The theme for this month’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge was campfires. I haven’t been camping in a very long time. My family took quite a few camping trips when I was growing up. My favorites trips were the ones near alpine lakes and meadows. I love the smell of pine forest covered in morning dew. Of course, I also love the smell of smoldering mesquite wood, which is what we used to build our fires when camping in riverine canyons.
When I was thinking what kind of earrings to design for this challenge, I focused mostly on colors I associate with campfires: the blackened wood, the glowing red embers, and the grayish smoke.
I made some red, black, and gray swirl polymer clay beads last year for another project but ended up going in a different direction for it. Lucky for me they were in my stash all baked and ready to go, because it’s been waaaay too hot to fire up the polymer clay studio.
In my stash I also had some “molten lava” beads I made last year for the fire element designs in my Elemental Lizards jewelry collection. These polymer clay beads have a veneer that looks very much like molten lava. At least, it does to me. I made a pair similar to these last year to coordinate with a necklace from that collection. Since I had more beads, I made another pair for this challenge.
Fire is my element. Literally. I am an Aries. You might think that would mean I’m comfortable in hot weather. I’m not. I hate being hot. Hate. It. Maybe that actually makes sense. Maybe being all fiery means I’m better suited to cold weather?
Whatever it means, I do have fun making fire element inspired beads. The focal beads on this last pair of earrings for the challenge were made with scraps of polymer clay left over from making the swirl beads in the first two pair. I added a little bit of white clay to the mix, for a bit more contrast in the thin stripes.
That’s it for my campfire-inspired earring designs. Many thanks to our challenge hostess, Erin Prais-Hintz, for yet another awesome theme. I don’t know how she keeps coming up with fresh ideas each month, but I’m glad she does. Please be sure to hop over to the Earrings Every Day blog to see how Erin interpreted this challenge. And follow the links at the bottom of her post to see more campfire-inspired earring designs by other artists.