Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal
Love earrings? I do. So I joined the Art Jewelry Elements 2013 Earring Challenge. To meet the challenge, participants must create a pair of earrings every week for a year. The earrings must contain at least one art bead. Every other Sunday we have a blog hop to share what we have made. Here are my designs for the past two weeks.
Ammonite Impression Earrings
Last weekend I helped Kristi Bowman with her booth at the Whole Bead Show in Lynnwood, WA. Spending the weekend with Kristi inspired me to make more earrings with her copper components. I made the Ammonite Impression Earrings last Saturday evening, while staying at Kristi’s house. I used some of Kristi’s deeply textured copper components and a yummy pair of sage green lampwork beads that I bought from Lara Lutrick, one of our booth neighbors at the bead show.
Kristi’s home studio is great fun to poke around in. She has several different sizes of fossilized ammonites that she uses to make impressions in copper metal clay. One ammonite is so large it takes two hands to hold it and I’m guessing that it must weigh over 5 lbs.!
My second pair of earrings also features Kristi’s copper, this time in the form of starfish headpins. When Kristi torch patina’d these, the copper turned a subtle mauve color, which is unusual and very pretty. On Monday I went to the Bead Factory in Tacoma, with my childhood buddy, Lee Anne, of Baubles Handcrafted Jewelry. I found the perfect match for the headpins there. The beads are the same mauve color as the headpins, and they are made of shell, so they continue the ocean theme. I could hardly wait to get home and see what the shell beads looked like with the headpins. They were perfect! I love it when things all fall into place, as though they were just meant to be!
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