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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Buttoned Up

It's getting chillier out there! I was looking through some old photos this week, and found a picture from one of my blog posts this time last year. I had discovered Dorset buttons and now I had  a sudden urge to make another pair.
Traditionally made in Dorset, southern England from 1622 onwards, the buttons were a cottage industry where all the family - mum, kids, and dad when he returned home from the fields - would work on them, and sell to the local gentry. They're still a Heritage Craft and I got mine from Gilleoin of Woolrush on Etsy. Made in Scotland with hand spun and dyed wool, the frame is now plastic rather than the original ramshorn.    



They're a great blend of lilac and orange wools so I highlighted both colours - orange recycled sari silk to add even more texture, and the double lampwork headpins in lilac are from Kimberly Rogers at Numinosity. Those chunky copper ball end headpins and earwires are by Lucy Haslam, who's going to write a guest blog on here in a couple of weeks time. 




                                                   A little bit of cosy for your ears!

 
 
See you again  in a couple of weeks - in the meantime, keep warm and dry; stay buttoned up!
 
Lindsay x
 
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Anticipation

Carly Simon's song, Anticipation, keeps running through my mind these days because our daughter and her husband are expecting a baby daughter any day now. This grandma is very excited. Every time the phone rings, I'm anticipating it will be them, announcing the start of labor. ( Nothing has happened so far.)
Simon's song was in my head when I made these earrings too. Each season brings with it the anticipation of the changes ahead.  Some of my Facebook friends are already posting photos of snow.  Here, in the Pacific Northwest, we still have colorful leaves clinging to some trees, while others are already bare.  Its a time of transition, of anticipation of cozy nights ahead, spent near a fire, reading a good book.
The gorgeous lampwork leaves, the green beads and enameled bead caps are all made by Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads.  The fancy wrapped ear wires were made by Joan Moritz-Langmo of  Handmade by JGL.   The Anticipation Earrings are available in my shop now.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Nature and Design


This is my second post here, the first as a ‘proper’ member and I’m very excited to be able to contribute.

I have chosen to create these two pairs of earrings using porcelain components from one of my favourite artisans, Melissa Gabelle at The Clay Hen. Her pieces are influenced by natural forms and I like her strong sense of design.

The first pair I created using Melissa’s porcelain paddles. Chartreuse green is a colour I love so decided to echo this in the other components I used. The hand-beaded beads match perfectly and add an extra texture to the design whilst the glass beads echo the strong design element in black and white. Also added are lampwork spacer beads and Czech glass flowers.


For the second pair of earrings I have used Melissa’s porcelain petals, again with a strong black and white polka dot pattern. With these I thought it would be nice to introduce another colour to compliment them and although I’m not really a pink person I thought the ceramic melon beads by 'Golem Design Studio' where perfect especially with the black stripes. Once again I echoed the colours in the other smaller elements. The black patina ear wires in both designs are by Louise Goodchild.


I hope you like my designs, thank you for reading. I will be listing them for sale in my FB group - Nicola Morse - Jewellery & components



Friday, November 9, 2018

Tree of Life

Whenever I have an EE blog post due I try and challenge myself to use things I may have bought on a whim.  These Tree of Life charms are one of these buys.  The components were already made up...I wasn't sure how much I could add except wire wrapping some seeds and cup chain to the hoop areas.  But I do that a lot anyway.  And I have done it again in these but I've tried my best to add more interest to them. I have to admit, by the time I finished the second pair I had tonnes of ideas swimming around in my head.   


1.  For the first pair I started by wrapping chain on the hoop (I had absolutely no idea where I was going with this btw) mimicking a previous design (see photo below).  This wasn't working as the chain I used in the older design was smaller and easier to wrap.  I improvised by cutting 4 lengths of chain and wrapping them on to the hoop separately.  I then continued with cup chain leaving a long tail at the end which seemed to compliment the chain lengths on the opposite side.  The design wasn't balanced yet.  Flowers always come to my rescue when I need to balance a design out and they did again here.  I added a single purple flower on the same side as the cup chain then another on the longest chain length.  For the top part I found these polymer flowers - very rare now as this artist (Elise Canning) no longer makes them.  

(previous design featuring porcelain discs by Claire Lockwood)

2. For this pair I decided to keep things a bit shorter, the first pair measures 6" (yikes).  I did my usual cup chain wrapping, then went around the frame again with more wire and seeds.  I added some Elise Canning flowers on top to complete the look.  Oh I forgot to mention, I had these components painted prior to wrapping.  One tree ended up in rainbow colours (because I loooove rainbows) and the other one purple and white gold.  


I hope you like my 'Tree of Life' earrings.  These are now listed on Etsy.  See you soon <3

Suhana 

My Etsy Shop: Suhana Hart Jewellery

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Color Play

Early on in my life as a jewelry designer, I learned that my favorite part of designing was working with color, with line/shape/proportion coming in as a close second, followed by texture.  It's true to this day.  It's probably not too surprising--who doesn't love color, after all?

But I found that I enjoyed the study of color, of what colors complemented what others and what colors really didn't work well together.  For instance, in the earrings below, the beautiful dagger charms by Inviciti were a gently dissonant pink-and-orange, as were the streaky little glass rondelles by Beth Mellor, and I very specifically chose the tiny aqua-green rondelles to go with them, in direct complement to the rest of the color palette.









In contrast, these cityscape earrings, left, are an example of color matching, using lampwork glass, Czech glass, and Swarovski crystal beads in the same colors found in the vibrant charms by Marlene Kazor Quigley that are used in the earrings.










The earrings below, however, started out with a lot of color.  The first items I had to start my earrings were Kristi Bowman's rainbow-painted copper charms, which are so colorful that they could almost be the earrings' entire focus of color.  But I wanted more color. 😄💗



The wonderful Beth Mellor helped feed my color craving by making these gorgeous encased lampwork beads, with their ripples of color and little dark sine-wave-like scribbles.  She also made the beautiful orange glass rondelles.  💗








So...I got a little more color, and I think it works.  In fact, it feels autumnal, and that was a surprise.  Interesting...  
These earrings are available at Two Trees Studio.



Thanks so much for reading.  💗
See you in two weeks!  
xoxo
Meridy



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Faux Vintage Tin

Tin has become increasingly popular and recently I have discovered artists that are making their own! 

Faux tin cicada charms featuring original drawings by Heather Powers.  Heather has workshops where she teaches this craft.  I've been lucky to attend some and it's a fascinating process. It can be quite a labor intensive with all the cutting and filing but with the help of Jess, her husband, they make the most beautifully finished pieces which are smooth like butter.

 Teal lampwork glass with 24k gold leaf and very old ornate vintage chain dangling from the bottom.  Oh, this chain - can we all just pause and appreciate this for a moment - ahh.  I've never been able to get my hands on more, but I'm always searching!



Charms made from salvaged tin embellished with vintage decals by Marina Rios.  Marina has a completely different approach which is partially done over a flame!  She has a wonderful tutorial you can purchase in her Etsy shop.  I've attached a link to name above.



I paired these lovely woodland charms with some roughed up connectors and added small touches of gold leafing to bring out the detail.  I added some long chain with crystals attached at the bottom for some weight, movement, and sparkle.



Oh, and I almost forgot to show you the backs!  Butterflies!  Beautiful on both sides!


So that's me for today.  I'll be back in two weeks with another pair of tin charms and perhaps some enamel :D  Try to contain yourselves...Hahaha!


Loralee xo


Monday, November 5, 2018

Fireworks

Hello!
So it's Bonfire Night here in the UK today. This is a big deal -bonfires and firework displays all over the country, the loud noises terrifying small animals....It's all to remember a time in the 17th century when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Four hundred years later, and we are still celebrating. We Brits are a funny bunch!



Anyway, onto these earrings! I took the theme of fireworks, and found these beautiful enamels with bursts of colour from Emily of 2Moiselles.
 I really love these colours and the sense of upward movement in them (perfect fireworks!). I wanted to accentuate that sense of upward movement, so added some brass ovals to act as a frame, then some sections of brass chain and coordinated seed beads. Little tails of colour

 And one more photo -hanging up


Hope you like them. They'll be in the shop soon, and possibly in  my next showcase on The Earrings Show in Facebook Land. See you in a couple of weeks

Friday, November 2, 2018

We're All Ears :: November Inspiration :: Cornucopia


Here in the United States we are preparing to celebrate one of our most enduring and beloved national holidays on the fourth Thursday of November: Thanksgiving

The origins of this American holiday are rooted in a three-day harvest celebration of the first pilgrims in Plymouth and their Native American neighbors, the Wampanoag Indian tribe, in 1621. Since that time, celebrations of Thanksgiving have been the norm in the US, and formally recognized by President Abraham Lincoln as a national celebration in 1863, during the midst of the Civil War. This holiday has lost a lot of its previous religious significance and instead consists of a long weekend marked with sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends, punctuated by American football games, turkey, pumpkin pie and the Macy's day parade. But it is a far more important pause if we would only see it as such.


A commonly seen symbol of Thanksgiving is the cornucopia. This is an ancient symbol of abundance that has its roots in the Greek mythology of Zeus. When Zeus was born, his father Cronos killed each of his children by devouring them as he knew that a son was destined to depose him (as he had done with his own father!). Rhea, the wife of Cronos, duped him by wrapping a stone in swaddling clothes that was mistaken for Zeus. A magical goat named Amalthea was enlisted to nurse the divine baby until such time as he would grow up, defeat his father and free his siblings from his father's stomach. They then became the gods on Mount Olympus.  When the magical goat died, Zeus used her hide to create a protective aegis (like a shield) worn by Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war. Zeus placed his beloved Amalthea in the sky as the star Capella (Latin for "little goat"). 


Abundantia as depicted by Peter Paul Rubens

In Roman traditions, the cornucopia is depicted with the figures of Abundantia, the personification of abundance and prosperity, or Fortuna, a goddess of luck.

The cornu copia, Latin for"horn of plenty," overflowing with fruits, honey, and grain is an extremely ancient symbol of the harvest and of the overflowing blessings that we each have to share. This motif was known to the Greeks 2000 years before the cornucopia became the symbol of American Thanksgiving. I supposed that since Zeus was kept alive by this magical horned creature, this is a fitting image, symbolizing sharing the gifts that we have in abundance with those that can most benefit from them. A good reminder to us all.



So for the month of November, the month when we turn to gratefulness and reflect on the plentiful abundance we have to offer the world, I think that the cornucopia is the perfect symbol for our inspiration. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with this harvest imagery.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Foxy

Hello, hello,

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. To be honest, I am not familiar with this event as it was not that common to celebrate this in the Netherlands, at least, not in the area where we lived.
So, no Halloweenie earrings from me today. Just a pair which features one of my favorite wild animals: the fox. I have never seen wild foxes when living in the Netherlands, but where we live in Greece we see them often. I know our chicken farmers are not too happy with them, but I always love the sight of them.


Recipe for these:
Faux tin charms by Helena Benkoczka
Copper earwirs by Lucy Haslam
Czech glass and brass disc beads.

Nice short and lightweight.

Thank you so much for looking and your support for Earrings Everyday :)
And you know I love to read your comments, so don't be shy and leave some words.
See you in two weeks.

Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of joy, laughter and beautiful nature,
Janine
Esfera Jewelry

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

By The Light Of The Halloween Moon



Chandelier connectors by Inviciti handmade of pewter in a dark finish to set the mood!


Blackened rustic stars dangling next to the most glimmering golden druzy. 


Mysteriously masked, ceramic, man in the moon charms by Nadia Terra in a charcoal grey.





This is a photo of one of my most fondest Halloweens.  My boys were at that age where they lived for trick or treating and couldn't wait to get into their costumes.  That year the weather was absolutely perfect and the autumn colors were amazing - it was pure magic!  I will never forget it.


I love this poem by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater:



Wishing all the magic of Halloween!

Loralee xox

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Hagstones

💀 Hallowe'en approaches and I'm getting very excited. The grandchildren have decorated their houses and planned their outfits - the youngest is dressing as the creepy clown Pennywise so I shall be reluctant to open the door to him!

On the eve itself Helen Backhouse, Lucy Haslam and I are having  a little event in our Facebook group where we take everyone on a virtual trip up Pendle Hill. Pendle was the home of the famous Lancashire Witches; the trials of the Pendle Witches at Lancaster Castle in  1612 are amongst the most famous witch trials in English history. Helen can see Pendle from her home and I'm about 20 minutes drive away, so it's a very real place to us, and has been since I read Harrison Ainsworth's 1849 novel The Lancashire Witches when I was about 11. 

So we've been making witchy things, and these are one of mine - The Hagstones. Hagstones were stones with natural holes in them, nailed up over stable doors in order to stop the hags (witches) from riding their horses out. And they're still in  evidence today on many farms. Old superstitions die hard. 

 
 
The spikes and gilded 'hagstone' connectors are ceramics by the one and only Petra Carpeau - who better, for gothic grunge? With Lucy Haslam's tangled earwires, swarowski crystals and gold seed beads.
 
Come and join us on our journey - it should be fun! The Very Nice Group at 4pm GMT on Wednesday.
 
 
 
 
 
See you again next week.
 
Lindsay x
 
 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Neutral Bling

I love using hand components in my designs so I thought I'd share a few in today's post.  The beautiful and extremely versatile pewter hands are by Inviciti.  I used the same blank for the back and used the hands in 2 different ways.  I hope you like them.

Group shot


In this pair I attached large rhinestones and seeds to brass blanks using copper wire.  My attempt at 'sewing' metal :D.  In the original version I had 2 more lines of seed beads in space above the hands but the earrings looked really busy.  I love OTT designs but it wasn't working in this instance so I removed those 2 lines.  I think they look neater and the empty space brings down the bling by just the right amount.


For the second pair I attached the hands directly on to the blank, framed with opal white cup chain which also act as dangles.  I added little seed bead dangles on either side of the chain to complete the look.


So there you have it.  My attempt at making 'sewn' (softly) blinged up earrings.  These will be available in my show next Tuesday in The Jewellery Show FB group.  Hope you cam drop by.

Suhana 

My Etsy shop: Suhana Hart Jewellery

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Firebird



More than a year ago, I fell in love with these heart-meltingly beautiful resin wings by the wonderful Joanne Louvaine Bell of Twinkiedinky:    


They're perfectly made, with gold veins and just the right amount of sparkly gold dusting, fading into a beautiful padparadscha pink-red-orange color to die for.  I held on to these beauties for a long time, working on other projects, but I kept thinking about them...and I finally asked one of my favorite bead artists, Beth Mellor, to make some beads to go with them.  And did she ever! 


Beth's two-color hollow beads are perfect, with their swirls and streaks of gold over a delicious color that's a close match to the little padparadscha Swarovski crystals right beneath them.  The fiery colors, the lines, the heat of the earrings remind me of the title character of The Firebird, one of my favorite ballets: 

Ballerina Misty Copeland as the Firebird.







The Firebird.

Thanks for reading, all!  
I'll be back in a couple of weeks.  💗

xoxo
Meridy


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Harlequin

When I've had a good couple of weeks making - wise I tend to burn out a bit - the ideas won't gel, I push beads aimlessly around my table and generally make a huge untidy mess with little to show for my efforts. This is when I find fashion magazines to be an invaluable resource.

I was having my hair done last week and asked for a magazine while the highlights were developing (and no, I'm not ready to embrace the grey!). My hairdresser always has Harpers Bazaar, my favourite. So with a coffee or three, a piece of chocolate, Harpers and an hours peace and quiet I'm in heaven.

This was the picture I was drawn to - it's a quick snap, so excuse the glare. The rich, vibrant colours, the shapes, just perfect. Lots of scope for textures - something I'm drawn to in the colder months. 


Ideally you'd have the magazine to work from but a picture will do. The elongated black triangles are coconut shell, nice and light, hung on links of vintaj black oval chain. The red fritty enamel circles by Kimberly Rogers, the plum greek ceramic rounds and beads above all from Smitten Beads. Black copper earwires are from my friend Lucy Haslam.

 
 
 
Try it next time you're stuck for ideas - it adds a different perspective to your design.
These will be for sale at the weekend in Kimberly's Facebook group Numinosity where a bunch of us are getting together to show a range of designs using her components. Here's the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/967164829979604  
 
See you here next week!
 
Lindsay