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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wings

Hello, hello, hello!

How are you all doing? Some of you might have seen this post on Monday already. Yep, I completely messed up my days and Sue's posting. My apologies Sue!

I hope you are enjoying wonderful autumn weather. We are still in the Netherlands and it is unusually warm and sunny for this time of the year. We are not complaining, it is so lovely. Especially as I have seen some pictures of snow (!!) already from bead friends.

Well, I have been very busy this weekend. I found a new addiction....polymer clay. Not that I have time for a new addiction, just trying to squeeze as much activity in a day as possible. After all, who needs sleep, he he. I worked with polymer clay before, many many years ago, but actually never made beads. This weekend I did.....





And I let my fantasy have its way with the butterfly wings shaped charms.Here is my interpretation of butterfly wings. I hope you enjoy them. They will be on offer in my next show coming Saturday, hooray.



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.

Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of sunshine, laughter and butterflies.
Janine
Esfera Jewelry

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

::: Do I Thrill You ~ Do I Chill You :::




Oh, let's begin with the little ghosts by Jeni Houser Alasad! They are constructed and made of hollow polymer clay and are super lightweight.   I fell in love with their rustic yet adorable good looks.  The glass striped beads have large holes which move freely up and down the blackened chain. Being made of glass also gives them just enough weight so they hang beautifully.





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Striking enamel skull charms by Cathleen Zaring!  
I've noticed that I have a natural tendency of following shapes and patterns throughout a design - many times I don't even realize I'm doing it until I've already chosen my components and have begun constructing a piece of jewelry.  Looking at this design now, I see that the red silk tassels follow the shape of the jaw in the skulls.  Also, the striped pattern from around the eyes is repeated with the black and white striped beads below.


Once again the glass beads give the very lightweight tassels some swing.



The head actually moves independently from the tassel which gives this design movement and personality.



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Little bit gypsy-boho-vampy!

Lush red, vintage copper patina hoops, by Missficklemedia



I attached wire-wrapped tiny black skulls adorned with Swarovski crystals on their heads for a pop of color and flash.



I love the fringe effect and the crystals really dance in the light.




Many thanks for dropping by!  I will see you all again on Halloween Day!  If you have any questions always feel free to leave a comment or message me!

Loralee xo




Monday, October 15, 2018

In the night sky

Hello!
So the nights are drawing in, and what better way to mark this than with some celestial beauties by the goddess that is Petra Carpreau of Scorched Earth!

Petra sometimes includes beautiful little porcelain stars and moons in her updates, and I always look forward to stocking up on these when they appear. These beautiful little stars with aqua glazed porcelain are just gorgeous! I matched them with my current favourite African spacers, punctuated by teeny tiny turquoise seeds. I finished these with another silver spacer and sterling earwires. I wanted them to be quite long and stacked. Simple, but striking.


This second pair had little crescent moons as well as  stars. I used the same components as with the first pair, but went for a different design. Oxidised brass geometric hoops  provide a frame for these stellar beauties. I may be keeping them for myself...or there'll be making an appearance at my next showcase over on the Jewellery Show in Facebook Land at the end of the month. You can message me if you'd like them :-) 

See you next month! x

Friday, October 12, 2018

Mermaids....are not just for summer

I've just finished a trunk show for earrings only so earrings were probably the last thing I wanted to make even though I do love making them...I was a bit earring-d out if you know what I mean.  I looked at some of my own components that never made it to the show as earrings.  I had planned on making several mermaid earrings but ended up only making one pair for the Trunk show.  But I did paint several pairs so there were quite a few left overs to choose from. 

Here is how I turned them in to earrings.  


I wire wrapped them on to big hoops, chose dark sapphire cup chain to match the scales and matte gold seeds to echo the golden upper part of the mermaid.


As these hoops were quite substantial in size (30mm) I knew I couldn't add any big beads to go between the hoop and the ear wire. I wire wrapped brass hearts in a central position so I could just attach some ear wire directly on to them.  I did that but the earrings did not look or feel right....something was missing.


I picked up these blue glass flowers which were the perfect size and attached them to the hearts.  Now they were complete.  


This was the only mermaid pair I made for the show.  Here I painted the mermaids in rainbow colours, applied resin on the rainbow area and sprinkled some glitter for fun.  I hung them from brass connectors which I had wire wrapped with glass spikes, flowers and crown caps.  

I hope you like my efforts.  The first pair is now listed on Etsy.  Have a fab weekend <3
Suhana 

My Etsy shop: Suhana Hart Jewellery 


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Amethysts All the Way Down

Recently I've been fortunate to have collected a number of pairs of delicately beautiful enameled earring components by Raida Disbrow of Havana Beads.  My newest earrings, below, are made from one of her gorgeous pairs: luscious florals in purples and deep purply blues, with droplets of pink and baby blue.  


It's been a long time since I've made much rosary chain, but I enjoyed putting together the little chains of small faceted amethysts.  And I'm not dreading this whole briolette-wrapping thing so much anymore either, probably because I'm getting a little better at it despite myself.  That's what happens when you keep working on it, right? I can hear my mother asking me now from the other side.  (Of course, she's right.) 😉🌷



Recipe for Amethysts All the Way Down
(2) Enameled earring components
(12) Small faceted amethyst rounds
(6) Small anodized niobium rings, purple
(2) Faceted 10mm amethyst briolettes
(2) Anodized niobium ear wires, purple
24 ga copper wire, darkened
26 ga copper wire


These pretties can be found
  here at Two Trees Studio.


Thanks so much for reading.  I'll see you next time! 💗
xoxo
Meridy


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SOS

This week I've been up on our village Wetlands area, where we have just erected some new lifebuoys in the event that anyone thinks it  a good idea to go swimming (either by accident or design) among the wading birds, swans, geese et al.

Thinking ahead to my post, I had these industrial looking polymer clay pieces from Jon Burgess with distressed wire above - they just looked to me like the structures holding our lifebuoys. So I wired some circular stuff to them - on one side, a rustic ceramic piece from Sarah Kandell-Gritzmaker and on the other a piece of shell-like druzy. On top, beautiful smooth African turquoise beads.




The copper chain can be worn at the front or turned to the rear, or one of each, whatever you prefer. The dark copper earwires are of course by Lucy Haslam.

 
Like washed up flotsam and jetsam attaching itself to the lifebuoys on a deserted pier.  They're over in my Etsy shop now.
 
See you next time!
 
Lindsay x
 
 

Friday, October 5, 2018

We're All Ears :: October :: Plaid

Happy Plaidurday, y'all!

Did you know that today, the first Friday in October, is known around the world as Plaidurday? Me neither! Coincidentally, I have been playing around with trying to make a polymer clay version of plaid, and I thought that plaid might make for a nice theme for this chilly fall month. Little did I know that great minds think alike and there was already a celebration for the day! 

Plaid is really just the fabric. Tartan is the pattern. The weaves of alternating bands of color woven in a criss-cross right angle pattern is the tartan, and plaid was the heavy woolen cloth that was made from that weave. The Scottish started using their tartans in the 1700s as blankets and kilts. Certain clans of Scots would all get their weaving done by the same weavers which is how the patterns became associated with specific clans. It wasn't until the popular fabric crossed the ocean that the terms became synonymous. And associated with lumberjacks... and ultimately hipsters. ;-)


According to the Yupper who created the Plaidurday Facebook page back in 2010, here are 10 ways to celebrate Plaidurday:

1) Take a photo in your plaid and share with#plaidurday so we can see all your beautiful faces. {Upload here.}
2) Give a high five to others wearing plaid.
3) See someone wearing polka dots? Encourage them to try some plaid.
4) Help others in need by donating clothes to shelters and second hand shops.
5) Give lots of compliments. They’ll see your plaid and think, “Gosh, people who wear plaid are really nice!”
6) Bake and share plaid cookies, cakes, and other tasty treats.
7) Make plaid crafts, Plaidurday cards, and let your creativity shine.
8) Give the gift of plaid to friends and family.
9) Organize a staff or classroom photo.
10) Look good, feel good, and spread some cheer, because we’re all connected by a common thread.



So let's see your best plaid/tartan earring interpretation, right here, on Friday, October 19th!