end, I strung all the beads on two lengths of waxed linen cording in brown and light blue.

Handmade bracelet

Blue Leaf Bracelet

To the left of Karen’s focal bead is a beautifully carved tiger eye stone, then a small two-tone glass bead and a large ceramic round which was handmade by AJE team member Diana Ptaszynski. Next to Diana’s bead is a faceted, fossilized coral bead.

Handmade bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Blue Leaf Bracelet

I hung a little brass leaf charm to the right of the focal bead.  Next to the charm is a hand-enameled bead by Barbara Lewis, followed by two strands of blue “peanut” shaped beads.  I finished the bracelet with a self-made clasp.

bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Blue Leaf Bracelet

Blue handmade bracelet

Blue Leaf Bracelet

Hop on over to  Art Jewelry Elements and discover what everyone else has created with their yummy pie beads!

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


Linda Landig Jewelry

Get In Gear

I just couldn’t seem to get myself in gear on Monday.  My husband and I went to the beach (about a 2 hour drive) and I slept all the way to the beach and back.  I love walking the beach and listening to the waves and the cry of the sea gulls, but I got tired sooner than usual.  I went to sleep again right after dinner that night.  The next day I actually fell asleep for a nanosecond while driving.  Scary!  Nothing bad happened, but it could have.  I got home safely and slept all afternoon.  The next day I felt fine again.  What was that all about?

brick red steampunk hoop earrings

Get In Gear Earrings

So that’s the back story for the name:  “Get In Gear Earrings“.  The gear shaped hoops are the obvious inspiration for the name.  But it is also true that on some days it is just plain difficult to get in gear.  I can’t promise that these earrings will actually boost your energy level.  But they sure are cute, and they will probably at least put a smile on your face.

Get In Gear Earrings

Get In Gear Earrings

The brick-red ceramic hoops are handmade by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio.  I dangled contemporary trade beads and firepolish glass within the hoops and suspended the earrings from handmade brass ear wires.  I picture these earrings with jeans and a matching brick-red scarf.  So get in gear and head over to my new Etsy shop to check them out.

These earrings hint at Steampunk style, without going full-bore in that direction.  Steampunk:  Like it? Hate it? Never heard of it?  Comment below!