Today is the first reveal in the Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) Challenge! We have been challenged to make one pair of earrings per week, and to post these earrings every other Sunday. The only requirement is to use a handmade art bead....my only problem with this is choosing which art bead to use!
First up is this pair of earrings, featuring handmade lampwork beads by Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads. If you have read my blog, you already know that I am a HUGE lover of her beads! Not only is she a lampwork artist extraordinaire, but her enameled components are STUNNING. But the beads I have chosen to illustrate here are so appropriate for this time of year - at least in my neck of the world (Virginia) - because they represent an escape:
Will you look at the detail in these beads!! Sue calls them Beach Beads - and I am there in my mind right now! I am not sure which aspect of these beads is my favorite - the sand, the beach ball represented by her murrini or the crystal blue of the water OR sky! The bit of silver she swirled across the top could represent the stars at night - who does not love the beach at night, where the stars always look brighter than in City lights?! I kept this design as simple as possible to highlight these gorgeous beads!
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I had to whip up a pair of earrings just for the occasion! And, Unicorne Beads rose to this challenge!
Lovely swirls of blues and greens in these boro beads - and they are not large and heavy, as would be expected! These beads are so lovely to look at - and wear! I have listed these beauties in my Etsy shop.
It was a busy morning for me today - I had to choose the winner of my 100th blog post Giveaway! This bracelet - made with gorgeous purple boro beads (also from Unicorne) goes to....
Shirley Moore!! I will be contacting you via email, Shirley, to get your mailing address! Congratulations!
Thank you to EVERYONE who left comments for this giveaway - I was only anticipating a few and was astounded at the response! This was so much fun that I will be having another giveaway soon!
Now...hop on over to the AJE Blog for links to all of the other participants in the AJE Earring Challenge!
Thanks so much for stopping by - and your comments are always so much appreciated! Happy Sunday!