Monday, May 20, 2013

May Earring Swap Blog Hop Reveal

Today was supposed to be the reveal for a May Earring Swap Blog Hop hosted by Jessica Murray of Whimsical Monkey Artisan Jewelry. However, on Friday a few bad apples harassed her about the few rules that there were (3 people, really?) and she canceled the reveal with a very bad taste in her mouth. Many of us decided to go ahead and post about the earrings we sent and received, and I decided to do so as well.

My partner was Marde Lowe of FanciMar Designs. We exchanged emails and I checked out her web page and Facebook page, but she said she wasn't sure she had a personal style, so I sort of went on my own for designs. On to my favorite place for inspiration, Pinterest!

I found a wire wrapped earring I really liked on a Hungarian website (pinned here) - a lot of the blog posts had photo tutorials on them, but this post just had a link that no longer went anywhere (sigh). But by checking the comments, I found out the design was based on a PIPA Chinese knot. With that, I ran a Google search and found an illustrated knot site for the PIPA Chinese knot that I could follow here. After about 2 practice rounds with 16 gauge Copper, I actually made earrings that were the same size and didn't have a ton of tool marks on them! I topped them with a multicolor lampwork bead and a light blue Swarovski bicone. I put them on long kidney wire hooks to finish them.


Because most blog hoppers send extras, I made a second pair too, with Czech beads. They are in Copper too, but a more simple style (my fingers couldn't handle any more wire work, LOL). I made a swirl on the front of the diamond striped beads but that's as fancy as I got. Still, I think they're pretty nice!


Marde sent me 2 beautiful blue pairs of earrings! I really like the dangle earrings. Better watch out for me when I wear those Evil Eye ones, too.


I am still including the list of original participants. Like I said, many of them planned to still post, but not all. Hopefully you will see a few earrings if you pop around!

Blogs:
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/
Mary Anne Flesch: www.handcraftedserenity.blogspot.com  **You are here
Nicole Valentine Rimmer: www.nvalentine.blogspot.com
Stephanie Weiss: uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com/
Spun Sugar Beadworks: Spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Tania Spivey: http://moobiegrace.blogspot.com/

Facebook Pages:
 
Beccy Peterson: Beccy's Baubles
Ani Forsyth: Veil Dancer
Marde Lowe: FanciMar Designs

33 comments:

  1. Great job on the wire work! Keep it up it actually gets easier:-) thanks for posting

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    1. Haha, I think you're right. Part of the difficulty is that you work from the largest loop to smallest. I think I will try a pair working from smallest-out to see if that is easier while still giving me the same effect. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. You got some really cute earrings. I love the dangly ones too, but I'm a sucker for dangles. And the earrings you made are wonderful. I love that Chinese knot and will have to check that out. I still didn't have my earrings when I left Thursday, but I'm hoping they're there today when I get home and I can add the pics to my post. I went ahead and put my post up anyway.

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    1. I'm a sucker for dangles too! I am glad you posted too, and I hope your earrings arrive soon. If I get off my lazy behind, I hope to get a tutorial done on the Chinese knot in wire. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Both are so beautiful, the wire knotting is so interesting and kudos for trying something new!

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    1. Thanks - seems you and the knot have the same name! I'm glad you stopped by.

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  4. All of the earrings you two made are beautiful, I really like the design on the copper, it's interesting.
    Your only the second post so far.

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    1. Gosh, I'm sorry to hear that :( Perhaps later today?

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  5. I love the knotted copper ones. My favorite combination is copper with blue/green and that "pipa" knot technique is intriguing. Well done!

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    1. I hope to do a tutorial soon...thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Good job on your wirework, it's very lovely. And those Evil Eye ones ... very intriguing!!

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    1. Haha, my enemies better watch out!

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  7. Wow on the wire work! And I love those evil eyes and clusters. The colors both of you used are some of my favorites. Beautiful. Thanks for participating!

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    1. I said it at least 2 other times, but I want to write up a tute because once you get the hang, it's not nearly as hard as it turns out looking (a nice thing, I think). Thanks again for taking tons of grief and organizing this hop!

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  8. I am a big fan of copper too and the earrings you made are beautiful. I really love the eye earrings.. lol those are a fun pair.. Looks like you guys had fun.

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  9. Like all 4 pair love the second pair in each!!

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate your stopping by.

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  10. I've never done wire wrapping but you make it look so wonderful that I might have to give it a try. Beautiful earrings!!

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    1. It's much easier than wrapping around a cabochon, for sure! I hope to get a tutorial done before I'm old and gray, haha. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Wow! I love the PIPA Chinese wrapping. All of the earrings are beautiful! I would have a hard time deciding which to wear first! I'm still in the swap/hop!

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    1. If I didn't catch your blog this morning, I plan on going around again later and I'll see it the second time around. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments about the earrings!

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  12. Beautiful earrings, the talent represented in this swap is truly fantastic!

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    1. They are all wonderful, aren't they?

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  13. Great earrings made by both of you! I love trying new techniques for swaps, too, and yours worked so great!

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    1. Trying new things is great as long as they look good enough to give away, LOL!! In this case, they were (whew). Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. i love the colors you chose to work with!

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    1. Thanks! I love how the aqua looked with the copper, especially.

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  15. Love the wirework - simply incredible! It looks so delicate and fancy! Great earrings!

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    1. Thanks! They turned out better than I expected.

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  16. Beautiful earrings, Mary Anne. I can't wait to see your tutorial on the pipa knot. It's a technique I've been playing with, too, so I'm very interested in comparing notes!

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    1. I will have to recruit my teenaged son to take photos, because it's definitely a 2-handed wiring technique! It's easier than it looks once I figured it out.

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  17. Hi, MaryAnne! Cool earrings! By the way, I just drew a name for my patina challenge and you are the winner! Will you please drop by my blog and leave me your mailing address? I won't post it to the public. Many thanks! -Sharyl sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com

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