This month on the We’re All Ears earring design challenge, the inspiration is all about strawberries. Summer is the season for berries and melons. Unlike me, they seem to thrive in the heat. They’re also the perfect thing to eat when it’s too hot to even think about cooking.
When I started rummaging around in my bead stash looking for strawberry-esque components, I found these great Scorched Earth ceramic pods by Petra Carpreau. I bought them last spring or summer, and remember thinking “these look like strawberries” when I put them in my cart. I also bought some ceramic “carrot” and “aubergine” pods at the same time. You know what they say about shopping when you’re hungry?
I also pulled a few strands of Czech glass beads in strawberry colors, including some juicy red rounds, green Picasso-finish daggers, and white flowers. And then, I sat and stared at my bead mat for I don’t know how long trying to decide how to pull them together into earrings.
I had this idea to use the dagger beads as leaves ringing the tops of the ceramic drops. After wasting a good bit of wire trying to make my overly literal interpretation of a strawberry happen, and them remembering I had some little white bellflower beads, I finally came up with a design.
Of course, I couldn’t stop at just one pair of earrings for this challenge. And if you follow my blog, you know how I like to play with polymer clay. I happened to be making some polymer clay dragonfly pendants the weekend before the reveal for this earring challenge. The dragonflies are for another design challenge, and you’ll have to stop back in a few weeks to see what I did with them.
While I had the polymer clay studio all fired up for the dragonfly production, I grabbed a few bits of red and green clay blends left over from past projects. And made the cutest little strawberry headpins.
I thought about antiquing the little strawberries with a wash of acrylic paint, to bring out the details. Or making them super shiny with a coat of polyurethane. But I couldn’t bring myself to risk ruining them. (As if I couldn’t just make another pair.) I also couldn’t decide which beads to pair them with for a set of earrings. In the end, I went against my nature and kept the design simple. Because sometimes just plain strawberries are sweet enough.
That’s it for my strawberry-inspired earring designs. If you want to see more, be sure to hop over to the Earrings Everyday blog to see how our hostess, Erin Prais-Hintz, and other jewelry artists interpreted this challenge. And if you’d like a pair of my strawberry earrings for your very own, be sure to look for them in my shop on Etsy.