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!

Earrings Galore!

All my lucky stars must have been in perfect alignment 2 days ago.  I went outside with my camera and earrings and almost all my pictures came out clear and true.  That almost never happens.

I’ve been researching new cameras to help push my luck in the right direction. I visited a very helpful camera store on Thursday, where I got to try out different models and I spent much of today researching cameras online. If you come back in a day or two I will have posted which camera I have finally chosen.   I can hardly wait!

In the meantime, here are several earrings that are new at LindaLandigJewelry.  Some of the earrings were just made this week, some are a little older, but I didn’t have pictures of them until now.  Enjoy all the pretties!  (click on the picture for more info)

faceted amethyst earings with purple and blue Swarovski crystals

Deep purple amethyst earrings with lavender and sky-blue Swarovski crystals

These are so glam! And purple is a hot fashion color just now!

Art Glass, Bali Silver and Coin Pearl Earrings

Luminous Lampwork Glass, Bali Silver and Coin-shaped Pearl Earrings

I love the luscious amber and cranberry handmade glass in these earrings.  I highlighted it with matching Swarovski crystals.  The coin pearls are just pure lux!

Hand faceted lampwork glass in pink and clear earrings with coin pearls and sterling silver

Earrings of beautiful hand faceted artisan glass in pink and clear with coin shaped pearls and sterling silver

The handmade glass beads in these earrings simply glows with layers of colors in pink, fuchsia and clear.  When combined with the white coin-shaped pearls, the earrings are really elegant.  The glass in both pairs of  earrings, above, comes from Beads and Botanicals.

Carved serpentine earrings with poppy jasper and sterling silver

Carved serpentine and poppy jasper earrings

I grabbed this carved serpentine right away at a bead show a few years ago–it is so unusual.  I’ve never seen beads carved like these again.  I love the serpentine paired with the brick-red of the poppy jasper.  Cool!

Black porcelain earrings, hand painted with pink and white flowers

Black porcelain frames, with hand painted flowers and pink Swarovski crystals

Just check out those pretty hand painted flowers.  Aren’t they adorable?  Always being on the look-out for the most unusual beads is half the fun of designing beaded jewelry and the thrill of discovering a “find” is like a little rush for me.   I want you to feel  unique and treasured when you wear my designs, so I go out of my way to find those unique treasures for you.

As photo-luck was with me, I took lots of earring pictures.  But I think this is enough to share for today.  I’m sure there will be a steep learning curve with my new camera, but hopefully, then,  I’ll have photo-luck almost every day!

Fall For These – Autumn Necklace Collection

I’m starting to put away my summer clothing.  “Goodbye sleeveless tops.”  “See you later lightweight capris.” Are you getting out your fall clothing, too?  It’s sad to let go of the last days of summer, but o-o-o, I so love my rust-orange v-neck sweater and the marled violet sweater with flecks of turquoise, yellow and green.  To ease our transition into fall, I have put together a great collection of necklaces that can add an extra spark to your autumn outfits… and make it a little easier to let Autumn back into your life.  Click on any of the pictures below, if you’d like more information about the necklace.

Fall For These

A lady picked up this necklace, at my last art show, and commented, “You can just look at this necklace and see the high quality.  Your work really stands above the other jewelry that’s available here or at most shows.”

Love this one!  Garnets and carnelians are so rich together!

The hand-wired, banded sardonyx kite-shaped pendant is really outstanding here.

The orange beads, with the swirly copper highlights are antique, mouth-blown Venetian glass.  Really unique!

Straight From The Heart

It started like this:

Lampworked heart by Dan and Jenelle Caracas

Jenelle gave this lovely lampworked heart  to her mother for Mother’s Day, and shortly after we met, about a month ago, her mom asked me to design a necklace to go with it.  When I picked up the heart, yesterday, I knew immediately that it was crying out for amethysts and garnets!  I could hardly wait to get to work.

I found amethyst rounds and pretty faceted garnet tubes in my stash.  I added some small silver rounds and some Swarovski crystals for bling.

Amethysts, Garnets and Swarovski Crystals

Next I wired the pendant to a sterling silver bail and added a pretty little tassel at the end of the heart with more Swarovski crystals and a single garnet.

Pendant with Tassel

I finished the necklace with a sterling silver heart-shaped clasp, to echo the beautiful lampworked heart pendant.

Sterling Silver Clasp

I love doing custom work.  It gives me a chance to make something that is meaningful and special.  The whole time that I am designing, I have a specific person in my mind.  I hold an image of them, as well as of their jewelry.  It’s a deeply gratifying process for me .

Now, here’s the finished design.  I hope she likes it!

Beachy Keen!

It is fascinating to ask jewelry designers how they arrive at their final designs.  You hear everything from the slightly New Age-ish, “I let the beads tell me where they want to go.”,  to people who draw out detailed plans on paper first.  Some people have a definite color scheme in mind, others get out a color wheel and use it for guidance or inspiration.  Some people just start grabbing beads and somehow create something lovely with a seemingly random process.  None of these approaches is right or wrong.  They are just a reflection of our individual styles — just as each designer’s  jewelry reflects  their individual artistic voice.

Most of the time my designs are inspired by the focal bead(s) I have selected.  This was the case when I started working with the sand dollar beads I purchased from Jenelle and Daniel (see yesterday’s post).

I like to work on a Vellux bead mat, because it keeps the beads from rolling around.  So I laid out my 3 sand dollar beads on the mat, with the largest in the middle.  Four small spacer beads came with the set: two in turquoise, with sterling silver tracings and two in green.  I place the two turquoise beads on either side of the largest sand dollar.  I knew I wanted clusters of Swarovski crystals between my beads, but first I had to choose a few larger beads to go with the sand dollars.  Initially I decided to go with blue and green, but when I looked in the drawer where I keep all my green beads, I just saw the dark, dense greens of malachite, jade and serpentine.  I realized I needed the light, airy colors of sky, water and beach glass.  Looking in my drawer of turquoise beads I spied lots of pale turquoise amazonite:  Perfect!  I had amazonite in rounds, faceted ovals and carved tubes.  I can’t seem to compose jewelry in my head or on paper.  I just have to try it out.  I laid each possibility between the sand dollar beads.  It was clearly the carved tubes that looked “just right”.  I discovered, however, that using  two amazonite tubes on each side of the center bead made the bracelet too long, so I went searching in my stash for some smaller coordinating rounds.  Do you like my pick?

These beads are sometime called sugar beads because the texture on them looks like the tracings of melted sugar.  My last step was wiring it all together.  48 sterling silver wrapped loops on the Swarovski crystals took awhile, but I was so excited about how it was looking that  I could hardly wait to finish!  What do you think?