Anyway, I'm going to kill two birds with one stone here, and I hope you excuse the trite expression ;) I've finished up Lab Five of Jewelry Lab, which is making patterns with letter stamps. Late, yes, but it's finished ;) I combined the elements of that project with the Earrings Everyday Blog Hop, We're all Ears, to create two pairs of earrings. (Yes, late on that too...story of my life lately. ::sigh::) Anyway, the inspirational image used for this blog hop was this lovely piece:
The first pair of earrings feature lovely copper sticks that have been flame-colored, hammered for texture, and then stamped randomly with my "X" stamp. I then oxidized with LoS the bottom half of the sticks to accent the marks.
They were then paired with lovely green lampwork headpins by local artist Big Purple Barn. Simple lampwork rondelles from The Spacer Queen and handmade sterling silver earwires by me complete these earrings.
The second pair features copper washers that were again stamped with the "X". I then added some of MissFickleMedia's lovely Old Lace Patina to them. I wanted to emphasize the stamping though, so decided to see what would happen if I coated the patina with resin. It turned this lovely, amazing blue that matched the inspiration piece just perfect! It was a total happy accident.... I then decided to get a little creative and used some solvent ink to bring out the new blue color even more.
The washers were then paired with more of the lovely lampwork rondelles left over from the first pair of earrings, copper daisy spacers, and handmade sterling silver earwires.
All in all, I'm happy with how both of these earrings turned out! Lab Six, if you're interested, will be learning to etch with a paint pen. Should be interesting - I already love etching and should have most of the ingredients to use! And if you're hear for the Earrings Everyday Blog Hop, I hope you've enjoyed yourself! I can't wait to see what the next earring challenge is!