Sunday, August 4, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Weeks 29 & 30

Happy August, everyone!  Can you even believe how fast this summer has gone by?  I really can't.  Before we know it school will be back in session and temperatures will be starting to cool off.  I'm not ready for that yet, so one of my pairs of earrings this time is all about capturing the last of our sunny days...but more about that in a moment.

 It's time again for another reveal in the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge.  For those of you who may be stopping in for the first time, the challenge is to make one pair of earrings a week using artisan made beads.  As much as possible I've been trying to highlight one artist for each reveal.  This time, I'm featuring fun porcelain beads from Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio.  I just love Diana's work and am thrilled to show off her fun earring charms!

First up is a pair I'm calling "Hibiscus Lemonade" for the fun floral pattern in yummy yellow and pink.  I paired the charms with some pink cracked quartz that I bought when I was out in Bend, Oregon back in June.  Mixed with Vintaj brass wire and earwires, I think that these make a perfect summer treat!

Week 29: Hibiscus Lemonade

My second pair combines charms in a glaze Diana calls rootbeer that is a great combination of browns that range from caramel to almost black.  For this set, I added in some fluted, black agate beads that I've been hoarding forever.  I used Vintaj copper wire and copper-plated jump rings from Nunn Design to round out the look.  These are a little bigger than the earrings I tend to make, but not too crazy!

Week 30: Coffee Bean
Both pairs are currently for sale in my Etsy shop.  Click HERE to check it out.


  1. Beautiful designs to highlight Diana's gorgeous beads, Sarajo!

  2. Beautiful designs! The color in the 'Hibiscus Lemonade' is so pretty.

  3. I'm just now getting around to the blogs after a week long vacation. Your earrings are beautiful!!

  4. Thanks everyone! I feel terrible but I've been on the run so much I still haven't had time to blog hop! I will get there before the next one...