Earrings, earrings, and more earrings! Does any woman ever get tired of wearing earrings? Well, I never tire of making earrings. There are so many design possibilities and components to make beautiful ear jewelry, that one could make and wear a different pair daily and never run out of inspiration! I must admit that my favorite type of earring to make and wear are long and dangly adornments. I cannot always wear that type, as most hospital-employed nurses, especially surgery nurses, aren't allowed to wear long and dangly in their work environment. So, I design those lovely long earrings to satisfy my love for and my desire to wear them daily! When the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge was announced, I pounced upon the opportunity to participate!
The Art Jewelry Elements team is sponsoring a year-long Earring Challenge in 2013 where participants will sign on for 13 weeks at a time to make one pair of earrings per week with an art bead or component that was made by another bead artist or by one's own hands! When we post the earrings, we then give credit to the artist that made the bead or component.
Weeks one's earrings used components made by Marsha Neal, a wire-wrapped bronze link that includes a Mookaite bead and a Swarovski crystal by me, and a garnet glass bead with antiqued bronze wire and bronze Niobium earwires.
Week two, I made my own etched, antiqued copper component, and added jasper, Swarovski crystals, and Mahogany Obsidian bears from Magpie Gemstones hung on antiqued copper earwires.
Stay tuned for weeks three and four, which I will be posting about here on February 3rd. Until then, may you find inspiration in the earring candy related to this challenge----I know I will!