Sunday, June 16, 2013

Beach Glass :: Shades of Blues

I'm a little backed up on posting some of my projects, but I wanted to show you a series of earrings that I've been working on this week with sea glass in the shape of baby conch shells. Aren't they so cute! ZnetShows sent out a new batch of glass to play with, and I was having fun with wire all week.

This first pair clusters apatite chips in the same sky blue color. And I think the silver gives it a touch of richness. Earwires are shaped and hammered by me. I am starting to create my own earwires more often then not these days. 

Speaking of earwires, I wanted to do a nice long drop pair. More earwires created by me, and with a small hammered charm added to this pair on long dangles. What a pretty deep blue color in this glass.

This next pair uses some blown glass beads that remind me of the Japanese floats we used to find washed up along the coast when I was a kid. I grew up along the Oregon coast and we would go beach combing for floats washing ashore from the Asian cargo ships. 

I created a double hoop loop on top (that's fun to say!) and then I added one more loop beneath to hold a series of wrapped Chinese crystals also from ZnetShows. These earrings are shades of blue hues, matte and fire polished. A lot going on, but would look lovely with a simple white summer dress and strappy sandals. 

Ok, one more pair to show you. These are my favorite because of the color. I simply love this sea foam color. So often I remember the water and foam that would form along the Oregon shore had this soft hue. I painted many a surf with this color. This last pair I matched up with a beautiful marcasite connector to give them a touch of antique. I love the curves in the marcasite and how it mirrors the shells, the sea and the surf.

20 comments:

BeadedTail said...

Those are all gorgeous and they do remind me of the coast! I want to make my own earwires too so maybe I'll get the nerve up to try one of these days. Yours are so pretty!

Pepita said...

All of them are beautiful!!! I think my favorites are both pairs on the right side :-)

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I love all of them!

Zena said...

They are beautiful

Caron Michelle said...

Your designs with the sea glass are absolutely beautiful, I love the embellishments you have used with these, just delightful!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Oh boy, I can't even decide which ones I like best--they are all beautiful!

Loved reading your focusing on life a post back!

kmorgan said...

Weren't these baby conchs fun?! & Oh how cute! I love your earrings, especially the blue second pair (top right). :)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

They are all very lovely.

It must have been a lot of fun going beach combing!

Claudia Aguilar said...

All of these earrings are beautiful! Blue is my favorite color.

Thank you for your comment on my last post. I really enjoyed family time :)

Christine Altmiller said...

all are beautiful and so wearable, but the first and last pair caught my attention. the first pair gives the illusion of the water dancing and bubbles forming all around the shells and that last pair...those marcasite ear findings are PERFECT for these shells! and that little last loop you put on the wire is wonderful :-)

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

These are all so beautiful -- those blues are just amazing. My favourites are the sea foam/marcasite ones too -- their colour and shape are just perfect, totally reminiscent of the sea :)

LisaS said...

Lovely shades of blue! -those chinked shapes are so unusual, I really like them. ;)

Memories for Life said...

All so beautiful! You've really been on a creative streak with these...each one is so unique and different. And the different colors really make each pair unique as well.

Magic Love Crow said...

I am loving all of these! I think it's because I love blue! Take Care ;o)

Eyelah said...

ooo..I love the dark blues! If only I can wear earrings longer than 10mintes.

Duni said...

I've never seen sea glass in the shape of conch shells before - neat!!
I love the turquoise ones with the bead clusters at the top! So pretty and summer-y :)

Additionsstyle said...

Fantastic collection of earrings. I love the sea glass, the shape is very cool. Your ear wires look great, I love handcrafted ear wires.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Kashaya said...

Lovely earrings!

Splendid Little Stars said...

These are lovely!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful as always. I love the shape of these glass pieces.

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