Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cavorting in the Casbah

Casbah Earrings on Etsy

The image in my mind was one of belly dancers, richly colored woven tapestries and mysterious looking men smoking hookah pipes. Welcome to my dream world! Every night is a new adventure in epic form. If only I could transcribe these and publish them as a series of novels with slightly twisted story lines, I might be rich and famous instead of just tired. So play along with me and picture in your mind a politically incorrect version of fun (equal amounts of fun for both men and women) in North Africa.

These exotic looking earrings began with brass crescents that I hammered, stamped and darkened with patina. The beads are arranged in three tiers of hanging strands, each with a complementing ethnic accent bead in its center.

Gloria Ewing
Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire


  1. Fabulous design and great colors. I love the source of your inspiration!

  2. Wonderful!! I love the inspiration and these are spot on!!

  3. I love this design and your metalwork--this crescent shape always appeals to me! I was hooked on Middle Eastern architecture for a while too, particularly the tiled mosques and buildings--spectacular! These are a great ode to that wonderful style.

  4. Gorgeous! Fabulous detail on the crescents and wonderful colour!

  5. Love orange and how you've draped the beads here. Beautiful gypsy-escish! (new word) :-D