25 October 2012

Echo Creative Club - October


Jeannie Dukic is a multi-tasking, multi-talented artist. I have had the pleasure of being a part of her Echo Creative Club this year. I love that she is always coming up with new things. One of her polymer clay creations is a line she called Peeled Paint beads. These bright colors peeking out from gold and copper leaf, as if they are a relic that was unearthed from another time.

Jeannie sent me these bright aqua peeled paint beads. I thought they would be just perfect for earrings!

I don't normally work in gold, but I happened to have these sweet little gold paisley charms. That meant that I was going to do something bohemian! I pulled out The Earring Style Book by Stephanie Wells and found a pleasing shape.

I created a frame from 16 gauge wire and hammered it for strength and texture. Then I took 22 gauge wire and strung the paisley to the middle, bending it so that it overlapped in a teardrop shape. Next I wrapped the wire around the frame adding little brass cornerless cubes, and I found a perfect match to the aqua color in some little czech faceted rounds. Add a bit of chain... et voila!

{Aqua Dancer Earrings}

Thanks to Miss Jeannie of Jewelry by Jeannie for inviting me to play in the Echo Creative Club this year! It is always a treat to get little beady presents in the mail, and Jeannie's beads and pendants are the best!

P.S. Off to Michigan for the Inspired by Nature retreat with Heather Powers! This is a girls road trip with my Tiny Dancer. I am bringing my entire jewelry studio. At least that is what it feels like. I will check back in next week with you and share more of the inspiring time that will be had!

And just a heads up.... Friday, November 2nd is the reveal of the Michaels Toast of the Town Variation necklace mini blog hop... and Thursday, November 1st I will be revealing the details of the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color.  It is going to be awesome!

18 comments:

Shel said...

Fantastic earrings Erin - love how you showcased Jeannie's peeled paint beads. The design is fab with the wire work, the textures - way cool!!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Erin,
I love the earrings they are very pretty and bohemian. The gold and aqua go so well with each other. I understand about not usually working with gold, I'm the same it is just not my go to metal choice.
Enjoy your time at the Inspired by Nature retreat.
Therese

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Beautiful work, Erin... those beads look like miniature stylized planets. love how you have framed them!

Alice said...

Gorgeous earrings! I love all the curves and the Bohemian look.

Enjoy your girl time and the Nature Retreat!!!

SummersStudio said...

Those peeling paint beads (which are beautiful) make me think of little tiny earth globes. So your making them up in a boho style seems so so appropriate, especially with the little paisleys. Paisleys are thought to represent a seed. Globe, world, beauty, the seed of all good and peaceful things :-) Beautiful earrings.

Have a fabulous weekend away.I think it is wonderful that Tiny Dancer is going. Wish I could be there!

JeannieK said...

Holy Hell! I can't take my eyes off of them. I can't even imagine the work that went in to them. I just want to thank you Erin for taking this journey with me this year. You made it extra special with all the beautiful designs (and posts) and made me happy about why I choose to do this. You're a rare gem.

Kristen said...

I knew you would rock this month and you did not disappoint at all! (you never do) Showcasing Jeannies awesome beads with your creativity is just what the dr ordered!

Lola said...

These earrings are gorgeous Erin! I bet they feel as awesome as they look!

Off the Beadin' Path said...

Brilliant earrings, and I know they'd be fun to wear! The chain you used instead of jump rings really adds to the whole artistic look. Another reminder that each choice counts :) Have a great time with Tiny Dancer and the girls in Michigan!

Marie Cramp said...

Those are fantastic! I love the gypsy feel to them. As always you never cease to amaze me <3
Think of me while at the retreat, I will be there in Spirit!! <3

Becky Pancake said...

Great earrings. Aqua is a favorite color of mine. Have fun on your weekend retreat.

Gypsea said...

Very pretty and creative!

Kim said...

Love the earrings and your wire work!

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

Very pretty, I made a pair of earring similar to this style for my mom :-)
I love the color palette you used.

Cindy Cima said...

Love your wire frames Erin! I love these earrings! In fact, I just pinned them to my Jewelry Faves on Pinterest!

stregajewellry said...

Incredible earrings! I love those little paisley things! Like the frame you created. It showcases those beads perfectly! Ohhhh, Heather's Retreat! SIGH....wish I were there!

Chrizette said...

Wow, these are beautiful! I just love the colours and the wire-work is awesome.
Bead Soup Mix

indigo heart said...

beautiful work, as always from you. each little detail just adds to the loveliness.

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