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Movie Earrings..


About this design:

The green disc and copper and silver tones was also for my sister-in-law.

All three sets were made while plonked on the couch, watching movies after the kids were tucked into bed at night and blissfully asleep and most importantly, silent! I find myself having better design ideas when watching something on TV.

The pink set and the seaglass earrings remind me of little lanterns, very simple and relaxed design, just stacked on ball headpins. The silver and copper set, I wanted to mix and match the aged copper and silver, for something a bit different. And I think the green disc beads work well as a good medium to bring the two tones together. I did age the silver beads a bit, so they were not blindingly bright and so they worked better with the slightly aged copper. I like those silver beads, as they are roughly made and not smooth. I wanted to bang them up a bit with a hammer, but did not want to pause the movie to dash outside to do that.. Was a good movie. Even managed to cry and bead at the same time during the sad bits. I tell my husband that it's good multi-tasking. He thinks I am somewhat insane.

Components:

From Lima Beads: All the wire, the lovely seafoam sea beads, the utterly gorgeous icy pink quartz wheels that have been sitting in my stash, staring at me since I bought it over a year ago, the various copper and bronze spacers. From my own stash and the local bead store: The plain little bead caps, the green life saver beads (recycled glass Ghana disc beads) and Picasso seed beads - big red ones and the small turquoise ones, the silver toned drop beads which were aged with boiled egg and then buffed and lacquered. The burgundy small beads are polymer clay beads, made by me ages ago. I also made the ball headpins with the dreaded mega torch. The wire gauge is a bit big, but they were all I had on hand when making the earrings and I was not up to going outside and making more in the dark with a smaller wire gauge.

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  1. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Wow these are so cool Annabel!

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    S KatollakaSue says:

    Isn’t silence wonderful? You used it well. I especially like the dangles on the green pair!

  3. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    I like the word “plonked”!! I tend to plonk alot these days!
    You make the best earrings Annabel. They are colorful, textural, & natural at the same time. Your first pair looks like pyrite but I’m thinking these are the silver you describe. The different aged metals look wonderful together. I’ll be saving this for inspiration!

  4. kye
    kye says:

    I agree. You do make the most wonderful earrings. These are all so beautiful. I felt my eyes get big when I saw them. Moogie described them well-colorful, textural,and natural. Bingo! Soooo cool. Love them all. :)

  5. Annabel
    Annabel says:

    Thank you!

    I am finding that I really love making earrings. I think it is because they are such small pieces and I like having that challenge of trying to fit as many textures and layers in one small piece and getting it all to work together. Less room for me to stuff it up! :D

  6. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Great designs! I especially like how you used the green discs as a link.

  7. Creel U
    Creel U says:

    The shapes of the earrings are face-flattering. I agree that earrings are fun to make. You lay them out and think, “too much.” Same stuff rearranged bottom to top can be “just right.” These are great!

  8. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I definitely have to agree that you seem to have a great natural knack for earrings! These are terrific. I really like the pink with the copper. That is a new favorite combo of mine.

  9. C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie says:

    Ooooh – I am loving these earrings Annabel. Pink and copper pair so well together. My favourite are the ones with the green, but they are all fantastic.

  10. Sophiebug
    Sophiebug says:

    Gorgeous earrings-all of them!

  11. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Your earrings are wonderful and inspiring! You said it perfectly, how the green Ghana discs act as a transition piece between the two different metal colors. I read the description twice and missed how you aged the silver beads. Do you mind sharing? Great effect for those overly-shiny beads that can scream too loud in many designs. Love the linear pair & the combination of elements in them. Great work! :)

  12. Annabel
    Annabel says:

    Boiled egg.. Hard egg, while still hot, cut it in half and then place the halves in a ziplock bag with whatever metal you wish to age. I tend to make up the pieces first (wire wrap and whatnot), before aging them in the bag with the egg, to reduce contact and possibly damaging the patina.

    Seal the bag and then, if you want to speed it up a bit, smoosh the egg a bit, so that it has more area available to fill the sealed bag with its, ermm.. smell and fumes. It’s the sulphur that causes the aging. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. The ziplock bag is good, as it allows you to flip the pieces over, so you get even coverage as much as possible, without having to open the bag..

    You can also take the egg out and pop it in the microwave as well, to reheat it and allows it to release more.. umm.. fumes.. I tend to do that if there is a lot in the bag, then put it back in the bag and smoosh it down some more and keep the bag closed. The silver beads went a bit over what I would have wanted, so just lightly sanded it back a bit to bring out some of the shine in a few spots.

  13. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thank you so much Annabel–I will definitely give this a try. Do you allow the egg/yoke/smooshed egg get all over the beads/pieces in the bag then wash them off? Or do they sit away from the mixture in the bag? Your designs are fantastic, and I really like how you incorporate recycled beads into your designs. Keep up the great work and thanks again! :)

  14. Annabel
    Annabel says:

    I tend to have the pieces sitting next to the smooshed up eggs. I mean, I literally boil the eggs, take them out while still really hot and but them in half with a knife, throw them yolk side up in the bag and then place the pieces in there, close bag and then smoosh down the eggs. Then let it sit for a while. It works exactly like LoS, only slower and you do need to turn the pieces over, so you get a more even coating..

    I do tend to wash the pieces afterwards, and I treat it like LoS and I do just dip it into some baking soda to neutralise it, as it does smell eggy afterwards. Then I varnish the metal pieces.

    I have heard that some gemstones and pearls will react to LoS, so I am careful with those, even with the egg.

    I have found a local supplier of LoS, well, interstate, but road mail, so I will be buying some of the long lasting stabilised gel of it soon. Will make life much easier and it will be easier to control. There is not much control patina wise with egg.

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