The theme for this month's challenge was kaleidoscopes.
|Kaleidoscope animation via Wikipedia|
found via the Earrings Everyday blog.
I've always loved the shifting colors and patterns of kaleidoscopes. I remember playing with them quite a bit when I was a kid, and finding them fascinating. In fact, as soon as I saw this challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.
...Except I didn't start the ball rolling in time to get that pair done by today. Oops! (My polymer clay skills are still being refined, so it's back to the cane-making drawing board. Heh.)
That's all right, though... I had two other back-up ideas, and I think those turned out pretty well. So, without further ado, on to the earrings! :)
This pair features silvertone charms with a symmetrical geometric pattern that makes me think of looking into a kaleidoscope. I also added scrolling swirling beadcaps whose movement echoes that of the charms.
These earrings also feature color-shifting lampwork discs made by Juli Cannon--and I should mention that those beads are some of my absolute favorite. I've been hoarding them like a dragon, waiting for just the right moment... hurray for finding a project to use them in!
I really do love this pair--elegant and refined, reminiscent of kaleidoscopes but not overwhelming. And what can I say... I really do love those beads!
Where the last pair of earrings is elegant and refined, this pair is unapologetically joyful. Amusingly enough, they also feature lampwork discs by Juli Cannon--this time in bright colors.
...Bright colors, that just so happen to match the flowers that hang beneath them.
Those flowers are actually made out of flattened beadcaps. After I flattened them, I colored them with patina inks and then fastened them together with a scrapbooking brad. That's right--those flowers actually turn! I was hoping to capture the shifting and changing patterns that occur when you twist a kaleidoscope, and I was pretty excited when my idea actually worked!
That's not the best video, I realize, but at least it gives you an idea of how they look when spun. :)
So, there you go! Those are the two pairs of kaleidoscope-inspired earrings that I made for this challenge. If I'm able to get my original idea to work--the one with the polymer clay--I'm sure I'll post those as well... Still, I'm very happy with the two pairs that I was able to create. :)
Thank you so much to Erin Prais-Hintz and those over at Earrings Everyday for letting me play along... and thank you, readers, for stopping by today to see what I made!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!