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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Blue for you?

Last weekend my focus was to host a challenge in my Facebook Group for members to explore the new Pantone Colour for 2020 - Classic Blue. This also fit nicely with Erin's topic for We're All Ears this month.

There were some beautiful entries - jewellery, scarves, textile wraps, lampwork beads. We all came to the conclusion that Classic Blue was a lot more workable with than we had anticipated.

The first thing I did was to see what Helen Backhouse could come up with for me and these I thought were fabulous - deep rich classic blue with terracotta. Warm and mediterranean, full of texture.


This pair has shells in polymer clay, with copper, jasper and lapis lazuli - both the faceted drops and the larger, matte beads.


The second pair, ceramic shells with glossy, sky-meets-sea lampwork by Karin Hruza, wrapped in copper with vintage coral.

So are you a blue fan? Judging by the fashion magazines, you'll be seeing plenty of it this year. Both these pairs are now available in my Etsy shop. See you again in a couple of weeks. Take care!


                                                                         Lindsay x

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Pagoda inspired earrings

Hello!

I've had these pretty enamels in my stash for a few months now. I wanted to do something special with them and tried them in a few designs, but I wasn't happy! They are so pretty -made by Carole Pons who always creates the most beautiful copper and enamel components. I love the delicate pinks and whites in this pair -they contrast well with copper.

I was playing around with some copper wire, and created these little frames. Wiring the enamels to them created a shape reminiscent of Chinese pagodas.

Adding some pretty wrapped briolettes in co-ordinating colours completed the design.

So there we are. Hope you like them. They'll be available over on The Earrings Show on Facebook on the 1st February.
See you next month
Sue 

Friday, January 17, 2020

We're All Ears :: January Reveal :: Color of the Year

Hello earring peeps!

Time got away from me this month so I didn't quite finish what I was making. But I promise that I am going to keep working on it and in the next few days I should have something to share here. But I didn't want you to suffer because I didn't get the assignment done (and I don't even have a dog to say that's who ate my homework!).

I have been working on some new polymer clay ideas for a class that I will be teaching in Galena, IL this summer at the fourth annual Adornments Retreat. Four days of fabulous beady fun in a gorgeous resort. Can't wait! One of my classes is called Slab Lab. This class will feature making polymer clay slab veneers that will be utilized for modular components that work well with a variety of styles and types of jewelry. So in working with the Pantone color of the year - Classic Blue - I decided to make a slab with that color in it.


I mixed my own colors of clay to mimic the colors in the palette suggestion - Ponder. I liked the very soothing tones and thought that they would look good with the dark and mysterious blue, particularly that last row on the Color Harmonies.



I then proceeded to build up layers of clay, sort of like a tapestry that is embroidered to add detail and texture. I started with little blue leaves and vines. I came up with a way to turn tiny circles of clay into a modern rose and gave it a bit of punch with a gold leaf center. Then to fill the space I added dots of the bronzy brown color. In this technique it is all about the layers, the colors and the textures. It is amazing what you can do with a simple ball-stylus tool!

From there I cut out various shapes. As I was doing this I realized that I needed to do WAY more patterning on this slab, particularly for earrings, which are smaller shapes. This pattern would look really good as larger shapes for pendants, but I stuck to earrings for this challenge.


Next up: baking. Then finishing with some light sanding and buffing. And then making earrings! So I apologize for not having the earrings done. But I wanted you to see where I was going with this so hopefully you will check back in the coming week to see what I made as I will edit this post.

But now it is your turn! Which colors did you pair with the Classic Blue? Can't wait to see!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Hearts and Musings

With Valentines Day on the horizon, I've been making heart themed ceramic components. Today's earrings are my first completed heart pieces.
I did a lot of thinking, over the winter holidays, about what direction I wanted to go with my ceramics. Last year I focused mainly on selling my ceramic components. It was a more profitable endeavor than selling jewelry, but I missed designing jewelry - my first love. Also, you have to make a lot of jewelry components if that is going to be your main focus. I didn't enjoy the production pressure that caused me. So I've decided that this year I am going to focus on designing finished jewelry, using my own handmade ceramic jewelry components. I will still occasionally sell beads or design jewelry with art beads from other artists, but mostly I want to tie together my ceramics and my love of jewelry design.
These sweet earrings combine my ceramic heart charms, with Swarovski crystals, commercially made ceramic floral bead caps and sterling silver.  They are one of a kind, which makes them a perfect gift for that one of a kind person in your life - mom, sister, friend or yourself! These will be in my shop later this afternoon. As always, thanks for visiting Earrings Everyday and for listening to my musings on how I'd like to move forward in 2020.


Linda Landig Jewelry

Monday, January 13, 2020

Flutterby

Thinking about Spring in January gets me through the winter!

So, how do you like these flirty-girls?  Aren't they sweet?!!



I picked out these lovely vintage petal-shaped sequins from Andrew Thornton and William Jones of Allegory Gallery last summer (they still have them in stock, FYI).  I also purchased them in pink and yellow but my studio seems to have swallowed them up whole and I can't find them at the moment! *sigh



The top Robin's-egg blue, rustic enamel flower wheels, were made by Susan Kennedy of Suebeads.




Transparent sequins in mint green with a lovely pastel iridescent cast.  The quality of vintage sequins is wonderful.



The beautiful pod-like handcrafted enamels were made by Anne Gardanne.



On darker backgrounds and/or in a certain light, the pinks show up! This photo shows all the layers fanned out. When it is worn it hangs straight down.




Well, thank you for stopping by and seeing what I've been up to!  I'll be back in a couple of weeks :)

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Cheers! 
(I've been watching a lot of British Shows lately.. ♡)

Loralee xo
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

New Shoots

A very happy 2020 to all our readers! The world seems in a difficult place at the moment, so let's hope for some better times ahead.

When I'm worried about things it always helps to take myself off to my corner and make something - avoid the news, and concentrate on colour, shape and form, to the exclusion of all else.  This weeks earrings are a sign of hope - the days are becoming longer, it's not too cold, buds are already appearing on my favourite clematis, and those daffodil and crocus shoots are pushing through the soil, even though its only January.


 
Blue and copper are a perennial favourite combination, and of course, Classic Blue is  Pantone Colour of 2020, so you can expect to see lots of it. It's cooling and calming - something we need plenty of, at the moment.  The lovely rustic ceramic buds are by Nitta Elomaki; the etched lampwork beads by Karin Hruza, the beads dumortierite, one of my favourite gemstones for its range of blues that morph to rusty brown, and that matte finish. Peeping out of the buds are 'stamens' made from Faerystones copper ball end headpins with pretty blue rhinestone rondelles, because January still needs a bit of sparkle!



I shall endeavour to have these in my Etsy shop sometime today, and I'll see you again in two weeks.

                                                              Lindsay xx
                                                            
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Monday, January 6, 2020

Pretty Paisley

Happy New Year Earring People!

A super quick blog post from me. Have been busy with getting things ready for the day job and kids ready for school. But I managed to make these for the blog!

I love dangly earrings. And I love the boho vibe of these -particularly the paisley pattern -very 1970s. These pretty ceramic connectors are made by Natalie McKenna of Grubbi Ceramics. Natalie's components always have beautiful patterns -do check out her shop if you're not familiar with her work.
I've added some pretty wrapped czech glass briolettes with some co-ordinating lentil beads in shades of brown and grey/blue to pick out Natalie's paisley design. They're finished off with some swirly earwires by Lucy Haslam of Faerystone.

So there we go. Perfect for the hippy chick :-)

See you in a couple of weeks
Sue
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