The inspiration for the We’re All Ears earring design challenge this month was arabesque architecture. Our hostess shared photos of the elaborate ceiling designs and precise geometric structures in a variety of mosques.
The colors and repeating shapes within shapes were mesmerizing. At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to interpret that for earrings. Should I focus on the geometric shapes? The colors? The patterns?
Eventually I reminded myself that I don’t have to be so literal for these challenges. And then I got out my polymer clay and played. I made a few sets of domed medallion focals and paired them with Czech glass beads.
I used mica pigments to color onto the polymer clay. It’s not precise but the effect was exactly what I had in mind.
I cured the focals with a domed shape. It adds a nice dimension to the finished earrings compared to using them as flat discs.
These arabesque-inspired earrings, along with many of my other art jewelry designs, are available in my shop on Etsy.
Many thanks to our hostess, Erin Prais-Hintz for the inspiration for this earring design challenge. Be sure to hop over to the Earrings Every Day blog to see how she interpreted this challenge.