Cheery bright pieces as part of the Elite weekend treasury challenge
Spring has sprung! It’s time to pull those weeds, plant those veggies, and watch your garden grow! In celebration of Garden Week, this treasury features fabulous finds from the Austin Craft Riot team!
The name Organic Earrings comes from the way they come together more than the resulting look. This style started because I wanted to figure out a way to use scraps of wire left over from tiara crafting and not just melt the tidbits down for recycling. Now these are a best seller and some of my favorites to make.
I heat the ends of pieces of wire with my torch to create the ball. The pieces soak in a chemical pickle bath for a while to remove the grime. They’re then sorted into piles by gauge and paired by similar length. The standard earrings are made of all gauges so they have more variability and texture. The ones with beads like pearl or coral stick with one gauge to keep the way the beads hang consistent. I lay out the pairs in a row of and cut them to create the graduated arc. I make the loop at each end, harden it with pliers, and string one from each pair onto the jump ring, left to right for one earring and right to left for the other. Matching but not identical.
Each pair turns out different, but they’re all basically the same result. Predictable success!
You can find these in the Organic Earrings section of my Etsy shop.
Just a latest creation…
I cut and shaped various lengths of 14 karat gold-fill wire and hammered them for rigidity and glittery-ness. Then I stitched them onto the thicker gold-fill band and to each other around their bases. Finally, I attached a pearl to every end with a process I like to call Patience Testing. It feels great on–very heavy and present.
It reminds me of Queen Anne’s Lace or Yarrow.
More photos found in my Etsy shop.
This is the second time Renegade Craft Fair will be in Austin and the second time I’ll be participating. I did well enough last year while sharing a space with three other awesome crafters that I thought I could try it on my own. I applied with an emphasis on tiaras, vines, picks, and combs, something I know this show usually doesn’t have. Or any show, really. I applied alone, but also offered to share if the organizers wanted to pair me up. (A 10 x 10 spot is a lot of space especially when you’re trying to fill it with jewelry and combs.) They accepted me and they paired me! I’ll be sharing spot #53 with Homako, a really cool line of fabric accessories. She’s coming in from LA, so this may be your one chance to buy her work in person.
My mom is the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful person I know. She constantly goes out of her way to show her love and support for me and I could not appreciate her more. In honor of her, and all awesome moms, all earrings in my Etsy shop are 15% Off now through May 8th. I always offer free shipping and will gift wrap your order for free, too. You can even include a short message to her that I will hand write on a gift card and include in the shipment.
Some sweet styles your dear mama might enjoy…
Continuing to be inspired by the Black Swan style of tiara, I crafted this fun crown in one of my favorite color combinations. I call it So Very Bright Tiara, because it is. And it makes the wearer feel brighter, too!