Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tack-O-Rama Holiday Blog Hop!

Here are my two, over-the-top designs, for the

Tack-O-Rama Holiday HOP!

I'll Be Ringing In 2018 by ~

 Sippin' Bubbly & Feelin' Lovely!

Mirrored lips by Running with Scissors and vintage iridescent bubble bobbles from  Allegory Gallery.

It's SO FLUFFY, I'm gonna die!

Who's a snow bunny ??? - 

So my bead buddy, Martha, snagged these from me... :D 

Squeeee, this was a blast!  I learn something new every time I leave my comfort zone!   This time I learned, I adore enormous fluff-ball earrings!!!  Since my girlfriend grabbed these, I'll be making another pair for myself!

Wishing you all the most wonderful holiday season!

Loralee xo


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Art Bead Scene 7th Annual Ornament Hop!

ABS Ornament Hop!

Art beads by:  Hen by Gina Guardalabene of White Swan Illuminations; Mushroom, snowflake and pink stripe focals by, Gaea Handmade; Large green & red stripe is African.

Pulling the supplies!

  The no-sew velvet mushroom

I had some amazing French, antique, velvet ribbon that I had been saving for a while.  It was made in the 1930's and is really special to me...yum, that color!  I wire wrapped and added ab faceted crystals to secure it to the over-sized jump-rings.

An ornament or a GINORMOUS earring?!!  Oh, I'm so tempted to try it on but it would surley stretch my ear with that 18g wire!

One French Hen?

It was always a tradition in my family to make ornaments on Thanksgiving, but, as the years passed, we stopped.  This year however, that's exactly what I did!  It felt wonderful!

Wishing you all a warm and special holiday season!

Merry Christmas!

Loralee xo

Ornament Hop

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

Tack-O-Rama Holiday Blog Hop!

Here are my two, over-the-top designs, for the Tack-O-Rama Holiday HOP! I'll Be Ringing In 2018 by ~  Sippin' Bubbly &...