Friday, January 18, 2019

We're All Ears :: Living Coral

I truly didn't think that I would even have any beads for this month's challenge of the Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral. So I decided to challenge myself with 15 minutes on the clock to pull out all beads that I could find, art bead or otherwise, that was even remotely in that particular hue. I surprised myself! I took a few liberties with the color, trending a bit more to a brighter orange than coral for some beads, but you get the gist.

At the same time I pulled out an assortment of art beads that might work. Found a few!

Next I decided to go back to the color palettes that I shared in the inspiration post.  I decided that I would try to make one pair of earrings for each of the five palettes. That gave me a lot of choices for accent colors! Unfortunately, my time was limited as I started this on Thursday night, and I only managed to make three pair, but at least I have ideas for some future earrings!

And finally, I can reveal to you what I created!

Focal Point Foliage
I came upon these perfect little disk beads from Heather Powers of Humblebeads that were coral with little green foliage. Serendipity! I then found some moss agate briolettes and some faceted Czech glass for some additional hues of olive green and peachy-coral. I love the copper wire and spacers that play off the warm tones of the peachy-coral polymer clay.

This palette calls for a mix of bright hues and funky patterns. I had these vintage orange glass beads with the sunbursts. I found these great ceramic headpins in aqua from Michelle of Firefly Studios and rubber O-rings for movement. Perfectly trippy in every way!

Under the Sea
I lucked out in my Humblebeads stash to find these flat tablet beads that had a pattern that fit this palette perfectly. The shapes on the polymer clay beads remind me of coral reefs with colorful fish darting to and fro, like the little coral beads dangling at the bottom and topping it off with a bespeckled midnight blue goldstone.

I have to say that this exercise was a good one for me. Sometimes I let the coral beads take the lead, and other times they were just a supporting cast member to another hue. And even though I didn't have time to work up all five palettes, but at least I have some ideas for Shimmering Sunset, and Sympatico.

Let's see what beauties you made with Living Coral!

Making for Friends .

Hello lovely ones how are you all?
I’ve been rather ill over the New Year and I must admit I’m not quite better yet.!!!
Anyhoo as the title suggests I’ve been “ making for friends” isn’t it funny how making a piece of jewellery for a friend or family member can be sooo different from making to sell !!
When I make to sell I normally have an idea in my head of what I’m doing ( well sometimes I do other times it’s the will of the gods and a bit of Celtic luck lololo)
And when I make for friends I know which ones like colour or a bit of bling ..... or who’s a bit of a goth ( not mentioning anyone ... Lindsay )
But what happens when a Friend you know through Facebook asks you to make something..... Eek!!
I have been making two pieces just recently, one is a whole set earrings,necklace and bracelet and although I have actually met this lovely girl .... I’ve struggled ( just want them to be perfect of course)
But the other piece is quite different I’ve known this fabulous person only through Facebook .
She’s a bit of a dafty like me and an amazing glass artist who I have bought several pieces off in the past, and just before Christmas when I was buying a piece from her she said “ why don’t we do swapsies, you make me some earrings “ .
Ok I thought that sounds wonderful... so I asked the usual questions ... what colours do you like? Do you want dangles or short? What sort of gemstones? Silver or copper ?
And this was her reply ... Err purple or blue , love danglies, Ooo no gemstones just any tat you have lying about ( tat really !!!!) love copper but it doesn’t like my ears and I love texture .
Oh good lord I thought no gemstones!!!! ....and so this is what I came up with after much faffing and messing about .

I’ve cut out some copper shapes and hammered and twiddled them to give them a ridged textured feel, then solderd some tiny silver circles onto the surface,I then gave them a rather dark patina and polished them back to a nice dark sheen.

Hung above are some wonderful purple Charolite ( so soft and tactile)
discs with some of my hammered and twiddled crinklies spaces inbetween , I would normally add darkened copper earwires but I have made some pretty little silver “ Maze “ ones for her delicate little lobes.

Then because I couldn’t resist...and because everyone needs a tiny bit of amethyst I have hung some pretty little flat amethyst briollets from the front ( shhhhh she might not notice )

When I read this back it sounds like it all came together so they really didn’t , they are nothing like the pieces I started with but I really hope she will like them .
Thanks for listening to my ramblings   Love and hugs Lucy Haslam ( Faerystone).

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Headpins and more

Hello, hello from a wet Holland
Last Tuesday we travelled  from a Sunny Greece to a wet and dreary Netherlands for work. Rain and gray skies. Luckily no snow and not as cold as it used to be.

Today I am sharing three pairs of earrings with you. All three made with beautiful handmade ceramic headpins. Even if my life depended on it, I cannot remember who the artist is. If you know who made these beauties, please mention her name in the comment, so I can give her proper credit.

I am still experimenting with ear wires and I have to say, I like the beaded ear wires a lot, they are wonderfully in flow with the rest of the design. What do you think?
These will be available in my jewelry show February 4.

Thank you so much for looking and your support for Earrings Everyday :)
And you know I love to read your comments, so don't be shy and leave some words.
See you in the beginning of February.N
Wishing you all a wonderful day, full of joy, laughter and singing birds.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Seeing Pink Elephants

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So, it all started when I bought a simple little pair of tin pink elephant components made from a vintage, mid-century, cocktail tip tray. I loved the elephants so much I hunted down a couple of the trays!  To be honest, the trays are so adorable I'm not sure I can cut these up!

Here are the little guys from Shipwreckdandy that started my binge!

Pink elephants need bubbles so I used hollow blown glass beads.

And, using another portion of the tray...

 This time I thought some white elephant charms would really pop!  I added some vintage glass pearls to complete the bubbly effect. ❍❍❍

And, some smaller iridescent plastic bubbles!

Elegant Elephant Ears!!

Pewter charms by Inviciti with scattered various vintage pearls!

Lastly, I made some pins!

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I had a lot of fun with this!  It's good to break out and just do things that make you feel happy :)

Thank you for stopping by today!

See you again in February!

Loralee xo

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Snow Flurries

The weather here at the very end of Puget Sound has been completely free of snow - at least so far. However the mountains have been getting some nice snow - skiers rejoice! And its white in the eastern part of the state, where I lived for nearly 30 years. So even though I've been spared the white stuff this year, I was still inspired to design some snowy earrings.
I started with the pretty snowflake charms.  The large, ribbed lampwork glass beads were a perfect choice to go with the charms. The white glass that swirls throughout the blue beads reminded me of the way snow flurries blow and drift all around. The Snow Flurry Earrings are available on my website.
Winter is not my favorite time of year, but I did enjoy designing these earrings. Do you have snow where you live or are you in warmer climes?

Monday, January 14, 2019

A Carnival of colour

I thought I would start off the new year with making some earrings using my own components. They are made by hand painting a design onto a metal shape and then I add a layer of jewellers’ grade resin.

For this fun first pair I combined Petra Maříková’s lampwork with some spacer beads including Czech glass flowers and ceramic bead caps with these adorable puppy face components. 

For this pair I used a combination of dark blue, turquoise and lime green and I decided on quite an elaborate design based around my peacock feathers components. They are combined with hollow lampwork beads by Alisha White and Czech glass beads and bead caps.

For this final multi-coloured pair I have used lampwork br Régis Teixera, headpins by Yuliana Goldin-Dunn and some spacer beads.
I hope you like them, they will be available in my Facebook group today - Nicola Morse Jewellery & components.

Friday, January 11, 2019


For the first post of this year I delved in to my extremely large stash of Scorched Earth goodies.  There are tonnes of spikes...I was definitely spoilt for choice.  I kept things simple, I didn't have a lot of time to make elaborate designs and I've also wanted to go back to stacked earring designs.

This pair features Petra's spikes decorated with fine silver strips.  I added silver plated brass and raw brass caps for the stacked section plus rings.

Here's another view. 

Petra's spikes again with fine silver - stacked with raw brass caps, Czech glass big hole beads and flowers.

Another view.

These are now available on Etsy. See you soon <3


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Discs and Circles...

...and DOTS!  Happy New Year, everyone!
I hope your 2019 is going well!  💗

These colorful, happy, and whimsical earrings were so much fun to make!  I've just listed them, and their sunniness is welcome after the rain and windstorms we've had here in Sacramento the last few days!  It's been glooooomy!

I bought the wonderful ombre dotted charms by Nicola Morse quite a while ago, and found their dotty match (the glorious golden hollow beads by Beth Mellor) by chance a number of months ago.  I had commissioned Beth to make me some beads to go with other components I had, and she made those beads as well as many more...including the wonderful dotted beauties that ended up in these earrings.  I love how these earrings came together by serendipity.  💗

To finish the earrings, I added a pair of small orchid glass discs (also by Beth), golden Swarovski rondelles nestling in little gold leafy bead caps, and beautiful 4-mm faceted purple garnet coins.  I wrapped everything together with gold-filled wire and hung them on my Two Trees gold-filled ear wires.

These earrings can be found at Two Trees Studio, here.

Wishing you all sunny days--or at least sunny days of the heart.  💗

Thanks for reading.  I'll be back in two weeks with some new things!


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Living Coral

Erin choosing to highlight Living Coral, the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2019,  as this months Earrings Everyday challenge happened to coincide with a colour challenge I'd set in The Very Nice Group last weekend. Lots of fellow designers stepped up to the plate and we had some really nice work shown.

I really wasn't sure about the colour coral. It's not one I use a lot and would probably steer clear of in my wardrobe but once I got started I changed my view. In the end I made four pairs of earrings.  Of course buying new real coral is an environmental issue but I'm lucky enough to have a stash of my mums old vintage coral (she collected old Victorian and early 20thC broken jewellery, and restrung it, but kept rather a lot!)

For this pair I wired tiny old coral branches onto metal connectors with a Verdigris patina, and hung bronzed drops from Petra Carpreau on the bottom.

The next have verdigris fold formed copper leaves by Annie Laura, again wired with coral and the lampwork beads are by Kimberly Rogers.

Old sponge coral beads echo the slightly more pink toned coral in these lampwork bicones by Angelika Schott, with blue patina copper rings and soft aqua deerskin leather.

And finally a little drama - lampwork bicones by Karin Hruza in coral, blue, grey and black, on beaten copper paddle pins with jasper spacers and ornate copper beads, adding a slightly Moroccan flavour.
Have you had a go at designing with Living Coral? What do you think of it? What colours would you prefer to see with it? I'm rather liking green.....

The top two pairs have sold, but the bottom two are in my Etsy shop now. See you in a couple of weeks time.

                                                                  Lindsay x

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Monday, January 7, 2019

New year, new stuff

Happy new year lovely earring people!

I always find this time of year a bit sad. The festivities of Christmas are done, the decorations taken down and the long month of January ahead. So I have been glad to throw myself into making lots of new things for my first showcase in ages at the end of the month. Creativity is a funny thing, isn't it? The more I've made,  the more ideas have come easily and  the more I've felt like making.

Some beautiful ceramic drops by Petra Carpreau of Scorched Earth were the inspiration for this pair. Look at the glaze on these! The most beautiful greys and mottled purples and mauves. Gorgeous.

I kept it simple with some copper washers which I textured and oxidised, and added a simple ring of co-ordinating seed beads to reflect those lovely mauves and purples. All that was needed, I think.

Short and sweet from me. These pretties will be available in my next showcase at the end of the month in  the Jewellery Show in Facebook Land. 

See you soon 

Friday, January 4, 2019

We're All Ears :: January Inspiration :: Color of the Year 2019

Drum roll please.....The winner of the Emergency Earring Making Kit is.... 

Sarajo Wentling!

I will send out a little earring goodie package just for you!


I find the Pantone Color of the Year forecasts rather intriguing. I don't always enjoy their choices, but I do love reading the rationale behind the pick and seeing the color palettes they put together to go along with it. I don't always use this color forecast to determine what I use, but I think that as creatives in any medium it helps to be up on the latest trends, even if I don't want to follow them (I like what I like and don't like to be told what color to use!).

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge

Animating? Yes. It has a quality of being vibrating and shimmering, especially when placed against darker shades, or blue hues, the complementary partner. I also think that this color represents the vibrancy of life, especially since it is actually the namesake of an endangered species in our oceans that I would hope we would all want to fight to protect. So in that respect, I think that it can be a life-affirming hue. So yes, I agree with Pantone's statement about the energizing shade with a softness that makes it approachable.

As usual, Pantone has put together 5 color palettes. What I like most about this is that it shows me possibilities that I might not have thought of for combining colors. I like to see the individual color names (I would love the job of naming colors!), but I also like the color harmonies that show them in connection with one another. I like to use as many of these palettes to inform my choices for my earrings, that is my personal challenge. Which palette are you most drawn to?

I am not sure that I have many beads in this Living Coral color (maybe a trip to the bead store is in order?), but I will try to find what I can to create as many pairs in as many palettes as I can with this special, energetic color. Pick your favorite combination and make one pair (or more!) of earrings to show off. Come back on January 18th for the reveal and add your link!