Friday, November 18, 2016

We're All Ears: November 2016

Miss Erin always finds the most delicious things to inspire our earring making... this month that is true both literally and figuratively!  She found a fascinating video of hand crank candy machines from the 1800s that a Tallahassee, Florida candy company has restored and put back into use.  So cool!  And I love the company's name: Public Displays of Confection!

A big ol' pile of the Victorian Nectar Drops

I was inspired by the color of the Victorian Nectar Drops, the cool vintage machinery, and the idea of the pressed shapes achieved through this candy making process.  I ended up with three pairs of earrings this month!

First up a pair that is all about the golden amber color of the Nectar drops!  I thought the Czech glass looked a little like the shapes that rolled out of that machine.

Next is another pair that features beads with a cool pattern that I could imagine being used with drop candies.  The color is darker and less true to the inspiration, but I used gold plated and filled findings to bring in the amber tones.

My last pair is also my favorite.  I'm finally making use of some enameled gears made by C-Koop Beads that I've been hoarding forever.  I wanted to tap into how cool that machinery is and the gears are my way of representing that.  I added some yellow vintage glass beads (thank you, Allegory Gallery!) that remind me of gum drops to the bottom of the gears.  And of course, I used brass findings because the brass rollers in the machine!

I hope you enjoyed the candy-inspired ear candy I made this month!  These will be at my Holiday Open House on December 4th.  You can check out what everyone else was inspired to make over at Earrings Everyday HERE.


  1. Love all those Czech beads! They really do look like those drops! I chuckled when I saw this because I have those same exact green gears from C-Koop and I almost used them in much the same way. Hive mind! I totally am hungry for those Nectar drops. I would love to taste them! Thanks for playing along with me. Enjoy the day. Erin

  2. Great earrings. I love the gears too. Good luck on your open house.

  3. I think all of your earrings are wonderful. I am glad you got a chance to use the gears. They look great.

  4. Beautiful! I love the beads you chose--they really do look like the nectar drops! :D
    Best of luck on your open house... wish I lived closer, because I would love to stop by! I hope you have a great time. :)

  5. Perfect earrings for the challenge: they look like candy! :)))

  6. These are fab! Your bead choices are perfect for the inspiration, I totally want to suck on them. Yeah, I'm weird like that. ;)

    1. Lol! I felt the same way when I saw the amber "gum drop" beads in Andrew's destash. But remember, don't eat the beads!

  7. Yummy! I can't believe they are not candy ;) Beautiful colors and designs!