I've had my ears pierced for a long time and yet I don't normally wear earrings...until recently. I've been on an earring kick and I love it. Earrings can be simple or elaborate, they can be beaded or metal or plastic. Earrings are just so versatile. You can wear them dressed up or dressed down.
I found some great little metal bezels on etsy and I figured they would make for great collage earrings. So I give you my very first pair of finished collage earrings. They are adorned with citrine nuggets and Swarovski crystals. I made the ear-wires from sterling wire and hammered them lightly. I love them so much but when the shop opens, they will be for sale. If I kept everything I loved, I'd never have an inventory. There is also another pair in the works. The collage needs to be assembled and sealed and then they will be ready to go.
While searching for beads to use with my collage earrings I must have spent an hour sitting on the floor just going through my collection. I've managed to collect boxes of beads over the last few years and I always notice something different when I go through them. I found these great vintage faceted plastic hoops that were just begging to be used. I paired them with some obsidian and smokey quartz. The lightly textured sterling earwires were also made by me. I'm so tempted to wear these but alas, I'm going to put them in the shop. I did make a pair of earrings for myself this weekend. I used amazonite briolettes and prehnite rounds. The photos didn't come out well so I'll show them next time.
Last weekend I rediscovered how much fun cold porcelain is. Cold porcelain is wonderful because you don't have to put it in the kiln (even though I love my kiln) or in an oven to dry it. It air dries and it's pretty sturdy. I made some molds out of vintage buttons and then decided to see how well they worked. I added acrylic paint in very girly colors to my cold porcelain and let them dry. The following day I wiped "vintage white" acrylic paint on and then off the pieces and allowed them to dry. After they dried, I sprayed them with Krylon matte finish. The finished pieces look very much like real porcelain. I'm still playing with ideas of how I'm going to use my cold porcelain in the future...stud earrings come to mind. We will see....
Well I'm off to read my new issue of Somerset Studios!