Summer Earrings

Or more aptly titled – what I made during my summer time off… I found these fabulous glass chili pepper  beads at a bead show a couple of years ago and scooped them right up. Combined with some copper wirework and teal beaded rings, they’re very swingy.

These earrings were created during a fun color mixing session with polymer clay. The discs were made from a sheet using the Stroppel cane, Alice Stroppel’s wonderful technique using cane scraps. The oblong cane slices remind me of pills from a Mario Bros. video game my kids used to play when they were young. Very colorful!

Marbled drops created during another polymer clay playtime session. The agate rounds I found at Munro’s in Michigan last spring and complement the drops very nicely, I think.

More polyclay drops, these ones I created from extrusions. The bead caps were made with my new disc cutter and a tiny spiral stamp. A bit wonky looking but ok with the primitive tribal feel. The copper washers were textured from a brass plate.

These earring components were created from a polymer clay sheet that was painted with alcohol ink, sprinkled with mica powder and then run through my pasta machine when everything dried. They remind me of raku pottery. A glass blossom dangles from a delicate sterling chain.

These polyclay components were created using Randee Ketzel’s Snowflake Jade cane tutorial. I just love the depth achieved from layering with translucent clay. Swarovski crystal raindrops dangle from the delicate sterling chain.

More Snowflake Jade components paired with Swarovski opaque white crystal beads and sterling silver wire.

These earrings were created to go with my “Spacetime” necklace I have yet to introduce to you.

I recently purchased some of Christi Friesen’s Swellegant metal patinas and colorants and started my experimentation with some 16-gauge copper wire spirals. The next 4 earring pairs were created with those spiral dangles.

I think the blue-green patina looks so yummy on the copper! Here we have African opal and turquoise heishi.

Some Czech glass beads and turquoise heishi.

Some gorgeous enameled copper spiral shell beads by Maryann Carroll along with turquoise heishi.

As always, thanks for stopping by!


12 comments on “Summer Earrings

  1. Love your Stroppel Cane earrings. Thanks so much for the link. Alice

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks Alice for your kind words and for sharing your wonderful technique! You’re welcome. 🙂

  3. Judy Shea says:

    Karen.. wow.. “what I did on vacation”. That is an understatement. I guess you were really in the studio. These are BEAUTIFUL. If there was an Olympics in jewelry, you would take home the GOLD. Nuff said.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks Judy dear! 🙂

  5. I especially love ♥ your earthy, organic spiral earrings! And your polymers, especially the raku- like ones are a feast for the eyes! Thank you for posting!!!

  6. Janelle says:

    I am new to your blog, having found you by way of Upton Tea. Forgive my ignorance but do you have a website where you sell your work? I love, love these earrings! All of them!

  7. Gardi89 says:

    These earrings are absolutely beautiful! You are really talented person:)

  8. artandtea says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂

  9. debiriley says:

    gorgeous earrings; love the copper turquoise pairing, but all of these are wonderful !!

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