Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Embrace the Crust

Can we talk about crust for a second? Now I know what you're thinking - crust is the stuff of early mornings and dirty dishes. It shouldn't be glorified, should be swept under the rug, and should never be mentioned. I'm going to whiplash your opinions on this topic - behold a wee pair of earrings I recently made using lampwork glass beads from Kimberly Rogers of Numinosity Beads.

She describes the style of these beads as crubbly - a combination of crusty and bubbly. To me they look like the beginnings of a swirling cosmic universe. 

I pulled out the caramelly ambery tones of her beads by using some Baltic amber resin chips and then added some textural play using two small "urchin" style African brass baule beads. Small little myrrh resin nubs at the bottom add a faint exotic fragrance. 

These earrings make a statement without being too heavy or too over the top - they're tribal, futuristic, organic, and primitive...all at the same time. 

So the next time your wrinkle your nose at the mention of crust, think twice...

Happy mid-week <3
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  1. I love what you do with crust, Nikki!! These are fabulous, they do remind me of a young planet, just coalescing, with its molten core glowing through the crust! The nubbly brass beads are the perfect addition--and scented even (love myrrh)! Yes, you do capture futuristic and tribal at the same time, fascinating juxtaposition and you do it so well.

  2. Blushing like mad - thank you ladies!!

  3. I love crusty stuff even in jewelry. My husband thinks I'm crazy. Your earrings are amazing!

  4. I love crusty! And I adore these earrings!

  5. If we're talking about pie crust or crusty sourdough bread, I'm all for it! These are gorgeous Nikki! The colors and elements are so lovely together.

  6. Exotic indeed! I love the rusty bits, the way it looks so organic and growing. Very nice! Enjoy the day. Erin

  7. You find the coolest beads!! I am totall in love with those Urchin like Baule beads!! LOVE the whole earring actually!!

  8. I wouldn't have thought I would find the "crubby" appealing, but I love what you did with them - they found a perfect home in this design with the other components. Very well done!

  9. Wow! I just love them...I would so totally wear those...a lot.