Sunday, March 26, 2017

With love

Hello peeps.

First of all I apologize to you for missing my post two weeks ago. Somehow I managed to mix up the dates.

Currently I am in the Netherlands and spring is here. Yay. I love the soft greens of the new leaves, the pinks and whites of the blossoms. Birds are busy to build their nests or are hatching already. Everything comes alive. How about where you live? Has spring arrived yet?

Original picture from Di Keeble
Participating in the bead soup blog party, bead hoarders edition made me rummage through my tiny stash of beads. And gave me the idea to challenge myself for the rest of this year. For every blog here on Earrings Everyday I challenge myself to use art beads I have been hoarding for quite some time. Starting today.   

I have been hoarding these handmade polymer clay charms, made by Di Keeble for a very very long time. In fact, these were among the very first art beads I bought.
From these three I picked the two square ones. I like asymmetrical jewelry a lot, so one square and the rectangle one would be the natural choice. But I am not great in asymmetrical earrings. Necklaces or bracelets, not a problem at all. In fact to make these symmetrical is a problem for me. But asymmetrical earrings.... somehow I cannot master that. Luckily the print on the square ones are different.. so... just a wee bit asymmetrical.

The blue seeds beads did have the perfect matching color to accompany these charms, but they are tiny. Well, they are seed beads, so naturally they are tiny. So...what to do with them? These beads have 2 holes, so why not make a ring with them? I took out even more tiny seeds beads in white (the smallest beads you can buy) and beaded these rings. 
For a little pop of color I added a small Czech glass bead in dusty rose.

These earrings are available in my shopThank you so much for looking and I see you in a couple of weeks. Here on Earrings Everyday we appreciate and love to read your comments. So don't be shy and let us know your thoughts. 

Wishing you a wonderful day, full of joy, sunshine and spring flowers.
Esfera Jewelry

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Bling

Today's earrings feature beautiful headpins by Bea Stoertz.  I have teamed these up with vintage glass beads in a round frame - they were simple and perfect at this point but I wanted to add more (as always). 

I added a stack of Swarovski rondelles, brass spacers and more vintage glass beads. 

Now they look perfect - to me 😁

These are now listed in my Etsy shop.  See you again in  a couple of weeks time.

Suhana <3

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Earth Rebirth

In my last post here at Earrings Everyday, I wrote about how much I was yearning for spring to arrive.  Well, it's finally here, officially at least, and for some of us the weather is even getting warmer and sunnier!  So I thought I'd make earrings that would reflect the beginning of spring, that period of rebirth and renewal, when the birds are building nests for their families-to-be, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the trees are leafing out.

I looked through my cache of earring components and opened my box of treasures by Helena Benkoczka of ARETObeadsjewellry, who (as I'm sure you know) makes uniquely beautiful earring charms.  I found just what I wanted:  a lovely pair of tribal teardrop charms in soft turquoise and purple that reminded me of the Easter celebrations of my childhood.

To go with the charms, I picked lovely streaky transparent purple lampwork rondelles by Beth Mellor of Beeboo and pretty turquoise discs made for me by my friend Barbara Steffen of Fire Spirit Beads.

I added tiny purple seed beads and turquoise jump rings, and wrapped and knotted everything together with turquoise waxed linen cording.  These pretty, softly colored earrings are the result.

Thanks so much for reading--I'll see you in two weeks!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stopping to Smell the Roses. just happens to be my birthday. Not planned this way, it's just my regular posting day, but having reached the kind of age where my younger granddaughter Hazel asks me 'which birthday will you be dying on, Nannie?' I make a point of stopping to smell the roses - both real and metaphorical -  whenever I can.

This pretty Hellebore (aka Christmas Rose, Lenten Rose) was given to me by a good friend for my birthday exactly two years ago when our new garden was in it's infancy and is reaching a decent size now. When all is barren in the garden they can be relied on for weeks of colour to cheer you up and herald Spring. It's  a plant with history.

(19th C botanical image)
Co-incidentally, I received my order of several of  Kimberly Rogers lampwork criffles (which I love - and aren't they like the hellebores?) so last weekend I 'went pink' with several pairs of pink earrings. Some have already gone, and there a couple still in my Etsy shop, but I saved this pair for today as they're my favourites. 

The crustiness just takes the edge off the 'sickliness' of  pink. They have a  'threader ' element to them in that the lovely vintage soldered silver chain (given to me by an elderly lady - actually older than me - when I shortened a VERY trendy pendant for her) pulls through the criffles so you can adjust the balance of the dangles. They have some great bruised pink biwa stick pearls (also from Kim) wired on to the ends.

                                                So what do you think? Is pink for you?

                   See you on the other side of the birthday cake (assuming someone buys me one -       given the choice of baking or making earrings these days, the earrings get it every time!)

                                                                         Lindsay xx

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Always Experimenting

I haven't been making a lot of earrings lately. I seem to be running out of venues now that I have decided not to drive the 100 miles each way that I had been to our Alaskan farmers market this coming summer. Similarly I am getting less and less fond of doing consignment with galleries and have all but pulled my inventory from them as well.
I continue to make components - lampwork, polymer and torch fired enamels and no am doing some fold-forming of copper as well

I was doing a little experimenting with some copper flashing that I picked up at a junkyard and wanted to see if I crumpled it up enough would it be sturdy enough for fold- forming and enameling
Here was the result of  my enameling which I wasn't super thrilled with.
I wasn't trying to be very exacting with the application of the enamel.

What I was happy with was the reverse side however!
They seemed like the perfect backdrop for my new Ivy's Garden resin charms from Susan Silverman.
She's been frequently listing on the LBA Galleria Elementals group on facebook.

Thanks for looking
Kimberly Rogers

Monday, March 20, 2017

Colours in Stack

Hi there,
hope you are all well. Here's todays earrings. Something colourful and hopefully spring-like for this wonderful season. 

Ingredients (from bottom to top):
Handmade enameled copper headpins - Barbara Lewis of PaintingWithFire
6/0 Orange duracoat metallic seed beads
Purple opal czech glass flowers
6/0 Lilac gold luster seed beads
Aqua green greek ceramic beads
Lime green opal spacer glass beads
Bronze czech glass spacer rondelles
Purple opal czech glass druks
Handmade copper earring hooks

All my best,

Thursday, March 16, 2017

We're All Ears :: March Reveal :: Owls

Alas, you get no credit for the best laid plans.

I had grand visions of finding glass beads that looked just like those haunting eyes and pairing those with a multitude of feathers. While I found some glass beads in my stash, but none of them seemed quite right.

So then I set about to create some components of my own. I had this idea to make an owl head tablet bead. I succeeded in making eight of them. But then I couldn't quite decide how to finish them and everything I did seemed to make it look worse.

Then I decided to switch gears away from the obvious owl face and focus on the feathers. I came up  with a new feather design, one that required sculpting each so they would be unique.

Still, none of this was quite right, or at least not how I envisioned it in my head.

But it is my party, and I figure that I should share with you what I made, even if it feels a bit more like cocktail weenies than prime rib. Plus there is always a lesson to be learned in the using different colors of clay, or coloring it before baking, or simply don't wait until the very last minute to gather your materials (!).

"Perfection is the enemy of done." So here is what I made. Now I know that I have the spark of some ideas that I can revisit and refine another time.

Whoooo else made something to share? Add your link to the blog hop below and have fun flying around to see what everyone else created!