At the end of July the AJE team issued an open challenge to create with art headpins. If you are familiar with the Art Jewelry Elements blog you know their challenges are usually built around a component of the month.
For this month an open challenge was issued to create your own art headpin or use them in any creation. Jewelry is not required.
I chose to use Lampwork glass headpins created by Samantha Capeling of Venus Art Glass, located in the UK. I forgot to take a photo of the exact headpins that I used but they were from this batch.
|Lampwork Glass Headpins by Samantha Capeling|
I stuck with earrings for my creations. The first pair used pale teal coloured headpins. I chose to match them to some lovely Peacock coloured pearls with big holes and took advantage of those large holes to feed the rustic copper wire back through and wrap around just below the pearls, a lot harder than I expected. I also had a hard time photographing these earrings because of the shine coming from the headpins and pearls. Sterling silver ear wires darkened with liver of sulphur finish off the earrings.
For the next pair I used some lavender headpins and paired them with darker purple rondelles with silver dots, also created by Samantha. I learned my lesson from the first pair and chose to wrap the extra wire around the rondelles and just below them. Some silver spacers were used to continue the silver tone and I used some more sterling silver ear wires with patina. These earrings have a mixed metal vibe going for them and were a little easier to photograph.
Though they look like they are different lengths in the above photo, this second pair are the same length. I just need to straighten one out a bit. Once I get that taken care of and get better photos again (it’s been a struggle lately) these will go into my shop.
Come see what everyone else has made by clicking the links below.
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i like the swirls around the second pair. and the colours are so lovely.ReplyDelete
Thanks Deb. The colours of the headpins are what first attracted me too.Delete
Very pretty earrings, I love Samantha Capeling's headpins, she makes them in so many pretty colors.ReplyDelete
She sure does Karin. I've been very happy that I went for it and bought some. Thanks.Delete
Very pretty colors and I love the wire wrapping in the 2nd pair. I hear you on the photos. They are driving me crazy recently too.ReplyDelete
Thanks Linda. It's nice to hear we all have to soldier through together.Delete
Lovely pieces! I especially love how you wove the wire back thru and around!ReplyDelete
Thanks Alison. It was a good task to attempt for sure.Delete
I really love your headpin collection! They are the perfect size & shape for making really cute earrings! I will have to check out the artist you got them from.ReplyDelete
They are great for earrings Cathy. She also posts on Facebook so have a look there tooDelete
What cute little headpins! I love how you've used them!ReplyDelete
Thanks Caroline. This challenge has me inspired to try more designs. Looking forward to itDelete
Gorgeous colors! Like candy! What a treat! I think your earrings look great!ReplyDelete
They do make candy come to mind don't they? Thanks JennyDelete
Your assortment of headpins reminds me of candy. And the earrings are very sweet.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tammy. I haven't had a chance to check everyone's post yet. I'm looking forward to seeing your creation. They're always greatDelete
So cute! I think that little inverted drop (turnip?) shape is one of my favorites so far - they look so sturdy but whimsical at the same time. Thanks for playing along with us!ReplyDelete
Thank you Lindsay. I was very happy with how they came together.Delete
What cute earrings! Perfect for every occasion. I am also jealous of that assortment you've got going on! They look good enough to eat. Thanks for participating and for reading AJE!ReplyDelete
I was very pleased that I won that particular collection of headpins in the Facebook auction. Thanks for running the challenge this month and giving everyone such great inspirationsDelete
Such sweet earrings you created!ReplyDelete
Thank you NikyDelete
Very beautiful and elegant earrings!ReplyDelete
Why thank you YeeLen. I hadn't thought of them as elegant but am very happy you doDelete
I love the wire wrapping and colors in the second pair. Well done!ReplyDelete
Thank you Kathy. That was my favourite pair to makeDelete
Great job! I love your wire wrapping. Mine is still so wonky....and your colors are awesome!ReplyDelete
Keep practicing and your wire wraps will be great. I'm glad you like the colours tooDelete
Great job Mona, I'm glad you played along!ReplyDelete
Thanks Sue! I had lots of fun with this one, especially since it was a challenge that I came up with the design very soon after the challenge was postedDelete
I am in love with the second pair of wire wrapped earrings!ReplyDelete