Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Earring Crazy!

I have been on an earring kick lately. I normally shy away from earrings - they are just not my favorite thing to make. I feel confined to such a small space. I was looking at my collection of earrings, and they are quite sad. I put a bunch on clearance and retired others and started making new ones.

As a general rule, I don't duplicate. I like that each piece is it's own creation. Now with earrings - I may have to bend that rule. I just don't have enuff ideas for earrings.

Here I used some fun gold tone spirals, popped a bead into the middle and added a tourmaline bead to the bottom.

These are the CR-OV018 - 11x9mm Orange w/ Picasso Ovals* I received as part of the blogger program from ArtBeads. I added tiny amazonite drops wrapped in 26 ga. silver plated wire I got from Rings & Things. These are my nieces favorites.

I love these. All the wire in this is 20 ga. copper wire from Rings & Things. I wrapped a spiral cone and set it on top of the carnelian drop (got these from Vanessa). Cut a piece of wire, flattened the end to keep it from going thru the bead and ran the wire thru the bead and thru the cone. Made a wire wrapped loop at the top. At the end of the cone, you can see there is a tiny loop. I made jump rings and attached them to the loop to give the earring some movement and decoration. Then I made ear wires by bending the wire around an ink pen. - 15 minutes.

Hearts on fire - Same 20 ga wire from Rings & Things. I shaped 12 hearts from the wire and made several jump rings. I put a jump ring thru the loops of the hearts to keep the heart together, then attached that jump ring to another jump ring and made a 'stack' Then I added a couple swarovski crystals. These are fun and have a ton of movement. I feel like dancing when I see these!!!

I used 14 ga red brass wire from Rings & Things and made a loop at the top, then I bent it around the base of my ring mandrel. Hammered the brass for texture and so my copper wire would grip. I used 22 ga. copper wire (also from Rings & Things)for the wrap and added FP-AMYLT6 - Czech Fire Polished Bead - Light Amethyst - 6mm * from ArtBeads as the accent.

How do you get your inspiration for earrings??

*FTC compliance disclosure: the '*' items mentioned in this post credited to Art Beads were provided as a promotional gift as part of the Blogging for Beaders Program. These items are for review or design purposes.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice! I really like the carnelian ones, too, and "Hearts Afire" are really cute and the spirals...well, I like them all!

    I have a hard time coming up with unique ideas for earrings. I usually browse through magazines for inspiration.