A little while back I was shopping with a friend of mine, Melinda Orr, at Bead Fest. She picked up these great shell spikes and then later did some patina on them. I thought they were absolutely fabulous and wanted to give them a try.
I bought a few myself last Fall. But I admit to having put them in a few projects, and then pulling them out. Only to be exasperated by trying to get them to work. They are not as easy as they look! I had them in a necklace but they are so light weight that they didn't have enough 'heft' to 'fringe' with. I know that sounds strange, but true. I was going for a boho, native look. But it was a 'no go' situation.
I decided they might work as earrings as they have nice length without the weight. Voila! The black beads are actually wood, so the whole thing is extraordinarily light, but have the look of stone. And because they are light they seem to swing and chime just a bit ... and if you like that sound (like a summer's day) it is kinda nice. I had them on yesterday in my studio and it was a great way to transport me out of the doldrums of winter.