Our Earrings Everyday challenge for October is to create a pair of earrings to go with one of these outfits from designer Monique Lhuillier, as seen during the fall New York Fashion Week.
I especially identified with the center outfit, because although I’m at least twice as wide as the model, the dress I wore to my daughter’s wedding last month, was apparently on trend, as far as the lace and color.
This is kind of a goofy picture, but it shows the dress pretty well. I did the flowers for my daughter’s wedding. I’m holding the bridal bouquet here, while the bridesmaids were cheering me with their flowers. lol
The earrings I made are too casual for any of these dresses, but the dresses were definitely my inspiration. I picked up the lace theme of the left and center dresses by using some flowered lace to impress into my stoneware. And while I was at it, I made the pendants in several colors, in addition to the color of the inspiration . I chose a much lighter shade of plum than the dresses are, because I wanted the lace pattern to show through clearly (you can see that the lace doesn’t show up as clearly on the dark teal pendants),
Here are the earrings I then made. As you can see, I picked up the darker, plumy tones in the flower dangles. I kept the earring design very simple because the ceramic pieces are fairly large and I didn’t want to add additional length or weight.
To be truthful, these ceramic pieces turned out larger than I had somehow envisioned them to be (the ceramic pieces, without the ear wires, are just shy of 1.5 inches). If you like large earrings and are comfortable with some weight in your ears, well then OK! But I decided to list the ceramic pieces as pendants in my shop.
Other than having accidentally super-sized them, I’m very pleased with how they turned out and I found this challenge to be especially inspiring because it played well with my mother-of-the-bride dress. You can find these earring charms – uh-hum – pendants in the ceramics section of my shop.
A big thanks to Erin Prais-Hintz for organizing these challenges every month!
Head on over to the Earrings Everyday blog to get links to all the other participants. It’s always so fun to see how each person has their own unique interpretation of the challenge photos.
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
Linda Landig Jewelry