|[Photo credit :: ellehem :: Unsplash]|
I was a little stumped at first about what I wanted to do but then I realized that I had some orange ceramic beads from Golem Design Studio that had a corrugated design that made me think of the balloon material. I also had some new dark red teardrop beads that I picked up at Bead & Button that I thought would be fun to dangle below the ceramic rounds like the balloon's basket. I originally thought I could just thread one onto a jump ring and have that hanging from the ceramic bead unit but I didn't have any that fit nicely through their holes without being too flimsy. On to plan B! I strung the teardrop onto some wire first then ran that wire up through the ceramic pieces and formed a wrapped loop at the top. Voila! Behold my hot air balloon earrings!
Not earrings, but I'm sharing anyway... a few years ago I bought some fun hot air balloon shaped pendants from lampwork artist Wendy Mosman. (She doesn't seem to still be making beads from what I could find online.) I was captivated by their fun colors and details and just had to have them. Soon after I tried making a necklace with one of them, but when it didn't come together the way I'd hoped, I ended up scrapping and putting the pendants away for another day. Today is that day at least for one of them! I strung a long necklace with a variety of recycled and Czech glass beads interspersed with seed beads. I'm pretty happy with the end result so perhaps I'll tackle the other two pendants soon.
Another brief aside: a number of years ago I had the chance to go for a hot air balloon ride when I was at a conference in New Mexico. I'm so glad that I took advantage of this amazing opportunity. It was a pretty thrilling experience to see the world floating from above! The only part that was a little scary was the landing... it was a bit bumpy.
|A picture I took from about 1000 feet above the ground of the other balloon carrying our group.|
I hope you'll check out what everyone else was inspired to make over on the Earrings Everyday blog HERE. I'm headed up, up, and away in my beautiful balloon....