Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Sparkle

Can't resist a little sparkle for the holidays! I made this pair of earrings to go with my LBD I'm wearing on Christmas Eve. Faceted black onyx rounds, gold faceted Czech glass beads and Swarovski crystals are hand knotted on black silk beading cord. I know...these beads are such a deviation from what I would normally chose. I'm not usually into the glitz stuff. I think that's why I'm finding these so exciting, because they are different from what I'm usually drawn to. And the gold. The gold is different, too. I never do gold. I'm feeling the gold and I'm digging the faceted gems and crystals. Must be all the twinkly lights and festive glitter everywhere that has stolen my mind. Still, even that is out of the ordinary. I don't remember wanting to make sparkly things last year. I think it's the silk cord that brings these earrings to a place I want to go. It adds that touch of fiber and natural texture that I find so appealing. I love the elegant drape of the cord, too. It gives the same effect as a delicate chain. I finally came up with a way to create dressy earrings that I enjoy making! These will be my signature fancy earring from now on. 

Oh...and I was having so much fun with the silk cord and the sparkles that I made this pair of faceted gem drops, too! I can't wait to make more of these earrings.

Happy Holidays! 
I hope it's merry and bright and full of sparkle for all of you!


  1. I haven't been on the computer in a while, but wanted to tell you I love your earrings!! I love sparkle! Very interesting with the silk cord. Hope you enjoyed wearing them. Bet you received lots of compliments!! Happy New Year! May you be richly blessed in 2012!

  2. Erin, I love both of your earring designs! I love what you do with silk cord and sure wish I lived close enough to your bead shop so I could take a class with you. I'm hoping there will be tutorials in your new book so I can learn a thing or two about this. :-) Happy New Year to you and your family!

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