Sunday, April 18, 2010

52 Weeks - Week 10

Patty and Bella

I made these as demonstrations while teaching class, so I didn't take the time to make sure they're exactly the same... I'm trying to teach the perfectionist in me to lighten up!

I used 20g copper wire, sterling and gold filled accent beads, and Czech glass beads. 

Anybody wear copper earwires? I think it may turn my ears black, but it's supposed to be good for arthritis.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

52 Weeks of Earrings - Week # 9

I have an issue with mixing gold filled with plated wire and beads, but since these are just for me... Guess I'll see how they hold up, and if the colors change over time.

The pale champagne colored glass beads are about an inch long and have an AB coating. I used purple rondelles,  gold filled earwires, and gold colored spacer beads to make the earrings. The wire is gold craft wire, and the small round beads are gold filled.

I had a hard time taking their picture, cause every time I bumped the table, they started swinging, and I had to wait for them to be still.  I'm going to get better at photographing jewelry by the end of the year!

I'm naming them Anicka, which means "pure" in Czech. (according to because every ingredient is purely what it is.

Friday, April 02, 2010

52 Weeks of Earrings, #8

I wanted to make some earrings with paper, so I printed out a sheet of cardstock with a photo of some Paste Paper (made by Tina McChrie from when I used to work at Oskadusa). I cut out fan shapes, and punched a tiny hole in the top. Then I used one of those glazes to give it a shiny topcoat. I think I need more practice with that, because I made a big mess! I think I used too much, because it made the paper curl. I made 3 sets, and these turned out the best, but the glaze is not even close to smooth.

So, anyway, I colored the back and sides with a gold paint pen. Then I assembled the earrings with copper and brass wire, brass coil dangly things, Swarovski crystals, bronze, sterling, and gold filled beads, and gold filled earwires.

They're very light, and I like the basic design, but I'll try the paper/glaze thing again.

I'm naming them Ming-Ling, it means "shining bell" in Chinese.