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  • SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love this, and your pendent is outstanding!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

  • No Photo
    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

Earrings Everyday!

About this design:

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 pair of 'loving' damsel dragonflies.
I chose to dig into my large stash of colorful seed beads to create this wired design in copper. Great fun to see the many different directions people took with this inspiration image.


copper wire, handcrafted ear wires, seed beads

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Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Briana says:

    Wow those are exceptional! I love how they are primarily cool colors with that splash of warm orange. The inspiration picture is great too.

  2. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    I totally love these.

  3. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Ok, there are so many comments I could have made, but no, I just won’t. I do love your take on the colors and shapes in the inspiration photo though! Such cute earrings.

  4. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Still loving these! Clever design! Great use of the inspiration too!

  5. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Just fabulous ! This went straight into my faves – - -

  6. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    Love! The colors are fantastic and the design is beautiful

  7. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Very pretty design and I love your choice of colorful seed beads!!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Your take on the inspiration is fabulous…love the colors and design!

  9. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Love the colors and design – reminds me of seahorses!

  10. Laud
    Laud says:

    Beautiful interpretation of the photo! Before I read your theme, I imagined sea creatures–at least, I got the creature part right. Love the colors and the flowing design.

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful, love what you have done with the wire, admiring you girls for taking a part in all the challenges and following all the blogs, how do you find the time?

  12. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks, everyone! This is looking to be a great on-going challenge for earrings.
    And Asia, good question. I do have to pick and choose what I commit to depending on what else is going on in life, but many of these challenges have not only been fun, but upped my design skills and techniques. It also helps that I’m retired! Just saying…

  13. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    You made the picture come to life! Love the colors! Your wire work is fantastic as always!

  14. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    These are so unique and creative.

  15. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Fantastic colors and interpretation!

  16. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    Beautiful!! :D

  17. Sarajo W
    Sarajo W says:

    Lynda, do you mind sharing what type of wire you used (or technique if that’s more the case) to have them keep their shape? I just love the idea of using some seed beads that way!

  18. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Beautifully done.

  19. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Very very cool interpretation!!!

  20. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    LOVE the design and colors! Lynda these are FABULOUS! :)

  21. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    This are awesome Lynda! When I first saw them, I thought of little seahorses. Once I saw the dragonflies, I liked them even more!

  22. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks again, everyone! And hope many of you will join in the fun on the first Friday in March!

  23. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    OK you guys have inspired me! I’ll make some for March… just have to remember to check in early in the month & get cracking!
    So much fun….

  24. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    But wait! I just checked out the Earrings Everyday page… must one have a blog to submit earrings? That’s too much work for me.

  25. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    You’re right, you would need to have a blog to post your designs. I forgot. You could still play along for fun or perhaps check back on the third Friday of the month to enjoy the viewing. Bummer.

    Note to Sarajo…I used 22 g copper wire. I glued the turquoise bead on the end first. Bent the wire and strung on all the beads. It was pretty easy to shape with my fingers. Copper is so great that way. The tiny spiral swirl at the end was all that was needed to keep everything in place.

  26. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    These are gorgeous, and so lively! I love the shape and the bright, cheery hues! Brilliant work! =^__^=

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    steppingstone63 says:

    I love the earrings! As far as the dragonflies, I think that the look of one of the flies reaching up in a sexual advance was just a little much Lol. Good job! Love it and I know many of us were thinking it.

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