Sunday, May 19, 2013

Earring Swap Blog Hop


Candida sent me the most beautiful earrings----In Candida's words, they look like "sunset on the beach! I love them!!! Thank you, Candida!

Today is the day for the Earring Swap Blog Hop. Jessica Murray of Whimsical Monkey decided to host this fun blog hop where partners were paired to swap a pair of really cool handmade earrings. Thank you, Jessica! This hop really challenged me to think outside of the box, and try a new metal coloring technique that I had never tried before. My partner is Candida of Spun Sugar Beadworks.

I am so excited to receive a pair of earrings from Candida, she is a very talented artist. Unfortunately, her earrings for me did not arrive on time, but the tracking number assures me that they will be here Tuesday. I will update this post when they arrive.  In the meantime, have a look at what I sent to Candida:

I wire wrapped metallized seed beads aroun a copper frame, and added a crystal teardrop with bronze niobium earwires. I also sent her a bonus pair, as I was trying out a new technique and wanted to share what I had done.

This was the first time that I had tried the Swellegant patinas. I added a butterfly onto the earring drops with  blue shades of crystals. I hope they made it through the mail okay! Me and the Post Office have not been friends lately, as they arrived at her house two days later than the promised delivery date. Of course, I shouldn't have waited so long to mail them out, either!!!!!!

Thank you again, Jessica for hosting this Earring Swap Blog Hop! Have a look below at what everyone else sent to each other, I can't wait to see what creations were made!

Inge von Roos:
Nancy Smith:
Marianne Baxter:
Leah Tees:
Andrea Trank:
Miranda Ackerley:
Cheri Mitchell-Reed:
Susan Kennedy:
Michele Dotson:
Deanna Cox:
Shelley Graham Turner:
Ingrid McCue:
Lennis Carrier:
Ginger Davis Allman:
Mary Anne Flesch:
Nicole Valentine Rimmer:
Stephanie Weiss:
Kay Thomerson:
Paula Hisel:
Carol Dillman:
Spun Sugar Beadworks:
Tara Plote:
Rachel Baron:
Laurie Keefe:
Kashmira Patel:
Gina Hockett:
You are here
Shellie Grindy:
Shai Williams:
Dyanne Cantrell:
Mimi Gardner:
Jessica McMullen:
Jennifer LaVite:
Laura Medeiros:
Alenka Obid:
Elsie Fonseca:
Cheryl Dunham:
Sandra McGriff:
Tania Spivey:
Mowse Doyle:

Beccy Peterson: Beccy's Baubles
Mischelle Fanucchi:
Marde Lowe: FanciMar Designs


  1. Toes are great. Your beadwork on that first pair is wonderful. I've never tried wrapping beads like that around something. And I love the way you used the swellagant. Will check back to see what she sent you.

  2. Wow both are amazing earrings,wire wrapping looks easy but it's not at all so you made a wonderful job

  3. Oh wow, I've been wanting to experiment with patinas, too. I love what you did with those butterflies. I'm really in love with the first pair. Reminds me of some of my bellydance jewelry. Thanks for participating!

  4. Wow.... I love how you used the patinas.. I have yet to try them, but love how they look. Great earrings. Will check back later.

  5. I really love those green drops in the frame. I would so love to wear those. Lovely work!

  6. Very nice! I love the creativity in all the blog posts!

  7. Gina, I will say this! The earrings you sent me are absolutely BREATHTAKING!! I love love love love love LOVE them! I am so sorry that yours didn't get there today. But I hope you love them when they get there tomorrow!! I loved making them for you and I hope you enjoy them as much as I love the ones you sent me. I am so grateful and humbled to have been paired with such an incredible artist!!!



  8. Very creative with the wire wrapping!

  9. Beautiful earrings and love the use of patinas. That's one area I haven't gotten into, but I love them!

  10. Love both pairs! Great work with the patina.I would love to have either pair. Your partner is very lucky!!!!!

  11. both pairs are awesome. i love what you did with the butterflies

  12. Oh wow! Fabulous job! I love the way you wire wrapped the first pair & the second is just as great! Must try swellegant - you've inspired me - thanks!

  13. Your earrings turned out great. I like the patina.

  14. Love the wirewrapping on the green pair. The patina is great too. I might have to try both techniques.

  15. Love both of your earrings, the wire-wrapping and the patina.


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