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Monday, April 20, 2015

Riley's Day Earrings

Yesterday was my grandson, Riley's 5th birthday party!  Riley, his dad (our son) and Riley's mom live in the eastern part of Washington State, while we live in the western part. The Cascade Mountain Range divides our state.  On the west side, where we live, the climate is temperate and it rains a lot in the fall and winter.  On the eastern side it is arid, with a steppe-like geography.  It is very hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

So although we just live 4 hours away from one another, it was much warmer there yesterday, and there were many more flowers than on our side of the mountains.  It was a delight to drive around and see pink and white dogwoods, huge lilac bushes, tulips and fruit trees in bloom.  If you know me, then you know that I love flowers and that they are endlessly inspiring to me.
The lilacs were especially inspiring.  They smell so heavenly. So when I reached for these copper components by Kristi Bowman, the lilac color really called to me.  I highlighted that color with connectors I fashioned out of purple WoolyWire and silver-lined green pony beads.  I'm so pleased with these, because they fill me with all the joy of a sunny, flower-filled spring day.


Friday, April 17, 2015

We're All Ears :: April Reveal

Wasn't this the most fascinating architectural wonders? I hope that one day I get to travel to Spain to view the The City of Arts and Sciences complex. Just the buildings alone would be awe-inspiring, must less to see what is housed in these wonders! My first instinct was to give you one structure for the inspiration. But I really had a hard time choosing! So I gave them all to you!


The one that I was most drawn to is the Hemispheric. This structure looks like a glowing eyeball with the retractable lid and the reflecting pool.

I knew right away that I wanted to play with that shape. And what better way than to use a herringbone wire wrap. I tried using multiple colors of wire so it sort of had a peacock feather effect, but I only had 20 gauge wire, and it became too thick to work with (I needed to use something like 24 gauge). So I scaled it back and just used one color, this peridot green that brought out the color in these mystery beads. I have no idea what they are. They are sort of a milky white with tiny facets all over and peeking through the stone are these translucent dots of green. [If you know what it is, please give a shout out in the comments!]


I simply added a little green briolette to the bottom and finished with gold filled ear wires. I could see making them in all sorts of colors, and I found a lot of beads of similar size that I might test that out that idea.



The second pair of earrings I managed to make are vastly different. I was inspired by the Umbracle gateway with the steel wire arches and the El Museo de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe that was built to resemble a whale skeleton. Even the L'Oceanogràfic has this same arched whale shape!


I sketched out a design for wishbone shaped pieces of dark annealed steel wire. I simply wrapped the 18 gauge wire to make a sort of spring and then flattened the ends to finish them. For the ear wires, I used a 19 gauge wire to mimic the shape as if it were the spine of the beast.



They are super light weight and an interesting shape. I might experiment with adding more bone shapes, or beads in between. A larger one would make a really cool pendant. Maybe these miniature whale wish bones (is that an oxymoron?) will bring me three times the luck!


So...which architectural marvel were you most inspired by? Can't wait to see what you did with this month's We're All Ears inspiration!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sputnik II

Sputnik II

I have this thing for bumpy beads (as you may have noticed!) and these from HavanaBeads are no exception!!

Sputnik II

I've had a bunch of Copper headpins hanging around that I really should list, so I grabbed a pair and they were such a great match for these cool beads.

These earrings are available HERE.


Kristi

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ubiquitous Retro Minty Green

Isn't it odd how some colors go through trendy ups and downs? Some colors are classic and are always in style - denim blue, bold red, chic black. And then there are other more ubiquitous colors, like burnt orange, pastel pink, and neons (of any kind). Who is it that actually decides what color is going to be "hot" this year, anyways? 

I've noticed the past year or two that pale mint green---you know, the color of your grandma's refrigerator, telephone, and/or toilet back in the day---has been experiencing a real resurgence. I can't say I'm completely nuts about it. I'm just not really a pastel kind of gal to begin with. 

BUT...

It is spring, and we just had Easter, and the tender leaves are all budding on the trees, so that got me in a bit of a softer mood. So I decided to finally use these wee raw chrysocolla drusy drops that I've been holding on to forever. I gave them some messy primitive beads caps with globby solder and hung them beneath stacks of precious bits: antique wood beads, crusty metal spacers, and powdery shimmery ancient glass beads. They make a perfectly light sweet dangley slim set for these springy months - or any month, really.

Hope you're all enjoying spring this year...even if it is a little late :)

Happy Wednesday!

Nikki
LoveRoot on Etsy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Northern Lights Sky

Northern Lights Earrings
Northern Lights Earrings. 
Fused, fine silver hoops with chunky Aquamarine stones
& Handmade ceramic beads by 
Cindy's Art & Soul
 
http://weather.about.com/od/wxandsociety/ss/10-Weird-Atmospheric-Phenomena-Thatll-Spook-You_7.htm
Northern Lights
earrings and matching necklace are
available at Art & Soul Jewelry
http://www.artandsouljewelry.com/


Monday, April 13, 2015

Radiate!

Over the past few months, I've renewed with something I used to do when I was little.... 
watercolor paintings :)

I've done some oil paintings (just a few) in the past, and various types of crafts where I'd paint wood with acrylic paints, etc.... but maybe it's the tie-dye hippie in my soul, 
I've always been so incredibly attracted to the cool effects of watercolor paints.

So today, I though I'd share one of my recent paintings with you,
and how it inspired me to create the earrings that I'm showcasing here.

See The Light Watercolor Painting by Nathalie Lesage
"See The Light" watercolor painting by Nathalie Lesage
This is a rather bold 'in your face' kind of sun, with stormy and happy colors in the sky. It was meant that way. This is a more raw, 'primal' painting, because the message that I wanted to spread in the world is very basic, but powerful:

The energy that you "radiate' out into the world comes from the core of your soul.
MAKE IT STRONG, BRIGHT, AND POSITIVE...
ENERGIZE EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU.

If you feel that your energy is lacking, weak, or negative, etc. Make time for yourself...
Rest, meditate, do some basic yoga, stretch, take some quiet time, breathe.

 My painting inspired me to create this earrings design:

Radiate Earrings by Nathalie Lesage Jewelry
Radiate Earrings by Nathalie Lesage Jewelry
The energy of life in the circles, the 'rays' of sunshine in the hemp cords where I've tied tiny bright yellow glass beads, the stormy and happy colors of the sky in the center smaller flat discs. 
Energy, positive and negative,
can be channeled and be put to work in a very uplifting way.

These cool frosted (etched) artisan lampwork glass discs come from Two Sisters Designs on Etsy.
Simple wrap of Sterling Silver, knotted hemp cords and suspended on Titanium Ear Wires.
Very light and, dare I say it... radiant? ;)
You can find these earrings HERE on my website.

It's your turn... go forth... and...  RADIATE!! :)
Have a beautiful day!
Nathalie Lesage ~ Jewelry Artist & Creative Soul


Friday, April 10, 2015

And then there were two...

Well, I think it was on my last post that I mentioned that I had recently adopted a puppy...well, he really needed a brother so....now there are two. We adopted Rocky on April 4th and he and Rudy are only a week apart (both will be 4 months soon). They are getting along fabulously!
So why am I writing about puppies when this is clearly an earring blog you ask? Well, these two are the reason why I haven't made any earrings (or anything else for that matter!) for quite some time. So, I am going to do a "Flashback Friday" and share a pic of my "Sun Ray Drops" which (sadly) are still available in my shop.
I cut these teardrop shapes out of copper sheet and etched them by drawing with a sharpie. I love the teardrop headpins by Bubby & McGurk Beads. Hmm, since they haven't sold maybe it's a sign that I should keep them for myself? ;)

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

Kristy Abner