A chronicle of the meanderings, false starts (which in retrospect, while sort of embarrassing turned out to be highly instructive), epiphanies, selective apathy (still evolving), wild mood swings, opinions (subject to frequent change), and life lessons of an inveterate dabbler (and her latest dabblings).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Clean Your Plate, Then You Can Have Dessert

The "dessert" being NEW designs--so I "cleaned my plate" and turned these etched tabs that had been lying around into more tube bail earrings (even though I was already bored with the idea, kind of like being bored with your peas):
Hippie Princess
The wonderful blood red dotted ovals are Czech glass from ArteBellaSurplus, and the rustic striped multicolor beads are Indonesian glass from Happy Mango Beads.

The damask pattern on these earrings makes me think of wallpaper in a posh old-timey Hollywood hotel. I decided to go monochrome, with champagne-colored beads--the big citrine ovals have the barest hint of color, and the pearls are a lovely pale sand color.
Champagne Cocktails with Grace Kelly
For some reason these make me think of Grace Kelly.

These below were more of a "foldover" bail I call it, that I flipped upside down for earrings. There was something sort of Incan about them (I'm sure an Incan would disagree, don't ask me how my mind works), so I added some chrysocolla. That seemed kind of Incan. Somehow.
Just sold, sorry
I seem to have a vague memory that some ancient Central American kingdom made their king wear a hat like this. Maybe that's what I'm thinking of.

I knew it.

Not so crazy after all.

These are the same design as the first two, but lightly colored with gilder's paste. These have fluorite and hessonite from Lima Beads. I really wish I had gotten a full strand of the fluorite.

Sold to a Canadian, sorry
These are hessonite and amethyst, also from Lima Beads. I am now a huge fan of hessonite. These remind me of a Chinese dragon.
Lilac Dragon
These turned out very girly. Pink and blue! The beads are angelite and moukaite, with Czech glass on the earwires.
My Grandma's Quilt
This last pair feel very Art Deco to me--like an Art Deco sunset!
Also gone, so sorry
So now I am done with the tube bail earring and I can move on. I did my usual thing--when I made the first couple pair, I was so excited about them I cut out a zillion of these tabs thinking I'M GOING TO MAKE A MILLION OF THESE!!! and then promptly lost interest. But after leaving them lying around forever I decided to do the grown-up thing and finish what I started. Now if only I could do that with my Roman shade project.


  1. You sure are on a roll with earrings! Love 'em all. I even got the Inca connection before I saw your link. (I'm married to one--sort of, so it's an easy connection for me. But I'm a bit dubious about the damask....)

    And since you taunted us by already selling everything, I'll gloat that I DID get the full strand of fluorite from Lima. Beads, that is.

  2. I LOVE THESE EARRINGS!!!! You are such a talented designer! I would love to spend the day with you just watching and picking your brain!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

  3. I love them all!can't choose a favorite

  4. Great post and beautiful earrings. I'm bummed that the chrysocolla earrings are sold, as I definitely would have bought them, but what can you do? I'm glad your earrings are selling! :) xoxo

  5. You might have been bored, but I thought they were all beautiful. I guess others did too since they all sold! I guess that's the benefit of doing "the grown-up thing". :)

  6. semplicemente stupendi...anche se io non amo molto gli orecchini

    un saluto Alessandra