Sunday, January 6, 2013

Less Is More...Right?


I feel like the past few weeks have just flown by!  I am starting off the New Year a bit behind... I haven't had much spare time at all! I am so behind on my favorite blogs, I haven't been on Pinterest or Instagram in such a long time and even haven't had much of a chance to post on Facebook...I feel a bit out of the loop!  Not to mention I haven't had much time for beading, until today...

So I mentioned that I had an online class I was wanting to get to, I finally did, last night!  The lady leaching it is Aga Kruk and I have to admit I really liked how detailed she was with her instruction.  The wire wrapping isn't totally foreign to me but I wanted to see if there was a better way to achieve the results I was looking for.  She did have some good tips that I hadn't heard before so I'm really glad I learned something new!

I have wire wrapped some hoops in the past but very delicately along the outside, her class was for more of a clustered look, like disorganized-organization....which pretty much describes my beading I gave it a try...with my own modifications...
 Really cool... but it weighed like a million pounds, not realistically something you can wear for more than 5 minutes, so I tried again...
I was so pleased with the second try, I made the other hoop to match and I think they look awesome!  This pair was created with freshwater pearls and Czech seed beads using gold-plated wire and hoops.  Of course I couldn't stop there...
 I wanted to try using gemstone chips, these are Citrine with a base of Czech seed beads, a totally different look and I like them, but what if I used more chips with seed beads scattered randomly within them....
 These are Amethyst chips with silver-lined purple seed beads....I like these even more!  I then realized I had only made gold hoops...on to the silver ones....
 I know they look similar but these are Iolite chips with silver-lined crystal seed beads, Iolite has more of a blue-violet tone and I thought they would look great with silver, it's official, I'm now hooked!
Next I used Peridot chips with silver-lined green seed beads sprinkled in, the chips look heavy but I promise they are a comfortable weight and don't pull on the ear at all! 
Lastly I used freshwater pearls with two colors of seed beads and I just think they are beautiful!  

I can't decide which style I like better, the pearls or the gemstone I will continue to make both! 

So that's what I did today!  Even though these little pretties are quite busy looking, I am really happy with my version that I came up with. I am looking forward to making more of these new beauties tomorrow and will try not to get carried away...I think in this case less is more, what do you think?


  1. Love all the great earrings! The pearls and the gemstones both look amazing! As soon as I get back from holidays I will contact you and we can start working on our collaboration! Will be fun!


    1. I'm sorry it didn't pop up that I had a comment!
      Thank you Rebecca! I sent you an email a few days ago and finally had a chance to catch up on your blog!
      Hope to hear from you soon! :)