Using whimsical miniatures in your earring designs!
I’ve been collecting these sweet little ceramic earring pairs by Melissa Gabelle of The Clay Hen for a while. I have a soft spot for vintage items or ones with a vintage/antique feel like these! They really tug at my heartstrings! Turning unique shapes into earring designs can be a challenge, but I found once I jumped in, the ideas started flowing!
I put all the little shoe pairs in front of me on my work table and asked each one ~ Who are you?
The sweet little yellow boots looked like galoshes and thought might pair with some vintage ‘rain’ crystals and an umbrella! The crystals were salvaged from a 1930 necklace and I used oxidized over-sized bead caps to give the impression of an umbrella.
Here are some little men’s shoes that felt as if they belonged to a gentleman of the 1700’s. I wanted to keep it a bit masculine, so I added some antique mother of pearl shirt buttons, some oxidized metal beads and some subtle sparkle with rhinestone spacers.
These are quite possible my favorite! I get a French military feel with these….I could be all wrong but that’s my artistic license, no? I added a little flare with the touch of red fabric and the brass wreaths.
It took quite a while to find just the right components. I wanted to enhance the little boots but not overpower them. I wanted to add to the sweetness.
I think I’m all set for Halloween! I went with the pattern of the socks and decided to go all stripes! Using Indonesian black and white stripe glass beads I continued to layer more stripes with some tin bead caps by Lorelei Hill Eurto
. Then, softening the look with a bit of frayed silk.
I was careful to consider the weight of the earrings. I never make anything that I wouldn’t wear myself and I’m all about comfort.
I was going to end my blog post here, but I still had one pair of boots and an orphan! Here we go….
I decided to create a lariat necklace! Whaaa… not earrings?!! 🙂
Last, but not least, a hand wired pin! I love this this so much!
Boots and shoes: The Clay Hen
Wire, silk and hand finished bullet shells: Artwear Elements
Vintage supplies and beads: Allegory Gallery , Shipwreck Dandy Supplies, Lorelei Hill Eurto
Thank you for joining me for this month’s post of The Earring Whisperer! Until next time!
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