Friday, February 21, 2014

We're All Ears - February 2014

As you well know, I've been missing the bi-weekly earring challenge that Art Jewelry Elements hosted last year.  I have been trying to keep it up with my New Earring Monday posts here on my blog, but the truth is, it's just not as much fun when no one else is playing along with you.

All that changes today!  The Earrings Everyday blog has started a new, monthly earring design challenge where they will provide an inspiration piece on which the participants base a pair of earrings.  It's super simple, they post the inspiration on the first Friday of each month and the reveal is the third Friday.  There are no constraints on what type of beads or findings that you use... just make something!

So, here's the February inspiration:

Damselflies in Love
Photo credit: National GeographicYeo Weng Sang
So much to love, right?  The bold colors, the heart shape the damselflies' bodies make, the shine off their wings and eyeballs...the list goes on.  The gorgeous greens really captivated me... and the way the light reflects off those wings and eyes.  I just got some new gorgeous Czech glass beads from Lima Beads that I knew would be perfect for this challenge.  I was so excited that I couldn't make just one pair... I made three!


The first idea that came to mind was using these bigger "groovy rondelles" in a color they call Emerald Seas.  I really love the texture on the top and bottom of these beauties and thought it paired nicely with the Vintaj brass.  I dangled Vintaj filigree leaf charms from the bottom thinking that they echoed the look of the bug wings.


My second pair plays with the same ideas as the first but is on a smaller scale.  I paired the Czech glass turbine beads in "Oz" with small filigree teardrops.  The Picasso finish has a tinge of orange to it which works with the colors in the bugs' bodies and legs.



This last pair wasn't in my original plan, but a happy extra!  I had wanted to mix in some of the bright turquoise into at least one pair and I found these little daggers in a bead mix along with some green teardrops.  I slipped them onto a textured jump ring and voila!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  You can check out what everyone else made over on Earrings Everyday HERE.

19 comments:

  1. Love how you have used the filligree to represent the insect wings and such lovely colour combinations!

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  2. Fantastic! Each and every pair!

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  3. Every one is deeply and splendidly wonderful.

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  4. You captured so many different elements of the inspiration with this sweet collection of earrings, Sarajo. My favorite one, if I had to choose would be the last pair. I love those three little dangling daggers!

    Lynda

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  5. Wow. Fun earrings! Love what you did:)

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  6. Three - wow - and they're all so pretty! I love that first pair, especially!

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  7. Wow 3 pairs! And they are all so vibrant and lovely.

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  8. OH ALL are so beautiful! I want to have 6 ears to wear them all!!! :) or any way, maybe I have 2 sisters I haven't yet met! We would look awesome in your wonderful creations!

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  9. Fantastic! 1 inspiration for 3 pieces!!! Love the mix green and blue beads of the last earrings.

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  10. All 3 are wonderful! I love the Vintaj leaves as wings. I thought of that too.

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  11. How wonderful! You really captured the delicacy and color, and the glow of the inspiration!

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  12. Three pairs wow you put the rest of us to shame! All are great, I love that all your charms look like wings!

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  13. Beautiful earrings! I love the colors, and they all seem to have their own personality.

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  14. That czech glass is so perfect for this challenge and absolutely gorgeous! All three pairs work really well for this challenge as well as on their own!

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  15. All three pairs are beautiful. I love how you used the filigree.

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  16. Wonderful earrings. The colors are just amazing.

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  17. Thanks for the kind words, everyone! This was such a fun challenge and I'm just thrilled that there's a new "real" earring challenge I can take part in every month. If I'm totally honest, my husband is a little bit to blame for my going overboard with the three pairs. In classic style for him, when I asked him which version he liked better he said "make all three!"

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  18. Love that you found a way to incorporate wings in your earrings. I like them all!

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  19. Your enthusiasm is contagious, Miss Sarajo! I am so happy that we are providing an inspiration for you to keep on making! I am secretly excited about it, too, but it makes it more gratifying that others want to play with my idea! Your greens are so vibrant. There will be a spring, right? ;-) Thank you for joining in the We're All Ears challenge! Enjoy the day. Erin

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