This month's theme for the We're All Ears challenge is Frozen. Well, Erin could not have chosen a more apt prompt for this month, at least for those of us living in the great stretch of the country dealing with the polar vortex and stupid amounts of snow. Minnesota is already having the 4th snowiest February in history, and we're not even half way through the month. Whoever pissed Elsa off needs to apologize!!!
I have to admit that at first blush, I honestly wasn't sure I had much to use for this month's challenge. I used lots of snowflake themed items for the December Art Elements Theme of the Month (which was "White." You can see that post HERE if you like.) I was surprised at how many ideas I suddenly had when I shifted my thought process from actual snowflakes to beads with an icy feel!
My first trio of earrings all focus on frosted or Mercury finished Czech glass. These all have a winter woodland theme going on with leaves and wee pine cones.
Next up, a couple of pairs of earrings with long ear wires. The ones on the left feature some vintage plastic from Allegory Gallery paired with snowflake bead caps and dyed agate. The pair on the right uses some cultured sea glass under some of my favorite pewter bead caps that remind me of lily of the valley.
I didn't ignore my art beads either! The pair on the left has some fun swirl pattered ceramic charms by Marsha Neal dipped in teal matched with polymer clay discs by Humblebeads, crystal, and brass. The pair on the right is totally fit for Elsa! Photos don't do the sparkles in the clear pale blue lampwork glass justice. I added crystals and leafy bead caps to the design and topped things off with some Swarovski crystal and sterling ear wires.
I wasn't done yet... but I'll say that these last two are a bit outside my normal design comfort zone. I played with some oval pewter links and iridescent Czech glass teardrops for the pair on the left. I'm unreasonably happy about the pair on the right which are in no way my normal style! I've been working on getting my studio under control and have been sorting through beads and supplies. In this process, I found these fun caged gems that I got in a goody bag at a retreat. I didn't have anything appropriate to hang them from, so I got out some copper wire and my hammer! Although I like how the hammered copper curves in this instance, I do wish that I was capable of getting this sort of thing to stay straight! I like the way the gold and copper tones work together in these shoulder dusters.
Pop on over to the Earrings Everyday blog HERE to see what everyone else was inspired to make this month!