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washer earrings

These were fun to make, love mixing something industrial looking with the softer look of colorful beads.
Components: copper washers, bronze chain, and howlite colored beads


Earrings for Etsy

I'm stocking up my Etsy shop! It's not open yet but soon. I think these earrings are a lot of fun!
Components: Ceramic, Bone, Wood, glass on Niobium ear-wires.


Avior

Rebecca Nunn displays organic elegance at its best in this earring design. This is the perfect design for mixing metal colors!


Earrings galore

I had been making earrings a lot lately to make some room for more earring components that are on it's way and here are some samples, a few of them...
Components: Most of the charms are from Petra. lampwork from my stash and all gemstones and findings except my own ear wires are from Lima Beads.


Ball Chain Change Up

My interest was peaked by an unusual use of ball chain by another designer. I decided to try my hand at wire wrapping some around a pre-made...
Components: Brass components, chain, and wire. Czech and glass beads


Falling for Fringe

I love adding a splash to earth tones. Using these small tassels gave me the opportunity to mix it up while staying true to the earthy fall vibe....


Rings of Honey

My original plan for these chandelier earrings was to fill them with tassels and threads, but then an idea popped into my head. The idea was to...


Spearhead Chandelier Earrings

Let me say first that I love this piece! It can be worn as a focal without embellishment or as a chandelier focal, very multi-purpose. I chose to...


Honey Do List October 2016

My husband has been giving me monthly challenges and we're asking folks to play along! If this sassy giraffe inspires YOU to make something you...
Components: Vintaj brass rectangle blanks, agate rounds, copper wire, TierraCast niobium earwires (various styles), plated hematite, Czech glass, Lava Rock, brass colored parawire.


Mini Pumpkins

I love the African recycled glass with Lucite petals that fit right on top. I don't know where I got the flower headpins but I'm pretty pleased...
Components: African recycled glass, Lucite petals and earwires from LB, headpins, who knows?


For the Love of the Moon

Oh, those moon beads! I just cannot resist them and, why should I? Then came the Mercury glass teardrops and I went to town! Of course you need a...
Components: Czech Glass beads, moons and teardrops, balled copper headpins, nickel-free earwires, all from LB!


Autumn Acorns

One of my favorites for fall. Sweet little acorns inspired by nature
Components: Swarovski pearls, pewter bead caps, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver earwires


Dias de Los Muertos

I wanted to make it look like a señor and señora were dancing under a floral garland.


Dangly spiders

Fun Halloween earrings!
Components: Recycled glass and spider charms.


Buttoned up

I love using these turquoise howlite beads like this to make them look like buttons for a fun look
Components: Turquoise howlite beads, colorful jade beads, Sterling silver twisted rings and Sterling silver earwires


Remake

A couple of times a year, I go through my jewelry stock and assess what has not sold. At the very least each piece gets a once over for loose...
Components: Copper with turquoise and carnelian


Some Earrings

These are some of the earrings that I'll be selling in the home show. I'm not quite sure who will be coming...maybe some older women. I know what I...
Components: enameled components...butterfly, stencils and bars, polymer clay leaves, vintage lampwork beads.


Go West!

I've had these copper belt buckles for a LONG time. What could I do with them??? How about punch a hole in the tops, and add some gorgeous Czech...
Components: Copper belt buckles from my stash, artistic 24g wire, Czech picasso rectangular beads from Etsy and black earwires from stash.


Feathered Friends

I needed a quick birthday gift and these elements just begged to go together! Quick, easy and cute! A side benefit to a somewhat cluttered work...
Components: Zola elements nest, bird charm, antique brass findings, trade beads.


Something's Fishy 2

These enamel pieces are divided into a fish head and tail. I decided to use Roman glass as the link because it's iridescence looks like a fish...
Components: artisan enamel fish heads and tails, iridescent Roman glass, oxidized brass wire.


Chained Enamel Wings

These enamel wings had three holes on the bottom and I don't like a lot of things hanging off the bottom of earrings so I decided to just use one...
Components: artisan enamel wings, artisan Basha beads, oxidized sterling chain, Bali sterling bead caps.


Copper Butterfly Wings

Here's another pair of this wonderful artist's enamel pieces! This time it's the most gorgeous butterfly wings. I paired them with more glass...
Components: artisan enamel butterfly wings, artisan Basha beads, artisan lampwork discs, Swarovski crystal cubes, Bali sterling sopacers


Something's Fishy

So over the summer I went crazy for this Etsy artist's enamel pieces! This pair features her Dory fish. I love how they came out!
Components: artisan crafted enamel Dory fish, artisan crafted glass Basha beads, mosaic MOP beads, burnished copper spacers


Caramel Cream

Simple earrings for fall
Components: Lamp work glass beads, pewter floral beads and sterling silver earwires


Sponge Coral

Sorry for all the separate posts today...still working with a beach theme and love the color of these sponge coral coins. Paired very well with...
Components: Sponge coral, Mother of Pearl, silver beads...sterling silver wire and ear wires.


Easy Sparkling Earrings

These small bezel links are perfect for making elegant sparkling earrings with very little effort! All you need is an earring post pair, a couple...


Storm Clouds

I fell in love with these teardrop picasso beads from Limabeads and knew they could make fabulous earrings--I love the blending of colors in these...
Components: Czech glass teardrop beads, matte rhodium bubble links, tiny seed beads and sterling silver earwires


Treasure Chest Earrings

The rich colors combined with the antique gold and pearls reminded me of a lost treasure. The wire-wrapped crystal rondelle charms are the perfect...


Freels the Love

i love having the confidence to take close up shots of my products. I think that resonates with my customers. ( so saying I dont make mistakes...


Southwestern summer

A little bit of summer combined with a little southwestern flair!
Components: Silver plated links, Czech glass Picasso teardrop beads, non tarnish artistic wire, sterling silver earwires


Earring Practice

Since I don't have pierced ears & my hair generally covers my ears, I don't wear earrings & don't think to make them. But I want to make loads for...
Components: Copper gears, 26 g wire, Swarovski rivoli stones. Sterling silver earwires with copper ball English cut & rondelle Czech beads, bugle & 11/0 seed beads, silver plated Tierracast beads, sterling earwires


Red, White & Blue!

For the last month I have been making lots of red, white and blue pieces! These are some of the earrings! Everything I had ready went to my local...
Components: All LB, recycled glass, Greek stars, brass and gunmetal findings


Faux-tastic Druzy Earrings

Tierracast created this fun earring design. Personalize your bezel hearts with anything you love.


Indie Chandelier Earrings

As soon as we unpacked this piece from the box, I new they wanted wanted me to make them into earrings :) The pointed drops give a nice contrasting...


Chandelier Drop Earrings

LillyPilly Designs created these colorful drop earrings using the new LillyPilly leather components. These earrings are light and easy to wear.


Dewdrop Earrings

These retro inspired earrings were created by LillyPilly Designs. These earrings are light, easy wear everyday earrings.


Swinging on a rainbow

Fun, bright, summery earrings requested by one of my regular customers
Components: Sterling silver teardrop links, jade, turquoise, carnelian and pineapple jasper beads


Happiness...

...is this pair of patinaed drop earrings!! I love the shabby chic-ness of the filigree, the glow of the recycled glass and the blue Czech glass...
Components: Filigree caps, recycled glass, Czech glass, silver plated findings, all LB!


Modern Art Earrings

I don't know why, but these earrings remind me of the simple, modern, abstract art. I have put them on my Etsy store, StarOwlStudio, which is...
Components: Amethyst


Update

First of all, thank you again for all the kind words regarding my son. Jacob had his surgery done and is healing well, still very sore, but in good...
Components: Ceramic components are from Petra, enamel flower bead caps Gardanne Beads, lampwork beads Beads of Passion, Garden of Beads, Meital Amy Hall, Outwest, Serena Thomas, A Beaded Gift and Unicorne Beads. Tektite, Aquamarine, Turquoise, Czech glass, seed beads, jump rings, Saki beads and earwires, waxed linen, Mykonos, Carnelian, sari silk, silk ribbon are all from Lima Beads. Peach Aventurine and recycled glass from my stash.


Chatter

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
    “Thanks y'all !…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »