In a solid week of gray, foggy mornings and rainy afternoons, I found sparkle and shine at my bead table, stitching up some colorful baubles to beat away the blues. Continuing with my earring-a-day project, this week I’ve added 5 more, all fit for a party.
Gwen Fisher’s three-dimensional designs are always fun and challenging. Her Deco Lotus earrings gain enough wow-factor from a second layer to make them just right for special occasions.
Continuing the January earring-a-day challenge, I managed to create 5 this week, all just a bit dressy to spice up a casual tee.
I bought a tube of Tila beads six months ago, but never found the perfect use for them, until I came across this Carole Ohl design:
As my Tila earrings lay on my bead table, I noticed that a scrap piece nearby, the point of a star that ended up being too large, was approximately the same size and shape as my finished earring. Instead of cutting up the scrap, could I repurpose it into an earring?
That silver and black earring with its jet dagger led to this aqua green and black version:
I recently began receiving catalogues from Arhaus Jewels, and as I thumbed through each edition, I always seemed to linger over these silver and turquoise crescents.
I set out to duplicate them with seed beads. Although I took up this earring-a-day-challenge to build up my show inventory, I like this pair so much, they just might have to stay with me!
My final pair for this week is designed around a component from Maggie Roschyk’s new book, Artistic Seed Bead Jewelry. I love how the red-orange and aqua blue work together in this pair, as classy from the backview as from the front!
The Beading Daily blog inspired me to take up their January earring challenge. The idea is to create a pair of beaded earrings every day this month. I love a challenge and this one offered the added bonus of building up my inventory for an upcoming show. For the first week, I featured shades of orange-red in each earring, to celebrate Pantone’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango.
I love how these Tila Drops catch the light and add just the right amount of shimmer. The pattern is by Deborah Roberti and can be found at Bead Patterns.
If you’re not a fan of orange, you can pull it into your wardrobe in small doses by combining it with purples, greens, yellows or hot pinks.
Rachel Nelson-Smith's two-layered Nightingale design from Bead Riffs
Desert Skies pattern by Terri Wlaschin
Diane Fitzgerald's two-dimensional triangles
BeAd Infinitum's Spinning Tops
Spinner Rims by Virginia Jensen from Bead and Button, October 2009
Almond Drops, another pattern from BeAd Infinitum