Nina Designs asked four of their blogging design partners to participate in a little Design-Off, so-to-speak, using some of Nina’s beautiful sterling silver jewelry making components. Each of us were sent the same exact package of goodies and our charge was to make a pair of earrings using at least three of the pieces they sent us. I snapped a photo of the components after I had already made two pairs of earrings so here are some of the pieces I didn’t use. I will soon!
I sat and looked at my choices for quite awhile not quite knowing what direction I was headed. I felt I had to add a little leather to my design because that’s one of my favorite things to add to my jewelry and I always like to mix metals if possible to add warmth and contrast. Those were my only thoughts when I started. My challenge was figuring out how to add leather to this pair of earrings and keep them wearable, not too big and not let the leather overwhelm the pretty sterling pieces. I printed the Pantone Spring 2013 color palette and then I was off in my jewelry making ZoNE! Here is what I created.
I made sure to carry the silver ball theme from the fun circle wheels throughout the earrings so I grabbed my torch, took my fine silver wire and created some large balled head pins for the gemstones. Wrapping the brass wire around the cord ends, from my collection, helped to give the earrings an artisan feel and I finished the earrings with some sterling french wires with a ball that I already had from Nina Designs to give it a subtle but cohesive look. I have to say I’m pretty thrilled with these and they are totally wearable in real life!
You have to go there to see what the other designers have made. Choose your favorite design and then vote for my earrings. Did you catch that? I mean vote for your favorite design. Really. My fellow challengers include: Lori Anderson, Carmi Cimicata & Andrew Thornton. Talent overload! The winner receives $100 Nina Designs credit.
The voting runs today, through March 11, 2013. Thanks for your support!