Art Jewelry Earring Challenge Reveal
Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal. Participants have challenged themselves to make a pair of earrings every week and all of our earrings include art beads or components.
I could hardly wait to make use of my new Bead Fest loot, so both pairs of earrings, this week, feature components from bead artists whose work I admire and whose friendship I treasure. After hanging out, at Bead Fest, with Marsha Neal Minutella and Staci Klinger Smith, I’m missing them now, But I can conjure up our laughter and creative energy, when I design with their components.
Swirly Spike Earrings
I’ve known Marsha Neal Minutella online for a long time and some of my past AJE Earring Challenge pieces have included Marsha’s work. My bead stash always includes lots of her wonderful ceramic pieces, but we had never met before last weekend. Finally meeting her in person was one of the highlights of Bead Fest for me, this year. Marsha greeted me at Bead Fest with a big hug and a bag of her amazing ceramic beads and jewelry components, plus some of the gorgeous hand dyed silks that she sells in her shop.
Yesterday I wrote about using the hand dyed silk in a necklace I designed recently. But actually I made these earrings first. The black, twisted or swirled ceramic spikes are Marsha’s handiwork.
The swirled spikes are actually headpins, onto which I threaded the brass spacers and the blue and black ceramic beads. I have had those blue beads for so long that I actually can’t even remember if they are handmade or commercially produced. I like the way the glossy black glaze contrasts with the matte blue background. I thought they were perfect with Marsha’s headpins! I’ve got two more pairs of these spikes in different colors, so you can expect to see them soon on the earring reveal blogs!
Fab Fuchsia Earrings
Staci Klinger Smith and I met at Bead Fest last year and hit it off right away. We spent one afternoon bead shopping together and found that we were often attracted to many of the same colors and styles of beads. There was a lot of, “Oh! Did you see these beads?” and “Look! Aren’t these cool?”, going on last year! This year Staci was a vendor so she wasn’t able to spend an afternoon browsing for beads with me. But I hung out at her booth a lot and we spent Friday and Saturday evenings together.
Staci is one of the most exuberantly creative people that I have ever known. Both the beads and components she creates, as well as her jewelry designs never cease to amaze me. Here are some of the polymer clay components that Staci had in her booth. She also works in metal clay, wire work and metalsmithing.
There was a bead swap on Saturday which I will write more about later. Staci and I were partners for the swap. She later told me that she carefully observed which of the components in her booth I liked and then gave me a selection of those pieces in the swap. That thoughtfulness really touched me. So for my 2nd pair of earrings I used some dangles of Staci’s that I was
drooling over admiring in her booth.
The drops are made of polymer clay and then hand painted in layers of colors and sealed. I paired them with hematite and Greek ceramic spacers. Because these earrings are mostly polymer clay they are very lightweight to wear, despite their length. The Fab Fuchsia Earrings are now listed in my Etsy shop.
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