Thursday, September 14, 2017

Earrings Everyday Sunflower Challenge Reveal!





I have to be honest here....I discovered I hardly have any floral beads in my stash -  let alone a specific flower!  So, not only was this a sunflower challenge, it was an, OMG, time to get creative with what you've got challenge, as well!

I did have one short string of sunflower beads inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Sunfowers painting made by Heather Powers .  I love working with these spacer beads because the shape is great and it's a way of adding color and pattern in a subtle way.  Being polymer, they keep earrings light weight when you want to make a taller stack of beads.  

I took a polymer bead making class with Heather one year where we made our own cane. Let me tell you, that was quite an education into the work and foresight needed to create such beads.  They are worth every penny and then some!

 This was about my third attempt at this earring pair before I felt the love.  I am really thrilled with the final outcome.  Adding the deep red flowers on top really made the sunflowers pop below.  Those yellowy pumpkins brought the shape I was looking for all together.






This lovely asymmetrical enamel pair was made by glass bead maker Patricia Larsen.   Patricia and I found each other at B&B a few years ago and we've been bead buddies ever since.  I've been waiting for just the right findings and these little ornate, vintage, jump-rings were the perfect size and color.






 One of the centers has a heart!




I have a new shopping mission....FLOWERS, for my stash! 


Thanks for having a look today!  Hope you hop back another time for a visit!

Loralee xo - meow!

Loralee Kolton Jewelry - artful in beads

13 comments:

  1. You are so incredible! The details that you coax out of the tiniest of all jewelry pieces just blows my mind! I love the sunflower pair at the top. I can't get enough of Heather's beads, and I most certainly don't have any of those sunflowers. This was a challenge for me, more because I don't have much in the way of yellow! So when I set out these challenges, it isn't always the easiest for me either, but I love that it forces me to get creative. Always love to see what you do to interpret the theme! Enjoy the day! Erin

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    1. Thank you so much, Erin! Heather's sunflowers are a top favorite of mind.....I can't wrap my mind around how she does that!! I'm really enjoying the challenges...takes me to new places!

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  2. I love how the earrings are little pieces of art, collectibles that you can treasure by wearing

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    1. My goodness, that is just the sweetest thing! Many thanks!! xo

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  3. Loralee, you nailed the challenge perfectly. The first pair is just amazing. The various elements come together beautifully and the design sings.

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  4. I luv, love stacked earrings, especially when they are made light as feathers, just beautiful.

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  5. Both pair of earrings are so artful and beautiful, as per!

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  6. Beautiful and unique, I can't get enough of all the details in the stacked pair. I love asymmetry and the enamel pair is lovely - at first, I didn't even notice the dangles were slightly different!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a struggle at first but I kept at it! I'm really pleased and I think they are up there with my favorites now.

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  7. LOL. I guess I'm not totally surprised at your lack of flowers... you did amazing with what you had on hand! (As an aside, for someone who doesn't feel like a flowery girl, I have a LOT of flower beads. What's that about??) I absolutely adore that first pair... such a delightful mix of materials that definitely say sunflower. I didn't know that Patricia did enamel too... those turned out super cute too. I hope you'll consider playing along with this month's Honey Do List. :)

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