Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ashes and Embers

Ashes and Embers Earrings

Imagine a volcano erupting with super heated magma and gases in red, orange, pink and yellow spewing into the air, and hot lava flowing down the side of the mountain. Flakes of volcanic ash falling from the sky like withered rain drops. The lava cools gradually to a dark charcoal gray and black stony crust.

The embers and ashes of the volcanic lava are the inspiration for my rustic stacked earring design. Beginning with textured drops, from Natalie McKenna of Grubbi Ceramics on Etsy, in bright pink orange and red, with shadows of black. Slivers of glowing red Greek ceramic and warm pink Indonesian glass complement the colors of the ceramic drops.

Ashy gray brown recycled glass with a matte finish like volcanic ash give a little contrast to the composition. The dark shadows of the ceramic drops capture the cooled black lava. Add a few accents of copper, and wrapping with darkened copper wire, with my own handmade ear wires and there you go, Ashes and Embers.

Gloria Ewing

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  1. Those drops are amazing and you put the exact right Glass beads and all the other goodies with them. Love these!

    1. Thank you, Kristi! Sometimes it takes months to think up the right combo, other times it just happens.

  2. Love these. Great design, wonderful combination of beads. It has a tribal feel to it.

    1. Thank you, Janine! I love working with beads from Natalie McKenna.