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Thursday, July 18, 2019

It's a purple day

Hi lovely earrings lovers,
 
How are you all doing? Making plans for your holiday yet? Or are you on holiday already?
I still have some major deadlines in my daytime job, but managed to make these earrings last weekend. Our holiday start August 10.

Brass charms from Tierracast, with a little bit of purple paint from me, ceramic beadcaps, gorgeous lampwork glass beads from Lesley McIver,Czech glass in ok... green, Swarovski crystal rondelles.
I hope you like them. These will be available in my show next week on facebook. 
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. And do check out the other posts of my friends.

See you in two weeks.
Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of love, happy holiday and laughter.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Heart & Soul


                   I enjoy using symbolism in my work; I love when an idea hits you indirectly.




The eye connectors by Inviciti  were absolutely perfect for this design!  Some say eyes are the gateway to the soul and I think they're right.



To me, the large textured jump rings with the deep grooves symbolize radiance.

I almost lost my mind when I found these rare vintage sacred heart charms on the bottom!  I tried over and over to capture their detail and amazing color but it wasn't easy.   




I've never really been into"wordy" type beads per se. However, I do use them as a sort of contradiction.  For example, a "Lucky" word bead might be used with a black cat or something that normally evokes a darker meaning. 🙃




Thank you for checking out my worktable today!  Hope you found a little inspiration! See you next time! 
                                                 Loralee xo



www.loraleekolton.etsy.com




Monday, July 15, 2019

Stack 'em up

Hello there earring people!

So, I've been busy learning some new silversmithing skills, and so to be honest, I've not been paying attention to my beads and wire. I can get like this sometimes. If something takes my attention, I can be quite obsessive about it. But I wanted to create something non-silver for this blog, if only to prove I can still use that bit of brain!

So, I came across these glorious ceramic gold headpins and textured inky blue ceramic beads by the fabulously talented Claire Lockwood. There they were - having been hoarded in my beady stash for quite a while (I'm always reluctant to part with Claire's pretty things).


 I recently bought some very pretty lapis lazuli rondelles - two types - shiny/ smooth and rough and some pyrite. The inky blue of the lapis and the gold sheen of the pyrite are a good match for the colours in Claire's ceramics, don't you think? I thought they looked good all stacked up on the gold headpins. I like the matching colours, but also the contrasting shapes and textures. Stacking beads is a fairly simple design, but  a good opportunity to play with different shapes and colours.




That's me done for July! I'll be back in September
And these earrings will be available in my August showcase over on The Earrings Show in Facebook Land

Sue x
Utterly Lovely Stuff

Friday, July 12, 2019

Where is it?

My mojo, that is.  It's been missing for a while now.  I was not able to make a brand new pair for this post, instead I dug through my stash and found this one pair that I made a few months back but never listed. So we'll just assume I made these last night (the truth is I spent about 4 hours (my entire evening) fiddling with wire with nothing to show for it).  

So here we have a style I used to make a lot of.  Stacking involving a thin tube/stick.  Beads stacked are ceramic by PerlaYo, lampwork rings by Julie Burgard and tyveks by Carolyn Saxby.


Hanging view 


That's all for today.  I will list these on Etsy shortly.  See you soon <3

Suhana x

My etsy shop: Suhana Hart Jewellery

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Shinies!!

Hi again, everyone!  Yes, it's me, once again being distracted from other projects by shiny new things from Nunn Design.  And why not, I say!  (My husband has been known to call me "Maggie" because of my magpie habit of moving from one shiny object to the next.  He is a very intelligent man in most other ways.)



I bought the Nunn Design copper- and gold-tone rings last week (along with some small round silver-tone rings), and yesterday I got out the gold and copper rings, along with some fine brown leather cord (cut into two 18-inch lengths).  Then I just started experimenting with the rings and the leather. If I wanted to connect the oval ring to the round one, a lark's head knot was fairly obvious, right?  So that's what I did, bringing the two ends of the leather cord straight up through the middle of the oval ring.  Then I tied the leather ends in a maddening (but kind of nice) braided knot at the top of the gold oval.



So at that point, I had the two rings connected with the leather cord, and the ends of the cord were at the top of the rings.  The earrings at that stage looked rustic and tribal, and my first thought was finding African or another type of rustic beads, with a large enough hole to accommodate the doubled cord.  I have a lot of beads that fit the description, but I happened upon these green/silver glass beauties by hot glass artist Wayne Robbins.  I added 2/0 matubo 3-cut glass beads, tied loops in the leather, and hung my Shiny Objects on Two Trees sterling silver ear wires.  😊
      



These earrings are a kind of prototype, because I was feeling my way around all the way, but it was really fun to play around with the different shapes and textures and mediums. 

Thanks so much for reading!  I'll be back in two weeks.  💗

xoxo
Meridy
Two Trees Studio


 


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Lumiere

Hope you are all enjoying some decent weather where you are. It's patchy here in the North of England but we are making the most of the sun, when it appears!

I've been making a lot of long, complicated earrings again and wondering what to make for todays post I reined myself in and went short, but definitely not sweet.




I had some Basha beads out, and was holding them up to the sun, admiring the rainbow they flashed on my wall. With Basha beads I always try to avoid overdoing it, because I don't want to detract from their singular beauty.



I simply stacked them on blackened copper headpins with a touch of gold, and crackled black agate drums - light and dark, juxtaposed. Lucy Haslam's original Tangled earwires complete them perfectly.  Lumiere - the torch.





            Should be popping these in my Etsy shop over the next couple of days, if you like them.
                                Have a lovely day, and see you again in a couple of weeks. 

                                                                             Lindsay xx
                                                                   
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Monday, July 8, 2019

Summer Colours

Hi, hope you have all had a good weekend. The earrings I am showing you today were inspired by summer colours. I love to play with bright colours in my earring designs and these are no exception. The gorgeous enamels are by Pearly Karpel and I really like the colourful swirl pattern on them which I matched up with glass lampwork flowers by Yuliana Goldin-Dunn and Czech glass flower beads.
The ear wires are purple hypoallergenic wires which i like to use as they come in a variety of bright colours and are kind to your ears. I have used waxen linen cord to attach the flowers which allows for some movement and I then added the beads to the cord which move around freely also.

Thank you for looking. They will be available in group later today - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1928101904099468/


Friday, July 5, 2019

We're All Ears :: July Inspiration :: Blueberries

We can now get blueberries all year round. But I remember a time when these sweet little treats seemed to only be available in the summer in the US.

Photo credit :: Andrew Thornton
It all started with the blueberries I was having for breakfast. And then I spied this stunning photo by my friend Andrew Thornton which lead me to muse on the intense beauty of the colors of blueberries, their star shaped belly buttons and the way they look when blended in my smoothie, such a beautifully delicious array!

These blue beauties are one of the few foods in this color on the spectrum, but in truth they are really more to the purple end. There is science that says that blue actively suppresses our appetites (and suggestion to put a blue lightbulb in your refrigerator or to eat off a blue plate to curb overeating). Blue- and violet-hued foods contain anthocyanins - antioxidants that benefit your brain function, hearth health and lower your risk of high blood pressure and cancer, which is good enough for me.


So grab some beautiful berries and join me on July 19th for a berry-licious reveal!



Thursday, July 4, 2019

Bells

Hi lovely earrings lovers,
Today (well, this week, ok, maybe the past few months...) I have been engrossed in my daytime numbers work. Since last year I am the proud co-owner of a small accounting and coaching firm, me being responsible for the finance & accounting part of our clients. That means not much time for creating anymore. So, I almost forgot about my blogpost today. Suddenly I realized... wait, isn't it Thursday today? Ehh, the first Thursday of the month? Oh my goodness...blog post.., new earrings.., pictures... Luckily, I made these earrings a while back for my show next week.

Bell shaped ceramic beads by Nadia, ceramic drops by the one and only Petra Carpreau, ear wires from Lucy Haslam and some other bits and pieces.


I hope you like them. These will be available in my show next week on facebook. 

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. And do check out the other posts of my friends.

See you in two weeks.
Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of love, sunshine and laughter.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

If The Moon Were Made Of Cheese

So, I love destashes and usually check them out when I can on Facebook. For me, it's a great opportunity to pick up artisan beads that people bought years ago but never found a use for.  It's especially exciting when I find some from a retired bead maker or sometimes it's a series that an artist is no longer doing. 


That's how these earrings came to be! The porcelain beads on top were made by Mellisa Gabelle of The Clay Hen and I found them in a destash!  I really didn't have a vision for them right away, but I have a weakness for pale yellow and these had a matte finish (another weakness of mine) with a cool metallic shiny center.  I love the unusual and with the added holes all over, they are just that!  

My immediate random thoughts about these beads were:  Swiss Cheese; Moon; Wallace, of Wallace and Gromit saying - "Gromit, that's it! Cheese! We'll go somewhere where there's cheese!" 

Yes, folks - this is my creative process  -  haha!!


So who else loves cheese?  Kitties do, that's who!  The lovely faux tin charms are by Helena Benkoczka. I combined these two components together not only for their whimsy but also because I loved the proportions of the two shapes together as well as the colors.

My little cheesy moon story was starting to develop!  By luck, in my crazy stash, I had some great
steely matte vintage stars which pulled the colors from not only the grey kitty but, the moon centers as well.

Wallace would remind you:  "Don't forget the crackers!"

A little tip:  On Facebook, just type destash in the search bar and it should pull up some nice destash groups for you!  If you have a hard time finding some I'd be happy to share some; just drop me a note.


Thank you for stopping by my work table today, hope you found a little inspiration!!

Loralee XO

www.loraleekolton.etsy.com

Monday, July 1, 2019

Summer Trees


Hello Earring Folk!
I treated myself to some enamelled charms by Carole Pons of Brum de Terre recently. They really are the prettiest things.

Love the bright sky blue colour, as well as the pretty tree design. Perfect for summer, don't you think?
When I have components that are this pretty, I'm always tempted to just pop them on some earwires and leave them as they are! I resisted this urge!


However, I didn't want to over-complicate things, so i added some very lovely chrysocolla rondelles, some brass hoops to sit just behind the enamels and some little leaves -to echo the the tree theme.

Hope you like them! They'll be available over on my Facebook page

See you in a couple of weeks :-)
Sue x

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Rustic ceramic, African flowers, Leather

Hi, everyone!  💗

Lately I've been experimenting to see what different types of earrings I could make pairing beads I've had on hand with Czech glass, chain, fiber.  I've also been making beaded leather necklaces recently, which got me to thinking, why not use thin leather cord to tie some earrings together?  (Not that this is anything new--in fact, I've made a few earrings knotted together with leather in the past--but somehow this felt different.)




I had the beads I wanted to use:  carved African flower beads and rustic, red-and-black ceramic triangles by Sarah Kandell-Gritzmaker of Slate Studios Supply.  I picked some tiny black lampwork glass rondelles by Beeboo to use as well. 



I kept the design simple, using only the three components.  I fastened the 0.5-mm leather to the charms with lark's head knots, and then fed the two ends of the leather cord through the rondelles (a tight fit) and the flower beads (just right).  At the top of each flower bead I made a loop and tied a small barrel knot in each of the leather pieces, cutting away the extra cord, and adding tiny drops here and there of good ol' GS Hypo cement to make sure the knots stay just where they are! 



And then they were finished.  😊


Thanks so much for reading, as always!  I will see you all in two weeks.  💗

 xoxo
Meridy
My Shop

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Oh, I do like to be beside the Seaside


Thoughts are turning to seaside holidays so we set a challenge in The Very Nice Group for all our members; make something in a seaside theme. We have beaders, knitters, glass artists, metalsmiths, textile artists, painters and other crafters in the group, so I'm hoping for some exciting entries. Amongst mine are these two pairs of earrings; very different in style and colours.



The first pair are dark and tentacly (is that even a word?) - they remind me of a crab or lobster claw. Greek copper beads with a great patina are nested together with rustic biwa pearls wired inside. 


My second pair are colourful as a saucy seaside postcard; asymmetrical, with beautifully detailed bronze starfish and shell by Lesley Watt, a lampwork shell by Rita Bennett, lampwork bead by Jo Wadman, soft  pink freshwater pearls, and rustic Czech glass. Both ends of the seaside spectrum - the colour at the end of the pier, or moody windswept Welsh coastline. You choose!


Pop over to our group and view the challenge entries - on Sunday 7th July. Should be good!

                                                          See you in two weeks

                                                                    Lindsay x
                                                                                                                      
                                                                
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Purple Polka Dot Earrings

I have had these beautiful German glass beads for something like 25 years! I remember the town where I bought them, and that's how long its been since I was there. Why haven't I used them before? They've waited so patiently in the shadows, but at last their time has come to shine!
In addition to the German glass beads, I've included Czech glass and a delightful metallic flash from small, square hematite beads. Swaying beneath the German glass beads are purple glass flowers, threaded on Sterling silver "paddle head pins". The sweet little flowers are accented with more square hematite beads and small lavender glass beads. These beads may have been ignored for 25 years, but I think the earrings were worth the wait. The Purple Polka Dot earrings are available in my shop.
Summer has officially arrived, at least in the northern hemisphere.  I hope it is pleasantly warm and sunny where you live. See you in two weeks.

Friday, June 21, 2019

We're All Ears :: Storms May Come

Sorry for the lateness of this post. Had some computer issues which cut into my creation time last night, much like a storm that causes a blackout. The thing about storms, is that they will come. But how we react to them, how we prepare for them and how we pick ourselves up after them, is the key. So I got up, sketched a few ideas, pulled beads that worked for them, set a timer for myself for one hour and got to work.



I had planned to do three pairs of earrings inspired by the cycle of a storm. Raindrops. Lightning. Rainbows. But I only had time to create two of the designs, although I did make a variation of one, so ended up with three pairs.

First, comes the rain. Inspired by the picture with the drops in the puddle. Each drop on it's own is small and seemingly insignificant, but together they can become a flash flood. dripdripdrop....


And then comes the rainbow. Roy G. Biv is the way to remember the colors of the spectrum. Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue, Indigo, Violet. But a rainbow is more than just a beautiful sight, it is symbolic for coming together, accepting of all so I added a Love Knot of jump rings at the top. And since I couldn't decide on the order, I created two variations to celebrate whatever way you want to go.

Now it is your turn. Show us your stormy weather earrings!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

flower power... well, sort of

Hello Earring friends,

How are you all doing? Hubby and I are in Germany for a couple of days. He needs to go to a big 4x4 exhibition for his work and I will be driving hem from our airbnb to the show and back again, cook and do my daytime job of course. I am so happy I can work from anywhere in the world, as long as I have a good internet connection. I just log in to the main computer at our office and I am good to go.
With all the deadlines going on, I did manage to squeeze in some time to make these earrings.


Gorgeous art tiles made by Janice Everett with a lovely paisley print in beautiful colors, lampwork glass beads by Chet, ceramic bead caps, Swarovski crystal, aquamarine and a flower bead. 


These will be available in my next show on Facebook (July 10).


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 love, joy and flowers .

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Asymmetrical Electroplated Devil's Head Pods - Say That 10X Fast!


One of the most exciting things I discovered (and scored) at Bead & Button a couple of weeks ago, are these electroformed pods made by Hank Russ.  Can I get an oooh- ahhhh, beady peeps!?! 😼



Hank always wanted to work creatively with his wife, Lisa Peters of Lisa Peters ART, but was uninspired until he started electroforming. Hank loves to work with metal and this is a wonderful new facet to the business! Lisa makes some of the most beautiful ceramic beads, cabs, and buttons I've ever come across.  I've been working with and collecting her beads for a long time now and I am so excited about this new collaboration!



The pods, also known as “Devil’s Heads” are the fruit of Trapa natans, a plant commonly known as a Water Chestnuts. 



Although substantial in appearance, they are incredibly lightweight and perfect for earrings!  I was shocked when they were placed in my hand!  Jewelry must feel comfortable, especially on the ear and these are! 




Keeping with the rich, dark mood they possess, I paired them with some beautifully textured vintage glass pearls, twisted glass with added copper sparkle and some glittery accent beads from my stash that were gifted to me.  I felt these really enhanced the copper.



Hank sold out at Bead & Button but I was told he can take custom orders with a 2 week lead time. I've attached a link below:

 lisapetersART.dotcom


Hank and Lisa collecting seed pods on their hikes along the Palisades.  






                                                 Oh, and  Pussy Willows, too!! Yasss!




I had a blast at Bead & Button and already looking forward to next year!  There is nothing like meeting the bead makers personally and hearing the backstories - it makes the beads all the more special!

Thank you, as always, for stopping in and having a peek at what's going on on my worktable!

Until next time!

Loralee xo

www.loraleekolton.etsy.com