***A friend pointed out that I had not introduced myself. I apologize. My name is Norbel Marolla. I have a shop on Etsy named "She Flies Again". I was recently asked to join the Earrings Everyday blog as a regular contributor. One of the members is leaving, but I better leave that to them.
There are very few things on the planet I love as much as I do designing and creating jewelry. To me it is akin to meditating. At no other time is my mind so completely removed from thoughts or worries. It's simply wonderful. :)
So here is my inspiration!
I found these very cool vintage, fully rusted, tin tiles. I put them out on my table and just let them be for a few days. Still not knowing what I intended to do, I started to cut one of them into smaller pieces and decided to focus on two of the flowers. Earlier, I had flipped over the tile and applied JAX green patina to a small area on the back, just to see what would happen. Who knew!! that what I would get is this awesome rusty yellow patina. (photo below) I certainly didn't anticipate that but was pretty excited about these little flowers now
|Tin, Copper & Lampwork Earrings|
I needed some stability for the thin tin; hence the copper circles. Curling up the edges was something I tried, looking for interest and dimension; I liked it.
The small glass bead on the front is strung on waxed Irish linen and put through holes I made in both pieces. I've also done this recently on the connecting holes in between elements. It makes the hole disappear. :) A fun little detail.
So oxidizing, buffing, oxidize a little more, a little more JAX, etc. and those elements are done. Up top hand-crafted lampwork glass beads that I absolutely love by Terry Turner of Silverfish Designs. I knew I wanted to use green turquoise beads and liked the contrast in the lampwork. The others are Czech glass. All simply wrapped with oxidized copper, hung from black Niobium ear wires. These earrings are a jumping off point. I could have gone in so many different directions. Lots of dangles on linen, punched holes along the outside of the copper, so many things. I kept them pretty simple; I was out of time. :)
Ya know, I think you all can relate to this: These earrings are a product of "playing". There are times I have the components in mind I want to work with, but I need to remind myself to "play". That is when I enjoy it the most, and often the best pieces come of it. I simply pull things out, LOTS of things, keeping my eyes open for that little something that looks just right that day; put things back, take out more, spread them out, put them in piles; you know what I mean, don't you? For me it's the funnest part of designing jewelry. I have a tendency to get caught up in "the shop" and all that goes with it, and I allow myself to forget WHY I starting doing this. The peace and joy of the process is something I really need!
These earrings were fun to make. I love what I do, and I'm happy to be able to share them and some of my process with you. Enjoy the day! I'll be back the 3rd Tuesday of the month, December 15th.