Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wind Chimes :: The Winter Doldrums' Transport

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.

16 comments:

Claudia Aguilar said...

I am glad you made them work!

Linda Y said...

Great earrings. Love the shells!

Maryanne said...

They look great as earrings! Very boho!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

I haven't worked with shell, I hadn't realized it was so light. Makes sense :) I love your dangly design, and the thought of the delicate sound of wind chimes would definitely make them even more appealing, Cynthia :)

Christine Altmiller said...

I LOVE THESE!!! and that they make a sound is the reason for the capitalization of all the letters. The design is beautiful and the thought is warm :-)

Patty Woodland said...

I love earrings that make sounds - and anything that takes away this winter is more than welcome!

Janet Bocciardi said...

I love earrings that make sound, too! These are definitely boho... beachy!

Miss Val's Creations said...

They are fabulous! I can hear them now! Wood is so great to work with due to the light weight.

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a great idea, and they are definitely gorgeous! Wind chimes...ah, I'm so ready for spring and the sound of chimes on the breeze.

Magic Love Crow said...

They do look like stone! So pretty!

BeadedTail said...

Those turned out lovely! It's snowing here so maybe I'll try to find some earrings with sounds of summer too!

Mary K. McGraw said...

I like what you did with the shell spikes. I also bought some and they have sat stashed away for a year or two.

Bobbie said...

Those are great! A vendor recently tried to sell me a strand of shells like those, but they frankly scared the bejeezus out of me -- although I suspect those were quite a bit bigger than the ones you have here...Good for you on figuring out a cheerful and lovely way to use them!

Anna said...

Getting length and "body" without significant weight is always a challenge in earring design. Looks like you've come up with the perfect combination! The additional transport from the strangling grip of winter, literally, sounds lovely :)
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BIKBIK AND RORO said...

O wow, these are brilliant! So elegant, yet rustic and down-to-earth :)

Duni said...

These turned out great, Cynthia! I'm surprised they are light!

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