Friday, February 2, 2018

When all else fails, make earrings!

I'm finally back to beading on a more regular schedule. I wanted to sink my needles into a challenging project and dug out this yummy design by LeAnn Boehman, saved from the August 2015 Bead & Button. And yes, this project just screams for fall weather and I am hoping I will be able to finish it in time for this year's autumnal equinox.

Autumnal Equinox Design by LeAnn Boehman, August 2015 Bead and Button

I had finished the below pendant almost two years ago, with the thought of using it for this design instead of the cabochon shown above. And, as (bad) luck would have it, I just couldn't find it in my trove. At least I took a picture of it, so I know it exists somewhere!

Long-lost earthstone cab

I dug in my cabochon stash and found this round stone that probably better serves the design. I do love the leafy fringe treatment. Now, I just need to keep track of it while I finish the neck strap.

And I wasn't joking when I said I was endeavoring to finish this by 2018 fall! While quite beautiful, the leafy fringe on the neck strap is making me crazy! The entire 10-inch strap is embellished with three leaves in between each core bead of the foundation spiral rope. Below are a little over two inches which took me about a month to complete.

With the postponed gratification of this work-in-progress, I turn to my old stand-by to get a feeling of accomplishment: EARRINGS! Thanks to AmyBeads who shared the below design for Orb Earrings, by Kelly from Off the Beaded Path. I liked this design so much that I made it in silver:

Orb Earrings: Design by Kelly from Off the Beaded Path

Then I made it in bronze:

And then I thought it would be a really pretty ring, so I made one of those:

I made a couple adjustments to the earring design for a slightly wider ring band and used 4mm bi-cones instead of 3mm.

Now I am ready to resume work of the never-ending Autumnal Equinox neck strap!


Amy S. said...

Hi Paula! What crazy luck I happened to sign on to my Feedly account to see this post! I couldn't agree with your sentiment about "when all else fails..." Earrings are a go-to project any time I"m feeling like i need to get my creative juices flowing. I'm so glad you tried the Orb earrings. And I love your results and the ring is a perfect idea too!! If you like that you should also check out Jill Wiseman's "Festival of Lights" bangle. A very similar design to this orb design but works up quicker because she uses super duos as a base! Hope all is well!

AntiquityTravelers said...

that necklace will be gorgeous with all those tiny leaves! but I can see why it will take some time - yowza! those earrings are so pretty, I really have to give those a try

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