Thursday, September 18, 2014

We're All Ears - September 2014

This month we were challenged to create a set of earrings using the outdoors using the picture below....



Of course as most know by now, I always want to do something very out of the box, extreme eclectic if there is such a thing

So I choose the "fungi that are weird shaped with light blue on the outside and dark blue/black on the inside.  The material I used is called Nautolex, which is a type of vinyl that is used in boats, rv's anything outdoor.  I had the light blue that was patterned and then the black. I used one of my scrapbooking cutters to cut out a template to cut out the vinyl. I then used the green and gold large seed beads to mimic the browns, golds, greens, yet look like the little seeds in the upper right hand corner. I cut out a solid black piece and poked a post earring back through it. Then I glued it on the back of a patterned piece. I then glued 4 patterned pieces back to back to create the two lower pieces so that the front and the back matched. The beads are strung on gold tone eye pins. The whole thing is put together using gold tone jump rings. 











































In trying to use new techniques with photographs, I put both earrings on and had my son take my picture where I then cropped it down so you could see the earrings.  I have read that by wearing them, it gives a better sense of how big the piece of jewelry is..really need to find a mannequin or a new model....

Anyway....hope you enjoy looking and please hop over to Earrings Everyday for more great pieces.

Later
V



16 comments:

  1. What a fun and innovative idea for these earrings. They're super fun. And I too need to work on getting photos that show the scale of my jewelry. Just can't bring myself to buy a mannequin. They creep me out. ;)

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    1. Thank you. I really liked working with the vinyl.

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  2. Never heard of Nautolex before, looks cool, kinda leather though. I like how you have done form derivation from the photograph

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    1. Thank you. The Nautolex is simply a marine vinyl. Soft and pliable. Really enjoyed working with it. I have a lot, so you will see it again!

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  3. Now that's thinking outside of the box. Cool use of the Nautolex. Weird shaped fungi never looked so good! You are one creative lady!

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    1. Thank you. THe Nautolex is really easy to work with and since I do have a lot in other colors, I plan on using it more.

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  4. Great Idea - I've never heard of Nautolex either but it looks very lightweight and fun to wear - great design using unusual materials! xx

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    1. Thank you. Yes the Nautolex is lightweight and easy to use.

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  5. What a great idea to use such an unusual material! You created quite a unique pair of earrings. I like their geometric shapes

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    1. Thank you. I like the shapes too, though I do think next time I will make them a bit smaller.

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  6. Very beautiful! The leather hexagons are so unique -- they imitate the gray fungus of the bark. Perfect!

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    1. Thank you! Yes working with the vinyl was fun!

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  7. I love the modern take on this challenge.Your earrings are fun.

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  8. You have the extreme eclectic thing going nicely here. What a unique material and design! I totally see the fungi shape and color in these earrings. Very fresh idea.

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    1. Fun and funky( sorry to be replying but my phone won't let me comment!) great idea to use a model. I had an artist make me a can as of one of her illustrations of a beautiful woman's head and I use that. Thanks for taking the time to play in the We're All Ears challenge! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  9. I love how you chose the hexagon to imitate the lichen. The lichen cups are in a hexagonal array, really, but with non-uniform sizes. Spledid!

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