Friday, November 17, 2017

Earrings Everyday:: We're All Ears:: November Inspiration

For the November Inspiration Challenge we were asked to choose our favorite inspirational quote out of the four options below.

So, I chose "Chart Your Own Course" perhaps, because I found myself having to do that mid-life after a divorce and needing to raise two young boys on my own.  It spoke to me.  That was an extremely tough time in my life, however, also a time when I discovered making jewelry and developed some of the closest friendships and relationships of my life!  Good things always come if you give it time.


In hindsight, the more I look at the earrings, the more symbolism I see:  Two sturdy boots carrying two pure birds; blooming roses; prism crystals; optimism and hope going forward.

Boots are handmade pewter components by Vincent and Nooma Cav of Inviciti.  The accent beads are mostly vintage.



I made a second pair!!  How cute are these!!  Gahhh... those colors and the fabulous gold accents!

Sail boats are handmade ceramic charms by Andrea Salkowe of JosephineBeads.  

Wow, this was a fun, but, I didn't think this challenge would be so emotional for me.  Art is so cathartic :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Here's the link to blog-hop link isn't working...I"m sorry....I don't know what I did wrong :(

Loralee xo

Loralee Kolton Jewerly

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Art Bead Scene November Challenge

November's Inspired Painting Challenge!

Title: Crozant, The Bouchardon Mill
By: Armand Guillaumin
Date: 1906

I had plans on doing a necklace but just got into an earring mode so .....

 Art beads by Helen Blackhouse (top, long leaves) and (bottom, shorter leaf) headpins by Heather Powers of Humblebeads.  Both pairs are made of polymer clay.  Pictured below (middle pair) Are fiber wrapped connectors by Sagahus with added beads by me.  The charms attached are by ScorchedEarth.

I thought the three pairs of earrings I made looked amazing as part of the painting so I photographed them horizontally!

I had fun experimenting with 'caged wire-wrapping'  I just sort of made up my own pattern.  I was kinda thrilled with the result!

Well, it's been a busy week and I haven't had much time to write more but if you have any questions, feel free to leave a message!

As always, thank you for stopping by for a look-see!

Loralee :)  xo

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