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Sunday, September 29, 2013

AJE Earrings Challenge Reveal 18 weeks 37-38

Caught behind the eight-ball again with the earring challenge...but I coincidentally have three new pair of earrings to share!
Lily Pads and Roses
I soldered a bunch of copper rings, and patinated them in different colors; I mixed dye oxide patinas from B'Sue Boutiques to achieve this lilac-rose color. I thought I'd go girly and combine them with Czech glass dagger beads in moss green from Happy Mango Beads, and ivory lampwork in a lily pad theme from Kelley Wenzel. I put little Czech glass roundels in bubble gum on the earwires. (Also notice the little seed pods--from my Mommy's garden! I love new props.)

For these, I started with olive green copper rings, and fished around in my stash for some beads--aha! More Czech glass dagger beads from Happy Mango, in olive and azure, lampwork glass spacers from Julie Miller in cornflower blue, and Indonesian seed beads in olive green also from Happy Mango. I thought sterling silver would be nice (sterling silver beadcaps also by me):
Cornflowers and Moss
I just love this etched lampwork, it glows!

These remind me of fields of hay in September on the plains--golden! (More seed pods from Mom!)
Fields of Gold
I started with copper rings that I patinated with Old Lace and Violet dye oxide patinas from MissFickleMedia, and combined them with Czech glass leaves in caramel from BobbiThisnThat, lampwork glass "dragon eye" beads from Kelley Wenzel (somebody tell her to start making beads again, I mean it), glass tile beads in amber on the earwires, and antiqued brass.
Phew, that's all for now!

You can see more at my Etsy shop HERE.


  1. They are all totally gorgeous!! I love this style you've got going on.

  2. gorgeous color combos...blue and green has to be my favorite!

  3. Hello,
    this is Christina from fauxbilicious.blogspot.com.
    These three pairs of earrings are gorgeous!!!

  4. All utterly stunning as always but cornflower and moss are just wow such a great colour combo!

  5. Love your colors, the cornflower & moss my favorite!

  6. Amazing work! I am especially drawn to the green and pink pair, beautiful!

  7. You have such a wonderful distinctive style. I adore your work.

  8. Your colors are always so elegant yet rustic, which really encompasses your unique style.

    I'm not asking you to ply favorites, but which patina brand do you like best, Shannon's or Swellegant? Do they have different effects/qualities? All your patinaed metals look great.