Friday, June 14, 2019

Faces in hoops

Hi everyone, it feels like forever since I posted here.  I have some simple hoops to share today.  Simple in the sense that I have not added anything to the components.  They're pretty large - around 40mm across so I thought its best to leave them as they are.

I painted the faces in Verdigris, jade, pink, purple and orange. 

I then found some hoops to fit the faces and wrapped them together along with cup chain in complementary colours. 

Here they are - now listed on Etsy.  I hope you like them.  
See you soon <3


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Colors of the Elusive Kind

From my thesaurus:  

Elusive:  Ambiguous, fleeting, illusory, slippery, subtle, tricky, puzzling....

I really wanted to capture the colors of these earrings, made with beautiful hollow glass rounds by Beth Mellor (who also made the tiny, colorful glass rondelles) and ribbed and enameled copper charms by Cathleen Zaring.  Unfortunately, the colors of the earrings in my photos kept coming out darker than what my own eyes were seeing.

I photographed the above photo and the next photo below in diffused late-morning sunlight. 

In this lighting, it's really hard to tell that the round beads are hollow, which I'm sure is an effect of the light purple color of the glass and the additional color applied at the "equator" of the beads.  

This last photo was taken in full morning sun, which of course makes the hollow beads a bit more obvious...but the colors are still darker than they are in the hand, and what registers on my monitor as blue in the charms is actually a medium-value periwinkle to my eyes.  

At any rate, they're definitely pretty earrings.  😊 I'll be listing a lot of pretties at Two Trees Studio over the weekend (I'm so far behind that it's almost laughable).  As well, excuse the lateness of this's almost Friday by now, isn't it?  All my best to you!  💗


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Moons of Jupiter

At the end of last week a friend shared a Facebook post about the four largest moons of Jupiter, which could be seen this week in the night sky much more easily than normal - for some, with the naked eye, for others with binoculars.

I got all fired up with ideas for earrings, and spent the weekend dreaming up designs to represent the moons; called the Galilean group, because they were discovered by Galileo. Europa and Io were easy, as I had a large stash of silverleaf and picture jasper - earthy and rocky.
Callisto and Ganymede though, proved somewhat more difficult as I could see those sparkly bits quite clearly, and no natural stones quite hit the mark. Cue some fabulous ceramic pieces from Natalie Fletcher-Jones of Peruzi. I originally bought them because they reminded me of Van Gogh's painting Starry Night, so they were more than apt for Callisto and Ganymede. 

The brighter pair of drops I matched with black hand cut tourmaline and picture jasper. Black copper earwires and twiddlers are by Lucy Haslam.

The softer coloured pair of rings I attached to some of Lucy's 'punkies' - hand formed copper soldered with silver bits, wired with milky swarowski crystals and topped with beautiful kyanite.

Have any of you managed to spot the moons yet?   
See you in two weeks
Lindsay x

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Colours of a Rainbow

I have one new pair of earrings to show you all today as I was busy all week preparing for a components show at the weekend. I felt like making a very bright pair and came across these beautiful glass feather components by Bea Stoertz. Then, looking through my colourful lampwork collection to find the perfect beads, these by Régis Teixera screamed out at me. I just added a few extra touches with the bead caps and spacer beads, a bit crazy I know but a perfect combo I think. What do you think? 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They will be available in my FB show later this week and this is the link to my group - Nicola Morse Jewellery & Components.

Friday, June 7, 2019

We're All Ears :: June Inspiration :: Storms

There have been a lot of strong storms around the country. Thunder bolts and lightning. Very, very frightening, indeed! But also winds and tornadoes and rain and even hail. I hope that wherever you are, there is not the threat of dangerous weather, or the aftereffects, and I hope that the raindrops are scattered but just enough to make the world bloom where you are.

When I think of storms I think of the kind where I can hear the rain on my roof. I love that. I am a cloud lover as well, and clouds are a necessary part of rain. There is magic in those fluffy water droplets all banding together, looking quite like a pillow or an explosion of cotton candy. Of course, I know that some clouds can be harbingers of danger and harm, like lightning and tornadoes. But despite that, I do believe that weather is fascinating and part of what makes this planet pretty special.

So for June we can be inspired by all that weather has to offer: storm clouds, lightning, raindrops, rivulets on the window, umbrellas, puddle jumping, and of course, rainbows. I hope that there is more sunshine than rain where you are, but if you are caught up in the storms that life brings, I hope that you can walk hand in hand with those you love and weather the storms together!

See you on June 21st. I'll bring my umbrella!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Glass and ceramic

Hello earring friends,

Nicola Morse had a de-stash a couple of weeks ago and I was able to BIN these amazing lampwork glass beads before anyone else did. They were made by Michelle Johnston, and are in a wonderful purple and fuchsia. 

I paired them with dark gray ceramic drops which were in my recent order of ceramic gorgeousness from Petra Carpreau, some spacer lampwork glass beads from Lonely Beads, Swarovski crystal and handmade earrings from Lucy Haslam.
Hope you like them.

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. 

See you in two weeks.
Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of love, sunshine and laughter. And of course a wonderful Pentecost.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tribal Fringe

Helloooo Bead Peeps!  This is a short but sweet posting today as I'm off to Bead & Button in Milwaukee, WI this morning!

True confession:  I have forgotten who made these lovely tribal ceramic connectors so If anyone can identify them, please let me know!  I've paired them with some wonderful African glass, wrapped sari silk and some vintage golden beads.

I made the fringe by recycling some scrap gold plated parts.  Originally, I was going to hang them from jump-rings but, I really wanted them splayed apart so I messy wrapped them directly to the wire connector to achieve that effect.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  Hoping to find some unusual goodies at B&B this week!  I'm also on the hunt for new tools.  Most importantly, I'm looking forward to seeing my beady tribe!

Loralee xo