Tangerine Tango ~ 52 Earrings: week 17

I'm not sure how I keep cranking out the earrings... and right at the deadline! Anke sure is keeping me on my toes with this challenge! And I'm enjoying it!

This week the theme (themes are every other week) is Tangerine Tango and as much as I like orange, this one had me stumped. Mixing the color was easy enough (although it was hard to photograph, which explains the not-so-vibrant look), but then I went through so many different ideas for the beads. I knew right away I wanted to do roses. I went from one idea that involved sculpting roses, to another that used lace, and another that required mold making... I'm all out of mold making compound so that wouldn't work... And then I remembered some knives with fancy handles I'd found at Goodwill recently—one had the perfect rose for my design! I smushed the knife handle into the clay, cut out my beads, popped them into the oven... and ta-da! beads for my earrings! I gave them both a white and copper patina and did some "messy" wirewrapping with a few orange czech glass beads—and there you have it—my Tangerine Tango earrings!

Check out the Flickr pool here to see what everyone else mixed up for week seventeen.

See you next week with another pair!

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  1. Love'em your clay beads are GREAT! Orange is a weakness of mine I love all things ORANGE!

  2. Your silverware stamping idea is a marvelous one. Will have to go check out my drawer (LOL). The earrings are great.

  3. They are great! Very cool idea! I love seeing your work!