but the "We're All Ears :: March Inspiration" challenge on the "Earrings Everyday" blog caught my eye and I couldn't stop daydreaming about it! Here are just a few of the inspirational photographs included by Erin!
The magnificent colors and designs inspired 4 pairs of earrings, and I'll probably keep going!
I can't say I used just one of the photos, but if I did use one more than the others, it was probably this last one.
I'll show the first pair I designed today and add the others soon.
I hand cut the pieces from
genuine copper sheet metal,
then embossed them with a design folder
just made for this purpose!
You can tell that in addition to the patterns,
I was really drawn to the
bright orange, copper, yellow,
dark blue, and turquoise colors.
I started with this look,
then started applying more and more
layers of patina,
as I often do with my components....
until they looked like the ones
in the other two photos.
I've added sterling silver earwires and jumprings,
accent beads in sterling silver, copper,
and dark blue encased glass.
Just for fun,
I left one side as in photo 2 and the other side with more color layers.
The hooks can be switched in a second,
if anyone prefers one look to the other!
To see more entries, please visit
on March 18th!
My thanks to Erin and friends
for the inspiration!
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P.S. I can't resist giving a special "shout-out" to Alice, from "Alice Dreaming" blog, who used a pair of my Metapolies™ components in her design too! Visit her blog to see what she created! (And thank you, Alice!)
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