Honestly. My camera is broken or something. I just can’t seem to capture the awesomeness of these earrings on film. Maybe it’s better that way. Maybe they won’t sell and I’ll get to keep them. I’ll wear them hiking and out to lunch with a friend and then I’ll stop by that old rock shop and find something I don’t need but compulsively feel an urge to make into more jewelry. Sigh. Maybe you want them. I’ll tell you how I made them then.
My handmade tribal macaroni bead was the inspiration for these incredible earrings. The tube-like beads are matte finish with a tribal design on the outside and crackled, worn ceramic style high gloss on the inside. After texturing and curing the clay beads I hand paint them with metal paints that can create a patina, several layers and hours of drying time occurs. Once the outside is finished, the inside gets a separate layered treatment until it looks juuuuust right. A little worn, cracked treasure. The tribal macaroni bead is then sealed and cured again. Copper wires were shaped, aged and hammered into place in a decorative way. Holding the design sturdy is some fine blackened steel wire with small bits of Czech seed beads and teeny luminescent Swarovski crystals in turquoise. The steel wire secures itself around a luscious freshwater pearl as it wraps and winds it’s way towards the top of the earring. A handmade lampwork glass bead in shades of green crests the top of this mini sculpture. On the back side, the glass bead is woven into place with hair fine copper wire and high quality Czech seed beads for an eye popping touch of texture. Added in is some of my own soft solder work in silver for durability and a rustic quality against the shine of glass. The ear wire has hair fine copper wire and luminescent seed beads detailing the bottom of it. The handmade sterling silver ear wires were pounded into shape, aged, burnished back and slightly polished for shine and comfort. All metal is sealed with museum quality micro-crystalline wax before being given a final hand polishing. These earrings are highly time consuming and tedious but they are also a complete labor of love to give birth to and send off into the world to be enjoyed.
Measures 2.5″ from top of ear wire to bottom of tube bead.