I'm drawn to design challenges like a moth to a flame. They present me with inspiration that I may not have considered otherwise, and they push me out of my comfort zone. Sarajo and Eric's monthly Honey Do List at SJ Designs Jewelry is the perfect example of this. Eric gives his wife a picture he's taken to inspire her designs. She shares it on her blog for the rest of it too. The photo inspiration this month had so much texture to it, there were many directions I could have taken.
I was definitely drawn to the wavy, horizontal dried grass and the moss on the rocks in the photo. But, I couldn't take my eyes off the bright pink flowers in the foreground. I've recently learned that this is probably Foxglove.
So, I created these Fuchsia Foxglove earrings with this month's inspiration.
I began with just one silver-colored cone that I painted with Vintaj Patina in Ruby. But, then I wondered if I could MAKE some cones in varying sizes (I only had one size of them.)
I decided to try rolling discs of cookie tins that I had on hand with my round-nose pliers. And, it worked out pretty well. They were also painted with the Vintaj Patina and sealed.
The five cones by themselves didn't have enough interest for me. So, from there, I added matching bright pink seed beads onto silver headpins, one bead per pin. Those were strung up into the cones with eye pins, and a wrapped loop was formed at the top of each pink cone. These were connected to one another with oval jump rings. (A short length of chain would have worked too, but I already had the jump rings out.) I made sure to layer the cones like the flower, with the largest at the bottom. The jump ring at the top connects to the simple ear wire. And, that was it!
I have to admit that while these match the inspiration well, they are so bright and pink that they don't exactly match my style. However, they've given me inspiration for some other designs that I've already begun. And, I will be adding them to my booth at Southern Antiques and Accents today if you like them and they match your style.
A big thank you goes out to Sarajo and Eric for sharing the inspiration and for challenging me each month. I love seeing where the photos they share take me. Make sure you head over to SJ Designs Jewelry for the big reveal of what Sarajo made. You may even find other artists like myself who also chose to take on this challenge.
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