Friday, 19 August 2016

We’re All Ears August Challenge

August, the month for vacations, for outdoors, for away time, for camping and for campfires. The inspiration for this month’s Earrings Everyday Challenge is campfires, all types in all their glory. One of the inspiration photos:


Photo Credit Luke Porter, Unsplash

The idea of interpreting a campfire in earrings intrigued me. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it but decided to try and participate this month. I used the colours of the flames as a starting point for this pair:

Sparkzzz


Digging through my art beads I found the porcelain flowers in antiqued colours, created by Cheryl Irwin. They reminded me of the colour of embers as they begin to fade out, which triggered the idea to bring in the charcoal remnants of a campfire into the design. I used black wood beads separated by antiqued brass spacers to do so. These beads are not perfectly square, instead being irregular in shape just like charcoal. Gunmetal was used for the leverbacks and wires. The finishing touch are the seed beads in shades of ash, burnt wood and sparks that are wound above the wood squares.

Sparkzzz Earrings

I noticed a tiny wire that needs tucking in. Once I get that taken care of and get better photos these will go into my shop.

Please click here to see what everyone else has made too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


20 comments:

  1. Beautiful earrings, I love your combination of shapes, the flowers are perfect!

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    1. Thanks Karin. They were fun to play with

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  2. These earrings have such great visual movement. And I imagine they are swingy and fun to wear too. Lovely work.

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    1. Thanks! I haven't worn them but they felt that way in my hand.

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  3. Great design! These have a Japanese tea garden look to me.

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    1. When I was trying different stacking layouts that was what I kept thinking too. Thanks

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  4. Love seeing everyone's take on this inspiration...Those stacked black wood beads are a very Zen element. Cool!

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    1. That's about how I felt when I came up with the idea. I remembered feeling that way looking into the embers of campfires

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  5. Nice earrings. I love the beads Just fitting for this challenge.

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  6. I love the design and colors of the earrings.

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  7. Those are really cool! I love the idea of the dying embers.

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    1. Thanks Sarajo. That's my favourite part of a campfire

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  8. I have a few stacks of those wood beads. That is a great way to convey the wood! And I adore those pod pieces... perfect ashy embers! Thanks for playing with me in the We're All Ears challenge. Enjoy the day! Erin

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    1. Thank you Erin. I had fun getting back into the challenge

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  9. beautiful! what cool beads Cheryl made! and a great interpretation of the late glow of the fire

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    1. Thanks. I'm happy with how they came together

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  10. Sorry I'm a little late to the reveal date...but these earrings are perfect for this challenge! Wow!

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    1. Thanks Terri. Glad that you like them.

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