Monday, February 28, 2011

Mad about - earrings

I am mad about earrings!
It's how I started along this crazy path 16years ago.
Are you sitting comfortably? then I'll begin....

We'd been living in Tucson, Arizona home to the biggest bead and gem fair in the world and there was no shortage of fine creative types producing lovely and wondrous earrings.
Then we returned to Australia and nothing - no earrings! It's hard to believe now when there is such a flood of jewellery designers, but I just could not buy earrings that I liked. There were no earrings at the craft markets or gift shops. There were no on-line stores like etsy and madeit.
So I wandered down to the local Spotlight store and found some beads and decided to make my own. Of course I didnt have all the things I needed to make earrings and the beads were pretty awful, but that is how I started.

I still love earrings from the most splendidly simple and classic -

through enormous handformed porcelain discs with the look of ancient relics -

porcelain earrings by Round Rabbit

to dainty enamel studs -

Sometimes all you need is a beautiful handmade glass lampwork bead -

soft blues lampwork earrings by andyjusty

or a luminous little cabouchon of glass that you have made yourself (if you have a glass fusing kiln!)

bright and transparent sky blue studs by RadicalGlass

None of those?
How about using little beads to make a bigger bead for your earrings -

fountain of seeds earrings by fredbeansnook

or different types of beads combined with cabouchons -

or go wherever the beads take you -

oysters with pearls freeform earrings by KristinsSilverStrand

Do earrings have to be matching?
I dont think so - but they can tell a story -

or share a theme -

they can be incredbly lush and decadent -

kyanite, ruby and apatite earrings by Maykela

What are your favorite earrings?

I feel I have only touched the tip of the earrings iceberg.
I think I'll have to bring you some more another day, but for now please leave a comment because I'm going to give away a pair of earrings at the end of the week!


Beadsme said...

Tess you have picked some yummy creations. Thanks for using my studs in your blog.

Shelley said...

Oooh earrings! They are so pretty and fun! I have a tale of woe for you - this morning when I was combing my hair, my earring was caught in the comb and I ripped it out of my ear! OUCH! Ear lobe bled - a lot! Thankfully, its just a scratch, but it means my pretty earrings must stay home for a lil while. I love my blue and silver pretties from you :)

Triz Designs said...

lovely post!!! thank you so much for including my earrings!!! :-)

Your Daily Jewels said...

Fantastic selection of yummy earrings. More stores to stalk! I love the blue earrings by Radical Glass!

Emma said...

Lovely idea for a post... all the pieces you included were perfect. Thank you for mentioning my creations, I really do appreciate it :0)

Made By Tammy said...

Gorgeous earrings! One of all of them, please.

Maykela said...

Beautiful collection! Great post!
Thanks for adding my earrings:)

PoetessWug said...

These are all beautiful!! I especially loved the mismatched flit and fly earrings. What a great idea! :-)

Round Rabbit said...

Ohhh, what a wonderful collection of earrings! I'm thrilled to be a part of it. Thanks so much!

Michele said...

Lovely feature, so many lovely, love earrings myself!!!!

SendingLoveGallery said...

enjoyed all these lovely earrings~

Kristin said...

What a cool surprise! I'm with great company! Thanks for including my Oyster earrings. I like necklaces and bracelets but my true passion is for earrings!!!!

Clinica Psicologia said...

This is actually the fifth time i read your site, excellent post as always! Best Regards

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