These earrings are made with Labradorite gemstones that have an AB coating and I love how they reflect the light. To see more of these gemstones, visit Rock Candy Bead Studio. I made these earrings for the Bead Soup Blog Party this past September. To see what I made with my bead soup, click HERE.
I could see myself wearing these dramatic earrings with this...
Or even with this, if I wanted to be more casual.
I like how this blouse has the teardrop shape that is reflected in the earrings.
To see more of Kristy Abner's work or to contact her please visit her website.
To view these earrings on her website please click HERE.
This native North American White Pine is known as Pinus Strobus and is found from Newfoundland to Minnesota, Appalachia to the northing tip of Georgia. At one time the pine forests dominated the landscape. Due to extensive logging of these towering trees in the 18th and 19th century, only about 1% of the original trees remain in North America. This tree, which was prized by the British for its strength and straigtness, was shipped back to England for use as masts on their naval ships. Some Native American tribes used the inner bark as a sort of flour and ate the nuts inside the cones, and pine resin was used to seal baskets and boats and to make turpentine. But most notably, white pine trees are a favorite Christmas tree because it does not give off any aroma so it is best for those with allergies and the soft feathery pine needles are used in garlands and wreaths because they keep their needles long after being harvested.
I have been looking for a holiday sweater this is casual, comfortable and chic. I think I may have found one that would pair well with these earrings. I would see this with some skinny jeans, some tall brown boots and a squishy scarf. And some hot cocoa. ;-)
I have been inspired to make longer earrings lately. The demand is there for them, I never seem to have any left after a show. These are the newest ones, I am totally in love with the Etched pieces, they remind me of...
If you sell jewelry at markets I really encourage you to make one of your New Year's resolutions to create an amazing booth display. I just did a show where the booth designs were judged in a contest and seeing everyone step it up for their displays was inspiring and made this artist's market even more fun to shop.
Above is a simple earring display of wire and antiqued clothespins in a crate that is part of a complex and cohesive salvaged wood display from Urban Heirloom. You can see the entire display on the Hello Friend blog.
Think about your display not only in terms of clever display ideas, but pick displays that reflect the style of your jewelry. The artist above has a vintage inspired spin to her work, so her salvaged display reflects that she rescued vintage treasures in her jewelry.
A designer who creates modern jewelry could choose simple picture frames, ceramic bowls and plates in white or slate. Steel or copper displays would be a great backdrop for metal jewelry.
If your work is based on nature, use leaf plates and twiggy bird nests, woven baskets and ornate gilded and antiqued leaf frames. Or find some twigs from outdoors to use as part of your display.
Keep your colors neutral, play up different textures. Remember to vary the height of your display items for visual interest. Make or purchase a great banner for the back of your display to tie your booth together.
Scour the Internet for unique display ideas to spark your imagination and start coming up with a game plan for 2012.
Is there anything cuter than a little curled up sleeping fox? Probably not a whole heckofalot cuter than that. Foxes are everywhere these days in the Artisan world. I picked some of my favorites over on Pinterest as some of my inspiration for these sweet earrings. Handmade Sleeping Fox beads dangle below some interesting and colorful lampwork glass and brass discs. I used teal blue linen cording to string the beads. Rounded darkened bronze ear wires finish these nicely. You can find these in my etsy store.
When I spotted these wooden tile charms that my friend Janice (of JLynn Jewels) made, I knew I had to have them! I love the colors, love the birds, and love how they are wood burned for a gorgeous finish. You can see more of these tiles HERE. They are super lightweight too!
I could see myself wearing them with this ensemble...
Mmm..definitely craving a mocha latte now! A trip to Starbucks is in order, I'm thinking.
Although the season for honey bees has passed, I like this pair for it's earthy autumn color palette. The wire petals with tiny seed beads adds a nice frame for the bee and a fun visual element without adding weight to the design. See more inspired by nature designs on my blog, http://www.humblebeads.blogspot.com/.