"HEY. That thar's a piece o' wood hangin from yer ear..."
Why yes, yes it is. It's a twig of black walnut, to be exact. Cut into small segments, rounded at the ends, drilled through with a hole, and sealed with wax to help preserve the wood.
Sometimes I wonder if I've taken my "back to roots" routine a little bit too far. In this example:
1. I love wood beads.
2. Let's take it back a step to old ratty vintage wood beads.
3. Oh, but wait, what if we went back even further to part of the tree branch itself and just made that into a mini log-bead?
Lunacy? Inspiration? The line between the two is far thinner than we like to think.
For this long, swingy pair, I picked out a particularly luscious pair of lampwork glass headpins from dear friend Kim of NuminosityBeads. The swirled moss, sage, delft, and cloudy hues work perfectly to provide a habitat for the natural wood beads. Plump rounded blobs of blackened silver solder cap off the wood, while wee rusty metal bead caps crown each headpin. These are earthy, subtle stunners.
I ended up titling this pair "Life is Change". Because I'm sure this black walnut tree could have never dreamt, even in its wildest imagination, that it would one day end up adorning someone's ears.
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