Monday, June 1, 2015

New Earring Monday '15: Weeks 21 & 22

Happy New Earring Monday and welcome to June!  This year is really just flying by me... I've got no idea where the time has gone other than away.

This installment is all about texturing metal with hammers.  Maybe it's just me, but I find taking a hammer to a piece of metal to be super therapeutic.  Anyway, I'm starting to have a serious little collection of hammers and I know I don't use any of them as much as I should.  I decided I would pull a couple of them out and take them for a test drive!

First up is a little pair of Vintaj Arte Metal blanks that I whacked textured with a riveting hammer.  I sanded over the pieces to bring out a little of the silver metal underneath the blackened surface giving it an almost birch bark effect.  I also sanded the little leaf charms to make them more silvery and add some contrast.

I got a little fancier with my second pair.  I used one of the faces for my interchangeable texturing hammer to add some sharp dimples to the copper blanks.  I then rubbed turquoise colored paint into the depressions to add a little pop of color that I then echoed in the Swarovski crystal dangles that added to the dragonfly charms.

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  1. That first pair literally took my breath away. They are HOT!

  2. Love these, Sarajo, especially the first pair with the leaf overlaid on the bark texture.
    You should definitely pull out your hammers more often!

  3. Those are beautiful! I really liked the second pair as I have a weakness for dragonflies.

  4. These are both so skilled and lovely, Sarajo. I'm with Shaiha about dragonflies - I can never resist them!