Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jewelry in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Spring 2016

I'm incredibly honored (and surprised!) that I have two pieces in the spring 2016 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. I've always looked at Stampington magazines as the pinnacle of "it" and for years and years had hoped to one day be good enough to be in one of their publications. I've been in both a Belle Armoire Jewelry and a Jewelry Affaire magazine, but I have to tell you, the thrill never goes away.

These are not new pieces. They're new to any magazine, but not new to me. I haven't made anything in over a year. The owl necklace is in my personal jewelry box, and the nautilus shell and turquoise necklace, well, I haven't decided what to do with that one yet.

First, the Hearts of Atlantis necklace.

I remember when I bought that ammonite. I was at a bead show with a friend and wandered into a booth full of odd things -- coins, shells, Tibetan bells -- you get the idea. In a tray were these lovely nautilus-like fossils. There were about fifteen, some with a turquoise inlay and some with a pearl inlay. Zack loves fossils and I wanted to buy one for him and one for me, so I snapped a picture and texted it to my husband. In no time I got a "BING" and learned Zack wanted the pearl. I had looked through the entire tray for one of each with just the right coloring on the fossil, so happily took them home.

The necklace includes amazing pumpkin-carved turquoise beads gifted to me from a friend, a Lori Lochner lampwork bead, and wire circle of the tiniest metal beads I've ever seen that I made myself, and a sturdy but pretty bronze clasp I made myself. I also created the bail so from the side it had a little architecture.

If anyone is interested in this one, it's $152 due to the cost of materials and the time it took to make. Email me if you would like it.

The second necklace is from my jewelry box and I made it to go with a heather blue tunic. I never thought the red would work with it, but it really looks amazing (if I do say so myself, which I guess I just did!).  

This is a long necklace with a seemingly random placement of beads, but it took me forever to really get the balance correct. I made the first beads above the bronze owl by Lesley Watt match. After that, it was a free-for-all. I used square Greek ceramic spacers, bronze flower spacers, and large wavy spacers. I kept the spacer selection small since I had an abundance of patterns and colors in the lampwork beads. I had an old Tibetan bead I'd bought ages ago at the Bead and Button show and I constantly was fiddling with its placement -- I didn't want it to be stuck behind my neck or hidden in my hair. I broke up the lampwork with three antiqued bronze beads I'd been hoarding and a diamond-shaped hammered piece I took off an old belt.

I made this necklace specifically for this tunic.

The magazine goes on sale March 1st at most large bookstores, or you can order it here or never miss an issue (four a year) and subscribe here.

It's nice to have a reminder that this is what I used to do almost every single day. After a huge destash in the near-ish future, I hope to get back to it, and (crossing my fingers), have my sights set on a show in October. 

Thanks for reading!


  1. They are both beautiful. And I did a little squee when I read "I hope to get back to it"!!!!

  2. Beautiful, beautiful work. I'm so proud of you! I hope you will find your way back to your creative voice, at the time that's right for you. X

  3. Your designs are beautiful and OOAK, Lori! Go for the show!

  4. Your jewelry is undeniably "you". And always so beautiful! I am blessed to have a few your creations! The photography is always top notch! Congratulations on being published yet again!

  5. Congrats on the publication, both necklaces look lovely

  6. Both necklaces are beyond stunning and made extremely well so I'm not surprised in the lease that the magazine accepted both of them :) Of course Owls are my favorite animal so I'd have to say that's my favorite but both are equally beautiful! Congratulations on this exciting opportunity Lori! :)

  7. Double Congratulations on being published once again in the pinnacle of publications. Your eye for detail and artistic movement in your jewelry pieces is extraordinary. Both of these necklaces are stunning works of HeART. Embracing Creative Bliss...

  8. I always love to see your work. That owl is so cute, I can hardly stand it. You did a fantastic job on the ammonite too. I know I've seen them both before but it's nice to see them again and published.

  9. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.....
    <3 <3 <3

  10. Congratulations Lori. It is awesome that you got in Belle Armoire again. Your designs are wonderful and you are right that necklace looks great with your tunic. I am so glad to hear that you have a show planned again.

  11. Beautiful Pieces, Congratulations, I love that magazine.

  12. wooow.. awesome work done. your jewellery is just too gud. i will give you FIVE STARS

  13. ¡Me encanta este collar, Lori!
    ¡Precioso! :)

  14. Hi Lori ... I'm a new admirer of your beautiful jewelry designs. Congrats on being published, a well deserved accomplishment. Being one with chronic illnesses that impacts my life, effecting my ability to design jewelry & it did so significantly for a few years; you are truly an inspiration. I'm thrilled to say, within this past year, I've started working again with my Beads and Jewelry Designing. Thanks for sharing both of your journey's. Being an advocate isn't as glamorous as being a jewelry designer; but it's so important and as beautiful in my eyes. I wish you continued success and many more publications!! You're a wonderfully talented artisan.

    1. Thank you! And you're right. Being an activist is tough. You lose some friends, but gain others. I feel it's worth it. No one should be afraid to say how they really feel.

  15. Beutiful designs.


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