Monday, April 25, 2011

Springtime Earring Blog Hop
Or the One I Almost Forgot!


Yep, this is titled so appropriately.  You see, I knew that I had signed up to participate in an earring blog hop.  Even vaguely remembered that it was to be blogged about the day after Easter, today.  But more than that, yep, forgot about it.  Completely.  'Til this morning, when I went for my daily dose of Patty's funniness on the Bus.  There, what do I see but her blog about the Springtime Earring Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely Mystic Pesto.  Ackkkkk....


Oh, joy of joys.  Do I have something made up that I can use for the blog hop?  Nope.  Not one thing.  ::sigh::  So I go and rummage around my bead boxes and check out the components I have hanging around on my desk.  And success!  I realize that I have a few components that I've been wanting to use for earrings, so I grab those.


Both of these components are in a nice springy green...well, mostly ;)  And what works nicely with green?  Well, in this first case, purple!  I love the combination of green and purple, so I pull out my box of purples and see these lovely amethyst nuggest staring me in the face.  Perfect! 

Featuring copper washers that I enameled using Barbara Lewis' torch fire technique, these earring combine my favorite spring combination of greens and purples.  Handmade earwires complete the earrings.  Simple, springy, and I think they're definitely showing my developing style!  (Oh, and I have to say that the amethyst nuggets came from one of my favorite stops at the Brimfield Fair...can't wait, it's just a few weeks away!)


I surprised myself to, though, because not only was I able to make the amethyst and enameled earrings, but I was also able to cobble together these earrings out of the components I grabbed!  A while ago I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate to the awesome shop of MissFickleMedia.  With that gift cert, I purchased her verdigris patina solution.  I've been playing with it, and came up with the links that I used in these earrings.  I'd previously etched the links, but they seemed unfinished to me.  So I used the verdigris patina and then added some stamping ink to it to just accentuate the etching a bit more.  They'd been sitting around on my worktable for a little while, waiting for inspiration.  I think I found it :)  They proved perfect for this blog hop!


I had some handmade copper earwires and balled head pins hanging around, and to work with these links, I added some faceted Czech glass rondelles, copper daisy spacers and bicones for a little flash.  These might now be my favorite pair of earrings!.



Here's a bit of a closeup on the copper links.  I really enjoyed figuring this technique out, so I'm sure I'll be doing this more often!  And I've also decided I must get more of MissFickleMedia's lovely patina solutions!

So these are my last minute earrings for the Springtime Earring Blog Hop over on Mystic Pesto's blog.  Please check out the other participants!  I know you'll like what everyone else has done :)


And thanks to Mystic Pesto for organizing this blog hop - Blog Hops are such fun, and awesome for inspiring creativitiy!   
Oh, and I also have to thank Patty for reminding me about the blog hop ;)  Must've had too many chocolate covered Peeps over the weekend....


9 comments:

Cory said...

Love the purple and green combination, the earrings are beautiful.

Mystic Pesto said...

I absolutely ADORE that first pair! What a lovely patina'd green on those donuts, and purple and green is my favorite of all color combos!!! And I'm dying to find the components in the other pair ... those long patina'd sticks.

So beautiful! Thanks for participating!

BooBeads said...

I also love green and purple together- something I never would have before jewelry making quite honestly!

Great earrings!

SueBeads said...

Great color combos, and the patina is great!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Ok...

A. I read your response on my blog - on my phone as I was looking for Shannon at Hobby Lobby and spit my coffee out!

LOL!!!

B. These are pretty damn awesome for last minute so you get extra points! Love all the patina - love the color on those rectangles!!!

XO, Happy Monday

P.S. You and Shannon both need to come to my house this summer with the kids and we can sit around in our Depends and laugh!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Okay sure you forgot about the damn hop and made the best freakin' pairs of earrings in the bunch! Ugh and I didn't leave Patty sitting in front of Hobby Lobby for 30 minutes on purpose :-P

Pretty Things said...

Love them, particularly the last ones!!!!

Marian Hertzog said...

Wow you did good! Two sets of earrings! I like them both. The torch fired washers are pretty amazing!

T... said...

these are just stunning, love the colour combinations, and the second pair are beautiful.

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