Winters in Washington State, while not as severe as, say Minnesota, (where I was born), are long and gray. People tend to get depressed because of the lack of sunshine.
And then suddenly things shift. It may be chilly, but the sun is out. Buds appear and people start smiling again. I feel a noticeable lift in my spirits when the sun returns and the forsythia and daffodils start to bloom. There’s a new spring in my step and I know it is time to celebrate. So…..
It’s time for a Spring Time Giveaway!
I’ve been playing with adding fibers to my designs. I was so pleased with the outcome of these earrings, that I decided to do a giveaway! Some people have told me these earrings look like the spice route to India and others have said they look like a tropical beach. Either way, they are made for sunny weather!
So Sari Earrings
The gorgeous embossed copper components are made by Melinda Orr Designs. The orange glass beads are handmade by the lampwork glass artists at Radiant Mind. The fibers are recycled sari silk from India.
So Sari Earrings
I will be giving these earrings away to one lucky winner on Saturday, March 31st. There are multiple opportunities to enter the giveaway.
I recently purchased some delightful handmade metal charms and beads from Miss Fickle Media. Shannon LeVart, the artist behind Miss Fickle Media, is well known for her rustic metal components and unique patinas. These are the first two earrings I’ve designed with her metal charms.
I made this first pair on the Summer Solstice and I decided that would be the perfect name for them. The carnelian looks like a blazing sun and the brass dangles with their turquoise patina could be the sky in which that sun is hanging. Summer Solstice Earrings:
I love the artsy elegance of this next pair. I call them “Wave Earrings“, because the textured pattern reminds me of waves or ripples on a river bed. The charms are made of brass with a verdigris patina. I paired them with amazonite, which I wired with a graceful swoop of copper across the face of the amazonite bead.
My friend and I were in JC Penny the other day to find a dress jacket for her to wear to a friend’s wedding. We passed by the jewelry (oh-oh, danger zone) where I saw some adorable jewelry display stands. They were marked $10 off because they were all a bit bent. But if you design jewelry, then you know how to wield jeweler’s pliers and it doesn’t take much to bring it back into alignment. I’ve tweaked it a bit, but I can see from this picture that it’s still not quite right yet. The left footing still doesn’t sit flush with the table. But with another small tweak, it will be good to go! It was a great deal because of the mark down and I think it will make a nice addition to my booth at jewelry shows. What do you think?
I have lots of wonderful handmade metal components on my work table today! I got these components from Kristi Bowman of DreamSome on Etsy. The charms are handmade from copper metal clay. When fired they become pure copper and a second firing creates this gorgeous patina. I’ve already made a pair of earrings from one set of charms (not shown) and can hardly wait to get my hands on the pair that are pictured here. I also purchased this delightful domed brass heart pendant.
Miss Fickle Media
And since I’m a “more is always more” kind of gal, I also placed an order with Shannon LeVart of MissFickleMedia, on Etsy. Shannon is well known for the many colors she is able to coax from metals with her special patina processes. These copper and brass charms will probably also find their way into earrings.
I don’t have a definite plan yet for these amazing pure copper round beads. Sometimes when something is as gorgeous as these beads are, I get afraid to use them–like I’ll spoil the magic or something. I know–I gotta get over it. Eventually I just force myself to use my treasures. You just have to push on through your real or imagined barriers.
✿Do you ever have to force yourself to take the next step? Do you have to actively silence the critic in your head? What helps move you forward? ✿
Check out other bead tables over at the Bead Table Wednesday Flickr group!