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Tropical Paradise Earring Design Challenge

Teal blue batik earrings in sand

When I read that the theme for this month’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge was a tropical paradise, I wasn’t feeling very inspired initially.  Our hostess was setting off on a Caribbean cruise, which would be one of my worst nightmares.  I hate feeling hot and I get sunburned in less than thirty minutes even with sunscreen, so nothing about a tropical vacation could possibly be fun. But that doesn’t mean I can’t find some jewelry inspiration in the idea of a tropical paradise. Continue reading

Not Your Typical Nest Jewelry

mud dauber necklaceThe theme of the month for Art Elements’ March design challenge is “nests.”  Even before I signed up to participate I knew I didn’t want to make a typical bird’s nest for my design.  I’ve made wire-wrapped nests with bead “eggs” before, including as a component in a spring-themed necklace for a past Art Elements design challenge.  They’re plenty of fun to make, but I wanted to try something new for this challenge. Continue reading

Exploring the Watercolor Technique for Polymer Clay Beads

assorted watercolor effect beads and focals

The assortment of beads and pendants I made using the watercolor technique.

I tried a new polymer clay technique this month: the torn paper or watercolor effect.  I was inspired to make beads and focal components using this technique and the color palette for the February Art Bead Scene challenge. Continue reading

Chandelier Earrings Design Challenge

silver filigree chandelier earrings

Some early examples of my chandelier earring designs. I was a little obsessed with Bali silver filigree stations and Swarovski crystal beads. So much sparkle.

The inspiration for this month’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge is chandeliers.  As in, those light fixtures that hang from the ceiling.  Chandelier is also a type of earring, along with drops, dangles, and studs. Before I show and tell you about the chandelier earrings I designed specifically for this challenge, let me share some of my earlier designs. Continue reading

Pantone’s Ultra Violet Inspired Earrings

Pantone Ultra Violet colorThe inspiration for the January We’re All Ears earring design challenge is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet.  Pantone describes Ultra Violet as a “blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.”  I’m not sure my earring designs for this challenge are consciousness-altering, but I did feel extra creative working with this color. Continue reading

We’re All Ears Design Challenge: Patchwork Earrings

Fat Quarters earringsEach month Erin Prais-Hintz chooses a theme and challenges us to design earrings inspired by it.  The theme for this month’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge was “patchwork.”  I’ve noticed a bit of patchwork showing up in clothing fashion lately and had been pondering how to create some earrings in that style.  The images Erin shared for this design challenge were exactly the push my muse needed. Continue reading