Friday, June 19, 2015

Earrings Everyday - Tide Pools

When I saw the inspiration photos that Erin picked for this month, I was super-excited.  An ocean-related theme?  YES, please!!
 


 
 
However, my next thoughts after really studying the illustrations and colors were that they seemed very East Coast to me rather than anything like my California tide pools.  It's entirely possible that's completely inaccurate - it's just sometimes the Muse sees what the Muse sees. 
 
 
 
 
However, to show a bit of what I'm talking about, here's a photo I took of a tide pool at Crystal Cove in Newport Beach last year - lots of goldeny-greens, aquas and a few touches of brown and white or ivory.  Perhaps too much knowledge of the real thing is a detriment in this case.  So, I found myself needing to get out of my own way here.
 

 
 
This illustration was a bit more helpful although most of the creatures depicted are typically found in deeper waters than where "tide pools" occur.  At least the color palette was moving in the right direction, though.
 
 
 
 
After discovering through my own experience what a total pain it is to drill through sea shells, I found a store on Etsy that was selling genuine shells the right size for jewelry and already drilled.  Score!  I've been saving them for the right project.  The photo doesn't show it, but this pair has touches of lavender/purple along the edges.  I've added some reddish/purple carved wood disks and some faceted Czech rondelles that are a mix of aqua, green and purple.  Aged brass wire and findings are used to finish everything off.


 
 
With this pair, I brought in some of the orange touches from the illustration via some angelskin coral cylinders and a touch of the greenish background via a verdigris-patinated spacer.  The ivory disks are howlite.
 
 
 
 
I went a little far out with this pair.  The sea-tumbled shell pieces are from my own beach scrounging/seashell drilling experiments and mimic the scallop shells in the first illustration.  I added some pre-beaded chain and a pair of dark blue dyed agate rondelles to represent the ocean and the deeper colors in the inspiration photo.  Yes, the shell pieces are not an exact match, which is normally something I avoid like the plague, but I decided these were close enough for a casual, beachy vibe.
 
 
 
 
The brown slate pencil urchin in the foreground of the second illustration was the inspiration for this pair of earrings.  The back pieces are made from black tab shell - they are a beautifully glossy deep brown with a hint of purple in the right light.  The seahorse charms are copper with a few pewter details and I added some pinky-peach freshwater pearls and copper accents to represent the lighter colors in the inspiration photo such as the sea urchin and the center of the brittle star.
 
  
 
 
This gorgeous pair of lampwork beads from Unicorne Beads. contains all the background, ocean blues, greens and aquas from the inspiration photos.  In the right light, there's even a tiny hint of orange swirled through the glass and the design impressed on the front is reminiscent of a starfish or the "flower" on a sand dollar shell.  I paired them with beautifully detailed copper starfish charms from Kristy Bowman and added another tiny pop of orange on top with a faceted Czech glass rondelle.  Copper wire and findings tie the whole thing together.  These came out the best and were the last pair I made - the brain was definitely wading through a process to get here.
 
Hope you enjoyed this month's designs!
 
KJ
 
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14 comments:

Susan Delaney said...

Splendid interpretation of the theme. Such pleasing variety.

OksanaB said...

wow, your designs for this challenge are beautiful. I also used real seashells in one of mine. Great job!

Kristi Bowman said...

Wow you went all out for this challenge, they are all wonderful!! I'm happy to see my little Copper Starfish, I came very close to using them too but I'm glad I went a different way now. Beautiful!!

Fiona Robertson said...

Wow, so many lovely designs to choose from! For me, my favourites are the broken shell shards as I am always more drawn to picking up shell fragments on the beach. I think they have a feel of the survivor about them (but I'm a bit mad!) xx

Alice said...

Beautiful earrings! I especially like the third pair.

Tammy Adams said...

I thought the same thing about the illustrations. All the tide pools I've seen were on the west coast of the US. I love how you interpreted the theme. The last pair are my favorites, probably because I adore copper. Beautiful work.

Terri said...

I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite...so many wonderful creations....these all turned out so beautifully!

Sarajo Wentling said...

Fun that you were able to incorporate so many real shells in your designs! I think that last pair is my very favorite though... love Kristi's work!

Stewart M said...

I love these hyper-rich nature images - I used to have books full of them as a kid.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Kym Hunter Designs said...

All are very pretty! I especially love the long pair!

ClickNCamera said...

Love all these, nicely done!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'm not crafty at all so I usually skip commenting on such posts, but I love what you did and I can't wait to get back to Oregon and see some west coast tide pools. You are right, they are very different coasts!

Veralynne Malone said...

Nice earrings. They definitely mimic what I would see in a tide pool. I love the purple and white earrings. I have a lot of those in various sizes that we have picked up at the beach. Great job!

TesoriTrovati said...

I just knew I would have you, hook, line and sinker with this month's challenge, Miss Kelly! I love that you made it more 'you', more west coast vibe. The colors you selected are lovely! So much like a walk on the beach at sunset! I am glad you joined in the fun and were so inspired to create so much! Check back on July 3rd for the next We're All Ears challenge on Earrings Everyday. Enjoy the day! Erin