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Friday, September 25, 2020

Flower Power

Hello, I have 2 pairs to share with you today.  Hope you like them.

First pair with classic black and red with a dash of white featuring porcelain charms by Terri DelSignore

Hanging view.


I took a much softer approach for the second pair echoing the colours of the charms, also by Terri DelSignore.  Copper hoops are also artisan made (I will update the blog if I can figure out who made them).

Hanging view.


 These will be available in my group today.  

Hope you haver a lovely weekend <3

Suhana <3

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Haunted House

 Hallowe'en is fast approaching and time for one of my favourite designs - my Haunted Houses! I begin with polymer clay door and tower by Helen Backhouse, and add ceramic skull and flying bats by Jana Bliznakova. The orange pumpkin is one of my last from Jetta Sellars. 



               Add a fancy copper key in case you dare to unlock the door to the house of horrors! 



These are available now in my Etsy shop in good time for posting. See you again in two weeks and as always, please stay safe. 

                                                                   Lindsay xx

Trying Something New

 I've never been a seed beader - too fiddly for me, and the need to follow precise, detailed directions is not really my forte. Maybe the pandemic is robbing me of my sanity, because, against all reason, I decided to make a pair of seed beaded earrings. 


About those directions....I decided to substitute these pretty metallic brass colored size 11 beads for the size 6's that the directions called for. I discovered that two size 11's were similar in size to one size 6.  I felt so clever. But look carefully and you'll see where I went astray. Did you find it? On the bridge, below the ear hook, I used two seed beads on one earring and one seed bead on the other. Oops! Oh well. These are going to be mine and if anyone is close enough to notice this mistake then they seriously need to back up! By the time I wove the third earring - yes, you heard that right, I had to totally rip out #2 and start over again...anyway earring  #3 was easier. 

My hat's off to all you masterful seed beaders. Your work is truly impressive!

The seed bead challenged beader


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fall, Leaves, Fall

 I've been collecting art beads for over a decade now and I'm pretty good at remembering who made what and when, but for the life of me, I can't recall buying these delicate ceramic leaves.  It's very possible they were included in a package as a gift or a trade at some time.  So if they look familiar, please help a girl out!  lol. They are lovely!



I designed these freestyle- just doing what felt right.  I usually make all my necklaces that way as well, no beadboard.  It's like dabbling on a canvas with paint to me.  These feel tribal with a wee bit of Victorian.



I made the faux tin pieces (on copper) last year at an autumn beading retreat with Heather Powers.  There won't be a retreat this year because of social distancing so I'm really missing being in South Haven, Michigan, right now.  Maybe that's why I pulled these out to work with.

The ornate rings are vintage, as are the tiny wood beads by Miriam Haskell.




Here are some stunning lampwork headpins by my favorite artist Kimberly Rogers.  Falling leaves upon falling leaves with an almost birch tree background.




The accent beads are hollow vintage brushed silver-tone with a light aged patina.  Amber rhinestone oxidized spacers for a little sparkle.


It's an hour and a half past midnight and I'm late with this posting -- life has been busy lately!  Hope I squeezed this in just in time...but I don't think so...lol 

 Please take care and enjoy the season.     Love to you all ~

Loralee xo


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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

All things Bright and Beautiful

 It's been pretty grim weather for a so called summer in the North of England. What with that and a pandemic, we need cheering up. So this weeks earrings were designed to be light, bright and cheerful! 

These gorgeous enamel connectors by Kaz Baildon have so much potential - so many colours in the frit to highlight, and those three hole bottom edges to embellish as you choose. 



I used swarowski crystals and crusty rustic gold czech glass daggers on both pairs; the crimson have czech glass beads and hand made copper earwires; the teal have faceted green onyx and some of Lucy Haslam's lovely green enamelled copper earwires. 



The teal pair are sold but the crimson will be appearing in my Etsy shop soon. And I shall see you again in two weeks - keep safe my friends. 


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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tin Moon Madness

Hello, my Beady Friends!
Happy September!  My workshop is in full Halloween mode now!




    I happened to find this Chocolate tin from at least 20 years ago in one of my nightstand drawers.  It was given to me long before I started making jewelry, so until a few days ago, it was just a cute tin box.  But now, I'm looking at through new eyes!
 

I put my disc cutter to work and began to punch out as many discs as possible, not wasting one bit of this adorable tin.  For this design, I'll just be using the large stripe discs and will save the spooky eyes for another day.



The lovely enameled bats are by Israeli bead artist, Pearly Karpel. 


Thanks for stopping by to see what's happing on my worktable today!  I'm excited about Autumn and looking forward to digging deep into all kinds of Halloween designs for the next couple of months!

 Loralee xo




Saturday, August 29, 2020

Unfinished Projects

I made one of these earrings a few weeks back, loved how it turned out.  We all know how time consuming it is to make an item where you design it as you go along. I think I spent several hours creating the first earring. I made the second earring, it was almost finished.  I was rather chuffed with myself until I realised I'd used black thread instead of grey.  I couldn't face re-making the component in that sitting. So off it went in my 'box' of unfinished items.  I think we all have quit a few of these 'boxes' lying around in our studio.
I always make my blog post earrings last minute.  So I looked through my 'unfinished projects boxes' and came across these. I was ready to finish them.  I hope you like the finished pair.

Beautiful enamels by Annet Riabukhina hang from my beadwoven squares.

That's all for today.   See you soon.

Suhana <3


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Paleontologist

Hello again, hope you are all keeping well in this uncertain world. 

This week I'm introducing one of my favourite pairs of earrings, with help from two of my favourite artists - Helen Backhouse and Kimberly Rogers


I adore Kim's crusty lampwork drop headpins - had many a pair - so much colour and texture. Perfect with the faceted green onyx, they are suspended from Helen's beautiful, solid oxidised silver ammonite pieces. Finished with hand made, swirly oxidised silver earwires and tiny green seed beads, they are just so elegant, yet primeval. Like something a paleontologist would unearth. 



                               You'll find them in my Etsy shop. Take care, and see you again soon.   

                                                                       Lindsay xx

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Winged Things In My Garden

 I've been enjoying sitting out in my small backyard this summer. It's so pleasant to read or eat meals there and watch whatever critters are buzzing around. This summer, I've been trying to increase our yard's attractiveness to birds and friendly flying insects (no wasps, thank you!). We've always put out bird feeders, but this summer we added suet feeders to attract a larger variety of birds. I also put out a hummingbird feeder, although it hasn't been very popular yet. Last week I added a butterfly puddler (Google it), although it's too early yet to see if it will attract butterflies. I've noticed a lot of dragonflies in the yard. I love to watch them; their wings glistening in the sunlight. Although I don't know how to lure them to the garden, I do know how to wear them, or rather their likeness, on my ears.

I've combined the lilac colored metal dragonflies with pink and purple lampwork beads. Lavender crystals sparkle at the top and bottom of these beauties. I'm quite infatuated with these earrings. You can find them in my online shop at Linda Landig Jewelry.

Although we usually have warm. sunny Septembers, I am starting to sense a subtle movement toward autumn. I'm going to treasure every last moment of warm weather. How about you?

Linda Landig Jewelry

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Mod Moons

Hello, Beady Peeps!  

I've been working on Autumn designs for an upcoming show and so I thought I'd give you a sneak peek of one of my favorite pairs.


 

Rustic blackened discs with magnificent enameled silvery moons and golden halos, by Anne Gardanne.

As much as they are rustic, they are equally modern as well.  So, I decided to add some irregular handmade copper rings for perfect visual balance and a striking look without overpowering the charms themselves.  The creamy background adds a lot of visual weight and I truly felt adding beads would just ruin the beautiful lines.  If you can't already tell, I'm sorta crazy about these - or should I say "over the moon"?


Thanks for dropping by my work table to see what's happening!  Until next time~


Loralee xo

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Going Geometric

 Geometric shaped earrings are a big trend now, so I thought I'd make some geometric ceramic earring charms. I started with shapes you might expect. Half circles, triangles etc.

But then next I cut hexagons in half and then cut a half hexagon shape out of the middle! And those are the earrings I'm sharing today.

I used moss green and blue pigments on the clay and then a clear glaze overall.The are quite fun swing lightly from the earlobes.

I hope you are well and, if in the northern hemisphere, that you are blessed with sunny days. Take care my friends.

Linda Landig Jewelry

Trailing Clouds of Glory

 


A couple of weeks ago I had a message from Helen Backhouse telling me that Comet Neowise, orbiting the sun, was coming close enough to Earth to be seen with binoculars. And Helen being Helen, she had commemorated the occasion by creating. 


These dramatic ceramic buttons she made have all shades of midnight blue, gold and bronze. The interplanetary iceberg has survived solar heating so far and is nearing the earth - if you can call 64 million miles close - on its long trek back to the outer Solar System. 

The earth is represented by the gold faceted glass beads above and the trailing light is black and gold chain. Spitting bits of rock (sparkly blue druzy) in it's wake. 


We won't see it again for over 6.000 years so if you did manage to see it, well done. And if not, you can always have the earrings from my Etsy shop!

                                             See you again in two weeks - stay safe everyone 


                                                                    Lindsay xx

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Owl - Hoopla

Hello, friends!

I'm in an autumn state of mind! 

Ready for some pretty color and a little whimsy?!!



Sweet enamel owls by Cathleen Zaring of Blue Hare dangling from a branch of natural black walnut.


Even the backs of the owls are finished beautifully in a lush hue of green.


And some wonderful asymmetrical ceramic hoops by JosephineBeads .


Rustic and cool fabric wrapped beads by Anna Pierson of Sagahus Components.  I added some matte black on black beads for texture.


Thank you so much for stopping by today!  It's always fun to share what's happening on my worktable. 

Loralee xo

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Song Of Spring And Summer Summer

Spring, summer and even early autumn flowers make my heart sing. A bad day can always be made better with a bouquet of flowers, (fortunately my husband knows this about me).
I've been trying to transfer my obsession with flowers to my glaze paintings on porcelain. These earring feature my freehand glaze paintings, along with beautiful lampwork glass by Susan Kennedy of SueBeads. The Song Of Spring earrings are available on my website.
In mid- August a friend and I are taking a Zoom class on painting watercolor flowers.  I'm looking forward to seeing how I can apply what I learn to my work in clay. Have you taken any online classes during your pandemic isolation?

Friday, July 24, 2020

A selection.....

Hello, I'm sharing a few of my newest makes.  Which is your favourite?

Beautiful enamels decorated with flowers by Annet Riabukhina hang from beadwoven hoops


More enamels from Annet hang from beadwoven squares


And a pair made entirely by me


That's all for today.  These and more will be available in my show on the 30th in The Jewellery Show.  See you soon.

Suhana <3

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Kalimera

Normally at this time of year we would be packing for our summer holiday - probably in Greece, as we debate somewhere different every year and still decide Greece is just the best. So friendly, so laid back, beautiful scenery, masses of history and gorgeous warm seas. Brilliant food for all tastes too, as we have meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans in our family.

But I think like most people we just aren't confident to fly yet. There is still too much uncertainty for me. Last week some very close friends of ours made the move to live in Rhodes; they travelled overland with their dog and cat in an epic 4 day, 4000 mile journey. As soon as things settle down we will go over and stay with them but for now, greek style earrings will have to suffice!



Meandros is the greek word for the repetitive scroll pattern found in much greek architecture and especially on mosaics and borders.


The ceramic pieces are by Jane Bliznakova. Above are gold key pattern amber czech glass beads, some of my favourites to use. Those fabulous twisted rope copper connectors are by Lesley Watt, and they are hung on hand made copper earwires. 



I hope some of you are managing to get away, even for a short break - goodness knows, we need it.

See you again in  two weeks time, and please, look after yourselves and your families.

                                                                      Lindsay xx
                                                   
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Good King of Cats

Hello!  

I had received some wonderful polymer charms from a bead artist in Sweden by the name of Anneli Gustavsson.   It was love at first sight!  All the charms had whimsical medieval illustrations and mostly of little animals.  Loveeee I tell you!


I must have tried a half dozen different designs and then I thought to pair them with a cross or sword of some type.  I dug around in my stash of Inviciti charms and huzzah - the perfect rich gold pieces! I almost added some pearls but decided to leave them more primitive. I used handmade twisted ear-wires by Joan Moritz Langmo which add just the right touch.  When you decide on a more simple design it's important that each piece is amazing on its own. Honestly, I couldn't be more thrilled with the way they turned out.


Thank you for stopping by my beading table today!

Loralee xo

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