Friday, May 31, 2013

Anklet Blog Hop Tomorrow!

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Make sure to join us here, tomorrow, Saturday June 1, for a tour of ankle fashion with 30+ designers...

hosted by the gracious Kashmira of Sadafulee. Can't wait to see what everyone has designed!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Week 20 of the AJE Earring Challenge: Exotic Woods, African Glass

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Another week has come and gone, and it is time to share a new pair of earrings for the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge. As promised on a previous post, this week I am featuring the hand-crafted recycled glass beads sold by Soul of Somanya, a non-profit sharing the work of the people of Ghana in West Africa. These Krobo beads are the result of a labour-intensive process which includes crushing the recycled glass to a fine powder, molding in hand-made forms, firing in a traditional clay oven, and meticulously hand-painting each bead.

Unique and colourful Krobo beads from Soul of Somanya

My design also features wooden beads from the Philippines, 28 mm Graywood donuts and 16 mm flat squares of Old Palm wood. They are strung on 1 mm Spring Green waxed cotton cord. Silver-filled ear-wires, also handmade by Soul of Somanya

The earrings can be reversed for a slightly different look, with the cording mostly hidden (shown on right below).

You can also find Soul of Somanya at their Etsy store and on Facebook.

Cording from Dragonfly's Supplies. Wooden beads from The Beady Eye.

***Make sure to check often for new earring designs at the AJE Pinterest board.***

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge, Week 19: Denim Glamour

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My design for this week's Earring Challenge from Art Jewelry Elements is a contrast of blingy Swarovski, 10 mm hearts and 4 mm bicones in aquamarine, with "Southwest Discs", handmade etched lampwork beads in khaki and denim from Julie of Outwest (Indian Creek Art Glass).  

Be sure and check the AJE Pinterest board where new designs are being posted on a regular basis. See you next week!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge, Week 18: Transformation

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I'd like to start by wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all those celebrating today. There are many different dates marking mothering/parents' day around the world, some as early as February 12 in Norway, or as late as December 22 in Indonesia. What is important is taking the occasion to honour and thank the mothers and mothering individuals in our lives, both those who have left us and those we are fortunate to have with us still.

"Transformation" Earrings

I am continuing to look close to home for some of the OOAK elements I feature in earring creations. The large and colourful discs will be familiar to all who viewed the charms I designed for  the 2012 Art Charm Swap. Naturally, I made extras of each component! This time the discs have been paired with handmade wire Adrinka symbols from Ghana. These particular symbols are named "sesa wo suban" which means "transformation". 

I purchased the wires as headpins from Melody of Soul of Somanya, a non-profit organization bringing employment skills to the Ghanian people of Krobo. They also produce beautiful recycled glass beads which are hand-painted with intricate designs (which I hope to share in future designs). Melody also has a second shop on Etsy.

Normally, I would never dream of cutting up an artisan headpin, but I was inspired to use the design portion of one set as charms, with another set which I formed into ear-wires. I love the juxtaposition of ancient with modern, organic against bright and funky, and elements both near and far.

Make sure to drop by the Art Jewelry Elements' Pinterest board for lots of amazing earring designs!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Week 17: Playful Polymer

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This will be a quick post. For this week's Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge, I have pair featuring my own polymer clay component formed from a kaleidoscope cane, thinly sliced and stacked for a geometric look. Kaleidoscope canes are formed from various other canes which are combined to form an elaborate picture. These remind me of little quilt squares!

Polymer clay alone makes a very lightweight earring for sensitive ears.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Squares 

Check out the AJE Pinterest earring board anytime. New earrings are posted regularly.

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