We're All Ears April Inspiration is perfect for spring. For this challenge, we can take advantage of the sight of new green things that are pushing their way up all over the place, or the sight of grass that is greening up. We are invited to be inspired by feather leaves from plants like ferns, or the bright spring green colors. I usually just make one pair of earrings for this blog hop, however, I love ferns, greens, and I am working on developing a spring collection for 2016 so I was really inspired to go beyond one pair.
For my first two pairs, I focused on the ferns. I did a quick search on Etsy which is usually my go to spot for art beads and found these polymer clay fern beads. I purchased my fern charms from Summer Wind . I love the look of the greens in the fern beads and Czech glass crystals that I used to create these fern earrings. I think that the natural brass ear wires add to the earthy look.
For the next two pairs I used embossed metal charms that I got from Sharyl McMillian-Nelson of Metapolies. I feel a special connection to Sharyl. She is a fellow librarian. Once a librarian always a librarian--even when retired like I am. I follow her blog and I admire her metal embossing and patinaed metals. I also make similar components so I appreciate the work that goes into them. She tends to focus more on the making components and I focus on creating jewelry. When I saw her copper ferns I fell in love with them. This blog hop gave me a good excuse to buy them. These copper fern earrings are made from natural copper sheets that have been embossed with forest ferns and distressed. I added vintage mossy green beads that are surrounded by copper bead caps. I hung these botanical earrings on copper ear wires to accentuate the copper. The copper fern earrings hang almost 2 inches in length from the top of the ear wire. This fern jewelry is a perfect gift for a naturalist and for the spring.
|Fern Earrings by BayMoonDesign|
|Copper Fern Earrings by BayMoonDesign|
|Lime Green Earrings by BayMoonDesign|