Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Bird

Birds offer me never-ending inspiration in my jewelry designs. I have always said, I could probably open up another online store with just bird related jewelry items.  These earrings are super sweet.  I hand-stamped some copper discs, and then hammered and darkened them to bring out the detail. Dangling on pale green beading wire from Soft Flex Co., below small perched birds. The sweetest birds you'll ever see.  It's a simple design and looks great with any season. The ear wires are nickel free natural brass from Vintaj Brass Co. You can find these earrings in my online store.

You can find these and other fun jewelry designs in my Etsy shop, Lorelei Eurto Jewelry.
Check out my blog too, Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Woodland Earrings

A little woodland fun perfect for a certain teen on my holiday gift list.  I keep making these and they keep disappearing at shows, so I know they will be in stockings of quite a few teens this year.  I like the simple wrap of brass wire - it just let's the hand-painted charms pop.

And since I'm holiday shopping, I'd for sure pair it up with a cute little coin purse like this one from Karen M. Andersen.

And I know this pixie hat from Pixie Bell would be a hit.  I might even try to steal it.

Heather Powers blogs at and her work can be found in her Etsy shop.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Longest Earrings

So the title is not super original, lol, that has never been my strong point! What I am good at, is learning by trying things! Just experimenting. I have had some seriously Epic fails, but I keep trying and sometimes things just happen like they were meant to be! Kind of like these earrings!! So pleased with them I just can't stop grinning!!

I really wanted you to see the beads close up, they are so fun and small but they add such a punch of colour! I made a second pair too, with Crystals instead of Lampwork beads. I sold them at one of my Christmas Markets, so those are not available, but you can find these in my Etsy shop! Want something like it is a different colour? Just ask!

What a perfect match to this elegant red dress I found on Pintrest! Stunning! I can picture it with jeans and a nice white shirt too...
image also found on Pintrest

Have fun shopping! You could even create a new look for yourself!

Want to see the other pair? Come say hello on my Facebook page, I am always posting new earrings there...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Earring Advent Calendar

Tiny paper trees.  Instructions from JulieMarie.

I was looking at holiday decorating ideas and thought wouldn't an advent calendar with earrings for each day be amazing?

If I wasn't moving this weekend I would so do this for my girls, but with pendants and bracelets.  Can you believe my teenage daughters don't have their ears pierced?  What is up with that?  They never seem interested enough to run to mall to get holes poked in their heads!

Or keep it super simple using small white bags and a little twine.

You could also use tiny jewelry boxes or envelopes found at the craft store.  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Steel Tree Earring Holder

Now this is decorating a tree!

Check out the modern metal jewelry holders from Timothy Adam Designs.  
Each piece is hand-constructed from steel.  
Visit Timothy's shop to see his unique line of jewelry holders.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Casual Chic

I saw this sweater from Anthropology and instantly fell in love with it.
It inspired me to create these earrings.
They are available HERE in my Etsy Shop.

And a chunky sweater like this
 screams for an awesome pair of boots and some shabby jeans
 don't ya think?

 and her work can be found at her Etsy and Artfire shops.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Gentle Winter

Snow on Sagebrush
The colors in these earrings make me think of snow on sagebrush--a high desert winter. A gentler kind of winter. A Cathy Lee Crosby-riding-a-horse-in-a-Velamints-commercial kind of winter. The celadon-hued ceramic gear links are by Karen Totten--I love the matte finish, with hints of light blue and amber at the edges, and the gingerbread-brown stoneware-feel interior. They do indeed make me think of the desert. And Cathy Lee Crosby. The sandstone-colored lampwork spacers are from The Spacer Shop. It had to be sterling silver with my winter theme--so I took my torch to some sterling wire and made headpins and earwires, and capped the lampwork with little Hill Tribes beadcaps.

For more information on these earrings, click HERE. You can see more of my work in my Etsy shop, HERE, or visit my blog, The Cerebral Dilettante, for a peek behind the scenes.

High Desert Eden

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Golden Nest Earrings

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.

-Emily Dickinson

Sometimes you just have to the let the charms do all the talking - I paired my tiny golden nest charms with  a little spring of brass chain and 3 entwined brass jump rings. 

Heather Powers blogs at and her work can be found in her Etsy shop.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Put A Ring On It

Supporting causes that are dear to my heart and also supporting other artisans is something that is important to me.

Marsha Neal is one of those artists who makes some beautiful ceramic components. She has an Etsy shop called MyMomPattie in honor of her mother who passed away in 2007 from a rare form of leukemia. I am one of a handful of artisan jewelry designers who use Marsha's beaufiful ceramic components in jewelry that we donate to the shop. Each purchase at MyMomPattie gets Marsha a little bit closer to her goal of $5000 to set up a place of honor at a bird sanctuary that her mother loved to go and care for sick or injured birds.

I created Put A Ring On It using Marsha's midnight blue swirl ceramic disk charms and thought that since they were mini-works of art, they deserved a pretty frame in an etched brass ring.  

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her new line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fire and Ice

Ice and fire - reason and passion.

It's best to keep a little of both in everything you do.

Earrings feature Arte Metal leaves in a graphic design.  Poised above them are branch beads in fiery copper and rhinestones and Czech glass in the frosty shades of ice.  A tiny flower pokes out of the top, tempered by both elements in shades of muted peach.

And a bracelet to match, using a collection of seed beads and a mirror of the earring components used as charms.

Heather Powers blogs at www.humblebeads.blogspot and her work can be found in her Etsy shop.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Embellished Jewelry Boxes

Here is a super quick and easy DIY tutorial on embellishing a simple gift box with velvet ribbon and treasures found from nature.  (Or maybe treasures from your local craft store, visit their floral department for natural elements.)

I could see using some moss and a faux birds nest - Hobby Lobby has cute tiny ones.
Or try a collection of shells with a pink or teal velvet ribbon for those mermaids on your gift list.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ceramic Earring Holder Bowls

Let's file these under painfully clever!  These ceramic earring holders are a sweet way to show off and organize your favorite earrings.

The first one is from Barbpots, who offers these in a wide variety of colors to match your decor.  Oh, and wouldn't they make a sweet holiday gift!  

 This one is from Kismet Pottery and would also store a bracelet or two or your favorite lipgloss.

And this cute little one from Miss Pottery keeps your earring collection all nice and tidy on the inside of the bowl.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Avril's Amber

I made these earrings with the gorgeous amber stones that my friends in Brightlingsea England sent to me! They ventured up to Suffolk to go to The Amber Shop & Museum Southwold where they specialize in real amber that is between 40 and 50 million years old. My friend Avril bought me these beads to make something special for myself and I immediately knew that they would make stunning earrings. I paired them with Czech glass beads in a shade of blue/green that reminded me of the ocean.

I think they would look great with this fun and summery outfit!

My plan is to wear them to Brightlingsea one day when I visit my friends. I can just see myself lounging at their beach hut adorned with these beauties.

These earrings are not for sale, but I do have a similar pair HERE

Kristy Abner blogs at Kristy's Kreations Jewelry Blog and to see more of her work or to contact her, please visit her website.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Harvest Earrings

I'd so sport these next week for Thanksgiving.  

These earrings are inspired by the harvest colors and fall foliage that I'm loving!  The buri nuts were the perfect base for the copper acorn caps.  They are topped with Willow beads in a pumpkin color and faceted smokey quartz top the handcrafted beads.

The view outside my studio!

Heather Powers blogs at and her work can be found in her Etsy shop.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Feathered Village

These Feathered Village earrings were inspired by a pretty skirt from Anthropologie! I love the pattern on the skirt, a nice olive background with little red flying birds above housetops.  I used some ceramic beads with that same dotted pattern, a few Red Czech glass rondelles and some sweet little pewter bird charms.  The pearl chain gives a little white detail that fits perfectly. Round darkened bronze ear wires add to the overall handmade look.

I put together a whole outfit with a long sleeve t, and some olive suede pumps!

Here is a nice detail of the skirt!

You can find these and other fun jewelry designs in my Etsy shop, Lorelei Eurto Jewelry.
Check out my blog too, Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Entwined Earrings

My challenge was simple - create a pair of earrings that were mostly wire and used my tiny handcrafted beads.  After several attempts, I finally arrived at these oval hoops that are entwined in steel wire - looking very much like a bramble of twigs in a forest and rather nesty.  Nesty things make me all sorts of happy, so with that I called it a day.

Here are a few of the trials and errors.  My first thought was a wire Christmas tree with seed bead lights that you can see on the top.  Cute and I may revisit and refine the idea before the season is over.  My next idea was hoops with seed beads and wire wrapped.  I like them, but I need to figure out some of the construction. I will save that for another day.  And finally, I tried round hoops with the wire wrapped around and they didn't quite work for an earring.  But with a little shaping the circle became the oval above and I went from there.

A seemingly simple pair of earrings took quite a bit before I was able to pare them down to a shape and design that best complimented the bead.  And that's what goes into creating a simple pair of earrings!

Heather Powers' blogs at www.humblebeads.blogspot and more of her work can be found in her Etsy shop.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sapphire Blues

Most colours have always held some inspiration to me in one way or another. The ones I tend to use the most are in the green tones, but Blue is as always fabulously versatile! The magnificent multitude of shades in this particular colour is astounding! You can find them everywhere! Nature is always my biggest inspiration, so look up at your sky and think of all the shades you see! If it's early morning, you may have some pale shades with some brighter blue tones here and there, if it's evening it may have a greyer hue. Look at water reflecting the sky and it turns those same blues into deeper shades!

Need an idea of what to wear with these? Found this amazingly sexy and elegant dress on Pintrest! I prefer something a little longer myself, but why not! lol I of course would put her hair up so you can see the earrings! :)
 I hope you feel inspired to wear something new!

You can find these and other handmade earrings in my Etsy shop

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Copper Earring Displays

Today I'm sharing beautiful hand-forged copper earring displays from SilverPearlSupply.  My dear friend Erin pointed me to the way of this artful Etsy shop.

 I love the texture on the copper - so organic and warm.

They are created by a fellow jewelry designer, Mary Anne Karrin.  She offers several different styles like this one for hoop earrings and one of post earrings.

What a beautiful display a collection of these would make to highlight your earrings.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Twig Earring Holder

Swoon!  Twig earring holder from Pottery Barn - this is so me.  I would sport this on my dresser, I would use two of them in a booth display.  The little side twigs hold bracelets or necklaces.  How very clever.  I would probably match it up with a mirror framed with real twigs.

Would it be too much to only display bird, nest, tree and leaf themed earrings on them?  Over the top - just a smidge?  But darling!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Those of you familiar with me know Ammonite is one of my favorite things!!!
 I'm always trying to find new designs to create with it and these Copper Ovals are definitely new for me.
 Look at those cute little center spirals and the shimmer of the copper paired with the soft swirling blues of the lampwork glass beads and Sea Urchin Bead Caps. They are available HERE in my Etsy Shop.

I think they would add some bling to this casual outfit! 

and creates components and jewelry available at

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Pair of Magic Scepters

The design for these earrings morphed over a long period of time, initially spurred by some of Kristi Bowman-Gruel's earrings. I love how she stacked the lampwork on top of the charm, making it seem like one piece. Then I was kind of intrigued by Blackstar's bullet earrings. Both of those ideas lay percolating in the back of my mind, and eventually became infused with imagery from too much Harry Potter and Middle Earth exposure. (Pardon me, my geek is showing.)

My first brainstorm was to use a metal bar and a dagger type bead to create a sort of Magic Barbarian Spear (Plain Barbarian Spears are so drab), but then in the midst of sawing copper tubing for tube beads for other purposes I had a EUREKA! moment. How about a copper tube bead, textured and perhaps adorned with  some wire, and a glass teardrop? Upside-down. It would be like a MAGIC SCEPTER!! But upside down. Like if you hung your Magic Scepter from the coat rack when you weren't using it.

I would envision these earrings worn with the garb below (this would of course be more of an evening look):

Or perhaps this for daytime:

(This would be more of a Magic Urban Scepter look, you know, like from Underworld. Like when Selene is just chillin' and her vinyl outfit is at the cleaners.)

You can see more of my work at my Lunedesigns Etsy Shop, or see past work and a glimpse behind the curtain at my blog, The Cerebral Dilettante.