Monday, October 21, 2019

Rock pools

Hello earring people :-)

Here we are, hurtling towards the end of October already, and I should be designing with Autumn in mind....but.... I had these glorious blue ceramic rock pools, by the one and only Petra Carpreau. She makes these beauties from Earthstone and fills them with glass,  coats them with fine silver and fires them -creating beautiful, individual rustic pieces. Now I know the blue is perhaps much more suitable for summer (it makes me think of the Mediterranean) but I just couldn't resist.

I've been taking a course in silver jewellery and learning all about soldering and I've been loving it! I'm still a novice and everything takes me three times longer than i think it will...

I wanted to create something that would co-ordinate with the rock pools. I took some sterling silver sheet and spent a happy couple of hours sawing, sanding and texturing it, and soldering jump rings and ear posts to the little squares I created. Finally, I oxidised them and rubbed them back a little to create a reasonable match with the fine silver on the rock pools.

So, there we have it! Not autumnal at all, but sometimes you just need to take inspiration from whatever catches your eye. See you next month

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Flower on top

Hello lovely earring friends,

For the earrings in this post I used wonderful charms made by our very own Nicola Morse, a very gifted artist. 

 Her use of color is wonderful.
I wanted to put a flower bead cap on top of the charm, which took some fiddling, as the structure had a mind of its own, and would not hang straight. But I managed, after using some swear words (my apologies).
The polymer clay beads are made by Cindy Hinds. Sadly, she doesn't ship to the Netherlands (or Greece) anymore. Luckily I bought quite a few of her beads years ago.
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Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of laughter, joy and lots of love.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"Pins and needles, needles and pins, it's a happy man that grins."

Joan Miller, my Queen Of Halloween bead maker, just had her first show of the season and I was lucky enough to purchase these wonderful little autumn-inspired flowers. Fresh green and butter yellow are one of my all-time favorite color combinations. 

I always see little fancy black spiders in the center, do you?? Anyway...

I wanted to play up the beautiful green so I added some lovely vintage glass beads with small black slashes.  They have a wonderful matte finish and look very much like pods.

I could have left them alone at that point, but oh heck, it IS almost Halloween and I had the most perfectly adorable, teeny-tiny skulls, sooo... look who is now popping out of the

My favorite thing to do in a design is add a little element of surprise.  From a distance, they are just pretty little flowers, but up close, someone is looking back!  My friend, whom I bead with every Saturday night, saw the earrings from across the table and said "Oh, how pretty!"  Then looked closer and went "Whoa!"  We've been friends forever and REALLY, she should have known better!  lol

Thank you so much for joining me and having a look at what I've been up to!  I'll be back in two weeks' time!

Loralee XO 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Treasures, Old and New

Recently when I was cleaning in my office, I was putting things back on shelves, taking things off shelves that didn't belong there, and straightening things on the shelves.  At some point, I stopped tidying and started looking through the drawers and boxes of artisan-made ceramic beads I've collected over the years.

There were so many beautiful pieces, from delicate porcelain charms to large carved and vividly colored tribal style beads.  I really did have all the best intentions of finishing up the cleaning I'd started, but I found myself picking up beads I hadn't seen in a while, turning them over in my hands, reacquainting myself with them.

When I got to my stash of beads by Karen Totten (one of my favorite artisans), I saw a pair of beautiful green spiral connector beads I'd had for quite a few years.  I turned them over and looked closely at them and wondered what if I paired them with rustic, whimsical ceramic faces I'd bought from artisan Judie Mountain in Tucson this past winter? 💗 

From that point, it was on.  Once I'd finally determined what all the components were going to be (Karen Totten's green spiral ceramic beads, Judie Mountain's ceramic faces, an oval copper connector, a scalloped ceramic ring also by Karen) all that was left was putting them together.  I really had fun making these rustic and whimsical and asymmetrical pretties.

Thanks so much for reading!  I won't be here for my next scheduled time (October 24) because my husband and I will be in Hawaii to celebrate our son's wedding. 💗 But I'll be back.

I hope you and yours are all well.  Have a Happy Hallowe'en!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Haunted House

This week I'm gearing up to Hallowe'en and decided to have a bit of fun with some new polymer clay pieces from my friend Helen Backhouse. On holiday this summer my granddaughter found a washed up piece of broken terracotta pottery with nice lines on and I brought it back for Helen to use as a mould. The results looked to me like a panelled door, so I jokingly asked her to put a keyhole and door knob on.

I had the idea of making some spooky house earrings, with my little collection of Hallowe'en components.

Along with Helen's pieces, we have a copper ghoul face by Kristi Bowman Gruel, polymer pumpkins by Rejetta Sellars and Karen Jackson, and cute ceramic bats by Jana Bliznakova. You would, of course, have the door to this house securely locked, so there is a nice fancy brass key.

If you celebrate All Hallows Eve, I hope your preparations are well under way - bats will be flying!

                                                             See you in two weeks time.

                                                                     Lindsay x
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Day Of The Dead Calaveras

As some of you may know, about 6 years ago, my husband and I spent a month on Oaxaca, Mexico; from mid-October till mid-November. This put us right in the middle of one of Mexico's most exuberant celebrations of The Day Of The Dead. Handmade altars, decorated with food, flowers and sugar skulls, were constructed all over the city. Huge skeleton puppets were paraded in the streets and placed in business storefronts.
Near Llano Park in Oaxaca, Mexico
The puppets as well as the sugar skulls, were often crowned with colorful flowers, especially marigolds. Orange marigolds are said to guide the spirits of the departed, back to their homes on the Day Of The Dead.
In keeping with these customs, I dangled bright orange flowers beneath these wonderful pewter skull (Calavera in Spanish) charms by Inviciti.
The flowers have a golden luster finish that looks especially pretty in the light. I made my own Sterling silver ear wires to go along with the skull earrings.
The skull motif is popular year round, but these would be especially fun to wear this month! You can find these earrings in my shop now.

Monday, October 7, 2019

The sun, the moon and one star

Hello Earring Folk

I've a pair of earrings for you which were inspired by my holiday in Spain this summer. We spent a few days in Barcelona, which was wonderful. Vibrant, colourful and diverse - it was fabulous! We spent a day at the Fundacio Joan Miro (the Joan Miro Foundation -packed full of paintings, sculptures and even textiles created by the Spanish artist). One of my favourite pieces is this one - the sun, the moon and one star created in the late 60s as a public monument for the city of Barcelona. The view over the city acts as a perfect backdrop to this beautiful piece
 And now to earrings! Well, clever old Petra Carpreau of Scorched Earth created these beautiful ceramic components with Miro in mind. I decided to keep the design simple and bold -with dark oxidised hoops and chrysocolla rondelles
Isn't Petra clever? Love these. I toyed with using amber or citrine, but I really liked the fresh, deep green of the chrysocolla. Hard to see from the photo above, but the sculpture is set in water, so green seemed apt!

That's me done. See you in a couple of weeks.
Sue x
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