My mother has an expression that she uses often: "Is your bowl full?". Meaning are you content, are you happy, do you have enough? And we're not talking oatmeal, here.
Some days are rich with family, friends, smiles, laughter, hugs, good times, accomplishments---and our bowls are full. Other days we may feel a little lonely, spread too thin, inadequate, hurt, worried---and our bowls may be waxing empty. It's a metaphor for the soul that I've always loved. My mother's poetic sensitivity is something she may not give herself credit for, but it's one of the (many) reasons I love her so much. So it's no coincidence that we have always been partial to collecting bowls. Little bowls, squat bowls, wide bowls, cracked bowls, it doesn't matter.
The past couple of weeks my bowl has been less than full, so I've been creating less jewelry than usual. So I thought it would be very appropriate for me to dig into the "sold" folder and revisit a pair that relate to this idea of bowls.
This pair is very simple...yet just enough. I drilled two wee crystal-studded geode halves and fitted each one with a gnarled hand-forged sterling silver paddle that I balled up on one end. My own long sterling ear wires complete the statement.
Incredibly lightweight and fragile looking, yet rich with depth and surprising strength---much like the soul. Happy Wednesday!
I am captivated by ethnic beads. So these handmade African black clay beads from Mali were irresistible to me. Their shape and pattern are simple but bold, so I used copper beads and spacers, with a bit of bright red vulcanite to accent the earthy clay focals. The copper and vulcanite are also handmade in different parts of Africa from recyclable materials. I think it is the slight irregularities and imperfections that I find so appealing in the African beads, and I use them frequently in my designs.
My hammered copper dangles seem the perfect shape to blend with the African beads. I hammered a texture onto them and added a darkening patina to get that aged look. When I need heavy copper blanks, I know I can find unique shapes at SupplyDiva on Etsy. The owner, Laura, has set up a workshop in Mexico to train women in metal work but also in other skills that they can use to be independent and productive.
So there you have it! A blend of handmade components from Mali and Mexico assembled in a tribal earring design.
Hello, lovelies! Sometimes we have an extra day or two in a month and when that happens we like to extend an invitation to designers that we enjoy to have them share their unique design perspectives. Today, the Earrings Everyday crew welcomes Janine Lucas of Esfera Jewelry. Janine is from The Netherlands and creates accessories with an eye for color, texture and pattern. I actually own one of her bracelets and a pair of earrings which are quite lovely and long, just the way I like them. She also travels around in a modified Mercedes-Benz truck, which I find completely fascinating! Check it out! ~Erin
Serendipity, or how a mistake can turn out into something lovely.
These earrings are the result of a mistake. I first created a pair of earrings with those wonderful glass headpins from Numinosity Beads.
were ready (so I thought) and I laid them out to take pictures. Looking
at them through the camera I realized something clearly went wrong in
the process of creating. The earrings were asymmetrical. And not in a
good way. How did that happen? Where was my brain when I created them.
So, what to do? There wasn’t much left of the wire of the headpin to
string upon after undoing them.
After several attempts and a big dive into my bead stash I decided to combine them with patina leaves, Czech glass, some vintage metal components, spacer lampwork beads from Lampwork by Amy and handmade earwires from Faerystones. [Sorry, no pictures of the earrings before the redo. I couldn’t bring myself to show them to anyone. ;-) But I’m very pleased with how the redo turned out.]
I don't know why these little fellows caught my eye this week. I guess I was feeling playful and thinking about walking in the woods when I get some free time this weekend. I'm so ready for sweater weather and pumpkin everything. We had a little tease of fall weather all week but it was short-lived. Autumn is my jam, let's get on with it!
I paired up the baby hedgies with Czech glass flowers, leaves, brass bead caps and tiny Humblebeads wobbles.
I created a Polyvore outfit to match my earrings - wish I could sport little boots like that but it's too much heel, I'm such a clutz! But the rest, they are so me. I need some brown jeans now. (Click on the little icons to see the info for each item.)
You can find the baby Hedgie beads here. The earrings can be found here.
I made these earrings with some of my most recently made lampwork headpins.
In lampworking you end up with a lot of small ends of rods so I have been using them up in this stratification series.
I had just visited a ceramic studio where the artist was making geological stratifications with all manner of clays and materials. We found that our process and results were somewhat similar albeit mine are on such miniature scale.
These are the headpins I started with. They have a combination of enamel and frit between the layers.
Different colors of glass melt at different rates which make of the difference in the flow and size of the layers.
Being rather hefty to begin with I just added a couple of my "Spacey Crusters' and some African brass spacers to accent the lampwork headpins.
I finished them off with some little Faerystones copper earwires
I just returned from Bead Fest in Philadelphia and I'm experiencing that strange combination of exhaustion and creative buzz that always follows my return home. Today's earrings feature some of my new Bead Fest treasures.
The ceramic flowers were made by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio. Although Diana wasn't vending at Bead Fest this year, I stayed with her for a few days and picked up these pretty charms from her at that time.
I bought quite a few wood beads at Bead Fest this year. They came in such yummy colors that I just couldn't resist. The nice thing about these beads is that although the cubes are somewhat on the large side, they are so lightweight that they are totally comfortable to wear.
The flowers remind me of our dahlias that are blooming in profusion right now. You can hang onto summer through early October with these earrings and with late blooming dahlias. Enjoy!