Do you remember....back a long, long time ago....when I promised to give these earrings away?
The time has come (the walrus said)! It was a year ago when I teased you with this giveaway. One. Whole. Year. I always intended to do a jewelry making tutorial but realized that I need my tools in my hands (and they are currently in a different state) to be able to properly describe anything. Still, I'll throw up the photos I took and call it a tutorial. Sounds good.
These earrings are sterling silver and made of authentic garnets (that are so adorable in chiclet-size) and freshwater baroque pearls. I love these garnets that I found at a bead show, just love them. Like I want to throw a handful back in my mouth and savor the feel of the pillowed squares. The problem arises when they don't turn into bubble gum like a chiclet should, of course. Therefore I will refrain.
But I am packing to move (again!!) and sort of despise myself for finding these earrings that I promised to give away a year ago!
So, if you would like these diminuitive earrings, just please enter a comment, any comment at all (well, nothing insulting please) and I will randomly draw a winner at 12:00am on Sunday, June 1st (Pacific time). Please, comment away! These earrings need a new home and a beautiful set of ears to dangle from!
For a minimally-verbal jewelry tutorial, check out my photos.
These earrings, teacher gifts from last year, are some examples of what you can do with those two basic concepts. My favorite pair is in the middle of the top row with the faceted smoky quartz coins and pearls.
This basic technique can also be used to connect pearls and gemstones with chain, a look that I love for a very vintage feel. (I found my marquisite locket on fire mountain gems.)
And now head back with me to our upcoming move. This next week I plan on blitzkrieg-ing you with posts about how much we have loved Portland and all the wonderful things and people we will miss. Nothing says "deadline" like turning your life upside down though and I must accomplish this before I leave. Brace yourselves!