Monday, May 20, 2013

Earring Swap Blog Hop Reveal!


About a month ago, I signed up for a different blog hop. Jessica of Whimsical Monkey was wanting to know who would be interested in an earring blog hop.  You would sign up, get a partner and then find out what they liked/disliked, what their favorite colors were, if they liked short, long, dangly earrings, etc.  It sounded like fun, so I threw my name in the hat.  I got paired with Jessica McMullen of Pheonix Gate Arts.  She does leather work and is working on some armor for her hubby.   When I contacted her, she said her favorite colors were blue, black and silver, and that she wore mainly lightweight earrings.  Now, I don't do blue, so I don't usually have much blue in my stash.  But I had just won a stash of beads and wouldn't you know it, there was some great blue beads and coordinating beads in the stash. There was some porcelain/ceramic, some onyx, some glass and Czech glass and more.  There was also the great pewter (in black and silver) earring findings to hold five different dangles.  So I got to work picking out all the beads I wanted to use and then laying them out in different patterns.  I wanted to make sure they weren't too heavy for Jessica, though.  I also don't have much silver in my stash, but I had this great Non-Tarnish Silver wire from Artistic Wire and made my own 'Tumbleweed' ear wires to match. I hope she likes them.  But then, I wanted to do something fun for her, too. I had these cute bottle caps from Guiness Black Lager beer that my son likes. So after cleaning them real well, I folded the grooved edge of the caps up all the way around to look like a ruffle.  Then I punched 3 holes in the bottom of the ruffle and one hole in the top and went back to my stash. As it happens these bottle caps are BLUE with their gold logo, which to me looks like a harp.  (The only problem with bottle caps is getting them off the bottle without bending them all up.  But that makes them unique.)  So this time I used more gold toned beads with the blue and then had some dark brass/bronze ear wires I attached to the top hole to make some fun earrings.  These are light weight also.  Hopefully she'll like both pairs of earrings.  If you'd like your own pair of beer cap/drink cap earrings feel free to contact me here on my blog or in my Etsy shop, KayzKreationz.  I've got several pair I'm going to be listing soon. 


Now, here's what Jessica decided to make for me. I told her I love metal, mixed media, wire, leather, stones, etc.  And then I told her pretty much, just surprise me.  I also told her I usually wear long dangly, chunky earrings.  Aren't these great? (Well, due to postal problems, I haven't received my earrings from Jessica. They were supposed to be here Saturday, but I was out of town for a wedding Saturday and Sunday.  As soon as I get home, hopefully they'll be here and I can be surprised and get pictures.  So stay tuned/come back later Monday or Tuesday and you'll be able to see what Jessica sent me. I know they're going to be fantastic.)
Here's the rest of the participants. I know some hadn't gotten their earrigs yet an were waiting on them to post, so be sure to check back and forth for the next day or two. Hopefully everyone will have their reveal and posts up then. If the links aren't clickable, check Jessica's blog, Whimsical Monkey. Thanks.
Blog:
Inge von Roos: ingetraud.wordpress.com
Nancy Smith: wirednan.blogspot.ca
Miranda Ackerley: http://blog.mirandack.com/
Shelley Graham Turner: www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Ginger Davis Allman: http://thebluebottletree.com/
Nicole Valentine Rimmer: www.nvalentine.blogspot.com
Stephanie Weiss:  uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com/
Spun Sugar Beadworks: Spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Beccy Peterson: Beccy's Baubles
Ani Forsyth: Veil Dancer
Marde Lowe: FanciMar Designs
And if you're looking for more of my Jewelry or Stained Glass, Mosaics and Fused Glass Kreationz for your Home or Garden, check out my shop, KayzKreationz.  Be sure to come back to see my earrings.

18 comments:

PiPa said...

SUch a creative idea, they turned out gorgeous!

Skye said...

Lovely work :) Fabulous how fate dropped those beads in your lap just in time to be used ! and I love the bottle cap ones! I've don;t think I've seen them done with the edge ruffled out like that :)

Mary Anne said...

Love your bottletop earrings!! I need to get my hubby to drink more interesting beer, LOL

Pepita said...

Both are really lovely ... the bottletop ones are particularly creative and interesting!

Whimsical Monkey said...

Wow I'm really loving those bottle cap earrings. I love the colors on the first pair. Can't wait to see what she sent you. Thanks for participating!

Micheladas said...

I love the blues you both used.. Beautiful earrings.

Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said...

You made beautiful earrings! I do love the bottle cap earrings...they're of the same theme as the ones I received. Mine are made from Can Tabs! You've gotta love recycling.

Dyanne Cantrell said...

Your earrings are incredible!! I love them both!!

Leah Tees said...

Awesome creativity! Can't wait to see what she made for you too!

Mimi Gardner said...

Both are beautiful & fun!! :) I think you two were perfectly paired.

ACBeads said...

I love both designs. You may not use blue but you do know how to work with it. Have a nice week, Ana

Rachel said...

Love the Harp earrings! So cool!

Tara P. said...

Both pair are great - love the use of the bottle caps. I've never seen them used with the edges ruffled out like that. Love them!

Cindy said...

What a fun hop/swap. Your earrings are both so beautiful - and in my favorite colors. The bottle caps are so incredibly clever - what great conversation pieces. :-)

kmorgan said...

Kay, what a great idea with the bottle caps! While blue isn't your favorite color, I love what you made!
This was fun, wasn't it?! Thanks for telling me about it!

paula hisel said...

i love that you guys used similar color palettes! both pairs are awesome

Shelley Graham Turner said...

How frickin' clever are you? I love the first pair - very nice - but I think the second ones are so unique! Beer bottle caps! Who would have thought of such a thing?! Kreative KAY that's who!! Nice job, I know she'll love them. ~ Shelley

Jessica McMullen said...

Have they arrived yet? :) Did they work out?