This month is getting away from me somehow. How is it already time to reveal our earrings for the April We're All Ears theme, Wanderlust? I really busted my butt to get something made in time.
It took me a little thinking on the theme, but I finally remembered that I had a tin with maps on it.
While using a map is an integral part of traveling, I decided to focus more on the actual experience of traveling as denoted by the term Wanderlust. They're just out of frame, but on either side of the land were two ships. I was able to punch them out with my disc cutter. But, then what?
I really thought at one point that I was just going to punch holes in the tin and hang them from ear wires. However, I wanted to push myself further so I let the tin sit while ideas marinated.
I finally hit on the idea of putting the tin inside a bezel, something I haven't done before. The bezels I ended up using were slightly too large, posing another dilemma. Yet, I was quickly able to come up with the idea of surrounding the tin with a ring of beads. To keep it simple, I used brass-colored seed beads that I strung together on a length of cord. They're glued in place with E6000.
From there, I kept with the simple palette and added a brass filigree bead. But, there needed to be a touch of sparkle to give the earrings a feminine edge. So, rhinestone covered beads were also added to complete the look.
Tall Ships like the ones in these earrings were one of the few ways to see the world several hundred years ago. And, cruising continues to be a favorite form of travel for many people. So, I think these sailing ship earrings are just perfect for the theme, even if I did almost run out of time to get them made.
As always, thank you to Erin for the inspiration! And, make sure to head over to Earrings Everyday to see how other artists interpreted the Wanderlust theme into earrings.