The We're All Ears Challenge this month from Erin at Earrings Everyday is to create earrings that are black and white earrings with maybe one other color. Doesn't sound too hard, until you try! Ha!!
I was able to complete a sole pair. I started by rummaging through the black and white bead drawers in my bead cabinet. But, nothing there struck my fancy.
Glancing frantically around the craft room, I uncovered some of the black tin that I had used for the Harvest Moon Challenge in October. That piqued my interest!
I traced the shape I wanted onto the backside of the tin, cut it out, filed and sanded the edges and back, and aged it with Novican Black patina.
The hardest part was figuring out how to add the white. I tried several approaches like altering large plastic beads with alcohol ink. But, that wasn't the look I wanted to achieve.
I thought I had hit upon something awesome with the idea of using a few of my bone skull beads. But, it just didn't work out exactly like I wanted. And, I wasn't sure it was completely my style.
From there, I started thinking about Erin's mention of texture and considered more geometric shapes. I decided that large beaded rings above the reclaimed tin would definitely add some interest.
I didn't want the rings to be empty, so a single red bead was added to hang from it. Making the wire loops above and in the hoops was the hardest part of the whole process.
I have to admit that I really like the distressed backsides of the tin more than the front and will likely end up flipping them on the ear wires.
Again, I only made one pair of earrings for the challenge, but they were enough of a struggle!
Head over to Earrings Everyday: Pump Up the Contrast to see what everyone else created with the monochromatic prompt. And, if you haven't made anything for it, the linky tool will be open for a week, so you've got time to play along too.