Post Earrings! These are my favorite earrings to wear - I tend to push my hair back behind my ear, and almost always knock my french ear wire earring straight to the floor. Does anyone else have this problem? Please tell me I am not alone! Although, my dear sweet mother has lost several earrings this way, though she does not have long hair, so I am not sure how that happened! :)
One of the classes that I had at ArtBliss was with Stacie Florer. She was kind enough to share many tips on how to solder on that tiny, tiny post to an earring back. And I am going to town with it!
I hand cut the discs from silver sheet and hammered them for texture:
I put no texture on these discs - just brushed them to a mirror-like finish. Of course, now I have yet another photography hurdle to master - how NOT to capture a picture of my camera, my hands, the light bulbs...etc. in the silver. Ugh...
This pair looks awesome when worn - I cut a rectangle from sheet, then cut it into triangles.
I was so excited to finally use a tool I have had in my arsenal for AGES - a Swage block! This tool helped me achieve a cool curve on the metal. I added some garnets to the bottom for just a little bit of swing.
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Two discs together, hand stamped with "XO" - As I look at this picture now, I see a snowman....hmmm...
One of the highlights of artBLISS was shopping for art beads! We were treated to the ultimate shopping experience - pizza and beads! I blew my budget on lampwork by Sue Kennedy (SO HAPPY TO FINALLY MEET MY FAVORITE LAMPWORK BEAD ARTISTS!!), Jenny Davies-Reazor, Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio, and Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studios! I bought several sets of tiny ceramic cabochons from Diana - this is the first pair, bezel set in silver:
Love My Art Jewelry has been focusing on hoops this month - I am always a day late and a dollar short in joining blog hops. But, I follow this blog religiously and made this cute little pair of hoop earrings. Pretty, tiny (5mm) Sunstone cubes have been wired to the bottom:
This last pair of earrings is MY FAVORITE! I mixed up the metals, and added these sterling silver charms that I have had 4EVER! So lightweight!
I bought several ceramic and porcelain focals from Jenny Davies-Reazor. So far, I have used two of these Halloween-themed focals. The first necklace used links from Cindy Wimmer's awesome new book, The Missing Link. It has sold (the equines at Miracle Horse Rescue say THANK YOU for the sale!)
This wrapping on this last necklace took me a LONG time...I am not quite sure why...but I love how it turned out! Mixed metals of copper and silver:
Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your week - I know I will, as the high heat has left Northern Virginia - yahoo!!!