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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Layering

Hello lovely earring friends,

First of all, my apologies for missing my post in the first week of September. It was my first work week after my holiday and well, what can I say, I just completely forgot about it. 

The earrings I like to share with you today were made for my last earring show. I love vintage beads, especially flower beads and bead caps. Layering them meant I could even use more LOL.

Layered vintage resin and enameled beads and bead caps and gorgeous lampwork glass beads made by Karen Kordan.




 
Here combined with delicious polymer clay beads made by Elaine from TooAquarius.

Thank you so much for looking and your support for Earrings Everyday :)
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See you in a couple of week(if I remember LOL).
Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of laughter, joy and lots of love.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019



“Pink will always show one's love.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

 To keep a bit of organized chaos at my workspace, I've made a habit of keeping the lids of small boxes near me.  As I search through my stash, usually looking for something completely unrelated,  I toss in components, beads and odds & ends of things I feel will complement each other for a possible future project.  Sometimes the combinations never get used and other times, magic happens!


Over the past few months, I noticed this beautiful mixture of pinks come together in one of those lids.


The top fuchsia beads are from the 1960s, extremely unique with texture in a resin that I hadn't seen before.  They almost have a foiled appearance and have a cast of orange in certain light.  Amazing.


Next, I added these outstanding satin, raspberry-colored, vintage glass pearls from the 1950s.  They have THE most beautiful soft, almost metallic sheen to them.  Super lovely next to the rough textured resin!




Then by chance, I ran across some stunning hot pink headpins by Sasha Crow which completed the look!  *dropped the mic* I knew it was the right combination and the earrings were finished!


Thank you so much for stopping by to see what I've been up to!  I'll be back next month with more goodies!

Loralee xo

www.loraleekolton.etsy.com

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Metal...and Rainbows

Hi, everyone!  

My latest pair of earrings, below, is the fourth in a series of similar earrings I've made over the years.   



When I created this style in 2015, I was playing with several pewter charms by Inviciti that all had open spaces in them that could be filled with a stack of little beads.  The earrings were designed to be whimsical and eccentric.  Interestingly, what I discovered while working on this post is that my newest design in this style is probably the least eccentric of all of them. 

These earrings, below right, were the first of the three pairs I made in 2015.  I was learning how to wrap the red linen thread around the top of the "shoulders" of the component and to bring both ends of the thread down on each side, stringing my beads on the front, then threading both ends through the bottom hole and tying them together at the bottom.  I trimmed the linen thread to a nice spiky length.

These little ones below were more overtly whimsical, I think, because of the shape of the charm:  a fish!  So when I put these earrings together I made sure to wing the thread out in the same plane as the "fish tail" of the charm.  💗


These, below, also from later in 2015, are just a little over the top, with two strands of beads, in front and back.  I don't think I would do that again, because it doesn't look particularly tidy.  I do love the stripy beads and the orange-red discs and just the "go-for-it" sort of vibe these earrings carry.


So back to this year's model. 😉 These earrings are more polished, with their threads pulled tight to their backs and tucked under some nice--and carefully glued--red handmade paper.  They're also sporting a beautiful pair of small red and cornflower lampwork glass beads by Beth Mellor of Beeboo. 💗



Thanks so much for reading!  I will be back in two weeks' time.  💗

xoxo
Meridy






Tuesday, September 10, 2019

One Day in September

It's not hard to find inspiration for earrings at the moment. I'd nothing ready for today, but doing a bit of deadheading and clipping back in the garden this morning, it was all around me. I decided to make a pair to reflect what was going on - it was warm and sunny, leaves were a mixture of green and red, butterflies were fluttering around the last flowers on the buddleias, and there were even a few ladybirds left - it's been a very good year for them. Noisy starlings were squabbling over the bird feeder. Bliss.

It also gives me the opportunity to introduce you to a new ceramicist - ceramiky, from Poland.


The first pair use Ceramiky connectors - rich and rustic - with Czech glass and lampwork leaves, a tiny brass bird atop a lampwork 'nest' by Julia Hay, dark copper leaf by Lucy Haslam, peridot, a dark copper butterfly and tiny Czech glass ladybird. Just fun! Then I couldn't resist another pair; these have ceramic leaves by Michelle McCarthy, fabulous picture jasper beads and those tiny ladybirds creeping up the connectors. 


 
 
I'm really making the most of the garden now, as it won't last too much longer. she says sadly! At least the earrings will last all year round, and they're available my Etsy shop.
 
 
See you in two weeks time; take care
 
Lindsay xx
 
 




Friday, September 6, 2019

We're All Ears :: September Inspiration :: Dotty

The first time the words "polka dot" were used together to describe the beloved pattern was in 1850. They never really had any connection to polka dancing, but these dotty spots have been called that ever since.


At first they were found in small doses, like in men's bow-ties. But with the turn of the century and textile technology advancing, it quickly became an iconic fashion statement to wear polka dots. Over the years this pattern was further popularized by fashionable entertainers and Hollywood stars, like Marilyn Monroe or Lucille Ball. Even the fa-mouse fashionista Minnie Mouse made them a pop-culture trend in the 1930 - all the way to present day Julia Roberts in the movie "Pretty Woman." Polka dots are seen as sweet, feminine, classic, playful, fun.

Close up of A Sunday on La Grande Jatte By Georges Seurat - National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., online collection, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11500867
Artists have long used dots for impact in their paintings. George Seurat's most famous work A Sunday on La Grande Jatte in the style of Pointilism (essentially dot painting) is masterful and scientific in its precision. Damien Hirst, a British contemporary artist, once exhibit 300 dot paintings in all eleven galleries at the Gagosian. These paintings were mesmerizing. One featured over 90,000 hand painted spots. Amazing!

Jemima, 2016 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2019.
Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

I originally wanted the Spots to look like they were painted by a human trying to paint like a machine. Colour Space is going back to the human element, so 
instead you have the fallibility of the human hand in the drips and inconsistencies. There are still no two exact colors that repeat in each painting, which is really important to me. I think of them as cells under a microscope. —Damien Hirst
Yayoi Kusama, Whitney Museum
Yayoi Kusama was a Japanese artist who turned her lifelong experience with traumatic hallucinations into wild immersive art installations punctuated by dots on every surface. In 2012, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton created an array of dotty accessories inspired by Kusama's work. 

Collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama, 2012



A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is the symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots can't stay alone; like the communicative life of people, two or three polka-dots become movement. Polka-dots are a way to infinity. 
--Yayoi Kusama


Let's celebrate the polka-dot! Make some dotty-spotty earrings for the reveal on Friday, September 20th!

[Please remember that all artwork shared here is for your inspiration only, and not to be used in your designs.]


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Along Came A Spider



Jill Stoffregen of Foxpaws made these stunning porcelain discs with a lovely silver luster.  They are  rustic, tribal and made the most lovely spider webs!


I constructed my own spiders from bead-caps, rhinestone spacers, and metal accent beads.  I really love these miniature industrial-looking sculptures.


The spider's legs mimic the web pattern in the discs and it all just works so well together.


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Thank you for stopping by and checking out my worktable today! 

There's a pretty good chance I will be continuing with my spooky designs for a while 'cause - 'tis the season!

Until next time!
Loralee xo

Monday, September 2, 2019

Bunny-Go-Round

Hello!  It's Loralee, thought I'd show you something fun today!  


Stunning lampwork glass headpins by Kimberly Rogers of Numinosity Beads.



Vintage lucite bunny that looks very much like stone, stunning vintage glass Haskell pearl and vintage German glass accent bead in a circular pattern.


These reminded me so much of a carousel.  I added a tiny pop of red which really enhanced the beautiful variations of grey tones. 

I always love working with these magnificent headpins, it gives me a chance to do something asymmetrical and experiment! 

Thank you for stopping by today and seeing what I've been up to - I'll be back on Wednesday!


Loralee xo

www.loraleekolton.etsy.com 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Studio Clean Up

Basically Spring Cleaning in the Fall... not quite Fall but you know what I mean.
I'll probably still be cleaning when Spring rolls around so it works...right?

I don't know about you but my studio clean up is constantly interrupted by creating.
Bright shiny objects I forgot I had set the creative juices flowing that I can't ignore!

Here are some of the Earrings I've made during this last week of 
"clean up"!

Titanium Spikes

Sparkling Teal Filigree

Oil Slick

Crusty Roman Glass


Vortex Spikes


Aurora Borealis Spikes

As you can see the Titanium Spikes and Druzy Beads really sparked my creativity!!

Thanks so much for joining me today!!!


Kristi

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Renaissance Windows

Hello, lovelies!  It's good to be back--it feels like it's been a while!  💗

The idea for the earrings I'm writing about today started quietly, when I found these beads at Arte Bella Surplus, one of my long-time favorite supply shops:      


I didn't buy them for any particular project, but rather because I like window beads and because their cross-like shape reminds me of certain Renaissance (or Renaissance-style) earrings I've seen in photos and in museums.  

Below are examples of variations of the same cross motif.  The first pair (left to right) is a simple quatrefoil shape, not unlike the window beads pictured above.  The second pair below also reflects the cross motif, in two ways:  with the petals and the pearls. And the third pair is obviously a cross. Each of these three examples also have a central focus where the arms of the "cross" would meet: the first pair has a tiny quatrefoil flower at its center, and white pearls sit at the centers of the other two pairs.     

                                                         

I had a beautiful pair of small rainbow Goddess charms by KristiBowmanDesign, and just for fun I laid them on my work table next to two of the blue-green window beads, and I had a feeling I might have something special.  💗




I added a pair of beautiful three-sided iris-colored Czech glass window beads, and small gleaming lights of glass and crystal.  











Thanks so much for reading!
I'll be back again on September 12.

xoxo
Meridy 💗
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

You Need Hands

You'd have to be of a certain age to recognise the musical reference in the title (Max Bygraves, one of my grandma's favourites!) but you needn't do so to appreciate the beauty of these golden hand connectors, made by our own Suhana Hart.
I first came across them when searching for new and appropriate things to incorporate into our recent Game of Thrones jewellery show. They were perfect for earrings I called Aeksion Ondos (Golden Hand, or Jaime Lannister ), wired with emerald carved onyx.  They whizzed out of the show,  I was then asked to make another pair and was interested to find out that the buyer, a friend of my daughter's, was a practitioner in Bowen Therapy. Bowen Therapy is an holistic alternative form of physical manipulation of the soft tissue which can relax contracted muscles and tendons.  So her lovely earrings were an expression of her profession!


 
When I ordered from Suhana I got an extra pair and with these I have again turned one, and wired so they are 'handed' (no pun  intended!). The briolettes are one of my favourite gems, Azurite, beautifully coloured and striated. I've picked up two of the colours in the stones with swarowskis and added hand made pure brass earwires.
 
 
I wonder who will buy them? Maybe someone else for whom hands are an expression of something meaningful in their life. I do hope so.
 
See you in two weeks
 
Lindsay x
 
 
 

Autumn Glow

As summer days start to fade a bit, I'm looking ahead toward autumn jewelry designs. Although I'm sad that summer will end soon; I really love fall colors! Our early autumns are usually quite sunny and pleasant  here. I love the glow of the sun as seen through a canopy of autumn colored leaves.
I made today's earrings with this image in mind. I started with some small lampwork glass beads by Beads and Botanicals. Brass bead caps fancy them up a bit. Three really cool, fluted vintage beads in yellow and orange dangle from each earring. The vintage beads are acrylic and weigh next to nothing, so although they have a definite presence, they are very comfortable to wear. I wire wrapped the brass around the tops of the vintage beads for an extra decorative touch. I would wear these year round, but especially late summer through November.
What's on your autumn bucket list? We'll be crunching through leaves, taking photography trips and celebrating our granddaughter's first birthday. The Autumn Glow earrings are available in my shop now.  I'll see you again in two weeks.
Linda Landig Jewelry


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

William Morris Faux Tin

Hello, Beady Peeps!  

I've been working a lot with William Morris prints lately.  The Art Bead Scene Studio Blog has been exploring different Art Journey Challenges this year and this time around it's all about William Morris.  As some of you may know, I do earring designs for them as well as "The Earring Whisperer".  Well, after finishing up my post this month I discovered these gorgeous faux tin crescents made by Heather Powers.  I loved the pattern so much that I decided to do a new pair for Earrings Everyday, too! 


*"William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was a revolutionary force in Victorian Britain: his work as an artist, designer, craftsman, writer and socialist dramatically changed the fashions and ideologies of the era."


Arched shaped copper charms, faux tin finish with a William Morris Tulip pattern by Heather Powers.  These hang so beautifully and have wonderful movement.



The carved black horn squares made a beautiful contrast against the print and pops of brassy gold accents.  The Arts and Crafts Movement used a lot of dark rich wood and I thought this deep color horn brought out that feature.



I tried the arcs on the bottom first but loved it more as a prominent "crown-like" top. 



Thank you as always for taking the time to see what's happening on my worktable.  I will see you back in a couple of weeks with some new autumn designs :)

Loralee xo