Monday, March 31, 2014

Metallic Drops

I've had these tribal texture 3 hole components sitting on my work bench for months waiting for something to inspire me. These Metallic Czech beads finally did the trick.
I kept the colors pretty random because they all look so good together.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Golden Slumber

I just can't seem to get away from silver and turquoise at the moment. It seems like every time I sit down to create lately, I grab my turquoise stash first and then open my drawer of sterling wire, chain, etc. and it happened again when I found these Golden Fluorite gems. They are just lovely and I love how they look with the turquoise chips.
You can find these earrings here or see lots of my other designs on my website.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

Kristy Abner

Kristy's Kreations
Love this photo on Etsy by LupenGrainne, the colors remind me of my earrings.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

Well, officially anyway. I am choosing to believe! Today I heard three different birdsong, simultaneously, through the window. To me that says Spring. I actually had hoped to have these earrings ready for the Beatrix Potter challenge, but I didn't make it. There is always room for flowers, however, so here they are! (Please disregard the somewhat incongruous story line on my book pages--"Prairie Guns"--I chose the pages for their delicious yellowed color and only belatedly noticed cowboys and some shooting. I'm so avant garde!)
These wonderful lampwork blooms are "fairy flowers" by Mermaid Glass on Etsy; the rustic green and ice blue tulips are from Happy Mango Beads; and the little Czech glass flower bells inside the green tulips are from Stinky Dog Beads.
Spring on the Prairie. With some cowboys.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Orchids and Gold

A couple of days ago I was talking with Karen Totten (Starry Road Studio) about what inspires my jewelry designs.  Flowers are a big source of inspiration to me.  Not only do I enjoy using flower shaped components, but the colors of flowers inspire me as well. I enjoy making floral arrangements and I have 3 pots of orchids that are blooming on the kitchen window sill at the moment (and about 7 more that are not in bloom now).

My orchids.

So since I love orchids and Pantone's color of the year is radiant orchid, I decided to make some Radiant Orchid Earrings.

These earrings a probably a little more on the lilac side of the spectrum than my orchid pictured above, but hey, orchids come in many shades and tones too!

 The lampwork beads were made in a studio in Venice, Italy, a city which has a long history of exquisite glass work.  That is real gold that has been melted around the perimeter of the beads.  I accented the earrings with purple Swarovski crystal and sterling silver.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Earrings and Inspiration

There are as many sources of inspiration as there are earrings created. Each pair has it's own story and original creative energy.

I find Pinterst to be a *great* source of inspiration. From design and fashion to a simple color concept. I tend to view color inspirations in vast categories. Meaning I don't just look at flowers for purple or sky photos for blue inspiration. 

The great thing about Pinterst is that you can search a color or colors and it will show you everything under the sun and more! 

Here is a glimpse of My "Color" board on Pinterest~

Sometimes just looking at the colors you want to incorporate is all that is needed. 

Inspired earrings...

These earrings will be available 

Be sure to check out the 
for more inspiration

Enjoy the day!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Aqua Ice

Please enjoy our Guest Blogger Nathalie Lesage!

Hello! I'm Nathalie Lesage, and this is my first submission for this fabulous blog. I'm a fan, and very happy to be here!

Spring!! Where is Spring?

Between the icy cool mornings and the promising blue skies, the month of March always keeps us guessing.
But I love March, as just like nature starts to wake up in anticipation of Summer, my imagination does the same :)

My inspiration for my design today is two-fold - I was participating in a challenge with my SRAJD group  and our challenge for the week was "Circles".
I wanted to incorporate Circles and March together - and thus, my choice of gemstone was a no-brainer: The birthstone for March... Aquamarine!

I mixed the two inspirations and ended up with these earrings :)

I soldered and textured the two sizes of hoops, and 'patiently' (very patiently!) wire wrapped 38 luscious top quality Aquamarine gemstones, including a pair of fancy "ring cut" (pointy back) pear shaped drops. I finished the look with a pair of my handcrafted circular shaped ear wires.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Nathalie Lesage
Metalsmith Jewelry Artist

Friday, March 21, 2014

We're All Ears :: March Reveal

I was so excited to find this artwork for our inspiration this month. I love the little mice, the embroidered tapestry colors, the dainty little flowers and vines, the wood, the rope, the needle. The colors seem to be the palette of my childhood memories. I hope that this image inspired you!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Into the Sun

You know sometimes you see beads that you just can't be without?  You may recognise the painted driftwood barrels that I've used here, especially if you admire the work of Lorelei Eurto (I think that's going to be most of you!).  As soon as I saw her designs with these Nature Scavenger beads, I knew I had to get some.  They're so cheering and just the thing to be using as winter slowly creeps away and makes way for Spring.  As you can see, we've had sun here today, in my corner of the UK.

That's what's to blame for this blue-ish picture!  Still, I reckon I'll forgive it - I just hope it hangs around!

These earrings are available here, in my Etsy shop

Bye for now, Claire

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

She's a Beautiful Beast

Seems like quite a few of us have been dreaming of lounging in the sunny summer heat and dipping our toes into a deep blue pool of water. Well, can you blame us? After a couple of tame years, this winter has been a brutal one. Mother Nature, we get it, you're a beautiful beast. 

For those of you lucky enough to live near a body of water and for those of us who are stuck just dreaming about it, here's some cool blue aqua watery eye candy for you - cascading tiers of ancient crusty Roman glass shards plus a kiss of lampwork glass at the bottom courtesy of NuminosityBeads.

I've been playing around with this new design and like the fluidity of it. Each linked glass disc is free to move and sway independent of the stack. Very serpentine, very eyecatching. Plus, those of you who know me are familiar with my love affair with Roman glass. These babies have it all. 

Wishing everyone some sunshine, some warmer weather, and pretty ears (natch!) <3

LoveRoot on Etsy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Echos of Nefertiti

Lapis Luzuli Earrings on Etsy

Lapis lazuli always makes me think of Egypt, even if it came from somewhere else. The regal color was probably worn by Egyptian queens.

I have lots of plans for these lapis triangles, but the first thing I had to try was a pair of earrings. I combine them with African turquoise stick beads and copper in a stacked and wrapped arrangement. Both the lapis lazuli and the African turquoise are recent acquisitions from Dakota Stones, always amazing quality stones if you haven't tried them.

. . . and a contemporary outfit with the new cobalt blue jeans would be perfect with these earrings.

Gloria Ewing
Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire

Monday, March 17, 2014

All Mixed Up

Some of you may know I like to mix metals, I primarily work with Copper but with this new White Copper that's recently appeared on the scene I thought it was a perfect and inexpensive way to mix metals. Technically they are both copper but it's the look of mixed metals I'm going for and
 I also mixed the textures.

I love White Copper, I only found out about it a week or so ago and I snatched up a couple packages right away and created with it as soon as I received it.

If you want to see more White Copper go HERE!
I will be listing more later today and the Earrings are available for sale

Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to know what you think!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Ocean Water

I know it's only March 14th but I could definitely use some beach time after this long cold winter, how about you? I actually made these for myself. I wear a ton of blues and greens in the summer so these will be perfect. I wire wrapped some Chalcedony gemstones onto these gorgeous sterling filigree teardrops. Just looking at them reminds me of the ocean, especially the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico.

I took this pic on one of our trips to Florida. This is taken on Captiva Island, FL.  A gorgeous place to stay! And an awesome bead store is only about an hour north of here. Google Andersons Bead Room  and just look at the pics! Love that place. 

Thanks for looking and have a fabulous weekend!

Kristy Abner

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Polka Stacks

Poor Keirsten is under the weather (get well soon, Kiersten!), so you've got me again today.  I've been making lots of these wire-wrapped stack earrings recently.

These, as you'll probably recognise, were made with a pair of Bo Hulley's polka dot rounds.  It's funny; I've had them for ages.  I was lucky enough to be paired with Bo in a Secret Santa swap that was run in a beady facebook group the Christmas before last. (Yep, I was very chuffed!)  I received four pairs of them in my parcel. 'Perfect', I thought, 'I'll be making earrings with these'.  However, despite taking them out of my stash numerous times, I kept failing to find something a bit different to do with them.  Now, finally, I've found a design with which I'm happy.  So much so, I've made a couple of pairs.

Am I allowed to share two pairs of earrings in the one post?  I'll blame it on being a newbie!  I have one pair of polka dot beads left.  I reckon I know what I'll be doing with them... This second pair has sold but the first pair are available here in my Etsy shop.

Bye for now, Claire
something to do with your hands

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Turquoise Earrings - Or Why I Need To Go To France Soon

Since I started writing for Earrings Everyday, I've added a lot more pins to my Fashion Finds board on Pinterest, because I've always enjoyed the posts here that paired earrings with outfits.  It turns out that I've really had fun adding to this board (I'm more than a little bit addicted to Pinterest anyway).  I seem to be on a turquoise kick lately and I just fell in love with this outfit.
If you look closely, you'll see that it is actually a 2 piece outfit.  It includes a cute little vest with it.  The sleeves are semi-transparent and the whole thing looks all twirly and soft.

Here's what I'd wear with it.  That is, I'd wear these earrings with this outfit if I lived in France, because that's where this dress is sold.  I know...le sigh.
Lampwork discs by Outwest
Au revoir!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dreaming of Dragonflies

Dreaming of Dragonflies

It's this time of the year I dream of warm days
with the flutter of dragonfly wings passing my ears and rustle of the creek.
Warm days, sun on my face and peaceful afternoons are just around the corner.  

Glimmering lily pads on the water bed,

close those eyes and rest your head.
Dream away of an endless dream
Emma Sawer

"Clouds of insects danced and buzzed in the golden autumn light, and the air was full of the piping of the song-birds. Long, glinting dragonflies shot across the path, or hung tremulous with gauzy wings and gleaming bodies." 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I've been playing around with leather.  Embossing, adding dyes and hand painting
for a fresh new look. This hoop style reminded me of lily pads and were just perfect with the copper dragonflies.  As the snow melts here in the hills of Pennsylvania,
 I have visions and dreams of warmer days....

Melinda Orr
Bandana Girl 

Friday, March 7, 2014

We're All Ears :: March Inspiration

Pen and watercolor by Beatrix Potter
from The Tailor of Gloucester from the collection at the Tate Museum
Oh! Miss Beatrix Potter captivated me when I was a child.
The exquisite detail of her watercolor paintings is so impressive and really created a tiny world that I wanted to inhabit with waistcoat and ball-gown bedecked mice and rabbits.
I selected this image from the The Tailor of Gloucester because there is much to be inspired by in it! And this story is so sweet. I might have to seek it out!
The color, the patterns, the subjects... let's see what inspires you!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lagoon Crescents

You know how you sometimes make a pair of earrings with which you just don't want to part?  I made some the other day.

It's partly because the ceramic crescents, made by Jana of Happy Fish Things, are so beautiful.  The glaze is just lovely.  But they also remind me of something precious from my childhood.  They instantly bring to mind a pair of paintings which belonged to my maternal grandparents.  These collage type pieces were created by Rowland Fade.  They're very late-1960s - early-1970s in style, which I love.  I now own the paintings myself but they're so large I don't have anywhere to hang them in my current flat. They're stored at my parents' place, waiting for the day when  I have wall space for them.  Frustratingly, I don't have images of my paintings, so I've pulled some similar examples from online sources.  

My paintings have colours similar to these.  Hence my choice of the ochre accent beads on my earrings.    The shades in my blue painting are, however, much brighter, much more like the blue glaze on my earrings. 

I think I may need to ask Jana for more of these crescents!

Bye for now, Claire 


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Between Her and the Stars

Listening to music - one of my favorite things to do when creating jewelry, cooking, sipping a glass of wine, messing around the house, you name it. I'm continually inspired by other artists, especially those whose medium is the spoken and written word. I'm a word nerd, I can't help it.

When I'm creating jewelry, many times a song lyric or a phrase from a novel will pop into my head. I often wake up with phrases floating around in my skull like a song stuck on repeat. I've made a habit of naming each of my pieces. I find it gives them a soul to inhabit, an identity, a purpose.

These particular earrings are a bit of a departure for me in that they are PINK...well, as close to pink as I'll probably ever get. They have a visceral, dreamy, desperate bleeding heart romantic quality to them. Their title was inspired by a These Immortal Souls lyric:

"Plot me a course
By Pluto and Mars
To a vanishing point
Between her and the stars"

Art inspires art inspires art...components from several crazy talented bead artists (Kimberly Rogers, Xaz Bead Company, and Diane Hawkey), music from one hell of a talented band, and jewelry from my two little hands. And the circle continues.

Have a great week <3
LoveRoot on Etsy

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I'm Thinkin Spring Break

Orange Polymer Clay Earrings with Turquoise

After an especially cold and snowy winter, visions of Spring Break are dancing in my head. My vision of Spring Break is definitely a toned down version, without all of the hedonism of youth. Just laying on a beach soaking up the sun, relaxing with a fruity tropical drink, and recharging my creative batteries - that's what we all need this time of year!

To capture that mood in my earring design, I use orange polymer clay charms that I have stamped with a sun pattern and colored with gilder's paste to add dimension. To the charms, I added nuggets of turquoise and Greek barrel shaped copper beads, that are stacked and wrapped with copper wire.

My sunny vacation is only in my thoughts for now, but soon . . .

Gloria Ewing
Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire

Monday, March 3, 2014

Smoke on the Water

As I was putting these together trying to think of what to name them, which is not a strong suit of mine, I suddenly started singing Smoke on the Water in my head.
These beads definitely look like Smoke on the Water.

I paired them with some of my Copper Wagon Wheels and a little Czech Glass bead at the top.

Smoke on the Water by Stanislaf Grof
Earrings Available HERE in my Etsy Shop.
Lampwork Beads by Numinosity Beads!