Today I'm bringing you two creations made with beads sent to me by Melanie of Earthenwood Studio. Earthenwood Studio is actually one of the first art bead shops I purchased from as a beginning beader, so I'm extra-touched to be included on this design team!
Melanie recently created a new, exciting shop called Earthen Oxide. I immediately started crushing on these pendants because they combine two of my favorite things -- found objects (in particular, keys) and sparkly resin. I love resin but can you believe, I haven't messed with it yet?
|My first purchase at Earthen Oxide -- sooo much to love about this piece!|
ANYWAY! One of the pieces I received was a gorgeous PURPLE key. I mean, please. PURPLE. How did she know? Could it have been any more perfect? I think not.
Usually I like to get all funky and stuff, but this time, I kept it really simple. I added a tiny touch of orange (to add that touch of the off-beat) and an Arte Metal butterfly from Vintaj.
Like it? I added a little bit of orange at the clasp, too. The chain is gun metal, from Ornamentea.
Sometimes simple says it best.
Which leads me to the next piece, which incorporates a handmade ceramic egg in a crackle finish from Melanie.
For some reason, this little egg totally stumped me. And I have no idea why. I totally blanked and didn't even think about birds, or twigs, or trees, or anything from nature. Looking at that picture now, as I write this, I'm suddenly hit with a dozen ideas. But on game day? (Shakes head dolefully.) Bad day for the home team.
So I went back to simple. I had a plain aqua ceramic tablet pendant that has been floating around my bead cabinet for a while. I pulled that out, and then one drawer down, found a patterned ring from Tierracast. And that was that.
The egg now has a backdrop, a frame if you will. I tested it out, and it hangs nicely. Sweet and simple but unusual, thanks to that cool crackle finish of the egg.
I always worry when I make simpler jewelry. I worry that I'm not doing justice to the beads I'm working with. But really, I 've never pigeon-holed myself into any type of genre -- one look at my web site and you can see I make a lot of different styles with a lot of different beads. I want my shop to be like a boutique -- something for virtually anyone, and excitement at every turn.
And speaking of shopping,
all purchases on my web site receive
free shipping from now until April 28th.
Thanks again to Melanie of Earthenwood Studio for including me in her Design Team! The other members are:
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.