Welcome to the Earrings Everyday Challenge! Have I told you that I am now writing for Earrings Everyday? This month (and every month after this) we are hosting a fun earring challenge and blog hop. We post a picture on the Earrings Everyday blog to inspire your earring designs and then one month later we have a blog hop to see what everyone has made! Sound fun? If you didn’t get in on it for February, you can hop on board in March.
Here is the February picture, with a natural heart from Mother Nature.
My first thought was to use some dragonfly charms as dangles on the earrings. The dragonflies had a shiny fake gold coating on them which I decided to sand off. I then painted them with VerDay so I could then patina them, (VerDay is a paint which contains very fine metallic pieces which can be used to create a patina). I thought that a nice verdigris patina would pick up the greens and turquoise in the photo. Nice idea, but FAIL!
I re-sanded them and tried again, but still no better. I later learned that the insects in the photo are not actually dragonflies. They are damselflies. ::Shrugs shoulders:: Who knew? Soooo, on to Plan B.
And its all good, because I’m very happy with the Plan B earrings.
The orangy-coral ceramic discs are from Marsha Neal Studio. They echo the orange at the ends of the damselflies bodies. The turquoise glass beads pick up the color of the insects’ eyes.
The colors of the earrings somehow make me think of a tropical vacation (I think the gray rainy days are getting to me), so I named these earrings “Tropical Getaway”.
Now comes the fun part. Click on the link below to get links to all the challenge participants. Then visit their blogs to see all the wonderful earrings they have created!
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.