Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop Reveal

Toltec Jewels is hosting a blog hop today, featuring Chicklet Beads from Susan Kennedy of SueBeads.  I have designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads before and I really love them, so I was excited to have the opportunity to use these beads again.


Here’s a bracelet I designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads, in May 2014.

Handmade blue bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Cornflower Bracelet

For today’s blog hop, I received a plum purple colored Chicklet bead.  I like the way these tab beads lay flat in a bracelet design, so I combined my Chicklet bead with other artisan beads and came up with this “Plum Delight” bracelet.

Purple handmade bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

I combined Sue’s Chicklet bead, with a lentil shaped bead from Beads & Botanicals and a ceramic bead from White Clover Kiln.

Purple lampwork bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

Additional accents include tip-drilled pearls, purple Czech glass bird beads, fire polish beads and ovals of Chinese Charoite.

handmade artisan bracelet by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

Thank  you Toltec Jewels for hosting this wonderful blog hop!  And thank you Sue Beads for your lovely lampwork beads!

artisan jewelry by Linda Landig Jewelry

Plum Delight Bracelet

Now check out all the other jewelry designers who created awesome designs with Sue’s Chicklet Beads!


Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy
Sue Kennedy’s blogs:     SueBeads…A Beady Girl’s blog
                                           Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy’s website:     SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads:     SueBeads
Toltec Jewels                                 

Linda Anderson                             
Jennifer Reno                                 
Shirley Moore                                
Kristen Stevens                              

Marybeth Rich                               
Jael Thorp                                      
Melissa Trudinger                           
Andrea Glick                                  
Nan Smith                                      
Blanca Medina                               
Shai Williams                                  
Carolyn Lawson                             
Rana Wilson                                   
Robin Reed                                    
Robin Showstack                           
Sheila Prosterman                           
Karla Morgan                                
Kari Asbury                                   
Kelly Rodgers                                
Jayne Capps                                  
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi          
Heather Richter                             
Chris Eisenberg                             
Kathleen Breeding                         
Linda Landig                                 
Crystal Thain                                 
Cheri Reed                                    
Heather d-Entremont                     
Dini Bruinsma                                
Lori Schneider                               

Tammy Adams                              
Melinda Orr                                  
Lennis Carrier                               
Cynthia Machata                           
Elizabeth Hodges                          
Debbie Rasmussen                        
Tanya McGuire                             
Charlie Jacka                                
Ev Shelby                                        
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson              
Jasvanti Patel                              


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

Day Of The Dead Necklace

Halloween – Day of the Dead Jewelry Blog Hop

Diana Ptaszynski, of Suburban Girl Studio, is hosting a Halloween – Day of the Dead blog hop! Since my husband and I were in Oaxaca, Mexico during the Day of the Dead last year, this jewelry challenge was right up my alley!  (I wrote about our experience with this amazing celebration, on the Art Jewelry Elements blog, if you would like to read more).

Dia de los Muertos was originally an Aztec celebration of the lives of those who had died. The Spanish conquerors tried to put an end to the holiday, without  success.  Over time el Dia de los Muertos merged with the Catholic All-Saints day and All-Souls day on November 1st and 2nd. The contemporary celebration melds aspects of Aztec ritual with Christian traditions and contemporary life.

Sugar Skulls and Marigolds

Day of the Dead

Sugar Skulls in Oaxaca

We started seeing sugar skulls in the markets about a week or 2 before the Day of the Dead celebration.  Apparently the Catholic friars taught the Mexicans how to make decorations from an ingredient that was abundant and affordable:  sugar.  Sugar Skulls and other items are often used to decorate the ofrendas on Dia de los Muertos.  As in the picture below, marigolds also decorate small home altars like this, as well as large public displays.  The bright orange marigolds are said to guide the spirits of the deceased, back to their earthly homes, as they visit their loved ones.

Day of the Dead alter

Oferendas with sugar skulls

Day of the Dead Necklace

I wanted my Day of the Dead necklace to reflect these traditions with respect and authenticity.  So I started with an awesome, bronze clay sugar skull that I got from Staci Smith at Bead Fest in August.

DOD Necklace Sugar Skull

Then I needed some beads to represent the marigolds.  These were perfect!

Day Of the Dead Necklace with Marigold beads.

Day Of the Dead Necklace with Marigold beads.

So I wired a “marigold” to the chin of the sugar skull and dangled 7 of them from a strand of black, gray and silver “peanut beads”.

Sugar Skull necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Day of the Dead Necklace

I topped the sugar skull with a dark lilac handmade ceramic bead by Mary Hubbard, of White Clover Kiln and then added a strand of purple, recycled sari silk.

Sugar Skull Necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Day of the Dead Necklace

I had a lot of fun expressing my experiences in Mexico through the design of my Day of the Dead necklace.  Thank you Diana Ptaszynski, for hosting this blog hop!  Check out the links below to visit the other blogs participating in Diana’s blog hop!


Kathleen Breeding


Sue Kennedy


Dianne Miller


Lisa Liddy

Toltec Jewels

Linda Landig  You are here.

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Lynn Jobber

Michelle McCarthy


Karen Totten


Jayne Capps

Jenny Davies-Reazor


Joan Miller

Melissa Meman

Melissa Trudinger


Kari Asbury

Inge von Roos


Andrea Glick 


Stephanie LaRosa

Lola Surwillo

Jennifer Cameron

Diane Hawkey


Kristi Harrison


Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Tanya Goodwin


Shai Williams

Sandra McGriff

Sarajo Wentling

Marie Covert

Lisa Stukel

Laurie Vyselaar


Sherri Stokey

Pam Traub

Lori Dorrington

Kristen Stevens

Eleanor Burian-Mohr

Sally Russick

Dawn M. Gallop

Christine Damm

DOD Necklace 1_edited-1

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


Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Periwinkle Surprise

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements hosts a component giveaway and reveal.  March’s component was made by the talented Jennifer Cameron of Jen Cameron Designs.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus three other artists were given 2 gorgeous glass head pins that Jen made for us.

glass headpins

These are basically a long thin copper wire with a ball of handmade glass at the end.  I was so excited to be able to use these with a gorgeous floral pendant that I’d been hoarding for a couple of years.  My idea was to thread the head pins through the holes at the top of the pendant and make wrapped loops above the pendant, so it could be attached to a necklace.  The first head pin turned out just like I had imagined it!

glass headpins 1

glass headpins

I was so excited about this that I decided to show the whole process step by step, when I wired on the 2nd head pin.

glass headpins

So far, so good…..

glass headpins

I was going strong up to this point, but you see that wire that is sticking straight up?  The next step was to wrap it around the area just below the loop.  But it just wouldn’t wrap tightly or lay smoothly, no matter what I did.  So I carefully unwound it and tried again…and again…and again……..until:

glass headpins

Wreckage!  I just about cried.  I loved this pendant.  What followed were a few choice words that I’m not going to print here!

glass headpins

Here are the mangled bits of the trouble-maker head pin..  I carefully unwrapped it, but most of the wire was damaged beyond use and just broke off.  I was left with about an inch or so of useable wire; enough to make a small wrapped loop.

glass headpins

My next step was to cut off the nicely wrapped head pin, but I wasn’t careful enough about where I clipped the wire and I ended up accidentally clipping it in a way that cut off almost the whole head pin!  More choice words……

glass headpins

This is all I had left, in the end.  Sigh.  The head pin on the left had to be tossed.  I trimmed and tweaked the wire a bit on the other one and decided I could still use it as an accent dangle.  So I started over and here’s what I came up with.

Periwinkle Surprise

Periwinkle Surprise

I named the necklace Periwinkle Surprise, because the result was not what I had planned at first.

Periwinkle Surprise

Periwinkle Surprise

I must say that Jen’s head pin looks very pretty with this ceramic pendant by White Clover Kiln.

Periwinkle Surprise

Periwinkle Surprise

I finished the necklace with a gorgeous Czech glass button and loop closure.

Periwinkle Surprise

Periwinkle Surprise

The moral of the story?  I used to have a friend who told me:  “If at first you don’t succeed….you’re about average!”

P.S.  When I told Jen about my head pin disaster, she sent me this picture, via Facebook!  Just had to share it!



Want to see more gorgeous head pin jewelry?  Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements  for links to the other Component of the Month blog posts!  

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


Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy