Every month the Earrings Everyday blog hosts a design challenge based on a theme. This month the challenge was inspired by Iris Apfel, whom she describes as being “the quirky and oh-so-colorful nonagenarian fashion icon that I simply must put on my Christmas wishlist.”
After spending some time googling fashion images for fall 2015, Erin Prais-Hintz provided several photos of outfits by designer Monique Lhuillier, all in shades of aubergine.
I chose to make earrings to complement these outfits.
Last year I had cut some brass discs and on two of them stamped a pretty butterfly, which I proceeded to etch. The etching was not as deep as I had hoped and they had languished in a drawer since. When I saw the lace in the inspiration outfits the airiness and lightness of the butterflies came to mind.
The deep aubergine colours reminded me of some Swarovski crystals that I also had stored away. The shape of the beads reminded me of wings. They seemed to be a natural fit for the butterfly etchings. I continued the theme with brass wire wrapping and ear wires.
|Flight of the Butterfly|
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Nothing is ever wasted in a jewelry studio! These discs are the perfect touch of romance and regal bling. So pretty! Thank you for joining me in the We're All Ears challenge. Check back on November 6th for the next inspiration. Enjoy the day! ErinReplyDelete
Thanks so much Erin. These challenges are always funDelete
very elegant earrings.I love the sweet charms.ReplyDelete
It must have been fate that made you put your charms away until this challenge - these are so light and playful and compliment the outfits so well without overpowering them...xxReplyDelete
Thank you Fiona. Sweet of you to say so.Delete
Beautiful! Those charms really match the beads! Excellent job!ReplyDelete
I'm happy you think so. Thanks!Delete
I love how the imperfect butterflies are echoed by the asymmetrical shape of the crystals. they look purposeful.ReplyDelete
I hadn't thought of the combination that way before. Thanks Deb!Delete
Such lovely charms! The look really pretty with the crystals. Nice work.ReplyDelete
Simply delightful..a great choice for this months challenge!ReplyDelete
Your earrings look beautiful! I love the butterfly charms!ReplyDelete
Greetings, Sofie #4
Butterflies are one of my favourites. Thanks SofieDelete
Great choice the butterfliesdo reflect the lace. eautiful!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you see it too Katherine. ThanksDelete
Love the etched butterfly charms. I'm so glad that you set them aside instead of tossing them. They are super sweet!ReplyDelete
Thanks Sarajo. I'm happy with how they turned out in the end.Delete
So nice that your butterfly charms took the spotlight on this challenge. It's always satisfying when an opportunity arises to use something you made and stashed. I love the gold tones with these dresses. Very royal.ReplyDelete
After seeing the approach taken by most of the participants I wasn't sure anymore. Thanks for the words of encouragementDelete
I love the butterflies and the color of the crystal. Etching is something I haven't tried yet, and now I want to try it.ReplyDelete
Try it, you'll enjoy it. The results are amazing, and the process is much simpler than I expected. If you use the acid products they are not overly dangerous but do stain like crazy. An apron and gloves are highly recommended.Delete