What exactly is an earring palooza? Well, I don’t really know, but as I have nothing else in the queue, I think that we should explore the subject!
The definition of palooza is an exaggerated event. So, I guess an earring palooza is a crazy, earring making event? Of course, the logistics would be crazy, but wouldn’t it be fun? Even better if we could dream of holding it at BeadFX, close to all the necessary supplies!
I love earrings but seem to wear the same ones over and over. Would that exclude me from the earring palooza? I hope not, because it’s time I made some new ones. Besides, I wouldn’t want this to be an exclusionary event.
Which type of earrings would you make? Small, subtle, and sophisticated, or perhaps long and wild? How about somewhere in-between? This is all virtual right now, so the sky’s the limit!
I love pearls, stones, lampwork, ceramic, and large, sterling silver hoops (now where did I put those?). But what about the sparkle of Swarovski, or some of those eclectic Czech glass beads? Also, lets not forget bead embroidery, soutache, and all those bead weaving stitches (free-form peyote being my favourite).
How about enamel on either silver or copper (or even just sterling silver, or copper), Chainmaille, wood, metal clay, wire wrapping, resin, felt, embroidery, paper or fabric beads, and polymer clay. The variety is endless, and my head is hurting!!! How can there possibly be so many options to choose from? Where would I start?
Okay, in a perfect world, I would probably start with some simple pearl earrings. Of course, I already have several pairs, but not in every colour! Sterling is appropriate, and I’d need many pairs (funny, it used to be gold, but I rarely ever wear that now)! After that, I would go a little crazy! I love anything organic, so if I could afford it, would love to make earrings out of just about anything from Grey Bird Studio (especially the pods)! I’ve been following this lady for years, and her work is amazing! I love the shapes, the textures, the colour of the glazes, and even the waxed linen cord she uses! It’s perfection! Here’s her Etsy shop!
Next up for me, freeform peyote! Funny, I’ve made beads, pendants, rings, and bracelets, in this technique, but not even one pair of earrings. I certainly need to rectify that in our earring palooza! I haven’t made either paper or fabric beads for a while, so I’ll add them to my list, along with some semi-precious stones (turquoise, agate, labradorite, chrysocolla, jasper, etc.). Yum! Some of these stones are so delicious, my mouth is watering! Hey, what if i combine semi-precious with my freeform peyote? Does that count as two off my bucket list?
If you get stuck, take a look at some of the posts on the Earrings Everyday blog. You’re sure to find some inspiration, especially if you have a lust for artisan made components (and who doesn’t?)!
Dreams are not enough, so what if we pledge to make at least three pairs of earrings over the summer? A mini earring palooza, if you will! Does that sound good? Which ones do you pledge to make, and are you willing to show them on this blog? I’ll show mine, if you show yours! If you’re interested, I’ll figure out the logistics!!!