Sunday 6 November 2016

Stacked Earrings Challenge Reveal

WhooHoo, it's time again, for a Stacked Earrings Challenge Reveal. It's the fifth time around. Five ladies from around the world have taken turns in sending each other a bead lot with creating earrings from them in mind. This time we were all working with a bead lot put together by Heidi Post from New Orleans USA. Oh my, what a lovely and inspiring collection of classy semi-precious stones, nature materials, glass, plastic and metal bits.

I made five pairs all in all, the last one I finished today actually, and took the photos of them today also, so hence my slight delay from everyone else. Sorry for that.

1. The first thing I was drawn to was the copper curved tubes and those cute small green and brown facetted beads. I made my first pair directly when I had received my parcel a few weeks ago. With the larger couple of the tubes. And the other beads in them all come from Heidi's lot, apart from the head pins and the ear hooks. These earrings have actually become a favourite private pair of mine. I've been wearing them a lot lately. I call them Long Legs. Anyway, the aqua blue opal stones are wonderfully almost glowing. I don't know what stone they are. Does anyone else?

2. Next a pair with the beautiful large facetted Llanite rondelles. I love these stones. And I just read at Heidi's reveal post that she didn't remember what they are, but that there was a special story behind her getting them. Well, I recognized the stone when I saw it. So I checked one of my favourite sources for info on semi-precious stones: the Swedish site/webshop of There I read this: Lllanite is a rare stone, mined only at one place on earth. The little town of Llanite in Texas USA. It is composed of a mixture of granite and lilac-blue shimmering quartz. The colour of the quartz is believed to come from a mineral called Ilmenite. I just have to show you this mesmorizing close up below :-).

3. In the pair below I stacked some of the natural beads from Heidi's lot with the rhinestone spacers, adding swirly patterned polymer clay discs by HumbleBeads. Hanging from sea blue patinated boat shaped links by MissFickleMedia. Handmade copper earring hooks and copper findings

4. My fourth pair - I was so fond of my first pair of earrings with the long legs, so I had to try to make another similar pair with the smaller tubes. The purlpe stone discs are really pretty, kind of glowing when the light falls on them. I do not know what they are though.

5. My final pair that I finished today. This is an unusual construction for me to make, with the two rings joined like that. Therefor I was hesitating about finalising them. But I decided to give it a go, because I really liked the way they looked when I had layed out the beads (but before putting them together). It's the three beads stacked in the center of the inner circle that come from Heidi's lot. A cornflake pearl with a beautiful brownish shimmering colour, and two glass pearls. The large circles/hoops all come from MissFickleMedia.

Finally a group shot of all my earrings. I will be listing them soon in my Etsy Shop. Welcome!

Now you must head over to my friends' web sites to see their reveals. I promise, there are so many great looking earrings to see:

Rebecca Anderson – SongBead –
Leah Curtis – BeadyEyedBunny –
Heidi Post – ExPostFacto –
Claire Lockwood - SomethingToDoWithYourHands -

All my best,

Friday 1 July 2016

A few pieces

Again it's been a while since my latest post. Here are a few jewelry pieces I've made over the last couple of months. All of them contain one or more Art Beads.

Bold bracelet with 3 large dandelion polymer clay beads by HumbleBeads, a patinated chunky chain by MissFickleMedia, and a copper toggle by myself. I really like this bracelet, so it might be a keeper. I haven't decided yet ...

Bracelet with a ceramic squarish bead made by DonnaPerlinplim, and lovely blue druzy nuggets that I got from (great shop). Transparent glass nuggets and blue waxed linen cord. Copper toggle clasp.


I recently made my first purchase from NadiaTerra in Bulgaria. Love her style with a matte shabby chic look and lots of new, fun and interesting bead shapes. Like the ones I used in these earrings for instance, they have no holes, just a groove all around. Very interesting! Earrings for hot summer's days. Looking great with tanned skin, a casual white shirt, worn jeans and brown leather sandals.
Wonderful handmade terracotta clay beads with engobe patina and without holes - NadiaTerra
Irish waxed linen cord
Pewter rings
Heavily oxidized sterling silver handmade earring hooks

I have more jewelry that I haven't yet shown you here, but I hope to do so within shortly. So come back again soon.

Please, if you are interested in any of the pieces I have shown you in this post you are very welcome to contact me:

All my best,

Friday 25 March 2016

3 bracelets

Art beads:
Handmade chain (oxidized soldered copper) - ArtIncendi

Other beads and components:
Brasilian Lepidocrosite nuggets (so stunning!) 
Brass rustic cubic beads
Seed beads
Brass findings
Strung on 49-strand beading wire

Art beads:
Green bumpy  lamp worked glass bead - SueBeads
Blue and green swirl patterned polymer clay disc bead - HumbleBeads
Blue patinated brass clasp - MissFickleMedia
Blue patinated curved square profiled brass tubes - MissFickleMedia

Other beads and components:
Green-grey and turquoise ethnic glass beads
Vintage midnight blue facetted flat round pearly beads
Seed beads
Strung on 49-strand beading wire

Art beads:
Blue, red and brass coloured polymer clay beads - GracefulWillow

Other beads and components:
Ivory elongated lucite beads with brass colored pattern
Seed beads
Vintaj brass fold over clasp
Brass findings
Strung on 49-strand beading wire

All my best,

Wednesday 23 March 2016

From Earlier Era's of the Earth

Long necklace
 Art beads:
Fossil large round focal bead - SLArtisanAccents, Stacie Louise Smith
Handmade drop linked soldered copper chain (oxidized) - ArtIncendi, 
Johana Nunez
Black and white Japanese paper tube bead - PassionForPaperBeads, Dee Rick

Other beads and components:
Emerald Impression Jasper rounds, 12 mm
Seed beads 6/0 and 11/0
Glass beads
Black swiveling lobster clasp
49 strand beading wire

Art bead:
Fossil shell like focal bead -  SLArtisanAccents, Stacie Louise Smith

Other beads and components:
Green flower glass beads (with picasso coat)
Brown three-cut seed beads (with picasso coat)
Dark grey waxed linen cording 4 ply
Dark rust waxed linen cording 4 ply
Black hook and eye clasp

All my best,
Malin de Koning

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Slide show

Updated slide show of some of my jewelry. I recommend a full screen view. Click the icon in the lower right corner.

Sunday 14 February 2016

Stacked Earrings Challenge #4

Hey it's time again. Stacked Earrings Challenge #5. Five beading buddies in three different countries (Sweden, United Kingdom and USA) sending each others a group of beads inspiring for making earrings, preferably in the stacked style. Make as many as you wish. Use at least three beads from the lot in each earring.

Here are the beads Rebecca Anderson sent us this time. What a lovely lot. So much colour. And many flowers. So very Rebecca. So inspiring!

I ended up making four pairs. But I do have a few more laid out as half ready ideas on my work table.

These are my own favourites of the ones I made. I've been wearing them several times. 

My daughter Arabella likes these ones best.

I'd say these one are most Rebbecca-esque of the ones I made. I mean I sense her presence in the beads and in the color scheme.

No there is nothing wrong with your screen, the waxed linen cord is of two different colours. It was a sort of deliberate mistake, since I made them over two different days, and day two I realized I'd run out of the darker color. But you know I like semi-assymetry … so I let it stay like that.


Every time we have our releases I love seeing what we all made with the same lot of beads. It is such an interesting test of and tribute to creativity. 

Check out:

Rebecca Anderson - Songbead

All my best,