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Lagoon Breeze

Feeling the blues and greens today. I used these great blue-green apatite gems with 22k Duroplate filigree hearts.
Components: Duroplate 22k gold filigree leaves from Via Murano, apatite gemstones, 14 1/20 GF ear wires.


Mojo Challenge Week 3

Need to get your beading mojo back? Check out the 12 week challenge Heather Powers is running over on her Humblebeads blog. This is my end...
Components: Copper wire, lampwork glass from Beadygirl beads, Copper plated headpins from Nunn Design, copper spacers, and niobium earwires from TierraCast.


Maxfield Parrish Skies

These earrings are inspired by the sunset skies in Maxfield Parrish paintings. The center stone is cobalt blue, which is sometimes also referred...


Wisam's Choice

An exotic girlfriend from Iraq was having a birthday, and I made these to go with a wild pair of green and blue zebra striped strap shoes she got...
Components: These earrings are made with great silver designer beads I found on sale and a pair of green yellow jade oval beads combined with smaller round blue lapis. I repeated the silver color between the two colored beads to give more unity to the design. Because the large bead is hollow, it is lightweight.


The Difficulty of Small Spaces

Working on my skill with asymmetrical designs in the latest Boot Camp over at Love My Art Jewelry blog site. I'm so much better with necklaces!...
Components: Handmade copper component, seed beads and turquoise feather charm


Damsel Flies in Love

These are my entries in the new "We're All Ears" earring challenge that the Earrings Everyday blog is hosting each month. I had some great green...
Components: Czech glass Emerald Seas Groovy Rondelles and Oz turbines from Lima; Vintaj filagree leaf charm, filagree teardrop charm, earwires, and eyepins; misc glass teardrops & daggers from a mix from Glass Garden Beads, textured jump ring.


odds and ends

I've been home sick most of this week with sinus trouble. In between naps and meds, I had time to play with beads! These are odds and ends......
Components: Raku beads (Yea! I have more of these!). Czech bellflowers and picasso-triangles and faceted rondelles.


Scorched Earth

I've been home sick most of this week with sinus trouble. In between naps and meds, I had time to create with beads I recently received from Petra...
Components: Lots of goodies from my stash. Now I can "justify" buying everything I see because you never know when you'll need it!


Happy Fish Things

I've been home sick most of this week with sinus trouble. In between naps and meds, I had time to create with beads I recently received from Jana...
Components: Czech glass cream saucers. Czech lustre verde bellflowers (LB). Crazy lace agate (LB). Czech beachglass saucer (LB). Czech rondelles cherrychip (LB). Parawire.


Dragonfly Dusters

Earrings Everyday challenge. Yep I played in this one as did Lynda, of Fresh Baked Designs. BTW I Love her earrings! Didn't find out about it until...
Components: Misc. Czech glass beads, Vintaj items (most purchased at Lima), crystal rondelles, & round carnelian beads.


Earrings Everyday!

If you love earrings, then please head over to the Earrings Everyday blog and check out this month's challenge. The inspiration was a photo of a...
Components: copper wire, handcrafted ear wires, seed beads


Copper Play Date

Three different copper treatments. One embossed and LOS patina. One textured with a texturing hammer, then LOS. The last one, embossed, then hit...
Components: copper sheet metal, brass embossing plates, sterling and copper wire, turquoise, New Jade, Czech glass


Golden Lilac

JustImagine-Val inspired me to create another Moroccan-styled pair of earrings this time with some fringes of seed beads. I think it gives this...
Components: Czech glass beads, misc gold heishi, rainbow frosted tanzanite seed bead 11, 18g wire


Emerald Isle Boho Earrings

I'm a little Irish and I love boho, so here's my interpretation of Emerald Isle Boho Earrings. This was my first try at using rivets and...
Components: 26g copper and brass sheet metal, vintaj India Archway and Moroccan Tile embossing plates, toho seed beads:frosted emerald green and frosted lt topaz size 11, frosted emerald-lined size 6, mix silk sari, brass jump rings, vintaj nail rivets


Bellflower Earrings

Bellflower Earrings for my sister. She loves blue bellflowers so this is perfect for her. My headpin and eyepin loops could use some practice.
Components: Toho seed beads, one g thread, sterling silver ear hooks, all from LB, headpins, eyepins


Lima Amazonite and Friends.

So happy with my new Amazonite faceted brios from Lima. (What a great buy)!! They're nicely faceted,although it doesn't show up well in my pics,for...
Components: Bottom to top. Amazonite Faceted Flat Teardrop 12mm from Lima, Kyanite squares, tiny faceted (dyed) Blue Quartz, Shell Pearls 8mm in Platinum from Lima, faceted Blue Flourite, SP wire, jump rings and ear wires.


Lichen Earrings

Now that the AJE Earring Challenge is over, I've been trying to keep it up on my own. This is a pair I made for this week's reveal. I love the...
Components: Marsha Neal ceramic tablet beads, Red Creek Jasper, Czech glass, Vintaj brass findings.


Moroccan Blue

I tried something new with the ceramic beads I've had forever.
Components: 18 g copper wire, ceramic beads, copper beads


Iced earrings

dangle earrings
Components: Miyuki seed beads, Swarovski rivoli and bicones


Fabulous Quartz Colors

Having a love affair with my new beads here. They're the most stunning shade of Emerald Green Quartz I've ever seen. I just LOVE what they can do...
Components: Emerald Green Mystic Quartz 10x8MM, SS half hard wire in28G, SSP Kidney wires from Lima (Item 16249).


Paisley

I curved the brass paisley blanks with a dapping block then wire-wrapped the Czech beads with colored wire. 2 in teal, 2 in purple, 1 in bright brass.
Components: Parawire and artistic wire from LB. Paisleys from my stash.


copper roll

I've been on a copper roll today. These earrings were made out of copper I purchased at the local scrapyard.
Components: Scrap piece old copper and copper wire, copper earwires; I used a pair of round nose pliers to bend it. I ended with a good pounding with a rawhide hammer on the larger pair, then clear coated both pairs for protection.


Fiber and Petra

More of Petra's goodies!
The teal baubles have been framed with twisted lagoon WoolyWire.
The light purple drops are dangled from fiber donuts.
Components: WoolyWire from SpinCulture (LB). 20 gauge silver Artistic wire (LB). Yarn-covered donuts from BeadGala Etsy. 20 gauge Parawire (LB).


Productive Day with Petra #2

I have seen so many artisans make amazing earrings with Petra's pieces. I seem to stick to the Keep-It-Simple because I'm not brave enough to...
Components: Petra at ScorchedEarthonEtsy. Czech glass. My own earwires.


Teal Branches

I created a similar pair of earrings a while back with lampwork glass beads. I love them but they border on being too heavy so I decided to try...
Components: Teal Branches disc beads by Humblebeads; Vintaj Natural brass 41x8.5mm Tags, Jump rings, and earwires; brass spacer beads, and antique brass finish pewter spacers.


Some Light, Please!

Thought I'd comment on the discussion on light and photography! Just to show that an ordinary Ikea lamp can be good enough :-) I get the best...
Components: Impression jasper and copper wire(LB), onyx and and locally bought bronze wire (ouch, it w as hard!), Vintaj chain and Natural Brass wire with quartz chips, NB wire and brown jade. Two of the ear-wires handmade.


Evergreen Chandelier Earrings

I wanted something large and flashy, so this is what I came up with. I really like long earrings with lots of dangles and bling! This pair is about...
Components: Green craft wire, glass bugle beads, crystals, large and small green pearls, black head pins and jump rings


Inspired Lines

Loving all the raw brass that LB carries! It's solders well again my copper sheet. Dapped these slightly to dome them and added a bit of black...
Components: Brass inspirational charms, patterned copper sheet, Czech Glass squares.


Orchid and Company

It was the earrings day, some done with PC, 1 pair using using Keirsten Giles tutorial.
Components: 1/ Agate from LB, PC pod, handmade copper earwires, 2/ Amazonite from LB, handmade bead cups and earwires, 3/Pyrite, Czech glass from LB, coral chips fro my stsh, Schorched Earth dangles, handmade copper earwires, 4/ Golem Studio lentil, peanut seed beads, handmade copper earwires, waxed linen from Lima, 5/ Seed beads all LB, PC pods, handmade ear wires and ball pins, 6/ Ethnic terracotta beads painted and distressed, Czech glass, beads cups, handmade earwires and ball pins


Embossed and Dapped

My first things made using my new Vintaj BigKick! I ran the Artisan Copper blanks through to create the key pattern on one, and the heart shaped...
Components: Vintaj Artisan Copper Parawire Square 21 Gauge; Faceted Carnelian Teardrops; Swarovski Bicones in Dark Topaz; Solid Copper Mother-and-Son Chain; Vintaj Artisan Copper Blanks; Solid Copper Oval JumpRings


Seven Sisters Shell Coins

I have been in a 3 year creative slump. Haven't picked up a pair of pliers or touched a bead in that time. I felt like I was in a pretty decent...
Components: 40mm shell coins, miscellaneous glass and wooden beads and some SS and resin spacers.


Apple Splinters

I love these Tagua Nut splinters in different colors...I had other plans for these, but this is how they turned out.
Components: Tagua Nut splinters in apple...from LB, African Chrysophrase nuggets and green Freshwater Pearls...from my stash.


Tranquil Spirals

My first pair of earrings using handforged Earwires! The wire used is Vintaj Artisan Copper Square Parawire, and it was coiled into spiral...
Components: Vintaj Artisan Copper Square Parawire, Hemimorphite Flat Ovals, Copper Headpins, Turquoise Colored Waxed Linen Cord, Copper Headpins, Air Blue Opal Swarovski Crystals


Concentric Danglies

I love fusing silver! Hammering and shaping it into something new is so rewarding. These are a nice weight and almost sound like little wind chimes...
Components: All components handmade. Argentium silver ear wires and jump rings. 16 ga round fine silver wire fused, hammered and tumble polished


Flower Danglies

Tiny pressed glass flowers are the perfect size for these delicate earrings. They have great movement and catch the light
Components: Handmade Argentium earwires and head pins. Sterling silver chain and jump rings (premade), pressed glass flowers.


Fire and Coals

Something fun with stones and crystals.
I like to stack bicones on jump rings,and think it has a nice look.
Components: Faceted carnelian 8mm, Smokey Quartz smooth 10mm, Swarovski crystal bicones in 4mm, in 4 colors, SP 10mm jump ring, SS melon ball spacers, and SP ear wires


Working in the lab,part deux. (Cabin fever)

These earrings are so much fun to do.
It's like using twist tie bag closures,and then making a loop. I don't know how I came up with this one,or...
Components: 8mm crystal rondelles, Silver Filled wire 22g, (dead soft), and long Silver over Steel kidney wires.


Spring Forest Earrings

Spring Forest Earrings
Components: 2 Tiny Flowers Charms, 2 12mm brass jump rings, 2 6mm brass jump rings, 12 7mm brass jump rings, 12 peanut seed beads


Fiesta

Just to brighten my winter mood some fun colors.Hand cut copper shape was embossed and patinated then a multitude of beads added to the edge.
Components: Copper sheet, chain, Chalcedony, Carnelian, Impression Jasper, Calsilica Jasper are all from Lima Beads. Serpentine and white hearth beads from my stash.


Antique jade earrings

Wire spiral around beads
Components: Faceted antique jade and Botswana agate with gold accents.


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