Sunday 16 December 2012

More bracelets


Handle Eggs With Care
  • Red and white link from Lorelei Eurto's Harbinger collection (the other side has a blue and white flower pattern)
  • White egg shaped magnesite beads
  • Pale green waxed linen cord
  • Brass claw clasp 
  • Vintaj brass jump rings


Robins Egg Bangle
  • Speckled lamp work round by Gardanne
  • Bronze ceramic macaroni beads by Elaine Ray
  • Robins egg blue small round wood beads
  • Oxidized 16G copper wire

Both of them are soon to be listed in my Etsy Shop. But please let me know if you would be interested in buying any of them already.

All my best,

Friday 14 December 2012

Love, passion and thrill (and a necklace and a bracelet)

It feels to me like I haven't been all that productive with my jewelry making over the last couple of months. That is not all true, I know, because I HAVE made pieces here and there, but I haven't been at all as productive as I would have been if I hadn't had a few distractions going on around me in my life. I have missed my jewelry making. Big time actually. I have still had my hands occupied with making beaded beads, tons of them actually ... but more about that in another post coming up soon(-ish).

I have missed my beads, I have missed to just be looking at them, fondling them, combining them and so on. Communicating with them, and via them. You know what I mean, don't you. I realize what an extraordinary strong love affair I have with my beads. Serious serious love. And an addiction. Now again I feel so content, so stimulated and so lustful. Passionate. And still lusting for more.

Over the last few days I have been finding myself spending more and more time in my beading studio again. I mean not just popping in there every now and then, but sessions going on for many hours. I made a smaller clean up of my messy work area, and I sorted a lot of the beads just laying around in different piles previously created as a result of how my ideas processes work.

I have so many wonderful wonderful beads in my stash. And I guess it in a way sometimes might be good to not hang with them for a while, because when you meet up again, you sort of re-discover them with a clean mind. That is how I feel now at least.

Look at those large shell beads in the necklace below! They are about 22 mm across, but not heavy at all. I bought them about 6 months ago. From HappyMangoBeads. I thought they were a bit on the expensive side for me to be honest, I mean for what you get. And I hesitated for more than a week before I finally made up my mind. Oh, how glad I am that they ended up with me. They are simply absolutely gorgeous, worth every penny. My idea at the time was that they would end up in a chunky and summery bracelet. But look at that necklace I made the other day instead. It was one of those you know, that sort of designs itself and your hands seem to be simply just a tool for some higher power. May I say myself that I adore it? It looks absolutely fantastic on (sorry I don't have a good picture of that yet.) And it is also packed with a bunch of art beads and components from some of my favorite bead artisans. I think it has a strong wintery holiday feel to it. What do you think?

It will be for sale in my Etsy shop in a not too far future. (Or you are very welcome to contact me already now if you are interested in buying it.)

And a humble(-ish) bracelet with facetted oval glass beads with some sort of coating that make them sparkle a bit more and look a little milky too, and a copper leaf link by Joanne Tinley of DaisyChains. It also has a winter holiday feel to it, don't you think. This one will also turn up in my Etsy shop very soon.

  • Oxidized copper leaf link from DaisyChainExtra
  • Facetted oval glass bead crystal clear with a coating
  • Round pearl coated white bead
  • Green enameled bead caps
  • Red round small glass bead
  • Copper hook
  • Pale cellery green waxed linen cord

All my best,Malin de Koning

Sunday 9 December 2012

Beads & Beyond December 2012 Issue

I am proud that I once more have been published. In the December issue of the great British beading magazine Beads & Beyond. I loved this challenge where we, four designers, were sent beads and some more components from one of my absolute favourite shops, Smitten Beads, and asked to make three pieces from what we were given. A very christmassy feel indeed.

Raku ceramic focal bead by Jubilee.

All my best,

Two New Bracelets

  • Beige/ochre ceramic lentil bead by Marla's Mud
  • Beaded bead by myself
  • Green lampworked sugar bead by Sue Beads
  • Small ceramic round by Gaea
  • Chain, antiqued silver
  • Pink silk cord
  • Seed beads
  • Corrugated round metal beads, antiqued silver
  • Lobster clasp, antiqued silver

  • Wing Ding lampwork bead by Genea
  • 2 pale pale green patinated rings by MissFickleMedia
  • White ceramic disk bead by Karen Totten
  • 2 newsprint jasper heishi beads
  • Orange long ridged acrylic bicone
  • Olive serpentine facetted rounds
  • Hook clasp in antiqued silver
  • Orange waxed linen cord

Both bracelets will soon be listed in my Etsy shop.

All my best,

Tuesday 13 November 2012

New lot of Beaded Beads will be listed on Etsy

I will start listing them in my Etsy shop tomorrow Wednesday at 19.00 Swedish time (=13.00 US east coast time). Welcome!

I will start listing them in my Etsy shop tomorrow Wednesday at 19.00 Swedish time (=13.00 US east coast time). Welcome!

All my best,

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Two new pairs of earrings

Cute tin snippets flower patterned bead caps by Lorelei Eurto.
Rosey copper ear hooks by E2SSupplies.

Green jade melon round beads.
Copper head pins.

Oxidized Sterling Silver Rose ear hooks by Metal Fuze.
Verdigris patinated LoopTLoop's by SLArtisanAccents.

Antique silver plated chain.

Both are for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Saturday 27 October 2012

2 New Bracelets & 1 "Older"

Howdy friends,
Lately I haven't been all that active in the online beading community as some of you might have noticed. I get like that sometimes, just need to keep to my self for a little while. However I do feel I have been in a very productive and creative period, even if I don't post here so very regularly. And I am keeping busy with jewelry making and making my beaded beads (I have quite a few more of them now to still list in my Etsy shop :-)). Today I'll show you two bracelets I made recently, and one bracelet I made back in April, which was published on a spread with instructions in the August issue of the great British beading magazine Beads & Beyond (my first spread with instructions ever, so I am mighty proud of that). 

I'd be very happy to read your opinions on all three of them, or just any.


Lovely rustic indonesian glass beads made from recycled glass. Knotted on waxed cotton cord. Vintaj brass lobster clasp and etched jump ring for closure. I really like how it turned out with the three rings with the same colored beads sitting in the middle. This bracelet is super easy to wear.


The clasp made by Amanda Davies I've had for ages, it was actually one of the first art bead components I ever bought. I have always loved it, but not been able to find a  suitable enough way of using it in a jewelry piece. The black large glass nugget beads I have also had for a long time without knowing how to do them justice. Knotted on teal waxed linen cord. I am very pleased with this combo. The bracelet looks so great on, I think.


Lastly but not leastly a bracelet I made some time ago, which was one of the projects in Beads & Beyond August issue. It is packed with art beads, and it was the flower clasp in oxidized silver from DaisyChainExtra that sparked off the idea in the first place. I wanted to really enhance the flower aspect of it all, to get the feeling of walking around with my own pretty front garden as it looks in mid summer on my wrist. Remember it was April so I was longing with all my heart :-). 

I made a little flower group and combined the clasp with the two pink flowers I already had in my stash. I remember I was very happy to come up with that idea in the first place, because it felt quite different from what I normally do. Three flowers in three different materials, by three different artists. The ceramic flower bead cap from ChelleV2, and the polymer clay blossom from MissFickleMedia. Enameled head pin by PaintingWithFire, and all the larger ceramic beads by Gaea. Opal pale pink glass rounds, smaller blue green ceramic round beads, copper chain and findings, and one Swarovski bicone bead.

These three bracelets will be listed in my Etsy shop within the nearest few days.

All my best,

Saturday 13 October 2012

New beaded beads listed on Etsy

I've just listed a few new beaded beads in my Etsy shop

You know what, I am so happy I have started making these beaded beads. And that I am continuing to. It is a kind of slightly meditative experience. Not so much in the now as I am doing them, but more on a long term perspective over time. 

Each one is just that one, that particular little bead of it's own, that gives me a short term possibility to play around and experiment in a very contained frame so to speak.

It is nothing major, or anything special at all. But still, just because of that, and that I keep making them over time makes the whole of it an interesting journey that I am very glad to be on. And I love the fact that I haven't got a clue where I will end up. In fact I think it is just a kind of side track, a teeny tiny tangent,  that I can pop off to every here and there. An important side track.

Doing, just keep doing ...

Malin de Koning