Friday, March 17, 2017

We're All Ears: March 2017

This month the inspiration for the We're All Ears challenge over on the Earrings Everyday blog is all about one of my favorite birds... owls!!  There are so many amazing and beautiful types of owls and a few of them are pictured below.

Photo credits :: Unsplash :: clockwise from top R
Quentin Dr :: Andy Chilton :: Massimo Mancini :: Paul Morley :: Ray Hennessey :: Andy Chilton :: Cliff Johnson


Unfortunately for me, most of my owl beads are not really earring appropriate.  They are mostly art bead focals and some other beads that are just a little bit to big or heavy for earrings.  But there is a pressed Czech glass owl bead in my stash that I've collected in a variety of colors.  I've been making an owl and oak leaf earring design for a couple of years with these beads (see below) but I didn't want to rest on my laurels.  Instead, I knew that I needed to come up with a new design or two for this challenge.

A rainbow of owl earrings from last fall!

I pulled out a few pairs of the owl beads in various colors and started to play around with some new ideas.  My first thought was to put a little wooden bead under each owl to make it seem like they were sitting on a perch... I then added a little bit of brass plated leafy chain dangling from the bottom.


Even though I thought that this was a pretty cute idea, I still wanted to come up with a design that was a little smaller scale.  Not everyone wants a super long dangly earring after all!  For my other two pairs I matched the owls with some wooden disc beads and coordinating Czech glass at the bottom.



Thanks for stopping by to see my owlish earrings!  Now flap your wings and fly on over to the Earrings Everyday blog to see what the hoot owls inspired other designers to make!

7 comments:

  1. What super cute beads! I love the variety of ways you can use them. I think you have a great collection that will appeal to any buyer. I especially love the fringy leaf chain...I have some of that and some wood beads (but not the owls!) so I will have to see what I can come up with in that style. Thanks for playing along with me! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  2. All of your designs are great. My favorites are the ones with the leaf chain dangles. I do love me some long dangly earrings.

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  3. Really liked all the earrings but especially the middle pair with the leaf chain hanging under the owls. Beautiful designs!

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  4. I love your woodland designs for the owls. They are very nature inspired!

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  5. What a fabulous array of colors you have in these great Czech glass owls. I like the idea of them sitting on wooden bead like a little branch. I especially like the ones with the leafy fringe. Great movement!

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  6. What a great way to challenge yourself. Your original designs were cute to start with and the last 3 just expanded the possibilities for you. I like the 2 that look like the owl is sitting on a tree branch the best.
    Mona

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