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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Creative Weekend

This past weekend was long-awaited and extra special for me!  Once a year I steal away with one of my best friends to South Haven, Michigan to attend the "Inspired By Nature" jewelry retreat. The event is hosted by Heather Powers of Humblebeads.




One of the many projects we worked on were these lovely faux tin components.  I actually made this pair using our "practice sheet" of tin, before using our fancy copper sheeting.  The practice run was supposed to let us get a feel for applying the transfers and baking which can be tricky.  However, I thought they turned out so well I decided to make a pair of earrings with it!



I oxidized all the copper accent beads and jump-rings to coordinate with the dark navy blue floral pattern and cut tiny squares of tin for fringe (nothing wasted!).




This gauge of tin was extremely lightweight and so nice for earrings.  The charms I made on copper sheeting will have a little more weight and be sturdier however, both materials are great in their own way.




Here are a couple of pendants I've made with copper backing.  Definitely more substantial.  I'm still working on them but wanted to show you.


Here we are working away like little elves in one of our cozy cabins.



All the lovely elves!  ♡



Thank you so much for stopping by!  I'll be back in a couple of weeks with some new things!


Loralee XO

www.loraleekolton.etsy.com

Monday, November 18, 2019

Beaded embellishments

Hello Earring Folk!

A brief one from me this time. Look at these gorgeous ceramic connectors by Petra Carpreau. They have a beautiful soft bronze glaze. Petra's connectors are always fabulous -so versatile. I'm often tempted to just pop them on a pair of earwires and leave them be! However, I thought I'd play with these a little.

In both pairs of earrings, I've used silver and bronze seeds beads wrapped on wire. I love the simplicity of these pebble connectors -they're very tactile. I've added oxidised brass hoops to frame the seed beads and replicate the shape of the pebbles.
This next pair feature Petra's connectors and her super popular ceramic drops. They both have the same bronze glaze, and I added the seed beads to add a little boho flair to them. These are party earrings I think!

So that's me done for this month. I'll be back at the beginning of December
Sue

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dulce et Decorum Est

It's been a busy week - the weekend past was our Very Nice Group charity auction in aid of The British Legion, for Remembrance Sunday. I made two pairs of earrings to offer, very different from each other.
The first pair are more traditional 'Poppy Day' earrings - glossy lampwork poppies by Jacky Alty, paired with lilac enamel drops by Kaz Baildon - you can just see those tiny poppies at the bottom.




The second, darker and more brutal, 'The Wasteland' - to depict the twisted metal of the battlefield.



 
Here, proprietory black metal connectors are matched with blackened copper leaves by Bernie Ryman, fab chain that just happens to be half copper and half black, and tiny Picasso glass drops.
 
Happy to say both pairs sold, and together we raised over £300 for the veterans.
 
  I'll be back in two weeks, with new work I hope!
 
Lindsay xx
 
 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Perched on a Gingerbread House

Hi all, thank you for taking the time to read my post, it's  a very short one today. I decided to make some Christmas earrings as it seems to be creeping up on us.

These fabulous enamel gingerbread houses by Cathleen Zaring stood out in my stock of components and where there is a house I usually like to perch a bird on top of it, it just seems to be the right thing to do (for me). The lampwork bird beads are by Kateřina Sojková and with their bold spots I think they fit in nicely with the house. Czech glass and copper bead caps are also used plus lampwork spacers. and copper ear wires by Louise Goodchild.


These will be available to purchase from my group page later today - Nicola Morse - Jewellery & components

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Head In The Clouds

Greetings! Thanks for stopping by!  
I've had these on my worktable for a while now.  I originally was going to messy wrap the charms to the clouds with AB crystals but it came across too stiff.  I wanted a little movement --a little shimmy, so I decided to add these tiny little silver charms and I'm super happy now!



Hand formed ceramic droppers by Petra Carpreau of ScorchedEarth with Rene Magritte images.





The tiniest and sweetest little pale blue ceramic clouds by Gaea Cannaday of Gaea Handmade.  Honestly, could those clouds be any more perfect?!!!




I'll be back in a couple of weeks!  Hard to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Until then! 💙

Loralee XO

www.loraleekolton.etsy.com

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Knotty Or Nice?

OK, forgive me for the title. I love puns and with the holidays approaching, I couldn't resist this one. So I learned a new thing last week. Using YouTube I learned how to make these knotted leather infinity links. I actually found two YouTube tutorials and each taught the infinity knot in totally different ways - even though the end result is identical. I found it intriguing that such different approaches ended with the same result. The earrings below were the first ones I made. The leather is quite thick. I think it is 1.5 mm. It's also a somewhat rough or rustic leather cord. It was a bit difficult to knot tightly, especially since this was my first try. I had to unknot it and start over a couple of times till I got the hang of it.
 I used the second knotting tutorial for the earrings below and found it much easier to follow. I also used a lighter weight cord (.5 mm), which means that in order for the leather to hold its teardrop shape, I had to use lighter weight dangles. This cord was very smooth and I think that helped me make better knots.
I had fun making these and I know I'll be making more. These knots can also be used as clasps and connectors. Guess I'll be needing more leather soon.

What is something new that you have learned recently? Doesn't need to be jewelry related. Let us know about it in the comments below! Thanks for visiting Earrings Everyday. See you in two weeks!

Linda Landig Jewelry

Friday, November 1, 2019

We're All Ears :: November Inspiration

You know how one thing leads to another? Like an adult version of the children's book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" where the cookie leads to all sorts of things? Well, we recently upgraded our home wifi to a Google puck-type thing. It was fine and dandy for set up, but then I noticed that my printer wouldn't print. Which lead me to find out that it is obsolete (yet works perfectly!) so my only option seemed that I needed to buy a new one. But then I discovered that I could wire it in directly (instead of the wireless of before, where it was on the other side of the room). And that meant a trip to the store to buy a cable. But the longest one they had was only 6 or 10-feet, so I had to move the printer closer. Which lead to the fascinating discovery of all sorts of flotsam and jetsam, like an archeological dig in paper form on the very messy computer desk. I am still sorting through it, but I did come across this little notebook with all these cryptic phrases in it, like Barely Clouds, and Disappointed Bees, and Hidden Venus. I was completely at a loss for what this was until I found a scribble at the end that this was from a random name generator called The Forge.

Random Name Generators exist to help people come up with all sorts of names...for characters in your next novel, Scientific-sounding bird names, Music Band Names, Dragon Names and so much more.

I like to name my pieces and I was obviously stuck for some cool-sounding names, and stumbled upon this, sometime in the past 10 years of living here. The FantasyNameGenerators website is far more robust and offers far more types of names to generate than I remember that the original one I used. I think that my diversion of this website was to produce a list of names that I could then use to influence my design, rather than naming a thing after. It is a good challenge to start with a name and see what leads you to create. So that is what we will do this month.


Above is a list of some of the names that I had in my little naming notebook. Pick one or more to create a pair of earrings that embodies this spirit of the name. And if you are so inspired to find your own random name, check out FantasyNameGenerators. See you back here on Friday, November 15th for the reveal!




Monday, October 28, 2019

Vintage Birds

Hi, I hope you've all had a good week, the weather is turning colder here and we  put some of the more tender plants into the greenhouse yesterday.

I have two pairs of earrings to show you on a vintage theme with birds. I really love these polymer clay components by Susana Paredes which are faux ceramic and I had fun carefully sorting through my beads to find some to match and compliment her components.

The beads I finally chose to match Susana's components which have tones of pink, green, brown and gold. are lampwork beads by Irina Samek with Czech glass bead caps and beads and brass palm leaf bead caps.


With this next pair I wanted to highlight the gorgeous colour of the bird and used etched lampwork beads by Natalya  Darlin together with beaded beads by The Curious Bead Shop, Czech glass beads and again brass palm leaf bead caps which I think go really well with the vintage look.




Thank you all for taking a look at my post. If you are interested in purchasing either they will be available in my FB group page later today, this is the link - Nicola Morse - Jewellery & components.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

New Directions

While I've made jewelry for most of my adult life, I only began working with clay about 5 years ago. I've been mostly offering my ceramic components for sale to other designers, via FaceBook and my website. But I feel myself moving in a new direction right now. I want to reduce my emphasis on selling my components to other designers and mostly focus on making jewelry using my own ceramic pieces.
I've opened up an additional shop that solely focuses on jewelry featuring my ceramic components, such as these delightfully rustic, sage green flower earrings. I also have some easy going post earrings on offer.
There are also some earrings that you may recognize from previous Earrings Everyday posts, such as the following.


My new shop also has necklaces and bracelets and a few jewelry components. I am adding new jewelry all the time. I hope you will come, visit and check it out. My original website will continue as always, with a wonderful array of handmade jewelry and components. Here are the links for both shops.
Linda Landig Jewelry at the ClayShare Market, (my new shop for my ceramic jewelry).
Linda Landig Jewelry (my original website, with a wide variety of my jewelry to choose from).

As always, thank you for visiting Earrings Everyday and I'll see you again in 2 weeks!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Telling the Runes

Runes are the letters in a related set of alphabets known as runic alphabets, used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of Latin, and used for specialised purposes afterwards. The earliest date from 150 AD onwards, found in Denmark and Germany. They were still used in rural Sweden for decorative purposes well into the 20th c.

I came across these gorgeous, pitted ancient looking beads while browsing Etsy. This one is Kenaz - the rune for creativity or knowledge. Josephine Wadman makes a selection of them them to order (and yes, I do have more!)

I wanted to express the nature of creativity with them so the earrings contain one of my favourite things to work with - Lucy Haslams 'punkies'. She know I love all things gothic and made some of these specially  for me to use as connectors - I've had large and small, long and short and love them all.  I'm not giving away her special recipe but there's a lot of  soldering going on...….and each one is unique, the very essence of creativity.



Natural stones seemed 'right' with these so I used slabs of silverleaf jasper, and beads of warm jasper and dark haematite.  The 'create' tag is pewter. And of course, vintaj chain. Great earthy colours.





                    I'll be popping these in my Etsy shop forthwith. See you again in two weeks!

                                                                           Lindsay x

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Rock pools

Hello earring people :-)

Here we are, hurtling towards the end of October already, and I should be designing with Autumn in mind....but.... I had these glorious blue ceramic rock pools, by the one and only Petra Carpreau. She makes these beauties from Earthstone and fills them with glass,  coats them with fine silver and fires them -creating beautiful, individual rustic pieces. Now I know the blue is perhaps much more suitable for summer (it makes me think of the Mediterranean) but I just couldn't resist.

I've been taking a course in silver jewellery and learning all about soldering and I've been loving it! I'm still a novice and everything takes me three times longer than i think it will...



I wanted to create something that would co-ordinate with the rock pools. I took some sterling silver sheet and spent a happy couple of hours sawing, sanding and texturing it, and soldering jump rings and ear posts to the little squares I created. Finally, I oxidised them and rubbed them back a little to create a reasonable match with the fine silver on the rock pools.

So, there we have it! Not autumnal at all, but sometimes you just need to take inspiration from whatever catches your eye. See you next month

Sue
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Flower on top

Hello lovely earring friends,

For the earrings in this post I used wonderful charms made by our very own Nicola Morse, a very gifted artist. 

 Her use of color is wonderful.
I wanted to put a flower bead cap on top of the charm, which took some fiddling, as the structure had a mind of its own, and would not hang straight. But I managed, after using some swear words (my apologies).
The polymer clay beads are made by Cindy Hinds. Sadly, she doesn't ship to the Netherlands (or Greece) anymore. Luckily I bought quite a few of her beads years ago.
Thank you so much for looking and your support for Earrings Everyday :)
Share the love, don't be shy and leave some words. And do check out the other posts of my friends here. 

See you in a couple of week.
Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of laughter, joy and lots of love.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"Pins and needles, needles and pins, it's a happy man that grins."


Joan Miller, my Queen Of Halloween bead maker, just had her first show of the season and I was lucky enough to purchase these wonderful little autumn-inspired flowers. Fresh green and butter yellow are one of my all-time favorite color combinations. 


I always see little fancy black spiders in the center, do you?? Anyway...

I wanted to play up the beautiful green so I added some lovely vintage glass beads with small black slashes.  They have a wonderful matte finish and look very much like pods.

I could have left them alone at that point, but oh heck, it IS almost Halloween and I had the most perfectly adorable, teeny-tiny skulls, sooo... look who is now popping out of the pods...lol



My favorite thing to do in a design is add a little element of surprise.  From a distance, they are just pretty little flowers, but up close, someone is looking back!  My friend, whom I bead with every Saturday night, saw the earrings from across the table and said "Oh, how pretty!"  Then looked closer and went "Whoa!"  We've been friends forever and REALLY, she should have known better!  lol

Thank you so much for joining me and having a look at what I've been up to!  I'll be back in two weeks' time!

Loralee XO 




Thursday, October 10, 2019

Treasures, Old and New

Recently when I was cleaning in my office, I was putting things back on shelves, taking things off shelves that didn't belong there, and straightening things on the shelves.  At some point, I stopped tidying and started looking through the drawers and boxes of artisan-made ceramic beads I've collected over the years.


There were so many beautiful pieces, from delicate porcelain charms to large carved and vividly colored tribal style beads.  I really did have all the best intentions of finishing up the cleaning I'd started, but I found myself picking up beads I hadn't seen in a while, turning them over in my hands, reacquainting myself with them.


When I got to my stash of beads by Karen Totten (one of my favorite artisans), I saw a pair of beautiful green spiral connector beads I'd had for quite a few years.  I turned them over and looked closely at them and wondered what if I paired them with rustic, whimsical ceramic faces I'd bought from artisan Judie Mountain in Tucson this past winter? 💗 



From that point, it was on.  Once I'd finally determined what all the components were going to be (Karen Totten's green spiral ceramic beads, Judie Mountain's ceramic faces, an oval copper connector, a scalloped ceramic ring also by Karen) all that was left was putting them together.  I really had fun making these rustic and whimsical and asymmetrical pretties.


Thanks so much for reading!  I won't be here for my next scheduled time (October 24) because my husband and I will be in Hawaii to celebrate our son's wedding. 💗 But I'll be back.

I hope you and yours are all well.  Have a Happy Hallowe'en!

xo
Meridy
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Haunted House

This week I'm gearing up to Hallowe'en and decided to have a bit of fun with some new polymer clay pieces from my friend Helen Backhouse. On holiday this summer my granddaughter found a washed up piece of broken terracotta pottery with nice lines on and I brought it back for Helen to use as a mould. The results looked to me like a panelled door, so I jokingly asked her to put a keyhole and door knob on.

I had the idea of making some spooky house earrings, with my little collection of Hallowe'en components.


Along with Helen's pieces, we have a copper ghoul face by Kristi Bowman Gruel, polymer pumpkins by Rejetta Sellars and Karen Jackson, and cute ceramic bats by Jana Bliznakova. You would, of course, have the door to this house securely locked, so there is a nice fancy brass key.

If you celebrate All Hallows Eve, I hope your preparations are well under way - bats will be flying!



                                                             See you in two weeks time.

                                                                     Lindsay x
                                                             
                                                                  My Etsy shop

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Day Of The Dead Calaveras

As some of you may know, about 6 years ago, my husband and I spent a month on Oaxaca, Mexico; from mid-October till mid-November. This put us right in the middle of one of Mexico's most exuberant celebrations of The Day Of The Dead. Handmade altars, decorated with food, flowers and sugar skulls, were constructed all over the city. Huge skeleton puppets were paraded in the streets and placed in business storefronts.
Near Llano Park in Oaxaca, Mexico
The puppets as well as the sugar skulls, were often crowned with colorful flowers, especially marigolds. Orange marigolds are said to guide the spirits of the departed, back to their homes on the Day Of The Dead.
In keeping with these customs, I dangled bright orange flowers beneath these wonderful pewter skull (Calavera in Spanish) charms by Inviciti.
The flowers have a golden luster finish that looks especially pretty in the light. I made my own Sterling silver ear wires to go along with the skull earrings.
The skull motif is popular year round, but these would be especially fun to wear this month! You can find these earrings in my shop now.

Monday, October 7, 2019

The sun, the moon and one star

Hello Earring Folk

I've a pair of earrings for you which were inspired by my holiday in Spain this summer. We spent a few days in Barcelona, which was wonderful. Vibrant, colourful and diverse - it was fabulous! We spent a day at the Fundacio Joan Miro (the Joan Miro Foundation -packed full of paintings, sculptures and even textiles created by the Spanish artist). One of my favourite pieces is this one - the sun, the moon and one star created in the late 60s as a public monument for the city of Barcelona. The view over the city acts as a perfect backdrop to this beautiful piece
 And now to earrings! Well, clever old Petra Carpreau of Scorched Earth created these beautiful ceramic components with Miro in mind. I decided to keep the design simple and bold -with dark oxidised hoops and chrysocolla rondelles
Isn't Petra clever? Love these. I toyed with using amber or citrine, but I really liked the fresh, deep green of the chrysocolla. Hard to see from the photo above, but the sculpture is set in water, so green seemed apt!

That's me done. See you in a couple of weeks.
Sue x
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