Friday, November 17, 2017

Earrings Everyday:: We're All Ears:: November Inspiration

For the November Inspiration Challenge we were asked to choose our favorite inspirational quote out of the four options below.

So, I chose "Chart Your Own Course" perhaps, because I found myself having to do that mid-life after a divorce and needing to raise two young boys on my own.  It spoke to me.  That was an extremely tough time in my life, however, also a time when I discovered making jewelry and developed some of the closest friendships and relationships of my life!  Good things always come if you give it time.


In hindsight, the more I look at the earrings, the more symbolism I see:  Two sturdy boots carrying two pure birds; blooming roses; prism crystals; optimism and hope going forward.

Boots are handmade pewter components by Vincent and Nooma Cav of Inviciti.  The accent beads are mostly vintage.



I made a second pair!!  How cute are these!!  Gahhh... those colors and the fabulous gold accents!

Sail boats are handmade ceramic charms by Andrea Salkowe of JosephineBeads.  

Wow, this was a fun, but, I didn't think this challenge would be so emotional for me.  Art is so cathartic :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Here's the link to blog-hop link isn't working...I"m sorry....I don't know what I did wrong :(

Loralee xo

Loralee Kolton Jewerly

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Art Bead Scene November Challenge

November's Inspired Painting Challenge!

Title: Crozant, The Bouchardon Mill
By: Armand Guillaumin
Date: 1906

I had plans on doing a necklace but just got into an earring mode so .....

 Art beads by Helen Blackhouse (top, long leaves) and (bottom, shorter leaf) headpins by Heather Powers of Humblebeads.  Both pairs are made of polymer clay.  Pictured below (middle pair) Are fiber wrapped connectors by Sagahus with added beads by me.  The charms attached are by ScorchedEarth.

I thought the three pairs of earrings I made looked amazing as part of the painting so I photographed them horizontally!

I had fun experimenting with 'caged wire-wrapping'  I just sort of made up my own pattern.  I was kinda thrilled with the result!

Well, it's been a busy week and I haven't had much time to write more but if you have any questions, feel free to leave a message!

As always, thank you for stopping by for a look-see!

Loralee :)  xo

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The We're All Ears October Challenge

Moon Child

These earrings capture different phases of the moon.  All the pieces fit together in a tiny little puzzle.  The bottom crescent moon drops are by Inviciti.  The horned moon ceramic beads are by The Clay Hen.  The full moons are very old faceted crystals from a salvaged necklace.

This photo was shot very late in the evening with extremely low light.  I liked the way it turned out so I kept it anyway :D

Here are the same pair in daylight ... Much warmer colors ...I love them both!

Thanks for popping in, I was a day late posting this because it's been such a busy week.

Loralee xo

Monday, October 2, 2017

Art Bead Scene October Challenge!

Title:  Madame De Pompadour
Date:  1756
Medium:  Oil on Canvas

         The Necklace  ~

I purchased this lovely, handmade, ceramic shoe from a French bead maker named Valerie of  PoppyBis, some time last spring.  It was really just so perfect for this challenge!

First, I added a row of glass pearls to a hammered bar, then wired layers of Czech peach flowers using individual headpins.  I knew I wanted to do flower clusters all around the ornate shoe, but I had never done that type of wiring before, so I was on a learning curve. I really had to concentrate on keeping a clean and smooth look on the back.

Here is the back, to show you the wiring.  It 's very smooth and as tidy as I could make it.  I love that "Poppy" signed her pendant, that makes it all the more special.

The earrings ~

Beautiful ceramic earring charms by JosephineBeads; two shades of glass pearls; AB crown spacers.  It's hard to tell but the charms have raised areas that are accented in a silver finish.

I always learn something new with each challenge!  Can't wait to see what others did!

I will close my post as Valerie or "Poppy", always does with me~

*Kiss  ~ Loralee French!  :)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Earrings Everyday Sunflower Challenge Reveal!

I have to be honest here....I discovered I hardly have any floral beads in my stash -  let alone a specific flower!  So, not only was this a sunflower challenge, it was an, OMG, time to get creative with what you've got challenge, as well!

I did have one short string of sunflower beads inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Sunfowers painting made by Heather Powers .  I love working with these spacer beads because the shape is great and it's a way of adding color and pattern in a subtle way.  Being polymer, they keep earrings light weight when you want to make a taller stack of beads.  

I took a polymer bead making class with Heather one year where we made our own cane. Let me tell you, that was quite an education into the work and foresight needed to create such beads.  They are worth every penny and then some!

 This was about my third attempt at this earring pair before I felt the love.  I am really thrilled with the final outcome.  Adding the deep red flowers on top really made the sunflowers pop below.  Those yellowy pumpkins brought the shape I was looking for all together.

This lovely asymmetrical enamel pair was made by glass bead maker Patricia Larsen.   Patricia and I found each other at B&B a few years ago and we've been bead buddies ever since.  I've been waiting for just the right findings and these little ornate, vintage, jump-rings were the perfect size and color.

 One of the centers has a heart!

I have a new shopping mission....FLOWERS, for my stash! 

Thanks for having a look today!  Hope you hop back another time for a visit!

Loralee xo - meow!

Loralee Kolton Jewelry - artful in beads

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The September Art Bead Scene Challenge!

About the Art & Artist:
Eugene Seguy (1890-1985) had two careers. One as a dedicated entomologist and the other as a bold pattern designer. His in-depth study of insects were transformed into amazing designs during the art periods of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. His later work is more influenced by Art Deco motifs with more abstract and linear patterns. He created 11 portfolios of his designs. His portfolios made using the pochoir technique, a unique type of hand-stenciling used to produce fine prints in limited editions. Some of the prints could have up to 100 stencils to produce each part of the design.

The Necklace~ 

I like BIG moths and I cannot lie...

Claire Lockwood of Something To Do Beads was back on my worktable with this mammoth size Regal Moth.  It is a gorgeous piece made of porcelain and sgraffito decoration.  

I adore moths, Claire and this color palette so this bad boy is staying with me!

I used natural stone tube beads and wired it, wanting that rustic pop of black.  An oxidized repurposed vintage tassel with a flower cap.  Lovely polymer beads with a jagged edge by Russian bead maker Juliya Laukhina.  

The Earrings~

Look at these headpins by Kimberly Rogers of Numinosity ... just take a moment and look at 'em!  I love her technique of layering colors and texture.   The faceted polymer beads in the center are by Marina Rios of Fancifuldevices.  Both bead artists are true masters of original and organic non cookie cutter type beads and are a favorite of mine.  The top bead is a vintage faceted plastic with an AB finish,  The earrings are dramatic but super light weight because of the materials I've chosen.

Thank you so much for taking a look!  The challenges are something I now look forward to!  I'm excited to start the next!!  

Loralee :)  xo

Friday, August 18, 2017

It's Reveal Day 
for the

 We're All Ears :: August Inspiration :: Moths

over at the Earrings Everyday blog!

I love all moths, but especially.....

The Unexpected Moth!

Moths can either be earthy in color or amazingly vibrant.  I thought I'd do a pair showing the contrast of both.

The wings are by Claire Lockwood of Something To Do Beads.  I have a deep affection for Claire's work, everything she does is soulful and beautiful.  I believe these wings were originally meant to be small drop pendants.  But since I had two and they were lightweight, I made earrings instead!

Those lightning blue beads are none other than Basha Beads,  I have a small stash of her beads that I've collected over the years.  These were perfect for the top of the wings as it brings it all to life!

Cocoon sweet cocoon

Every moth needs a home, so I paired these lovely delicate glass wings by Kim Snider with warm fuzzy cocoons by Sagahus Components.  I added some iridescent peanut beads to  reflect a little light.

I can't wait to see what the others have come up with!  Hopefully I'll figure out how to add the appropriate link in order to hop to the next blog!  If I mess up, my apologies in advance!!  lol 
Loralee  xo