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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Discs

Hello earring friends, happy August 15.
At the moment we are actually on holiday. A proper holiday YAY. We are staying in a small mountain cabin, an hour drive away from the massive tourism on the campsite, where we normally live. And I brought my beads with me. Well, part of my stash, as there couldn't fit more in the car LOL. So basically I have created my own bead retreat. And I am so happy to finally have time to play with my beads for a complete day. A complete week.  Better still: two weeks.....
Most people we encounter think we are always on holiday, living partly in Greece and partly in the Netherlands. I wish this was true. Yep, we are living in a "holiday" country, in a camper on a campsite. But we both have a daytime job as well.

In the stash I brought with me I am rediscovering all the treasures I have been hoarding for quite some time. Having remade the disc earrings two weeks ago I came across a complete treasure trove of disc (and other) beads made by Debbie Sanders. I so admire and love her beads and craftsmanship. And what do you know... they go perfect with the gorgeous polymer clay beads made by Cindy Hinds.
What do you think?



These will be available in my coming Jewelry show on Saturday on Facebook.
Thank you so much for looking and your support for Earrings Everyday :)
You know I love to read your comments, so don't be shy and leave some words. And do check out the other posts of my friends here. Share the love.

See you in two weeks.
Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of laughter, joy and lots of love.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

My Generation


From 15th to 18th August 1969, 400,000 music fans descended on a farmers field in Woodstock, New York, for three days of peace, love and music. Probably the most influential music festival ever held, it became legendary. I'm of that generation - in 1969 I was 18, just left sixth form after my A Levels, about to get engaged and life was magic, with music playing a huge part of it. Many of the bands playing were favourites - The Who, Jimi Hendrix (I'd seen him on tour in the UK a couple of years before, lying flat on the stage, playing his guitar behind his back !) Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin - the list goes on.
This weeks earrings remind me of a 60's fad that I still love - tie dye. We dyed everything that stood still long enough - t shirts, skirts, shoes, you name it.  And of course, Jon Burgess components are recycled electronic bits with polymer clay - we recycled or re-used pretty much everything in those pre-plastic days. Anyone else make hippie necklaces from dried melon seeds? 
The beautiful mismatched lampwork in greens and blues is by Joanne Joyce, with African turquoise and raw rubies. I've played around with wiring them upside down.


 
 
 
 

 
A fun pair of earrings. Were you lucky enough to be at Woodstock? If so, share your memories with us!
These will be on sale in our Woodstock 50 show over on Facebook this weekend in The Very Nice Group - come and join in the nostalgia. 
 
Lindsay x
 
 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Jeepers Peepers!

"Oh, jeepers creepers, where'd ya get those peepers?Jeepers creepers, where'd ya get those eyes?

Oh, gosh all, git up, how'd they get so lit up?Gosh all, git up, how'd they get that size?"

Song by Louis Daniel Armstrong



Sweet little ceramic retro doll faces by Donna Perlinplim.  I especially love these pieces because they are made thin and very lightweight. 


I added stunning faceted, vintage blue glass beads. They really bring out her eyes!


I also added some highly oxidized spacers that look like the spikes on some Jacks! 


I ran across a photo of my kitty Pepper and I from a long while ago goofing around in the studio with a big eye app.  Pepper's eyes were big enough naturally that he really didn't even need it! lol  

Thank you for joining me today and checking out my worktable!  Hope you enjoyed it!  See you in a couple of weeks :)



Loralee and Pepper, with the Peepers! xo

Monday, August 5, 2019

Summer Swing!

Hello!

Some very summery earrings for you today. The little polymer clay charms (so sorry to not remember the artist) started off life as part of another pair of earrings. But  I was never quite sure of them, so they sat in my box of half finished things (it's a big box). But something drew me to them again. Probably the colours. And the fact that I had some very pretty purple beaded beads by Sarah of Beadecked by Beads. They were a perfect match!

 And both components have beautiful textures as well as colours.
The little beaded beads sit on some simple copper headpins and the earrings have a certain amount of swing to them.



They'll be available in my showcase over on The Earrings Show in Facebook Land on 23rd August.

See you in a couple of weeks and thanks for visiting :-)

Sue x
Utterly Lovely Stuff

Colours of a Peacock

Hi, it's raining here today but still quite warm, I hope the weather is ok with you, if not here are some colourful earrings to hopefully add a bit of cheer to your day.



Whilst going through my stash of copper components I came across these beautiful copper painted wings with resin  by Kristi Bowman-Gruel. The colours are fabulous and remind me of those in a peacock's feathers.





Then I begun my search for beads with the same lovely colours and iridescence, once found I played about with different combinations adding some copper beadcaps also and came up with these, I hope you like them. The lampwork birds are by Kateřina Sojková and the beaded beads are by Louise Goodchild. I have included Czech glass beads and copper ear wires.

Thank you for taking a look, these earrings will be available in my FB group later today,
Nicola Morse - Jewellery & components

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Evolution

Hi lovely earrings lovers,
How are you all doing? Any holiday plans? We will go to a tiny house in the mountains this month. It is just a 45 minutes drive from the campsite where we live but it makes a huge difference. Cooler and most of all.....quiet.The campsite is always extremely busy during the month of August. I will take a large portion of my beads with me, so it will be a sort of bead retreat for me :)
Ok, what do I have to show you today? Evolution of an earring pair. Well, that's what I like to think, I hope you feel the same when you see this.
When a piece of jewelry doesn't sell (or I don't like it) I take it apart and create something new with the components. That's what I did with these glass discs made by Debbi Sanders.
This is the first attempt, back in 2015(!):


Combined with lampwork glass head pins from Linda Newnham and vintage lucite.
My second attempt from 2018:


The design was getting better, but I still wasn't too happy about it.
So I took these apart last May and made my last design: 


Combined with lampwork glass beads from Lesley McIver, Czech glass and ear wires made by Lucy Haslam. And I am totally happy with these. You know, when you are in "the zone", the pieces seem to design themselves. That's what happened here. What do you think? You prefer the last design or rather one of the previous ones?
Thank you so much for looking and your support for Earrings Everyday :)
And you know I love to read your comments, so don't be shy and leave some words. And do check out the other posts of my friends here. Share the love.

See you in two weeks.
Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of laughter, evolution big or small and lots of love.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Bold

and beautiful?!

I went for big for today's post.  I rescued these lampwork flowers (Yuliana Goldin-Dunn)
from a previous pair and attached them to brass flower blanks. I'd already punched some holes on the blanks as I wanted to hang stuff from them....but I had no idea what.  I'm sure I'm not the only one that designs half of an earring with absolutely no clue about what to do with the other half!



So top half done including the 2 teeny butterfly charms hanging on either side.  My mind went completely blank after that.  I tried hanging so many different charms to no avail.  The truth is I was feeling lazy...I wanted to just find the perfect charms to attach with jump rings, easy peasy - but it wasn't happening.  I knew I needed to make something.  I gave up in the end and went for these brass oval frames which I wire wrapped (the number of times I nodded off during wrapping......just coz I didn't want to do it) with blue and orange cup chain to match the lampwork.  


All matched up now and I think they look good.  If you like them, they will be available for purchase in my next FB show - on Monday in The Earrings Show group.  Hope you can stop by. 

Suhana <3

My Etsy shop: Suhana Hart Jewellery