Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Goody Two-Shoes

Goody Two-Shoes!

Using whimsical  miniatures in your earring designs!




I've been collecting these sweet little ceramic earring pairs by Melissa Gabelle of The Clay Hen for a while.  I have a soft spot for vintage items or ones with a vintage/antique feel like these! They really tug at my heartstrings! Turning unique shapes into earring designs can be a challenge, but I found once I jumped in, the ideas started flowing!





I put all the little shoe pairs in front of me on my work table and asked each one  ~ Who are you?



The sweet little yellow boots looked like galoshes and thought might pair with some vintage 'rain' crystals and an umbrella! The crystals were salvaged from a 1930 necklace and I used oxidized over-sized bead caps to  give the impression of an umbrella.



Here are some little men's shoes that felt as if  they belonged to a gentleman of the 1700's. I wanted to keep it a bit masculine, so I added some antique mother of pearl shirt buttons, some oxidized metal beads and some subtle sparkle with rhinestone spacers.



These are quite possible my favorite!  I get a French military feel with these....I could be all wrong but that's my artistic license, no?  I added a little flare with the touch of red fabric and the brass wreaths.

It took quite a while to find just the right components. I wanted to enhance the little boots but not overpower them.  I wanted to add to the sweetness.




I think I'm all set for Halloween! I went with the pattern of the socks and decided to go all stripes!  Using Indonesian black and white stripe glass beads I continued to layer more stripes with some tin bead caps by Lorelei Hill Eurto.  Then, softening the look with a bit of frayed silk. 




I was careful to consider the weight of the earrings.  I never make anything that I wouldn't wear myself and I'm all about comfort.


I was going to end my blog post here, but I still had one pair of boots and an orphan! Here we go....



I decided to create a lariat necklace!  Whaaa... not earrings?!!  :)




The vintage chain is from Allegory Gallery, more vintage crystals...and wait for it... the bead caps are hand finished bullet shells from Artwear Elements on Etsy!  




Last, but not least, a hand wired pin!  I love this this so much!



Resources

Boots and shoes:  The Clay Hen

Wire, silk and hand finished bullet shells:  Artwear Elements

Vintage supplies and beads:  Allegory Gallery ,  Shipwreck Dandy SuppliesLorelei Hill Eurto


Thank you for joining me for this month's post of The Earring Whisperer!  Until next time!

Loralee  :)

Loralee Kolton Jewelry

2 comments:

darlene said...

Fun all around! Love the lariat! I also love to use bullet casings. I often find them on bike rides. :)

TesoriTrovati said...

Totally kickin' it, Miss Loralee! These are adorable! I have some vintage mother of pearl boot buttons in white, black and a lovely shade of blue. Next time you have a shoe fix, let me know and I should dig some out for you. Love the idea of a lariat...that would be perfect to wear when I need to get some stomping done! ;-)
Enjoy the day!
Erin