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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August Art Bead Scene Challenge!

Twelve Princesses on the Way to the Dance
Kay Nieslen
Published in 1923
Watercolor and ink

Wow, this illustration is so fabulous!  Normally I'm not into princess type things, but this has an air of mystery to it, don't you think?  

The fairy tale is by The Brothers Grimm and begins like this:  

"There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in one room; and when they went to bed, the doors were shut and locked up; but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night; and yet nobody could find out how it happened, or where they had been.

Then the king made it known to all the land, that if any person could discover the secret, and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night, he should have the one he liked best for his wife, and should be king after his death; but whoever tried and did not succeed, after three days and nights, should be put to death."

Very intriguing!

For my necklace and first entry, I decided to focus on a princess.  I had run across this wonderfully made brass stamping, circa 1940. I needed to have a hole drilled carefully in her plume as she had none.  The metal is actually quite sturdy so a drill was needed.  I also used a pendant by Inviciti  -  it brought much needed color to the piece and the round shape and pattern made a wonderful backdrop. I was lucky that the pendant had a hole up-top and bottom, which was perfect for hanging the fringe!  I thought the fringe mimicked the forest of trees.

For the neck piece I went with vintage crystals and pearl type beads....'cause  a princess needs these things, right? Yes!


The earrings 

The pair of charms were made by Josephine Beads on Etsy...I still can't believe how well the pattern worked with the illustration of the forest.  I played with a few ideas for the top portion and decided to go all out pattern and bring in round beads like the tops of the trees.....princess pearls, of course with added faceted crystals!  

I enjoyed this challenge immensely!!   

Thank you for stopping by and having a look!

Loralee :)  xo

Friday, July 7, 2017

July, Art Bead Scene Challenge!!!

Look at me getting my blog post done early...ha ha!  Go, me!

Tiger in a Tropical Storm
Henri Rousseau
Oil Painting

For my first design I used one of my most coveted beads -  my Anne Choi, tiger!!  I've had it for years and it felt so good to see it come to life in this way.  I wanted to keep with the strong primitive design and carry it through, so I wire wrapped everything and chose a hand carved polymer focal by Staci Louise Smith. I felt it brought out the suggestion of a tiger and I loved the irregular organic shape.  I also added a lovely tribal bead from Gaea Handmade which a had a great Asian feel.  To bring out the greenery of the jungle I added some very large faceted green stones.  I purchased them in a destash and I think they are jade but I can't be sure because I'm bad about writing these things down!  doh!!

Next earrings!  'Cause you know me and earrings!

These lovely big kitties are made by Kiyoi Design and are composed of white copper.  I used some beautiful green enameled pieces by Jade Scott that resembled a headdress least in my mind they do!  

Hot-Diggity this was a fun challenge!!!  I really love doing them!  Thank you soooo much for taking the time to pop in!

Loralee :)  meow!

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Art Bead Scene Challenge

The Art Bead Scene June Challenge

About the Artist
Odilon Redon was born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine, to a prosperous family. The young Bertrand-Jean Redon acquired the nickname "Odilon" from his mother, Odile. Redon started drawing as a child; and, at the age of ten, he was awarded a drawing prize at school. He began the formal study of drawing at fifteen; but, at his father's insistence, he changed to architecture. Failure to pass the entrance exams at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts ended any plans for a career as an architect, although he briefly studied painting there under Jean-Léon Gérôme in 1864. (His younger brother Gaston Redon would become a noted architect.)
Back in his native Bordeaux, he took up sculpting, and Rodolphe Bresdin instructed him in etching and lithography. His artistic career was interrupted in 1870 when he was drafted to serve in the army in the Franco-Prussian War until its end in 1871.
At the end of the war, he moved to Paris and resumed working almost exclusively in charcoal and lithography. He called his visionary works, conceived in shades of black, his noirs. It was not until 1878 that his work gained any recognition with Guardian Spirit of the Waters; he published his first album of lithographs, titled Dans le Rêve, in 1879. Still, Redon remained relatively unknown until the appearance in 1884 of a cult novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans titled À rebours (Against Nature). The story featured a decadent aristocrat who collected Redon's drawings.
In the 1890s pastel and oils became his favored media; he produced no more noirs after 1900. In 1899, he exhibited with the Nabis at Durand-Ruel's.
Redon had a keen interest in Hindu and Buddhist religion and culture. The figure of the Buddha increasingly showed in his work. Influences of Japonism blended into his art, such as the painting The Death of the Buddha around 1899, The Buddha in 1906, Jacob and the Angel in 1905, and Vase with Japanese warrior in 1905, amongst many others.[4][5]
Baron Robert de Domecy (1867–1946) commissioned the artist in 1899 to create 17 decorative panels for the dining room of the Château de Domecy-sur-le-Vault near Sermizelles in Burgundy. Redon had created large decorative works for private residences in the past, but his compositions for the château de Domecy in 1900–1901 were his most radical compositions to that point and mark the transition from ornamental to abstract painting. The landscape details do not show a specific place or space. Only details of trees, twigs with leaves, and budding flowers in an endless horizon can be seen. The colours used are mostly yellow, grey, brown and light blue. The influence of the Japanese painting style found on folding screens byōbu is discernible in his choice of colours and the rectangular proportions of most of the up to 2.5 metres high panels. Fifteen of them are located today in the Musée d'Orsay, acquisitioned in 1988.
Domecy also commissioned Redon to paint portraits of his wife and their daughter Jeanne, two of which are in the collections of the Musée d'Orsay and the Getty Museum in California. Most of the paintings remained in the Domecy family collection until the 1960s.
In 1903 Redon was awarded the Legion of Honor. His popularity increased when a catalogue of etchings and lithographs was published by André Mellerio in 1913; that same year, he was given the largest single representation at the New York Armory Show, in Utica, New York.
Redon died on July 6, 1916.

 For this pair I used some beautiful vintage pink with colorful frit glass tubes that were a gift from my beady friend Cheryl Zink.  The handmade pewter charms were made by Vincent and Nooma Cav of Inviciti.  The moment I saw them I knew they were perfect for this month's challenge.  These I'm hanging onto because OMG I must!  LOL

Again, handmade pewter charms from Inviciti!  How perfect!   I used some vintage rings and beautiful polymer beads by Graceful Willow Beads on Etsy.

Okay, I had a blast with these!  I hand painted some milagro charms, and believe it or not, I painted them these colors before I saw the challenge painting...LOL .  No, really!  The fabric Cocoons are by my wonderful friend Anna Pierson of Sagahus Components you can find her on facebook!

Thank  you so much for popping in!  I loved this painting more than anything and could have gone on and on making more pieces!!

Loralee :) . xo . meow!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Earrings Everyday Firefly Inspired June Theme!  How could I resist!?

Growing up in the mid-west, fireflies or lightening bugs, have been apart of every summer in my life.  I can't think of a more beloved memory.  

I first saw these amazing hand painted firefly tube beads by Summer Wind Art and knew I had to have them.  I played around with a few ideas but unexpectedly a tribal feel came out. I had purchased some Lillypilly bone donuts in a destash but they needed some glow, so I used a gold leafing pen to jazz them up!  The pattern of swirls remind me of the dance they do in the air!

Thank you for stopping by!

Loralee ~ xoxo meow