fredag 23 december 2011

GOD JUL & Merry Christmas

I hope every one gets a long and nice holiday ...........
...think we may need some strength  2012

söndag 18 december 2011

Is it Wabi Sabi style ?

At the moment I have lots of ideas for jewelry and not so much time to make it..
Some cleaning to be done and baking and cocking before Christmas.....
need to get the decorations out of the closet too...:).....but here a few pictures with new stuff i made in the studio.....

A wrap-bracelet that actually looks very good as a necklace  too
raw Kyanite, old glass, vintage button, paper-bead from a project in Africa  and silk  of corse 
+ button with wing I made in ceramic ...

And a  bangle I  hammered in copper  with Kyanite  / green  a very powerful healing stone
and some other goodies .......

and now..back to the kitchen to clean up after baking :)

lördag 10 december 2011

The WINNER of the give-away

First I want to thank You for all the nice comments on my last  post!
and :

I used a random number generator  on the internet this time for the winner and the
lucky winner of the 30 dollars gift certificate in my shops is

Cindy Cima  Congratulations to You :)  I  know You like the pendants...

I will contact You about this in mail!

And some new stuff out of the kiln Yesterday ...trying to make them very primitive. Also testing some new glazes fired a bit lower than usual as some of the clay  I used can not take the highest temp......:)

And a new necklace finished yesterday..  loooong and chunky!

lördag 3 december 2011

It is time for a give away

actually I was planning to celebrate 10 000 visitors to my blog
but then suddenly it was 11 it is time for sure for a GIVE AWAY !
and it is in time for Christmas too :)

But First I will show ya what I am working on at the moment..

A statement necklace with a pendant I made from porcelain clay  and lots of gorgeous recycled glass beads  and stones ...I have some work left on this one but will finish it of today I think with a clasp and some more dangles ..
AND  as You can read in my comments I have more work with this necklace as the pendant was   BROKE  :( of my cats probably responsible for that....
I think I may use this pendant instead??


This is another necklace is just finished with lots of fantastic old (more than 100 years ) glass beads with crackle effect, fossile  and other goddies .....

And what about the givaway You are thinking now
............well Im thinking too...:)

This time I will give away a

30 dollar free shopping in one of my Etsy shops
as I want to give You the opportunity to choose between jewelery and jewelry parts..

To participate in this give-away You have to leave a comment on this post and be a follower of the blog to get 1 part
If You blog about it also 2 parts
and spread it on FB to You can get 3 parts
Tell me in the comment what You do :)

I will announce the randomly drawn winner  next Sunday   Dec. 11

and remember that I am very grateful to have contact with You all on the internet !!

xxxxx  Birgitta

onsdag 23 november 2011

All about SILK

The first necklace I made with silk is from 2005 and sold the same day I listed it in my Swedish webshop
I used Thai silk from a big piece that I tore apart, lampwork beads and super big  freshwater pearls


This picture show another old silk necklace I made for my daughter Lina  (2005 I think )  and she loved it so much that it has fell apart from use :)  She also use one of my ooak earrings that I did sell a lot always only one as they were impossible to duplicate  (lol) I had a lot of fun bending wire back then..

actually when Im to it I will show some more of those wire works :)

I also made my own polymer clay beads before my herniated discs put an end to that...(and now after the surgery I can again THANK GOD )


And a wired  ring

Back to the I do not get lost in all those old photos ..

My oldest girl Sara with a silk and stone necklace from 2009 I think ...when I found MarynotMartha on Etsy with those hand dyed lovely silk ribbons she made back then..

a bracelet with her ribbon and mixed  beads.....still have some left of that gorgeous ribbon!

And finally  I found the lovely sari silk ribbons that I do use a lot these days......a wrap-bracelet....a stretchy bracelet .......and a necklace that took some time to make..

and finally  new creation with Lisa Peters button  in front

lördag 29 oktober 2011

Something round and something looong-flat and .......a bit of silk ;)

This months inspiration for the ABS-blog challenge
A Hedgehog in a Landscape, 1643-51 
9¼ x 15 in. 23.5 x 38 cm. bodycolor on vellum
by Giovanna Garzoni
I knew when I saw this guy i wanted to make one a bit long and cosey like a boa....round the neck
she did not get thaaaaaaaaat long but a bit like I wanted Im happy to say..
The glaze came out just perfect even if I did not expect that almost metallic style... 
I have used one of my ceramic beads and 3 of Natalie Pappas  lovely beads
sari silk and a pretty flower clasp + Czech glass leaves

I call this one a she as I think she is the mother to the rest of the guys that came out of my kiln 


and the rest of the family :)
2 focal beads with holes   ..not finished yet..need some eye color...

söndag 23 oktober 2011

Suddenly I feel a need of BLING

And ...............Ive made some stuff with RHINESTONES  :)

I did find some nice vintage rhinestone spacers and some new aswell....juuumm mm

unfortunately it is getting a bit dark those days and hard to get blingy   pictures...but they doooo sparkle a lot

Im also very short of earrings in my shops so I better stock up a bit for the holidays

 I am working on some stacking bracelets with vintage buttons, rhinestones and other goooddies but not finished yet....

onsdag 28 september 2011

BTW on the bead table today ( well some of it)

I am just finishing up this necklace I have been working on for some days
my handmade leaf pendant with imperfection  *smile*
a hand soldered chain ( It is fun to solder..... yea )   with long links and a big swirly clasp 
A couple of gorgeous lampwork beads (nugget)   JUMM   from  bluhealer  on Etsy
 I am afraid the light is not so good to show their beauty......dark outside today...YUUKK

and it was sooo dark on my bead-table that I moved   the necklace and the cuff focal Im going to use for a matching a place with more light...flash is not so good to show those colors..

 Here I have a picture from Bluehealer showing the pretty beads Im using

fredag 16 september 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party SHOW TIME

Welcome to the BSBP  sep.  17    2011 and  Birgitta Lejonklou  up here in Sweden !

I must add summer is gone with the wind as we had frost for the first time outside this morning :(

My first creation with my partner Astrid´s lovely lampwork-beads is called   "The Emigrants Necklace".
I came across so many wonderful people in the bead world over there in US with ancestors up here in the north of Europe!  I think it was about 1000 000 people who left Sweden during those hard times when many starved....My necklace is a whisper to honor those brave women and men who left the only world they knew  with great hopes of a better future over there........

Below is a video with a song about this -and the world today-  it has been a favorite of mine for a veeeery long time..I hope You can take time to listen!! it is well worth it...

In this Emigrants necklace You can find the gorgeous FOCAL from Astrid (symbol of family) + accent bead to the side. On the opposite side   the letter they did write so many times to the people left behind....a vintage button with balance symbol yin - yang, a cross for the strong faith they did bring and a faceted chunky Garnet  for the strength../ white lampwork with silver for purity
and some more stones and vintage beads buttons..

just click on pictures to get a better and bigger wiew!

My second creation is a play with my muse who is very rebellious and not making the 3 strand bracelet or other things I decided to do....As we need to use the clasp....think it is not in the "rules"   HOW  :)
here is a pair of earrings with this pretty 3-strand clasp + super pretty seed beads and moon face from the soup and of course a pair of Astrid´s pretty lampwork beads
"Reflections in Moon River  Earrings"

This Sunday morning  18 sep.  I decided to make a pair of hoops with those pretty  blueberry quartz cubes I got in my soup ....this is how they turned out...

Yea right...!! the cubes had to small holes for my heated copper wire I was wrapping with so I had to change the idea....again...I dont know if I will keep those or find a better  use for the left over glorious lampwork bead from my soup ....there is a Swarovski  sparkling in the flower...

And now it is time yo hop around and see all the fantastic creations from all over the WORLD!!!!!!!

Thank You for visiting - And I would love if You leave a note about ancestors or just say Hi !!

                              TIME FOR YOU TO HOP ON.....list below..

I want to thank You all for the wonderful feedback and  comments to this post ......still coming in ..:)
I feel very humble and overwhelmed  !!
I am still hoping around as my brain can not take to much input in a day .......

A HUGE thank You to LORI and those who supported her in this great event !! (pink girl :) <3<3 )

Bead Soup Blog Party Partner List in pairs :
The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

1. Aimee Wheaton and Barbara York

19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel