Sunday, February 17, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal 3

I almost forgot to get my earrings done and photographed for the third reveal of the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge.  The challenge is to create at least one pair of earrings per week using art beads. 

My first pair for this reveal is made from hand cut copper discs that I textured in my Sizzix BigKick.  Then I fumed them with ammonia to get the blue patina and sealed them with Protectaclear to keep the patina.  I hung them from some of my hand forged balled copper ear wires.
 
 
The second pair I created just this morning and were inspired by Kristy Abner's Drops of Rain earrings posted on the Earrings Everyday blog.  Mine are annealed steel wire frames accented with  enameled copper headpins to hold turquoise lampwork beads.  The ear wires are wire wrapped directly to the frames.  Wore these to a Stanley (did you know the Stanley Co was still around?) party today, they were lighter than I expected.  Now I'm not sure I can list these because I like them so much.
 
Be sure to visit the AJE Blog to visit other participants in the challenge!


13 comments:

  1. Love the texturing on your first pair, and those earwires are just too perfect! Your second pair is so beautiful in its simplicity; I don't think I could part with them.

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  2. Love them both, particularly the 'drops of rain' - beautiful!

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  3. Really love the organic look! Both so beautiful!

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  4. On your Pinterest post you mentioned texturing with the machine. I know that,you can use metal plates, but I got the impression that you could use the plastic ones. Is that true?

    Thanks for sharing the process for creating the color. I am anxious to try it.

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    1. Thanks ladies! Kathy, yes you can use the plastic embossing folders. The key is to use a thin enough metal (I believe mine was 24g) and make sure to anneal well before putting it through the BigKick. Hope you give it a try soon, opens up a ton of possibilities :).

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  5. Darn Ali! I was getting ready to sell my sizzix... and now you tell me to make jewelry with it.... sigh! Guess I have to rethink my studio arrangement!

    As for the earrings... MAKE MORE! They are adorable! I really LOVE the anodized steel!

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    1. Thanks Holly! Keep your Sizzix, it's so quick and fun :)

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  11. The first earring looks very old style, but its texture is fine. I really liked the second one.

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