Rockin' New Earrings!
Published On: 11-11-2011 05:52am
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Originally published November 6, 2011.
Since we have been in a state of "when" as far the move to El Paso goes, and, since part of my studio has been packed and unpacked several times now, I have only been creating earrings. Fortunately I actually marked the box where my tools were packed as "studio tools - open first" so I was able to track them down along with the sterling wire and findings. Whew! Would have gone crazy if I couldn't create! Think as we all know, making something beautiful is good stress relief.
Today, I want to share a short post of my latest three earrings listings:
The first is a fun pair of earrings called "Star Bright
). They were handmade using turquoise-colored Czech Picasso glass with a star design imprinted into the glass, "light Colorado topaz" Swarovski crystals and sterling silver headpins with a star at the end. I have become to appreciate and love Czech glass, especially the ones wth the rustic Picasso finish, more and more. I found these Czech beauties in the shop of ArteBellaSurplus
. Karen has a few items in her ArtFire store, http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/ArteBellaSurplus
but the majority of pieces are in her Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArteBellaSurplus
. The Swarovski crystals and star headpins just HAD to be used with the Czech glass :) I have several more sets of Czech glass beads from Karen so more earrings will be show up soon.
Another favorite type of beads to use are bone beads, especially those that have been carved or batiked. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to hoarde them and not use them in designs. LOL! I do love looking at them and playing with them! These rustic "Dragonfly Dreams
" earrings (http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/ShadowDogDesigns/4009474
) were created with dyed and then hand-carved bone beads with a dragonfly motif, turquoise rondelles and sterling silver heads with a hand-hammered spiral. Think I was motivated to create these earirngs because about two weeks ago I was transfixed by thousands of dragonflies that seemed to be migrating about 20 feet up in the air. They were all flying in the same direction at relatively the same speed, not doing thier normal swooping and darting after prey. Don't know if dragonflies migrate but the incredible sight of them will always live with me.
The third pair of earrings came about because of my love of space. When I first saw these laser etched black onyx beads, I immediately thought of deep space and the paths of planets, comets and other interstellar bodies. In fact, I named these earrings "Interstellar
). The black onyx is very hightly polished - boy, were these hard to take good photos of because they wanted to reflect everything! A laser was used to etch the swirls. What a wonderful contrast the lines provide with their grayish color against the glossy black! Capping the black onyx diamonds are hematite rondelles cut in a hexagon shape. Once again, I used star headpins (just had to!) for these "Interstellar
To see more photogrpahs of these earrings, please follow the links to my ArtFire studio.
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