Yes. . . ongoing note to self... this is a totally off-the-charts year! SO MUCH STRESS, some days it's just difficult to be "normal", whatever that means anymore. My projects take longer and definitely longer to post on the blog (sorry!). This post has been in the works for several weeks!! It's been hard concentrating on detailed patterns, so I've been doing more free-hand earrings. With lots of shared inspiration available from so many artists right now, and then, just the beautiful last bit of summer color to help guide the flow. Here are a few of my latest.
Some form of wire and wire wrapping seems to be my "go to" right now as it lets my mind wander as I wrap. Starting with anything Gaea-created inspires me to create up to her standards! These earrings began with her copper etched metal. I added some beautiful Czech sea foam green glass with small czech dome teacup beads and turquoise 11.0 seed beads for a nice contrast. I used engraved jump rings as the connector and finished with Czech glass flowers (Ravens Journey) added to the ear wires.
Some cuties below in blues/turquoise with Czech glass flowers and leaves. The lower leaves are lucite, which add some add'l color, but no additional weight. The metal is hematite, which I think really makes the bead colors pop. Hematite is new for me, but I'm really trying to create outside my normal box...
Next, some random fun wire wrapping with a mixed tube of 11.0 sb. I wasn't really sure any of this was going to work until the end!!! I had saved these Czech glass faces for the right project, and they were staring at me as I began this one, so I added them in, then added some more Czech glass flowers and drops for a pop of color.
Some pre-made, stamped metal rounds with a bit of turquoise Vintaj paint added to tone down the metal before I started the lower wire wrapping of Czech glass leaves, flowers and flower bead caps. Bright bits of color to jazz up the metal. :)
Next pair I used Vintaj connectors in brass to encase a 12mm swarovski ravoli and then I added some really gorgeous Czech glass table beads in lime green. Finished off with brass flower bead caps and rondelles on either end. These turned out pretty rich and gorgeous.
Finishing this post with a bang of color! Czech glass flowers and caps with 4mm and 6mm glass and pearl rounds attached to chain for a cascade of color. I used these gorgeous milky opal glass triangles on top to finish the ear wires. I really love the turquoise shades with the varying orange shades, with a bit of yellow to pop. Fun.