Sunday, September 29, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #18

Cat's Halloween spirit is coming out in these gravestone earrings above.  The gravestones were cut from nickel, then textured and stamped.  They have been finished with iron "ghosties".  A proper haunt for any earlobe!
In keeping with the Halloween theme, I made these black and dark purple earrings.  The swirling lampwork is made by Jennifer and they have been paired with Crystal Satin drops.  They remind me of dark candelabras, fog, and brooding vampires.  (A little bit "Twilight".)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #17

Teaching at our store yesterday was Melanie Rees, a wire-wrapping artist from Kansas City.  It was a fun day indeed!

This first creation above was made by Jennifer.  She wire-wrapped purple AB chinese crystals on gently curved silver-plated wires.  The perfect finishing touches are the beautiful lampwork beads, also made by Jennifer.
As for myself...these carefree earrings above were fun to make.  I looped the wire into swirling petals, attached a couple of buttons and topped them off with Vintage Rose Swarovski crystal flatbacks..... Ta-Dah!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge #16

These interesting wire creations above are made by my granddaughter, Catherine.  She meticulously wire-wrapped the center of  open brass gears using copper wire.  A faceted, "rose quartz" colored, chinese crystal drop dangles from the gears.  When not in College, persuing her Graphic Arts degree, Cat runs the front of the store, and makes beautiful custom jewelry.

My granddaughter Gianna's designs above are a joy to see.  A perfectly, imperfect, organic design!!!  The findings are made from brass sheet, that has been cut, soldered, filed, then Swarovski Crystallized!  These findings are perfect for the Cloisonne donuts.  Gianna, knows where "everything" in the store is!  She pulls internet orders and keeps track of our Etsy Store.  She is very creative, and makes the most beautiful, unique and fun pieces.  Gianna aspires to one day become a "designing" Pastry chef.