Yucca Leaf – inspiration for the fall 2017 collection

yucca leaf

Yuccas have long sword-shaped leaves with pointed tips. The leaves are often about 1 to 3 feet in length. Numerous yucca leaves grow in a rosette formation from a thick base.  

 I tell you this because I used the yucca leaf as the inspiration for many pieces in the Fall 2017 Harmony Collection.  I am showing you a photo of a yucca necklace with a handmade glass cabochon.  

yucca leaf necklace

This yucca necklace is a series of links in sterling silver cold connected together to form a collar necklace.  It is lightweight, and very easy to wear.  This yucca necklace has a lampworked cabochon from the Desert Bloom series.

The necklace can be found here

new tag

Desert Willow – inspiration for my art jewelry

desert willow

I think this photo is a Desert willow tree.  For a long time I thought this tree was an ironwood tree.  But I spent some time on google today and have decided it’s a Desert Willow.  Anyway….  these trees have been blooming around Tucson now for quite awhile.  The bloom looks tropical and exotic – almost like an orchid.  So what does this have to do with my art jewelry??  Well, there is a necklace in my shop in this Saturday’s sale that was influenced by this bloom.

Desert willow bloom as inspiration for a necklace

The stone is a faceted pink sapphire.  

 

 

Here’s the direct link – click on shop the sale now

shop the sale now link button

 

Design Element Inspiration

Artists can be fickle

Artists generally love their freedom. They want to experiment. They love a challenge. They crave variety. All that is good.  Except the artist wants their work to be recognizable.

I am very guilty about freedom in my creativity.  I like to try new techniques.  I love taking classes and trying new things.  I tend to get bored easily and want to move on.

But this year the word I chose was “focus”; and that is what I am trying to achieve these days – a cohesive line of jewelry incorporating my glass beads and metal – all inspired by my love of the desert. 

I would like you to see a piece of jewelry and say – “Oh, that’s a Louise Little design”

Repition is Reputation

I have a clear vision for my upcoming “Harmony” collection.  And I can’t wait to share it.

the harmony collection incorporates the sword like leaf of the yucca as a design element inspiration

One of the shapes I am experimenting with for this upcoming collection is the leaf from the yucca plant.  I love everything about this plant.  But the leaf is very special.  It is sword like and distinctive.  And is the basis for a lot of the design elements in this fall’s collection “Harmony”.

 

Here is a sneak peek at a pair of earrings……

these earrings use a design element inspired by the sword like leaf of the yucca plant

Harmony is set to launch on September 6th, 2017

in a brand new shop

Hope to see you there

creating the desert in glass and metal

Druzy – do you like it?

druzy

What Exactly is Druzy?

Druzy quartz is made up of many tiny crystals and it has a velvety and soft appearance to it. There can be large formed crystals or many medium crystals with the formation. Treated colorful crystals are sometimes coated with a film of gold, platinum, sterling silver, or titanium. When the Druzy has titanium on it, this adds cobalt, purple, or various rainbow colors.

In geology, druse refers to a coating of fine crystals on a rock fracture surface.  Druse occurs worldwide; the most common is perhaps quartz druse.  Generally, it is possible to find druzy natural gemstones in any location in which there is a place for water to collect and evaporate on rock. It most often appears along river beds and shorelines. 

Using Druzy in Jewelry

I really love druzy for the sparkle it adds.  It is very distinctive.  And sometimes it adds a flair in the piece of jewelry I’m creating.  It is also cheaper than some other gemstones, so that is also a benefit.

druzy

These are earrings I made a few years back.  I just got some more druzy so this fall I’ll have them in my shop again.

creating the desert in glass and metal

 

Giving Back – Art Jewelry for the Humane Society

I love creating my beads and art jewelry.  I’m really not sure what my day would be like if I couldn’t do something creative.  So to give back to the community I have several organizations that I support.  Today I want to talk about the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Art Jewelry for the Humane Society

My husband and I started to volunteer for the Humane Society here in Tucson last year.  We have taken several classes on dog handling and dog walking, so every Saturday morning we get up early to help walk the dogs.  It’s a no kill shelter so the animals stay until they find their forever homes.  And it’s really nice to see what a great job this shelter does both taking care of the animals while they are there as well as finding the right home for the dogs and cats.  I am proud to be a part of this organization.

So I was happy to see that they will be having a big fund raiser on April 22nd called “Putting on the Dog”.  Music, food, auctions  – a fun event to support the Humane Society.  So I thought I would donate a special piece of art jewelry to support the cause.

art jewelry - giving back

This pendant necklace just got dropped off.  I made the bead based on a book I have by Claudia Trimbur Pagel.  She shows how to make several beads and one of them is a “dog bead”.

It felt good to make and even better to give to the Humane Society.  I hope it finds a forever home on April 22nd.

creating the desert in glass and metal

REST IN PEACE

Homer

Homer

2003 – 2017

I miss you

Tuesday Ta Da

Just a Sneak Peak

I’m developing a new line incorporating my lampworked glass beads, metal, and desert inspiration.  I talked about a hollow bead last week where I had ground off one side.  To me it is reminiscent of a pod especially those prickly pear pods.  So here is a sneak peak of the finished piece……

ta da

 

And the inspiration…………..

ta da inspiration

creating the desert in glass and metal

Nestled in a pod

pod

A pod is really a dried fruit containing many seeds.  

The pod protects the seeds as they mature.  

And eventually the seeds will leave the pod and make new plants.

I called these earrings “nestled in a pod”.  

Lovely labradorite.

creating the desert in glass and metal

 

Stacking Rings

stacking rings

I love the look of stacking rings.  They also help you make the statement you want to make.  One day wear one and another day three. They offer great flexibility to express your style the way you want to.  I made these anticlastic rings awhile back.  I recently have been working on another stackable set.  Do you like stackable rings?  Leave me a comment.

creating the desert in glass and metal

 

Lampwork Bead Bangle Bracelet

bangle bracelet

Bangle Bracelets

A bangle bracelet is a rigid bracelet.  Most of the time the bracelet does not have a clasp and just slips over the hand.

The bracelet pictured above is an oldy but goody design of mine.  Lampworked beads and cast silver beads are strung on a wire and finished with a swan clasp.  The bracelet is rigid but the clasp helps when putting it on.

These particular glass beads I made for this bracelet are very organic in shape.  I call them my desert Venetian beads because I usually make them with gold or silver foil which has been covered with transparent glass like the picture of Venetian beads below.

Venetian beads

My beads definitely have a more earthy feel.

But I just had a client that wanted a splash of dichroic glass in that shape instead of foil so I made the beads in the bracelet above.  I think you can see the splashes of pink and purple tucked underneath a transparent brown glass.  I’m very happy with how they turned out.  So the bracelet is off to a new home tomorrow.

creating the desert in glass and metal

 

Earrings – what kind do you like to wear?

sterling silver earrings

A new style of earrings I’m working on

Earrings as Adornment

Did you know that the original purpose for an earring was probably protection? But ears are also perfect to hold an ornament. Ears can be pierced – sometimes in many places. Ears are all shapes and sizes and can be adorned with a variety of shapes and materials. It is very seductive to wear an earring.
Of all the different kinds of jewelry worn by men and women, none has as much controversy and variety of symbolism as earrings. At times, only men wore them. At other times, they were only acceptable to be worn by women. In some cultures, they are a sign of wealth, and in others a sign of slavery, prostitution or thievery.

Regardless of who wears them, earrings are an excellent way to express oneself, and a fashionable pair that is well-designed can truly make a statement.

So what kind of earring do you like to wear?  
I prefer a small dangle earring.  
But I have been wearing my hair a little longer so I have gotten bold and my earrings are getting longer.

The photo on the top is a new design and I like them because they are formed with a cold connection.  The next photo shows a pair of earrings I made in a class at the Bead and Button Show.

sterling silver earrings

creating the desert in glass and metal