Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Stacked Earrings Challenge #2 ...

... with beads from Claire Lockwood

In January I asked four jewelry designer friends (Rebecca AndersonLeah Curtis, Claire Lockwood and Heidi Post) if they wanted to join me in a small stacked earrings challenge. The reason being simply because I was longing for some inspiration around stacked earrings. I wanted it to be a small and intimate kind of thing. If you want to read more about the background and see the result of round #1 here's the link. All of us thought it was so nice so we decided to continue, and take turns sending each other small bead sets. This is round #2. Welcome!

Claire sent a fun and inspiring set of beads very much right down my alley. I was particularly attracted to part of the color scheme of pale beige-greens and pinks. And as you will see I used those colors a lot in my earrings. From my own stash I picked more beads that would match and fit into the same color category. In three of my designs I also added an attractive hyacinth type red. 

Group picture of the 6 earrings I made. I followed the original rules and used three beads from Claire's lot in all of them apart from the ones furthest to the right, which only contain two of Claire's beads. They are also the only ones which contain Art Beads.

The first pair I made. With only beads from Clair's lot. I added the oxidized copper wire and the ear hooks.

Claire sent two pairs of buttons. I don't often use buttons in my own jewelry, although I really like when others do. I want the buttons to not look so much as buttons as simply just beautiful components that add something to the design. I decided to give it a go and chose to build a design from the button pair with two holes. You see them (white) at the top. From Claire's lot comes also the transparent kind of icy looking large holed glass spacer beads. As do the pale pale green-beige round bone beads. The pink-brownish coin beads are two holed ones. The red facetted beads are vintage Swarovski ones with a very beautiful sparkle to them. The overall look is bohemic/rustic, but with a touch of class at the bottom.

In Claire's lot the green and whithe plastic beads where the ones that first caught my eyes. So pretty and special. I combined them with the green leaves and the milky cream spacer beads.

Three beads are from Claire, except the hyacinth red faceted ones and the pale green-grey matte washers. Lots of messy wire wrapping :-).

These earrings are really long, as you can see in the group picture above. Not heavy at all however. I picked some beads from my own stash that resembled ones from Clair lot, as I started to run out of ones that I was really inspired by and wanted to use. The fantastic magenta and grey-silvery patterned polymer clay beads are a recent acquisition, made by Claire Maunsell of StillPointWorks, a favorite Art Bead maker of mine.

The white flowers, the grey wooden rounds and the small silvery beads are from Claire's lot. White flowers stacked on brass wheel/snowflake spacers and patinated bone discs. These are very sweet and I've already worn them myself a couple of times.

Thank you so much Claire for a very fun round with very inspiring beads! 

Check out all participants here:

  • Rebecca Anderson - SongBead
  • Leah Curtis - Beady Eyed Bunny
  • Claire Lockwood - Something To Do With Your Hands
  • Heidi Post - Ex Post Facto
  • Malin de Koning - Beading By Malin de Koning

  • Next inspirer out for round #3 will be Leah Curtis.

    All the earrings in this post are for sale. Please let me know if you are interested in any of them. malindekoning[at]

    All my best,

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015

    And more earrings

    A new Stacked Earrings Challenge reveal is coming up soon. This time the beads (really lovely ones) are picked by Claire Lockwood. The date isn't decided yet, but until then I am still making even more earrings on the side of the challenge. The reason why I am not making any other types of jewelry lately is basically that my studio and my work table is so unbelievably and incredibly messy, so there is literally no space for me to work on. Hence the smallest jewelry objects are the ones I can at least manage to still put together. In all that mess there are both necklaces and bracelets just waiting for that final touch before they are ready. I really really must clean up in there any day soon.

    Anyway, here are a three new earrings:

    I really like the mix/meeting of the rustic and the sparkly in these ones.
    • Green ceramic pods on wire (head pins) by Marsha Neal
    • Vintage Swarovsky celadon green rounds (there is lovely luxurious sparkle to them which is not quite captured on this photo)
    • Beaded beads by myself
    • Sterling silver ear wires, heavily oxidized

    I call these ones Arabian Nights. I come to think of a belly dancer in an Arabian night club from some old movie.
    • Turquoise, brass color and black polymer clay beads by GracefulWillowBeads
    • Facetted black glass
    • Brass and silvery beads, findings and ear hooks

    These ones I made a couple or so months ago. A very fruity feeling to them don't you agree.
    • Yellow faceted pods by Barbara Bechtel of SecondSurf (one of my absolute favorite Art Bead makers)
    • Beaded beads by myself
    • Copper findings and ear hooks
    All three pairs are for sale. Please contact me if you are interested. malindekoning[at]

    All my best,

    Friday, 30 January 2015

    Stacked Earrings Challenge

    I invited four dear friends in the international online beading community to join me in a Stacked Earrings Challenge. The reason being simply only a lust for an inspiration boost by some designers I really like.
    Dear Ladies, 
    Would you be interested in a small humble earrings challenge arranged by me? The idea is that I give each of us the same set of beads. Beads that I believe would be nice to use in earrings. Nothing exclusive, and no art beads. Just a group of different beads that I myself believe can be used in fun and interesting ways in earrings in a stacked style.

    Over the last few months or so I have been particularly fascinated in stacked designs in earrings. So most of the beads I have picked are of that nature. I am only including the beads, no hooks or studs, or fibers or other components.

    I love the way all of you design, and I find a lot of inspiration in looking at your jewelry. I am longing to see how we all use the same things but in different ways. I am thinking we could all make at least one pair of earrings, but hopefully more. And that we are free to add our own extra beads and/or other components, if we at least use three (3) of the beads from my set in each design. How does that sound?


    Here's the set of beads. I did not use all of them myself. For instance I tried several things with those shiny silvery beads, but was never happy with what I created. As well as for the milky white flower disks. I am really looking forward to see if any one else managed to use them in a creative and/or attractive way. And I am longing to see all of your designs and be inspired by them.

    I created 5 pairs of earrings.
    I didn't do all my designs exactly the way as what I had had in mind myself in the first place when I put this challenge together. But that is the beauty of it all I think. Self-surprise! Is that even a word? Well, I guess it is now ;-).

    My first pair. A bead stack hung from a pair of sparkly links (SmittenBeads) and oxidized silver ears hooks.

    If you are already familiar with my design style, you might already have noticed that I am very fond of messy wire wrapping. In the two following earrings I didn't only use the technique/style for the assembling, but also for making whole components on their own. That was fun, and I am sure I will keep playing around with that.

    The stacking in these ones consists of the three wood beads on top of each other. I made the fabric links myself with recycled sari silk and two different gauges of oxidized copper wire. A heavier one for the inside, and a thinner one for the wrapping around. I think they turned out rather attractive. A soft bohemic style to them. Oxidized copper ear hooks.

    Back to a combo of many different beads stacked on top of each other. I made the messy wire wrapped circular dangles/charms myself. I will definitely continue doing such things. Fun to do/make and a very versatile way to use in my designs. Rustic and bohemic. Oxidized copper ear hooks.

    Was this cheating? I don't care, because I really like the way they look. I only stacked three stripey seed beads (and not different beads combined). Using a ball head pin for the wire wrapped link. Hung two patinated copper charms by MissFickleMedia. Oxidized copper ear hooks.

    Oh, and another cheating one perhaps ;-). I only stacked two beads (not three). I do have more of those gold painted square wooden beads, and I could easily have used three or more. But somehow I liked this better, so … looks goes before rules. At least in my book of design. Patinated copper dangles/charms by lovely MissFickleMedia. And oxidized copper ear hooks.

    Here again are the links to the other participants in this challenge. Hop on over to their blogs and check out many fun, exciting and lovely designs for earrings. :-)

  • Claire Lockwood - Something To Do With Your Hands
  • Leah Curtis - Beady Eyed Bunny
  • Rebecca Anderson - SongBead
  • Heidi Post - Ex Post Facto
  • Malin de Koning - Beading By Malin de Koning

  • All my best,

    Friday, 23 January 2015

    Hi again - Earrings

    Here are some new earrings I've made.

    Art beads:
    Verdigris green patinated chain - MissFickleMedia

    Art beads:
    Verdigris green patinated round copper beads - MissFickleMedia
    Large white polymer clay pods - SomethingToDoWithYourHands

    All my best,

    Saturday, 15 November 2014

    4 new pairs of earrings for the darker season

    Emeraldic Magic
    Ok I know it's not emerald, not even the color is right. It's jade. But you have to admit the name works better with emeraldic than with jade-ic. If the jade is real or man-made I don't know. But I do guess man-made based on the prize and the fact that there are no imperfections at all. Real jade of that quality I assume would be much more expensive, but I am not 100% sure about that. Anyhow, the color is amazing with a lovely semi-opaqueness that really catches light beautifully. And it works so well with MissFickleMedia's patinated chain and the raw brass colors of the wire and the glass beads.

    Mismatched In A Rustic Boho Style
    Art beads: 
    Ceramic dangles with pattern - Scorched Earth
    Dark bronze colored bicones with a flower patterned edge - GracefulWillowBeads

    Handmade oxidized copper ear hooks - E2SSupplies
    Glass disc beads
    Heavily oxidized jump rings
    Oxidized copper wire

    Purple Ceramic Dangles With Beaded Beads
    Art beads:
    Purple ceramic pod charms - MarlasMud
    Beaded beads - Malin de Koning

    Handmade heavily oxidized copper ear hooks - CuriousBeadShop
    Copper wire

    Studs with Copper Circles, Dangles with Art Beads and Beaded Beads
    Art beads:
    Beaded Beads - Malin de Koning
    Polymer clay discs - HumbleBeads

    Copper ear studs
    Copper rings
    Copper wire
    Faceted bronze glass rondelles
    Copper spacer rings 

    Do you like any of these ear rings and want to buy them? Please let me know! It would be a perfect Christmas Present for any lovely lady! Something handmade and completely unique. :-)

    All my best,

    Thursday, 16 October 2014

    Three bracelets for fall-autumn

    Bracelet - Fall In Love
    Art beads:
    Beige, blue and brown stripy polymer clay disc - HumbleBeads
    Leaf in polymer clay - HumbleBeads

    Chocolate jasper rounds
    Lime yellow jade faceted rounds
    Skye blue czech glass beads
    Rhodium toggle clasp
    Pale blue waxed linen cord

    Bracelet - Greens With Ivory Opals
    Art beads:
    Bright green and clay raku ceramic round bead - Jubilee
    Mermaid blue-green ceramic round - Gaea
    Ivory white ceramic round - Gaea
    Green and Ivory ceramic Oval - MarlasMud
    Hammered copper toggle bar - Malin de Koning

    Ivory white opal nuggets
    Faceted semi-precious stone (unknown)
    11/0 ivory seed beads
    Ivory waxed linen cord

    Bracelet - Purples With Green And Lime Turquoises
    Art Beads:
    Syringa lilac with green leafs polymer clay discs - Humble Beads
    Syringa lilac ridged lampwork glass round - Gardanne
    Rose swirl copper clasp - The Curious Bead Shop

    Green And Lime Turquoises
    Green griffin silk cord

    All my best,
    Malin de Koning

    Monday, 6 October 2014

    Autumn feel - earrings and bracelets

    Jewelry making often creates storytelling for me.

    Bracelet - Grey Squirrel
    I remember when I bought this squirrel from HumbleBeads some years ago, together with it's brother/sister. I kind of imagined their whole journey from the US to Sweden. Seeing them leaving the house of Heather Powers, probably somewhat worried about what was going on and holding on to each other. Then shifting to the different means of transportation along the way, experiencing many exciting things on their long journey, until they finally arrived at my own doorstep. At last in their new home. I wanted to take such good care of them. 

    I don't know why, but I often get that kind of personal relationship with my beads. My mind just come up with these stories. As if they are actually living creatures. I sense it is a childish side in my personality that I can't help. But at the same time it actually adds something great when it comes to making my jewelry. I feel I have to honour my beads, so that they get the perfect company, not just anything that "will do". It is important that the context is right for all participating parts. This is the reason why I so often have beads laying for a long time before I put them into use. And look at this squirrel now. Isn't he very content? He feels good. He is where he belongs. In a good wood/forest. At least that's what I see.
    Art beads:
    Grey Squirrel - HumbleBeads 
    Bright blue lampwork disc - CheekyCherub

    Forest green semi-precious stone rounds, jasper or agate I believe (please, if you know write a comment) 
    Elongated twisted camagong tiger wood beads
    Rust red waxed linen cord
    Copper findings

    Earrings - Rustic with patinated parabolic discs
    Perhaps I am effected by that I saw the film Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy just the other day, (I really liked it), but these earrings I imagine as some kind of parabolic receptors taking in signals from outer space. Possibly even traveling through space themselves.
    Art beads:
    Handmade copper earring hoops - JNicLoft
    Patinated copper parabolic discs - MissFickleMedia
    Robins egg blue small lampwork disc - SpanksyDesigns
    Robins egg rustic lampwork disc - Outwest
    Green and yellow raku discs - Jubilee
    Brass flower head pins - TheaElements

    Seed beads, facetted glass rondelles, bone rondelle

    Earrings - Lotus Cones
    Art beads:
    Handmade copper earring hooks - RubyMountainMetal
    Lotus cones, polymer clay - MarlasMud
    Enameled copper head pins - PaintingWithFire

    Resin disc beads and brass components

    Bracelet - Autumn Mushroom
    Art Beads:
    Green mushroom - HumbleBeads
    Copper swirly hook - TheCuriousBeadShop
    Orange ceramic hank button - Bo Hulley

    Czech glass beads, copper bead, waxed linen cord

    Hope you enjoyed!

    All my best,

    Wednesday, 24 September 2014

    Earrings in September #3

    And more earrings :-)

    Art beads by Jubilee and HumbleBeads

    Art beads by Jubilee

    Let me know if you would like to buy any of these earrings pairs.

    All my best,

    Friday, 19 September 2014


    Bracelet - Houses (so packed with art beads)
    Art beads: Saffron Yellow twisted rings - MissFickleMedia
    Green Erudite facetted polymer clay bead - Second Surf
    Bronze large Bicone with patterned edge, polymer clay- GracefulWillowBeads
    Green edged raku ceramic Disc - Jubilee
    Yellow raku ceramic House - Jubilee
    Oxidized Copper Oak leaf dangle - DaisyChain
    Teal on dark clay small Pebble bead - Gaea
    Pink and orange polymer clay cube - GracefulWillowBeads
    Green raku ceramic House - Jubilee

    Wooden side drilled oval bead
    Oxidized copper wire
    Oxidized copper lobster clasp

    Bracelet - Maroc
    Art beads: Bronze Macaroni ceramic bead - Elaine Ray
    Rustic Sea Blue etched Lampwork rondelle - OutWest
    Sand and Sea Blue polymer clay disc - HumbleBeads

    Brass spacer beads
    Large rose red and dark grey matte seed beads 
    Bronze drop beads
    Czech glass beads
    Vintaj brass swirl clasp
    Waxed linen cord

    Bracelet - Roses Garden
    Art beads:
    Copper Rose Swirl hook clasp - CuriousBeadShop
    Flower stamped resin coins - Susan K Nestor
    Rose and Pink raku ceramic beads (6) - Jubilee

    Copper ring
    Czech glass beads
    Waxed linen cord

    All my best,