|Just one of the gorgeous shots to inspire us! |
"USA Antelope-Canyon" by Lucas Löffler - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
It seemed like a no brainer to me to go straight for my gemstones this month. Carnelian, mookaite, jasper, oh my! There were so many gorgeous stones calling to me that I had to make a few pairs this month.
My first two pairs are playing with some funky copper colored connectors that I picked up on super clearance at Michael's. I wasn't entirely sure what I would do with them when I bought them, but earrings were high on my list of maybes. There were two different lengths and finishes (the other was a antique silver look) and I decided to try both out. The first pair I made combined the short version with some Venus Jasper rounds, plated hematite, and Czech glass.
Despite my husband's reservations about the size of the longer bars, I decided that they could still work for the right woman. (I think these would look particularly fabulous on someone with super short hair to show them off and let them swing!) This time I kept the dangles a little more compact and just used some faceted mookaite rondelles with copper plated spacer beads. What say you guys? Too long?
My second set of earrings started with some matte finished carnelian beads that I picked up on my trip to Asheville, North Carolina this spring. I thought the colors were a perfect complement to the the inspiration photos. When I was playing with different bead arrangements and asked my husband for advice, unsurprisingly, he gave his usual answer... do both! So I did. Sort of. The first pair I just wire wrapped as is and popped on some ear wires. For the second pair I added another link with some stone that was described as "red wood lace stone." Looks like a jasper of some kind to me.
This is a blog hop... make sure to pop over to the Earrings Everyday blog HERE to see what everyone else dreamed up!