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

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Art Bead Scene Challenge for May was a bit of a struggle at first.  Turned out to be a good creative workout though!  That's exactly why I do them!

Bowl of Fruit, Violin and Bottle
Pablo Picasso
Oil On Canvas

About the Art
This painting is an example of the Cubist technique that was developed by Picasso and Braque in Paris before the First World War. Cubism moved away from the traditional realistic depiction of an object from a single viewpoint. Rather than attempt to create a three-dimensional likeness, objects were fragmented and seen from different angles, blurring the distinction between two- and three-dimensional representation. The two artists were influenced to some extent by Cézanne's method of breaking down all forms into basic geometric shapes.
Here, the fragmented forms of a table, a bowl of fruit, a bottle, a newspaper and a violin can be identified. The artist has used areas of strong flat color, painted dots, bare canvas and grains of sand to suggest the presence of these objects. 
This combination is characteristic of Picasso's Synthetic Cubism, in which he put together, or 'synthesised', areas of color and texture to evoke recognizable objects. The shapes and colors are skilfully balanced to maintain the appearance of flatness and they echo one another throughout to create a satisfying and harmonious whole.
—The National Gallery

I used handmade Indonesian resin pieces. These beads are not mass produced. They are made as a  small cottage industry, often family members, working in groups of 2-3.

Here I had a little fun with Cubism  - Kitty Kubism??  Ha ha  :)

I reached into my beloved stashed of Jade Scott to find this wonderful piece.  I knew I wanted to create very defined space so I used large squared hammered rings.  Then, by some miracle, my sweet beady friend, Cathleen Zaring of Blue Hare Art Wear, contacted me and said she was inspired by this month's ABS painting and had created a set of connectors for me!!  Woo-hooo!  When I first received them I was tempted to use them as earrings, because, that's my  go-to thang.  But, ahhhhhh  look how fabulous they worked in this necklace!!  How could I not?!!!

Thanks for popping in!  I really appreciate it!

Loralee  :)

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Art Bead Scene April Challenge 

April's challenge featured the work of Paul Gauguin.

I adored the colors of this brilliant painting, which made it easy for me to creatively fall into.  I decided on earrings this time around because I happened to have the perfect charms which I had purchased from Kiyoi Design on Etsy.  Each charm pair played on a different color focus.

Well,  May is upon us so I am looking forward to the next monthly challenge!  \Take care and thanks for stopping by -  Loralee