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.

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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

7 thoughts on “Stacked Earrings IV

  1. Haha, I must admit, I did think to myself once I’d sent the beads out – oh dear, Claire isn’t going to like this! So I’m glad you used the word ‘challenge’ rather than ‘dislike’!! It was a bit of a rainbow brite selection box – I even felt quite intimidated by it’s full-on spectrum vibrancy! But you’re right, you just break it all down to a level with which you feel comfortable with, and my break-down level is just a few (several!) notches higher than yours when it comes to the brights. Absolutely love every single pair here, the floozies and the first pair which you’re planning on chopping (sob!) I think the best (there’s that red and turquoise talking again, I’m pretty partial to the flowery Petra-y ones too, of course!) but they’re all so clever. I think you’re going to have to start describing yourself as an Earring Engineer – the way you fit all the components together as if they’re meant to be always amazes me. Thanks for throwing yourself into my box of skittles with a good spirit, and I’m so sorry that I held us up for this round!

  2. Oh Claire, I am blown away about all the interesting and beautiful stuff you’ve created here. Rebecca caught it very well in her comment with the phrase “Earrings Engineer”. I love and envy all the odd components you so often use in your creations, especially the metal ones. And how you combine them with the more normal beads into your jewellery. I always wonder where you find all those odd grungy bits. I can also relate to your struggle with all the bright colours. However I don’t think you should take any of the pairs apart. At least not yet. Let them perculate for a while until you decide. I really really like the first pair. I bet they look great on.

  3. Oh Claire, I am blown away about all the interesting and beautiful stuff you’ve created here. Rebecca caught it very well in her comment with the phrase “Earrings Engineer”. I love and envy all the odd components you so often use in your creations, especially the metal ones. And how you combine them with the more normal beads into your jewellery. I always wonder where you find all those odd grungy bits. I can also relate to your struggle with all the bright colours. However I don’t think you should take any of the pairs apart. At least not yet. Let them perculate for a while until you decide. I really really like the first pair. I bet they look great on.

  4. Wow, Claire! I was oohing and ahhing all the way. You have such a great eye for creating earrings. They no longer look like individual beads, but little works of art. Like Malin, I find the grungy bits very intriguing and love how you’ve incorporated color, age and geometry into your earrings. I love all the details!

  5. You truly are a genius designer…every pair you made is interesting and so beautiful. An Earring Engineer is the perfect title for you, the tiny bits in the tassels are so perfect! Your earrings never look forced or unintentional, each piece adds a layer that just adds to the depth and tells the little story…can you tell I am in awe of your talent? Well I am and I am not ashamed to gush a little bit to make sure you realize how cool your designs are! I may have to convince my husband to buy me a pair for Valentines Day. The first pair is my favorite and the ones with the rubber rings are my second favorite but I would happily wear every one of them!

  6. So going through, I was thinking, I like these best. Oh wait no, I like these better. Oh no, these are my favorites. All the way down to the end. We are our own worst critics, and I think you’ve added enough grungy bits to temper all that bright cheery color. They’re all very you. I don’t even understand why you’re not happy with the ones you’re not happy with. Ultimately though, I think it’s the floozies (lol) at the end that I really love the most. Of course, that opinion is subject to change after I scroll through it all again.

    Also, you + Novacan makes the most wonderful little grungy bits with the parts I routinely toss in the garbage. I don’t know how you do it, as I tell you pretty much every time I comment 😉

  7. You did great with the bright color challenge. I like your stance on only listing what you’re over the moon about. I really need to make that a standard with my shop too. I do try to remind myself that ‘just because I made it doesn’t mean that I have to try to sell it’ or something like that. As for the earrings, those last three are my favorites. I like the brightness of the “Rebecca earrings”, the cool interlay of the rings, and those very last ones simply took my breath away. they’re phenomenal!!

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