Earring Swap Blog Hop

This is the first hop hosted by Jessica Wensell Murray of Whimsical Monkey. You can visit her blog and Etsy shop. My partner is Shaihi Williams who is an avid reader if her blog is anything to go by! I may have to try out some new reading material. Shai and I decided we needed a theme and picked Art Deco inspired earrings as our inspiration. Here are some of the lovely pictures I found to admire.

Fan one fan 3 hoop one hoop two

I did my best to meet her tastes. Her favorite colors are green, blue and brown. She didn’t want earrings that had a drop longer than 1.5 inches, prefers posts and french hooks, is not a huge silver fan, does not like yellow and wants bolder earrings because she has lovely long hair. I have to admit this was a challenge for me because of the shorter length and no silver. I usually use brass anyway, but those are definitely the two things I think of when I think Art Deco so I used a little Revival inspiration from the 50’s as well. I would have probably used lever-backs because they look more period, but Shai doesn’t like them so I decided to do posts. She likes gold so I decided to hand paint the brass and sealed it. I also aged it underneath so if the paint gets worn over time, it will just look antiqued. (I hope!)

I was very excited she listed one of her favorite colors as brown because I have some lovely vintage brown beads and cabs but it’s not always the most popular color. A shame really! I have some awesome vintage Czech glass buttons without shanks that are Art Deco and look Steampunk so I knew right away what I wanted to do.  As you can see from the pictures above, the fan shape is something that attracted me also. Here’s what I can up with.

Brown Faux Deco by Windbent

Then, I got to thinking…what if she hates them? So I decided to make a back-up pair just in case. She likes blue and I have some Deco style glass cabs c. 50’s-60’s and was drawn to the hoops as you can see above and I even have the connectors from those amethyst earrings, so I came up with these.

Blue Faux Deco by Windbent

Shai apparently had the same idea about a back-up pair so I was very pleased when my earrings arrived and she had also made me two pairs with two of my favorite colors, green and purple. The purple pair are really long–proper shoulder dusters!

Made by Shaihi Williams

Here are the lovely green pair also.

Made by Shaihi Williams

It was lovely to meet Shai, challenge myself and get lovely earrings in the mail to add to my collection. Please go see what the other participants made and find some inspiration for yourself.

Jessica Wensell Murray: http://whimsicalweavings.blogspot.com/2013/05/earring-swap-blog-hop.html

Inge von Roos: ingetraud.wordpress.com Nancy Smith: wirednan.blogspot.ca
Marianne Baxter: http://www.simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com/
Leah Tees: mybeadylittleeyes.blogspot.ca
Andrea Trank: www.heavenlanecreations.com
Miranda Ackerley: http://blog.mirandack.com/
Cheri Mitchell-Reed: http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Susan Kennedy: www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Michele Dotson: http://star-jewels.blogspot.com/
Deanna Cox: www.deannaaki.WordPress.com
Shelley Graham Turner: www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Ingrid McCue: www.wrappedinsilver.com
Lennis Carrier: https://windbent.wordpress.com
Ginger Davis Allman: http://thebluebottletree.com/
Mary Anne Flesch: www.handcraftedserenity.blogspot.com
Nicole Valentine Rimmer: www.nvalentine.blogspot.com
Stephanie Weiss: uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com/
Silvia Sernicola: http://pipa-the-latest.blogspot.it/
Karla Morgan: www.TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson: http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Paula Hisel: http://simplybeadiful.weebly.com/simply-stated.html
Carol Dillman: http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Spun Sugar Beadworks: Spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Tara Plote: http://newbiebeader.blogspot.com/
Rachel Baron: http://rbarondesigns.blogspot.com/
Laurie Keefe: http://treeofliferootedinmysoul.blogspot.com/
Kashmira Patel: http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett: http://www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Shellie Grindy: http://www.creativeeclectica.com/
Shai Williams: http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Dyanne Cantrell: http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Mimi Gardner: www.OtherCuriosities.blogspot.com
Jessica McMullen: http://pheonixgatedesigns.blogspot.com/
Jennifer LaVite: www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com
Laura Medeiros: http://zoeowyn.blogspot.com/
Alenka Obid: www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Elsie Fonseca: http://www.ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Cheryl Dunham: www.renaissance-jewelry.blogspot.com
Sandra McGriff: http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca
Tania Spivey: http://moobiegrace.blogspot.com/
Mowse Doyle:  http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com
Mischelle Fanucchi: http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/

Beccy Peterson: Beccy’s Baubles
Marde Lowe: FanciMar Designs


About windbent

I try to reclaim, reuse and re-love items from our past and make them modern again. I see my jewelry as a fusion of old and new, cross cultural, and spanning time periods. Because I use vintage items within my jewelry, there may be age related signs of love that make them special. Each piece will be unique or made in small batches that are similar, but still different. If I find an item I love and it doesn't want to become jewelry, I give it a new home in another art format.
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15 Responses to Earring Swap Blog Hop

  1. Leah Tees says:

    Beautiful earrings Lennis (and your partner’s too!) I love the art deco style you made them with!

  2. Mimi Gardner says:

    How fun to pick a “theme”…great idea! You both created wonderful designs!

  3. Silvia says:

    Oh my you really made some awesome earrings and they look like original art deco!

  4. mtrudinger says:

    Love them Lennis!

  5. Rachel Baron says:

    How cool that you guys chose an inspiration! How fun! And I love the earrings you made.

  6. Debra Smith says:

    You do such cool jewelry! Those earrings are nice!

  7. paula hisel says:

    you totally nailed the art deco theme!! i adore the first green pair. i can’t stop looking at them!

  8. Tara P says:

    Love both pair you made – just lovely! That would definitely be a challenge for me too – almost everything I do is long, dangly, and silver!

  9. I have to admit, I’ve never been much an Art Deco fan but those brown earrings changed my mind.

  10. Nan Smith says:

    Beautiful! You really captured the art deco theme with your creations. I love both pairs and I’m sure your partner does too!

  11. Karla Morgan says:

    Exquisite! Both pairs you created are just outstanding! It’s really hard to choose a favorite.

  12. Kay says:

    Your theme was really great. I love those fan earrings. Very art deco. And the second pair are so cute. Plus the earrings she sent you are very cool. Love the length on them.

  13. Alenka says:

    Beautiful earrings, both of them!

  14. Lennis…you did a perfect job in creating those Art Deco inspired earrings. I think they are both really cool designs but the brown ones are my favorite. I just love those fans!!

  15. Kashmira says:

    Gosh! Those are gorgeous!

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