Sunday, February 23, 2014

Jewelry Lab - Lab Five, Patterns with Letter Stamps
and Earrings Everyday Blog Hop

Happy Sunday folks.  Hope you are all having a spectacular Sunday, spending it in ways that you love the best!  It's a busy day for us, but I have to make sure I put this post up...cuz otherwise I won't :)  We're heading up to UConn to watch the Men's Polo Game with the barn my daughter rides at.  Can't wait!

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:

Damselflies in Love
Photo credit: National GeographicYeo Weng Sang
Gorgeous, isn't it?  I was particularly drawn to the blues and greens of the piece, so decided to work those into my creations.  I also loved the touches of white texture....

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!


9 comments:

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Love the earrings, Holly :) The copper is the perfect metal for the inspiration photo!

Terri said...

Love your earrings! Great interpretation of the picture. The colors were so fun to play with! After seeing so many others and yours...I just may have to get into etching.

freshbakeddesigns said...

Great patina on those copper pendants! And they look great with the teal and lime beads.

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love the second pair. The patina, colors, and design are wonderful.

Susan Delaney said...

Love these. I am especially crazy about the texture on the long earrings.

TesoriTrovati said...

I am all about killing those two birds with one stone! I love that book and have threatened to do those labs myself. It is fun to watch others do it but makes me long to find my own copy! I love the texture you created. The copper reminds me of the orange and brown segments of their bodies. Very fun! Thank you for joining in the Earrings Everyday We're All Ears challenge. Hope to see you next month! Enjoy the day. Erin

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Both pairs are lovely! I love your little "happy accident" with the blue color and resin!

Melissa Manley said...

Hey! these are turning out GREAT! I love the long earrings with the x's! Keep it up!
Melissa

Nan Smith said...

I love your earrings. You really captured the mood of the inspiration photo.

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