Stacked Earrings IV

It’s been a long old time since the last round of the Stacked Earrings Challenge, initiated by the marvellous Malin de Koning (full details here!). This latest batch of beads was sent by Rebecca Anderson. Before I received them, Rebecca had ‘warned’ me that I might need to dig out my neutrals. I would expect nothing less than full on colour from Rebecca!; but it hadn’t occurred to me that I might have a difficulty with that. But I did! And now, looking back over my most recent jewellery posts here or at the first page of my shop, I see that my work has become predominately neutral in colour lately. So, yes, this was more of a test than I’d anticipated! Here’s what Rebecca sent (Thanks for the photo, Leah!).

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As you can see, there’s some gorgeous beads here. And lots of really strong colours. I’m a big fan of rings and discs – which are perfect for stacking and sitting within each other – so I was really pleased to see all of those in the mix. To deal with the colour issue I’ve generally just gone with one or two brights and combined them with softer or more neutral shades. I’ve always really like those two tone, dotty, czech glass ovals, so they were one of the first things I reached for.

Whispering In The Hall 1

I’ve mixed a number of the little beads from Rebecca’s pack into the tassels.  Next, I was drawn to the combination of turquoise and yellow alongside some bright red.

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In truth, I’m not entirely happy with these. I’ve fiddled with them but ultimately they’re not right so they’ll be going in the chop box. Still, I thought I’d share them since they were part of the process and met the criteria. I’m also in two minds about these.

yellow centre

Last year, when I had a bit of a what-am-I-doing? jewellery wobble, I told myself that I would only list things with which I was totally happy. I’ve tried to stick to that but you can’t be completely over the moon about everything…. can you? Anyway, I’ve been bearing that in mind recently. I like the different elements of these earrings but together they’re not quite right.

I’m happier with these. I like the soft, faded pistachio with the dark metals.

A Later Age

Whenever I see turquoise and red, it always makes me think of Rebecca, as it’s one of her favourite combinations. So, to me, these are a very Rebecca pair.

Your Queen 1

I really wanted to add some gold into the mix here but when I did it was just too bright and brassy. Thank heavens for Novacan! Do I need to mention that the drops are from Petra? Here’s another pair that I’m a bit uncertain about.

Sunspots 1

I was unreasonably pleased when I discovered that the concentric rubber rings sat just inside the orange dots on Jana‘s earring charms. I added the grungy chains last as the earrings were feeling a bit too clean cut. But now I’m thinking that I could do to include some more grungy metal in the stack at the top. Shall I start again or leave them be? Hmmmm…

Finally, this pair of floozies.

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I reckon these’ll do.

Remarkably, I’ve managed to list all four pairs with which I’m definitely happy on Etsy.

Huge thanks to Rebecca for providing such a lovely – if challenging! – pack. I’m always so intrigued to see what everyone else has made; and so amazed by both the variety of designs and the points of connection. Go look see!:

Rebecca Anderson – Songbead

Leah Curtis – Beady Eyed Bunny

Malin de Koning – Beading by Malin de Koning

Heidi Post – Ex Post Facto

SALE!! And a sneaky bonus….

To celebrate that January is behind us, I’m having a sale in the jewellery shop. I know, February is also pretty bleak, so the discount code is MERRYFEB25, which will give you 25% off all jewellery. New jewellery is a fine way to bring a bit of cheer to a grey day. And it’s months since I had a sale so it’s a good time to buy. Here’s some of the pieces that are available.

Wherever I've Been And Gone 1

Marie, Marie 1

Mercies1

Windfall

Vacant Lots 1

Shattering Light 1

Tender Buttons

spent in stitching

Your Tiny Hand 1

dark star 1

Palming a tear

A little extra thing: I’ve just spotted that I’m two sales off a significant sales milestone. Whoever purchases the 400th item will receive an extra treat! And, thinking about it, I guess shopper 399 should get a little something too!

So, here’s the code again: MERRYFEB25. And here’s another link to the shop.

Bead Shop Update! Today!

!Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016, 6.30pm GMT!

!Shop here!

I know! It’s been a long time coming. I actually had these ready a week or so ago, but I thought I’d wait until February so people would have been paid and would no longer be struggling miserably through January. Mind you, I’m not entirely sure I’ve shaken that whole monkey off yet.

Anyway, on with a little preview. Normally I’d whip up a pile of Picmonkey collages but – at the time of drafting this – BT has been bust this afternoon (non-UK readers, BT is… oh, you’ve already fallen asleep…), and Picmonkey appears to be broken too. I’m quite glad to have an excuse not to have to sit here fiddling with Picmonkey. I’m just going to share lots of bigs instead. Starting with…

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these, of which I actually have a group shot. They were quite a job: each hand carved with wee dental tools; two from bone china. But what to charge? The eternal agony of pricing…

There’s quite a few wing-y things.

smoky ming wing moth wing droppers 1

black and red tiger moth 1 green and purple moth 1

These were still popular last time –

striped primitive carved focal cone

sundown focal cone

And there are some wee pairs –

black scored cone pair crackle and red dotty cone pair

I’ve been struggling with making bracelets recently, so that’s had me thinking about bracelet-able things.

crackled pod bracelet bar 1 crackled spin bracelet bar 1 ship's wheel pod bracelet bar 1

As ever, there are stacks of earring charms.

dotted faded lilac crackle drops golden bullet charms melting point bullets

(↑particularly love the glaze on these!↑)

small crackle columns striped porcelain tusks

melting orange and charcoal pierced triangles

small wrapped tusks

That’s just a handful – like I said, there are loads! And to go with the earring charms…

earring pairs D 1 earring pairs C 2

Yep, that is Serenity and Rose Quartz. (Seems the Pantone website is down too!) Shame about the winter light. Lots of these photos would look so much better at another time of year. (Cases in point coming up↓)

In a similar vein, lots of headpins.

molten red long lily headpins 1

porcelain sgraffito drop headpins 1

stylized seed head headpins 1

Something different. I’ve had these buff stoneware clays for a while, waiting for something to do with them.

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whites sw set 1

Lots of lovely neutrals. I’ve topped up some of the popular single beads.

smoky carved rounds snowy facets pinwheels

Well, these last ones are new. I also made these column-y game-piece focal things.

game piece column focal bead A game piece column focal bead B

That’s most of the things. I’ll leave you with a selection of others bits and bobs, and hope to see you on Wednesday (3rd Feb, 6.30pm GMT)! Here’s another link to the shop.

crackle hand pendant A stacked cap celadon crackle bead 1

charm set B 1

toothy pegs ming 1