Sunday, September 9, 2012
I'm going to go backwards in time with my earring making spree.
I wanted to start with the pair in which I'm most proud.
( how's that for proper grammar?)
These were made with some metal tile that I found out near our desert property.
I brought a few of my pre-cut pieces back with me from Arizona.
I have a goodly stash to return to November but for now this is it.
Look how the light comes through them
Those are faceted pyrite lashed on with silver wire.
I can't keep hoarding my silver stash just because it's expensive now.
Yeah I kept these little torch fired copper enamel rounds for myself so far.
Revisiting my "roadsmithed" design with smashed bottle caps that I find on the streets in Bisbee.
Those of you that have followed for awhile might remember them.
Oh, we have litterers here in Alaska but it's a big highway with lots of wide open space.
I think there are more can people here that litter anyway.
And huge ditches and lots of brushy stuff, not so convenient as curbed pavement for searching.
And big snow plows and road graders scrape the roads clean.
Got some new and different supplies in a trade with Kim from Flotsam Tide
I find it's best to put newly gifted supplies immediately to use.
And you just might be able to see how she influenced these.
I haven't done much of the chainy work before.
Spacing is important I realize now.
How many times did I have to fasten the charms so they didn't overlap too much?
Found some old supplies that I made into these simple earrings.
Somehow little perfect frames aren't me anymore but I tried to funk them up with some lava and trade beads. Put on some extra long silver earwires to glam them up a bit so they weren't too pedestrian.
There was a time when I was going to sell out all of my tribal & trade beads since my style had veered away from that style. Imagine that, they've come back 'round to me again
I finished this pair with NKPbeads
and my last set of baubles- double ended headpins on copper.
I do need to make more of those again sometime.
This is where I riffed off of an amazing design of earrings that I got in a trade with Darlene of DarliciousHouse
( I said riffed off, not ripped off and am happy to say she feels the same way. I checked with her to make sure)
My headpins matching the faceted carnelian
Multicolor matchsticks with some faceted opal
I finished these too. You know how I was squawking about doing custom pieces?
I just needed one criffle to match the other one.
Did I get it right?....no!
Different sizes and different colors. I ended up using a different stray orphan from my work table just because I wanted to finish these.
I'm at the end of my outdoor shows now and will be stocking some of the local galleries and shops in addition to several nice warm indoor shows.
The next one will be "The Bad Girls of the North" in Fairbanks at the end of the month.
Great name eh?
They serve cocktails and hors douvres and the women they are happy cruising through with their wine glasses.
Oh, and one big question for those of you that have the new activity feed on Etsy.
What do you think of it?
I happen to absolutely love it but was shocked to find that so many abhor it.
Must be because I have a Mac and follow such great folks because it all looks scrumptious to me.