Tuesday, 26 March 2013

I am Featured Designer

I have been chosen Featured Designer of the Week over at Art Bead Scene Blog.

Thank you so much! It makes me so happy you know.

This is what ABS Editor Rebecca Anderson had to say about my piece:

"I absolutely adore these earrings! I love the vibrant yet rustic shades that Malin has picked out from this month's beautiful challenge piece, I love the painterly texture that the verdigris patina gives MissFickleMedia's swirls, I love their simple elegance and the embellished earwires.....and last (but certainly not least) I love how Malin has set them for this photograph. The thin branch is the perfect place to display these earrings. These are eminently wearable earrings! Fantastic work Malin."

I am honoured!

Link to my own original blog post about my contributions.

All my best,

Sunday, 24 March 2013

New beaded beads

Presenting some new beaded beads. I have quite a fair pile of them made over the last few months. I will start off by listing the ones in the picture below. They will turn up in my Etsy shop later today. And then more will show up over the coming days, (if everything goes according to plans).

(Please note that the beads in the pictures above are not in the same scale.)

I have come up with some new designs also, as you can see. And another thing I am trying out is to list two beads together of the same color scheme but with different shapes. I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on that concept. Do you think people will be interested in buying sets like that? Would you? If you have any other ideas, wishes or thoughts I would be very interested to hear them too. Please leave a comment on this post, or write me an e-mail to nodeksweden[at]

Check into my Etsy shop later today, to buy the beads above. It should be around 21.00 Swedish time, which is 6 hours ahead of US East coast time (so 15.00 EST).

All my best,

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

2 pieces for Art Bead Scene March Challenge

Art Bead Scene's Monthly Challenge for March is this painting by Marc Franz, called Deer in Forest.

I have made two pieces inspired by this painting. First off is a bracelet.

  • Deer/fox by TreeWingStudio
  • Saffron colored patinated chain by MissFickleMedia
  • Dark blue colored patinated chain by MissFickleMedia
  • Purple colored patinated toggle bar by MissFickleMedia
  • Forest green metallic matte Magatama beads
  • Rusty red metallic matte facetted czech glass beads

Isn't it a little bit funny that I all along have seen that creature as a deer. It was only when I was looking at the close-up photo belo, in my computer earlier today that I realized that it actually has a thick tail and that it instead of course is a FOX. It doesn't matter in the end. It is so sweet laying there all curled up. And foxes also lives in the woods.

And as I was going I suddenly found myself having made these earrings too. Sort of picking up, shape wise, on the swirly white lines in the painting, in which I kind of see the sound of the wind blowing through the tree leaves, and a just in general a magical and mystical atmosphere of the woods.

  • The verdigris green patinated swirls by MissFickleMedia (there's three on either ear ring)
  • Earwires and large jump rings from Vintaj
  • Rusty red/brown seed beads
  • Oxidized brass wire

Check out some more contributions in the ABS flickr group. There will be more of them coming until the end of the month.

All my best,

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Long Necklaces

I am a tall woman, 184 cm or just above 6 feet. I don't know if that is the reason I like elongated things just in general. But perhaps the explanation could be found there. It is not completely unlikely anyway. Or what do you think?

And, when it comes to jewelry I believe I most often like to make things sort of fitting my own body constitution proportion wise. And also to go with the kind of clothes I like to wear. So with necklaces, I  often like them long. To hang below my bussom.

However, I find long necklaces a bit difficult to photograph. So I have a bunch of them made over time that I have not yet taken proper single photos of. Here are a few. I decided to take a group picture of:

Most of them contain beautiful and exciting art beads. The two ones furthest to the right are my latest creations in the lot, finished in January. I often put a clasp also on my long necklaces, even though they would easily go over the head, if I believe some people might like to wear them doubled or even tripled.

All my best,

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Etsy Sale To Celebrate 300 Followers

A couple of days ago I reached 300 followers here on the blog. That deserves a celebration, right! I am so grateful for all of you showing interest in what I do. And the feedback you give me.

So I've been trying to come up with a nice way to give back to you, and I decided to go for a sale in my Etsy shop. So because the number we are celebrating is 300, you will get
30% off 
any purchase in my Etsy shop using the coupon code


The code will stay valid until coming Monday, the 11th, 23.00 o'clock US East Coast Time. Please remember to click the Apply Coupon Code link in the right column in your cart, and to fill in the code correctly, before you check out.

See you at Etsy!

All my best,

P.S. This is my first Etsy sale ever, so I am just a little nervous about it, and hope everything will work out well and according to my intensions.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

2 Bracelets

  • Lilac and Lime Green etched lampworked glass disc beads by Outwest
  • Lilac patinated copper flower by MissFickleMedia
  • Ceramic clasp by Mary Harding, with a blue patinated toggle by MissFickleMedia
  • Transparent frosted rice shaped glass beads
  • Blue seed beads
  • Two different blue shades of waxed linen cord

  • Turquoise blue polymer beads with a zip pattern by Pam Wynn
  • Grey wooden coins
  • Frosted orange round glass beads
  • Vintaj brass swirl hook clasp
  • Yellow waxed linen cord

All my best,

Monday, 4 March 2013

Musical Challenge Reveal

Hi there,
here's at last my reveal, (a few days delayed). Thanks for checking in on me again!

Anyway, first off, a huuuuge thank you to Erin Prais-Hintz of Treasures Found, who once again has arranged an excting and interesting challenge. This time the theme was instrumental music. We were to pick a piece that would inspire one or more pieces of jewelry.

I almost immediately knew which music I would pick. Simply because it is a piece I love to listen to. And I also am a really big fan of James Bond. This 'song' is the soundtrack to one of my absolute favourite scenes ever in all James Bond films. Not only is it an amazing action scene in itself, but I also think the music really helps enhance the feeling. Film music in general is often very very interesting and superbly well composed. This one is made by David Arnold, who has been responsible for the Bond soundtracks for a number of the later films in the series. It's called African Rundown, from Casino Royale. And here's the link to YouTube, where you can listen to it (sorry I was not allowed to embed it). My tip is that you listen all the way through. It's about 7 minutes long, and it is building up constantly with a marvelous crescendo near the end. I get goose pimps every time I hear it. And I love to dance to it too.

David Arnold is a genius I think :-).

I wanted to make a piece that was dramatic and exciting, with a lot of movement. I came to think of the typical Dinka corsets made in Africa. And a lot of other African jewelry that I had collected pictures of on a Pinterest board of mine during the end of last year. I was almost obsessed for a period. I simply looooove this kind of jewelry!!!

And my initial idea was something more alike the corset, sort of a blend between a necklace and the Dinka style, which you can see in the two bottom images in the collage above. But in the end I decided to go for something more easy to wear for us 'westerners'. A multi stranded necklace packed with trade beads and other more ethnic type beads that I have built up and collected (hoarded?) over a long time. 

It is suuuuuuper long, more than a yard/meter. And I believe it will most often probably be worn doubled, but every once in a while also just like that, really long. Interestingly, I don't think it is heavy to wear it, like I actually was worried it would be. The chain is a light weight one, and I did decide to not include a few larger heavy beads that I had first thought of.

I am very happy with my own creation to be honest. All those beads I have collected and had in my stash for so long, finally they came to use. And just in a way that I wished them to, but never had gotten around to put together before. So thank you Erin for that! I am looking forward to wearing this necklace to a summer garden party with my typically half-bohemic (or some might say fully bohemic ... ;-)) style summer clothes in white linen and my Jesus sandals. Or just for any summer excursion or get together really, doesn't have to be a party at all, does it.

Hope you enjoyed this!

And if you haven't yet seen the other blog hop participants contributions, pop on over to Erin's blog, where you will find all the links.

All my best,

Friday, 1 March 2013

Sorry - Reveal Delayed

I am so very sorry, but my Challenge of Music reveal is severly delayed. Due to a number of reasons. Mainly technical and internet connection ones :-( .  Anyway, I am happy I at least can finally manage to write this post even. And now I am having a busy weekend coming up, so my guess is I will be able to present it to you not until on Monday. I really do apologize, and hope you can bare with me, and please check back on Monday. In the meantime check out the other participants.

The Challenge of Music participants