Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring & Good Fortune

Spring is upon us and I'm enthralled in the color of green!  Until just two days ago I had planned a completely different post using grey metal tones. Those earrings will have to wait as it is the very first day of Spring! Green, hooray!

 I found these little vintage fortune cookies awhile back but really didn't have a vision for them.  I loved their size and shape but like so many bits in my studio, they sat patiently waiting for inspiration to strike!

Originally there were no holes so I pounded down the tips of the copper cookies. They flattened beautifully (don't ya just love copper that way) and punched holes at the tops.

A couple of weeks ago I happened upon a component show hosted by Sue-Lin Tarnowski on Facebook.  She posted these pretty tin pieces with delicate Chinese characters at the top.  I asked her if there was a backstory to them, she wrote and said that the tin was vintage, and found in an antique store in a small ranching and organic producer town in Cawston, British Columbia.  She told me she travels frequently for work and seeks out antique and second-hand stores that cross her path.  I've attached a link to her name if you'd like to check out her next show.

The tin pieces although vintage were very new looking in comparison to the aged cooper cookies. So, I used a texturing hammer and added some bronzy alcohol ink to give it a little bit of a framed border.  I think it's a more cohesive look now.

It's such a pleasure to share designs with you all - thank you for stopping by!  I'll be back in April!

Loralee XO

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

I’ve gone girly !

Morning you lovely people I’m running a little late today as my little mum is off out for lunch with my daughter,she’s 95yrs old but still wants to look nice so I’ve been helping her choose an outfit .

I’ve gone girly

I love making pretty little earrings I just wish I could wear them myself ! But when you are 5’9” of red headed wildness and not a small person , little girly earrings are a bit like a pea on a drum as my mum says lol. 

Anyhoo I found these gorgeous ceramic components from BoHulley which just say spring/summer to me they are so pretty and delicate, I’ve wrapped sterling silver chain and wire with stunning tanzanite rondelles around the neck,with just one cloud grey organic pearl to accent the lilac of Bo’s pieces and hung them from my own sterling silver “ bobbles earwires”.

Flirty and fresh these would be lovely with a pretty dress or even dressing up your jeans.

Love and hugs from Lucy at Faerystone 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Siren red

Hello Earring Lovers!

I have been making quite a few pairs of earrings for a showcase at the end of this month over in Facebook Land. I particularly enjoyed making this pair.

The starting point was a pair of delicious enamelled 'tinnies' by Kimberly Rogers of Numinosity. I love everything about these! The shape. The colour (that siren red!). The texture. They remind me a little of a Rothko painting -dense colour and lots to see the more you look.
I wanted to accentuate the angle of the charms with some oxidised brass. I like the way they make the tinnies background, rather than foregroud. Some pretty contrasting czech glass and a little oxidised brass hoop to add to the clean lines, and voila! 

Hope you like them. There'll be in my showcase over on The Earrings Show on the 29th March (Facebook). See you next month :-)


Friday, March 15, 2019

We're All Ears ::March :: Leaping Greenly!

This is going to be short and sweet. I didn't get started on my greens until after my daughter left for her spring break trip to Florida. I am so jealous that she is soon to see grass and palm trees and flowers and sand and water. We are in a funk of dirty grey snow as far as the eye can see. So this month's challenge is all about hope for me, Hope that spring will be just around the corner!

So earlier tonight (it is just about 1 am as I am typing this), I pulled together all the green art beads I could find. I didn't have as many art beads in green as I had hoped, but I found a few.

I wanted to make three pairs, but I ran into a snag with one pair and had to abandon it to save my sanity. I ended up with just two pairs this time.

This first pair has some lovely ceramic headpins from Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Designs in a juicy crisp apple green. I found these bead frames that are sort of off-center and added some rizo beads in a great garnet shade of red with an iridescent finish. They remind me of seeds in a pod. Seeds are fascinating because of all the potential that is within waiting to burst into life.

For these I wanted to use the tablet glass beads from Sue Kennedy of SueBeads. They have a larger hole, so it was a struggle to get them to not wobble. I solved that by putting a bugle bead inside. They still spin a bit, but they don't wobble anymore! I stacked them on top of these nice heavy brass triangle bead frames and thought a pop of color would liven these up, so I found these pink coral beads, a bit of bling with the rhinestone rondelles and then some ceramic beads in classic blue-white combo. At the top I threaded some African tribal brass tubes for some texture. These feel like they are begging for a sun dress and a walk on a beach!

Your turn! Let's see what you made to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day (March 17!) plus the return of Spring (March 20!). It is returning...right?!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Glorious Geometrics

Hi, everyone!  The first thing I'd like to say about these earrings is that I really loved making them...even if they were time-consuming.  😉

As a chainmailler, obviously I like working with metal, but as a woman who for years transcribed the (sometimes unintelligible) dictation of doctors, I now find myself with arthritic thumbs that aren't up to heavy-duty metal work anymore.  These days, the idea of making chainmaille in stainless steel--famously hard to work with--is a little scary at best.

But I really enjoy working with wire that's easily manipulable, and with chainmaille rings in softer metals.  So every now and then, rather than pair beads with beautiful components like these (made by Marlene Kazor Quigley of MarKazo Art), I create something out of wire instead.

In this case, I made circles out of several wraps of copper wire, antiqued and tumbled them, and wired onto them tiny beads in colors that bring out the vivid hues of Marlene's enameled copper triangles.  I even wrapped some little beads to the ear wires.

I always did like geometry.  💗

Thanks so much for reading!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sunshine, Showers and The Tempest

It's been an odd sort of week, weatherwise. At the beginning of last week we were out on our bikes in warm sunshine; by weekend, it was back to rain, sleet and hailstones. Tonight we have a mini storm, and there will be some fences down by morning - hopefully, not ours as we had to replace them all at a similar time a couple of years ago. So this weeks earrings represent the weather - sunshine yellow, rainy blue and stormy soldered silver.    
The beads are, of course, Basha Beads; nothing quite like them for magical depth of colour, with gold, blue, and aqua all vying for attention. The headpins are Lucy Haslam's 'punkies'; copper, soldered with bits of recycled silver - here I bent them sideways, to form an interesting shape, and from them dangle vintage oxidised silver chain and swarowski crystals.

So there you have it - this weeks weather, condensed into a pair of earrings! In my Etsy shop now.

 See you in a couple of weeks, by which time, we will have hit Spring. Hope all is well in your world!

                                                                          Lindsay x

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Midnight Sky

I had fun making today's earrings. I've had the blue sparkly beads for many years, but never found the right thing to pair them with, till now.  The red and silver flower beads are a new acquisition and they were just what I needed.
 The midnight blue glass beads are from Vienna - known worldwide for it's long history of making outstanding glass. What appears as tiny white flecks in the photos, is actually a glittering, metallic material in the glass, called aventurine. Whether in daylight or candlelight, these Viennese glass beads shine and sparkle! 
Legend has it that aventurine glass was invented by accident when a Viennese glass artist spilled copper filings into a batch of molten glass. The glass that resulted from that happy mistake was named aventurine.  "A ventura" is Italian for by chance. The deep blue of the beads reminds me of the night sky, strewn with hundreds of twinkling stars.

The blue beads are topped by bright red flowers that are accented by a metallic, silver wash that adds to the shimmer from the Viennese glass. Silver metal spacers are nestled on both ends of the blue glass beads. The Night Sky Earrings are available in my shop.