Saturday, September 8, 2012

Enameled Flower Earrings

Hot on the heels of the Bead Soup Reveal, I created this pair of earrings, using a design I stole from my Bead Soup partner - she created a strikingly similar pair of earrings with components I sent her for the Bead Soup Swap, and I loved them so much, I made a pair, too:

After seeing Kate's earrings, I wanted to punch holes in the floral bead caps prior to enameling them, but....I FORGOT. Hate when that happens! (You can't punch holes after enameling, because the enamel is glass, and it will just shatter!)

I enameled the beadcaps peacock blue, then wired freshwater pearls in the centers, and also as dangles below. I'll make these again, but I sure won't forget to punch the holes first next time!

They're available on Etsy!

5 comments:

Christine Altmiller said...

freakin' beauties! love these!!!

BackstoryBeads said...

When it comes to blue, the bolder the better! I love the contrast here with the soft pearls. I would SO wear these....with everything!

DeborahRead.com said...

I like the way you split the bead
if you forget a hole - try enamelling on a small jump ring - the enamel will hold it onto the piece

Sweet Freedom said...

That's a good idea, Deborah - I hadn't thought about that. But you have a lot more faith in my ability to be precise with placement in the torch than I do! Although, it would be fairly easy to set it up in the kiln....

Kate Richbourg said...

Love it!!! I wear mine all the time. I just HAD to show those cool bead caps off, so the earrings were a perfect way to do it.