April 29, 2009
Over the past few months, I’ve been exploring beaded earring components created using square stitch (my favorite bead weaving stitch, at least for now). I’ve posted about a pair of purple teardrop earrings and the gorgeous Adriana earrings. The ideas kept flowing and I kept making little beaded squares.
I ended up using some in this trio of earrings. They are all in the blue/green/gold color family yet each is different in each own way. For some reason, the little squares reminded me of Chiclets, little pieces of gum I chewed as a child. I remember they had a small pack of mini Chiclets – tiny squares of gum in different colors. These earrings look nothing like them, but that’s what they brought to mind. Funny the things you remember and what triggers the memory.
I have in my sketch book ideas to use the squares in necklaces. We will see…
April 23, 2009
Lengths of sterling silver wire were looped around to create silver tangles or knots at the bottom of these earrings. For whatever reason, working with metal has made working with wire seem less intimidating, so I’ve been doing some experimentation with wire. The trick with these was to make the second tangle look reasonably close in size and shape to the first and to keep from kinking the wire.
After practicing with copper wire, I got the knack of it and then moved on to make the earrings in silver. I named them Nanette and hope the lovely young lady who now owns these earrings enjoys wearing them.
April 13, 2009
If you’ve read my blog before, you know how much I love beads. Ethnic beads, in particular, have a special place in my heart. Okay, so do gemstones and crystals… I could go on. Truth is, they are all just fabulous. But ethnic beads have a presence and poise that no other beads come close to because they reflect the culture and art of people. I have genuine love and respect for them all and cannot think of a place on the globe where something beautiful, something that honors the land, resources, and history has not been made.
The metal beads in these earrings are African Baule bronze beads and they are just gorgeous. They have so much presence that very little was needed to accent them, just a touch of turquoise in a color more green than blue. Nothing more.
March 14, 2009
The glass beads at the bottom of these earrings are made by glass bead makers encasing gold or silver foil within beads. The most famous of these are Venetian glass foil beads and the inclusion of the foil just make the beads sparkle. I used clear glass beads here, but when foil is used under colored glass, the colors become even more rich and vibrant. They are hard to resist.
I accented the gold foil beads with some bead weaving in my favorite stitch – square stitch. It’s a stitch I find to be very versatile and despite the name, you can make much more than squares. In this case however, I did do squares in rich golden and deep pink tones. Exquisite earrings waiting to adorn the right ears.