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 bracelet...to 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

onsdag 14 september 2011

Romantic girl with a hammer

Actually I am very romantic in some ways
My favorite film or TV show ever is Pride and Prejudice   with Colin Firth and all...I just love everything Jane Austen
And I spent lots and lots of time when growing up drawing  pretty princesses with gorgeous dresses  :)

a romantic ring I just made 

On the other hand the rest of the time I spent doing lots of practical jokes and building tree-houses and using my fathers tools in the seller working space....
never played with dolls much..
When i left home and moved out into the world( to study) at 19 I brought with me lots of nice tools from my fathers stash.....some without permission ...hrmmmmmpf
He did not get mad at me..but gave me some more stuff including a nice electricdrill  to make holes even in the strongest walls....

 a necklace for a princess?

At the moment I am indulging myself in romantic stuff like laces, vintage buttons and pretty fabric to make some new lovely jewelry  (hopefully)
Just have a look at those incredible hand crocheted laces made by the grandmother of a friend   ...what a lot of work!!! are they not lovely!! (really vintage)

And some more in my closet ...

And how about that hammer ??  guess it is resting at the moment until next time I need it for some earrings or clasp making .........

( and I admit I like to watch "Dye hard" tooo sometimes)  :~)

lördag 10 september 2011

The love of ICONS

In my house there are  lots of  ICONS.
I am a bit of a collector and blessed with a friend who is a real icon painter. She makes them from scratch with wood and cover with some kind of fabric and use the ancient way building them and  blending colors (egg-tempera) and gold

first pendant is mixed media with stone, script paper, laces and picture  + resin cover..

and now I will start making  some jewelry with this kind of pictures....

this one has e very ancient feel  and is imperfect aswell :)

I did make a post about Icons last Year but I will show You some of them again
they give You a calm feeling to have around

my first icon and one of my favos  It is VERY heavy on a thick piece of wood

another favorite and very unusual   Jesus with WINGS

and below a painting of Maria I made in 2002  painted on wood with a nice crackle effect to look old  - about 40 inches high