If you'll remember, Genea sent me not only her colorful, fun handmade lampwork beads but some interesting, quirky bits from her friend Yvonne. I made three pairs of earrings with a mix of these whimsical beauties, and I hope you like them!
First is the funkiest pair, a pair of earrings I think just scream fun and sass and are to be worn by a person with a great sense of humor. They're called "Popsicle Summer" because I think of the little seed beads as drips off the neighborhood ice cream truck's popsicles.
I made the earring tops in different colors on purpose, and at first I worried that the range of colors of tiny beads on the bottom would make things TOO out of kilter, but if you notice, there's a pattern to the beads on the bottom -- both earrings have the same beads in the same sequence in the same place. Making something look random when it really isn't is (for me) a lot harder than it looks.
The next set of earrings incorporates a pair of Genea's purple lampwork beads, lucite flowers from my stash, and some of the rubber O-rings from Genea's "bits bag". They're called "Circle of Friends".
For the spacers between the purple lampwork beads and the frosted white lucite flowers (which you can get from Beadin' Path), I used smaller rubber O-rings -- I thought that was a pretty cool idea.
The last set of earrings are made with hot pink vintage lucite beads from my stash and the MOST fun spacers from Genea's "bits bag". These are so cute and so fun, and they're only about 1" long, so while they're definitely colorful, they aren't overpowering. They're called "Whirligigs".
I hope you liked my first pieces with Genea's Cup of Bead Soup -- stay tuned for more! In the meantime, you can visit Genea at the following places: