Friday, February 19, 2016

We're All Ears :: February Reveal

As soon as I saw this statue, I knew that I needed to use brass or bronze for the metal.

I had to hit up my local hometown hardware store for some other items when I took a detour down the copper and brass fittings aisle. I love the myriad of tiny little drawers with diagrams of the metal bits within. In this particular aisle, the drawer wall was so very tall that a rolling ladder stood at the ready nearby. I climbed up gingerly when a sketch caught my eye for a compression nut. I liked the wide opening at the bottom and the smaller hole at the top along with the hexagon shape reminiscent of the dais on which the Buddha was standing.

The wavy lines of the Buddha's robes captivated me. I had an idea that I wanted to do something with a tassel shape and the compression nut would make a great cap. But instead of soft threads or fibers, I used a brass wire in 16 gauge. How to make a hard material appear soft? After filing the edges I used a pliers to make gentle waves in the wire. Flattened, then used a texture hammer provided some lines. They give a gentle wiggle when the earrings are moved.

To bring the teal bloom of the time-worn patina, I used some Vintaj metal patina paint in Onyx, Aged Bronze, Moss and Verdigris. Wiped off and sanded, this gives the perfect appearance of age.

At the top are some polymer clay disk beads from Humblebeads in teal with tiny blooms reminiscent of the flowers carved on the hand of the Buddha. The face of Buddha is so tranquil, serene. So these are called Tranquil Waves.

But I can never stop at just one pair. ;-)

I made a second pair inspired by the flame rising from the top of the Buddha's head and the swirl bindi on this forehead. I remembered that I had some vintage NOS (new old stock) hammered brass disk post earrings. These paired with the inverted flame-shaped dangles and some perfectly swirled silver plated beads. To make the different metals and shapes compatible, I used the same Vintaj patinas. The flame on the top of Buddha's head is referred to as The Flame of Enlightenment. Simple name for simple earrings.

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  1. I love that you found the perfect components for your first earring pair at the hardware store. Those little bins fascinate me too. The Vintaj paints made the perfect aged effect on your wavy wire tassels. The shapes and colors in both pairs are beautiful representations of elements on the inspiration.Gorgeous earrings, as usual.
    I can't seem to get the linkup to work for adding my post. I'll check back after work today to see if I can figure it out.

  2. I had a good chuckle at the thought of you clinging to a ladder when inspiration struck!! I love your ancient artifact earrings using modern materials, I would never have the imagination to come up with that but you have inspired me to try out more of those patinas...xx

  3. Beautiful Erin! Love the big bronze disks! Are those posts? Really great rustic look and still very captivating and pretty!

  4. You are always so thoughtful and creative with what you come up with for these challenges! I love both pairs, but I'm really amazed with what you did with the brass wire in the Tranquil Waves pair.

  5. Erin, you never cease to amaze me. The places you find inspiration, the way you translate your inspiration into gorgeous jewelry, just amazing. Both designs are beautiful, as always.

  6. Both pair of earrings are great, but the first are my favorite. I love seeing how people can use things other than how they are intended like your hardware store find, and the wavy dangles are real beauties!

  7. Beautiful pieces, the first being my fav with all the danglies. Love the use of Patina for compatability of components. Thanks for sponsoring this fun monthly challenge.

  8. Beautiful pieces, the first being my fav with all the danglies. Love the use of Patina for compatability of components. Thanks for sponsoring this fun monthly challenge.