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,