Luckily I did not sell the whole thing, (although I do have some beads, etc, put away to sell later as they are no longer my style, or conversely, if you want some stash building beads and stones, drop me an email. If you will pay shipping, you can have them!!) as I have been having quite a bit of fun making some new earrings for myself and practicing my jewelry stamping. Since I wear a dreaded uniform to work, necklaces are out as you would not be able to see them, but earrings are a definite do and allow me to express myself. It has actually gotten to the point where co-workers are more concerned with seeing what new pair of earrings I threw together on my day off rather than what new trendy eye shadow look I am rocking, or what two colors I paired together for it (which usually, for the record, is an awesome cat eye and bright retro shadow colors, my personal fave being blue).
I made three pairs of earrings the other day and thought I would share them with you. My process for making these, in case you are wondering, if to simply paw through my stash, see what catches my eye, and place those things on my table. I try and think about what I can do with them, and how I can do it in a different way than what I did last time. A major source of inspiration for me is Jewelry Affaire from Stampington. Light on articles, but tons of gorgeous pictures of hand crafted jewelry pieces.
I love this little cherry pair. The cherries came from a grab bag I bought off of Etsy a couple years ago, and the red beads are porcelain beads which came from a different grab bag. So cute, so retro, and I got rave reviews from everyone that saw them.
This pair looks all fancy, but it is some fake pearls from my beloved Time Line line (not my actual line, but my favorite line) from Hobby Lobby and some left over sterling silver chain I had. They look super pretty on, but were really made mostly for practice on measuring chain and just to see what the idea I had would look like.
And these were practice for working with wire and some very rudimentary wire wrapping. I had a whole spool of wire (which I think I either lost or tossed, who knows) and all I could find was 2 short pieces. So, I made these to feel the weight of them, practice wire wrapping (something I want to learn more about. I have the book Getting Started Making Wire Jewelry), and again, just to see how the idea in my head looked executed. While I like these, and others did too, my idea looked a whole heck of a lot better.
But the best part is that when I get sick of these, or any jewelry I make, I just tear it apart to reuse all the pieces, which I have done quite a few times before. It's the never ending jewelry wardrobe!
How about you, what are you creating lately? Share links to your blogs in the comments!