Friday, January 31, 2014

A Hint Of Nature's Bounty

It's been awhile since I have been able to post, but here I am. I will be better organized with pictures for the next post, but everything seems to be a mangled mess around here! Lol!
I am just glad to be back making jewelry again. I have struggled with pain in my hands for the last year or so, but I am working through it one day at a time. I look forward to posting many more pairs of earrings in the near future. I created these to be earthy and rustic. I wanted them to go with anything.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 30, 2014


I'm guessing I'm not the only one who recently had cause to think about upcycled jewellery designs.  For my first post on this blog, I thought I'd share this pair of earrings that I made using paper clips.

I patinated the clips using swellegant - I was delighted when that worked! - and combined them with some button pearls, some czech glass cones and some links from a broken, vintage necklace that belonged to my mother.   I was quite struck by the design possibilities these humble clips offer and, with this post in mind, I had a nose around Pinterest to see what other uses makers had found for them.  I came across several tutorials.  I do love these sweet ice skate ornaments.

How dinky?! These bookmarks are also very sweet - and simple too:

And finally, these flowers have a pleasing vintage look and could make for natty focals.

As I said, this is my first post here, so I'd like to say 'hello' to you all and thank you for having me!  My paperclip earrings have sold but you can see a selection of other earrings on my blog and in my shop.

Ta-ra until next time, 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Garnet Inspiration

Hello Bloggers! My name is Cindy Pack and this is my first posting here on Earrings Everyday. I am a bead maker and jewelry designer with Cindy's Art & Soul Jewelry. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this wonderful group of artisans.

The earrings I am sharing today feature handmade components. The ear wires are sterling silver with soldered closed loops. I have been obsessing lately about my ear wires and making sure they are closed in some way. 

The silver charms were created with pure fine silver. Hand cut from sheet and then textured with fabric, run through a rolling mill. 

I added in tiny fine silver hoop rings to contrast with the square charms. 

And finally deep red micro faceted garnet stones-- because there is a few days left in January, of course!

These earrings have a lot of style and I imagine them as dressed up. But that's the beauty of silver-- it can be dressed up or casual. Garnets with their deep red color and faceted surface can make a casual outfit feel that much more stylish. These earrings are brand new and listed in my Etsy shop! 

I found this lovely collection at Polyvore that I felt was a good match for this set. I love the black, white and red combination. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wild Blackberry Cordial

Wild Blackberry Cordial for sale at my website

These wine-stained etched and dapped disks from Lisa Liddy of Metal Me This reminded me of blackberries and the color that your fingers get when plucking them ripe from the vine to pop into your mouth. That made me think of how delicious they would be as a drink, a sweet cordial perhaps mixed with a bit of brandy. Good to the last drop.

Blackberry Eating
I love to go out in late September
among the fat, overripe, icy, black blackberries
to eat blackberries for breakfast,
the stalks very prickly, a penalty
they earn for knowing the black art
of blackberry-making; and as I stand among them
lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries
fall almost unbidden to my tongue,
as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words
like strengths or squinched,
many-lettered, one-syllabled lumps,
which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well
in the silent, startled, icy, black language
of blackberry-eating in late September.

Galway Kinnell

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Welcome New EE Members

In honor of the addition of 4 new members to the EE Team
I've created a treasury featuring all of our members.

Please welcome Nikki Zehler, Claire Lockwood, Cindy Pack and Linda Landig to our wonderful team.
I'm so excited to see what they each create to share with us in the coming weeks!

'Earrings Everyday' by KristiBowmanDesign

In her stead - handmade earr...

Silver Leaf Earrings Sterlin...

Spiral Wirework Earrings Pur...

RESERVED - This Heavenly Bod...

Purple Lavender Brick Red Gl...

SALE Gemstone Wire Wrapped C...

Red Black Lampwork Glass Ear...

Hammered Triangle Earrings G...

Handmade Copper Snakeskin He...

The Black Goddess - primitiv...

Natural Beach Stones Earring...

Post Hoop Earrings Mixed Met...

Picasso coins - handmade ear...

Ladies Leather Jasper Vintag...

Tribal Ethnic Copper Earring...

Hippie Chic, Copper and Sari...

We can't forget Kristy Abner who's Etsy shop is empty at the moment, but she has a wonderful website.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Mayan Headdress

I've been playing with scratch foam again lately and these copper components are some of my favorites.
I like the shape and I put a holes where they are so beady goodies could be dangled from the center
 and I love way they look.

I didn't realize until after I created these earrings how much they look like a Mayan Headdress.
I think I'll be playing with this idea much more.
Beautifully Tribal!
Glass Headpins by SueBeads.



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Luminous Knots

In the winter, I'm often drawn to darkly luminous colors and finishes. One of my favorite combinations is burnished copper and peacock pearls. Here I've combined rustic copper knots in a chestnut patina from Shannon German of Miss Fickle Media with large, freeform pearls in a rich oil slick coloration and smoky gray glass seed beads.

I picture them with a funky plum gown and soft taupe accessories:

luminous winter

These will be available in my Etsy shop later this week.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Flowers

Inspired by the subtle shades of winter, I made these Czech flower beads the focal point of my rustic copper earrings. The flowers are a granite color with hints of green and blue, and accents of rusty brown. Accompanied by copper ovals that are also in a floral motif, wasabi green rondelles and darkened copper wire that I have loosely wrapped around the flowers for a casual look.

We are coming into the time of year when a warm weather vacation would be a welcome change. I love this Ralph Lauren crochet outfit, and it would be perfect with my winter flower earrings.

Gloria Ewing
Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire

Friday, January 17, 2014

Gypsy Hoops

I love the look of adding ribbon and fibers to earrings and I hadn't done that in quite awhile so when I decided to use these gorgeous lampwork beads (by Bubby & McGurk Beads) that I had been hoarding, I went through my Sari silk ribbon stash first. I added some Czech beads and some dark red coral beads and lots of wire wrapping!

These earrings are for sale on my website but if you are interested in buying beads like these, please check out the Bubby & McGurk Beads Facebook page. Online bead sale tomorrow at 2pm EST.

Thanks for looking!
Have a great weekend,

Kristy Abner
Kristy's Kreations 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hearts & Flowers

I am not a hearts & flowers kind of girl.

Sure. I love to get flowers, and hearts are very sentimental, but I am not that girly.

If I have hearts at all they are going to be grungy and weathered, perhaps cracked and a bit odd.

When I saw these ceramic hearts from my friend LeAnn Weih of SummersStudioBeads, I just couldn't resist. They have a cute puff shape but the glaze is rusty with flecks of black. I pulled out some handmade copper ear wires from my friend Rebecca Anderson of The Curious Bead Shoppe. One of the things I love, but can't seem to master, is handmade earring wires. So I let an expert like Rebecca help me out! Lying on my table were are few of these sweet wood flowers. Would you believe that I bought some clearance stretchy bracelets with hideous plastic beads and multitudes of these wood daisy spacers just to get my hands on those flowers? I love them.

Want to know who else loves them?

Let me introduce you to my brand new earring model.

Say hello to Delia
If you want to know the story behind my new earring model, head on over to my blog in just a short bit for an explanation of who Delia is and how I came to know her!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Beach Stones

Winter always puts me in the mood for neutrals. These natural beach stone earrings make me think of a winter lakeshore, all pearl gray sky, steel gray water, and tawny dried grasses. Other elements are red creek jasper roundels, copper, sterling silver, and little pale champagne-colored seed beads on the earwires.

I picture them with the perfect winter outfit of soft neutrals:
beach stones

I will be listing an assortment of these beach stone earrings in my Etsy shop this weekend--stop by!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bling Infusion

Red Magma Hammered Copper Earrings

Once upon a time, I considered the idea of blending sparkling crystal beads with rustic metals and/or stone beads. The concept has been percolating in my brain for all this time and now I have finally worked up the nerve to begin. I am hopeful that this will be the first piece in a collection of bling infused tribal jewelry. A new direction to be explored at a time when I can make my own metal components, and Swarovski elements have been available at discounts after the holidays.

Molten lava flowing over the dark ashen colored volcanic rock is a similar contrast to my hammered copper and crystal, so it is fitting that the color of the Swarovski columns I used in my earring design is called magma.

Gloria Ewing
Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire

Friday, January 3, 2014


These earrings feature gorgeous lampwork beads by Bubby & McGurk Beads and my own hammered copper washers. I decided to name them Cosmos because they reminded me of a planet in orbit.

These earrings are available HERE and to see more of my designs, please check out my website.  
Also, Bubby & McGurk Beads is having a BEAD SALE on their Facebook page on Saturday. Check it out if you can!

Thank you and have a great weekend,

Kristy Abner
Kristy's Kreations