Sunday, May 12, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal #8 & #9!

Time is flying by this year and with lots on my plate I decided to combine the blog post for Reveal #8 & #9.  

Week #15 ~ Copper Leaf with Pearls
I was shaping copper wires to use with beaded head pins but it didn't quite turn our right.  After hours of trying various different ways and getting frustrated, I sat back in my chair and saw freshwater pearls within the chaos of my workbench.  So I decided to hang a hammered copper wire with freshwater pearls as the stem of the leaf.   Sometimes a great idea comes when you can't make something you originally planned work the way you planned.  











Week #16 ~ Enameled Beads Earrings


My girlfriend Lynda came over and we had a fun afternoon making enameled beads using Barbara Lewis' immersion method.  I tried to make a matching pair but when you are layering and mixing colors, it's not quite easy to do.  I think it adds a unique one of a kind look when it's not exactly the same.  Well, I guess I'm going for the organic look lol!  The challenge of dipping into multiple enamels is I forget to take copious notes and if someone asks me to make the exact pair, I probably won't be able to duplicate.  Note to self...take better notes!  I made a swirl headpin with copper wire, added some beads and attached sterling silver ear wires to complete.  





Week #17 ~ Leather Hoop Earrings

I love working with leather and making leather hoop earrings is my latest obsession.  I love the light weight and the color contrast between the leather and the beads.  So many possibilities and design ideas are spinning in my head.

I think I'm going to make varieties of these leather hoop earrings.  I'm stocking up on inventory for a reason...stay tuned for announcement soon :)








Week #18 ~ Copper Heart Earrings

I got a special Mother's Day order and I made a heart component which I used for a necklace then the light switch went on!  Why not make earrings with the same design!  Sometimes the simple design turns out to be the best bet.  I had fun shaping the wire to cute hearts, adding glass and copper beads on the stem, and attach them to ear posts.  Ta da!



Mahalo for visiting and wishing you a creative day!  Please visit all the other wonderful artists!
Kumi ♥


10 comments:

  1. All beautiful, tough to pick a favorite from them!!

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  2. Goodness, so many beautiful earrings! You've been busy.

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  3. So original and classy, Kumi... I confess to being partial to your Greek ceramic/leather design. I too love a touch of organic so I can't wait to hear your "announcement"!

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  4. Kumi's signature strikes again! I love your work! :)

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  5. I love playing with that maouse pointer on your blog!! hehe.

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  6. As always, beautiful and creative!

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  7. As always, beautiful and creative!

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  8. All of your earrings are beautiful but I think I like the copper and pearl (happy accidents) the best. It is a close choise because I really like the copper hearts too.
    Great work, Kumi.
    I bet you are very excited. It will soon be June again. Have fun!
    Julie

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  9. more beauties! they are all so pretty, but love that first one with the hammered metal ... stunning! good for you ... still going strong on the AJE earring challenge!

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  10. Thank you so much everyone! Really appreciate your kind comments!

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