Have I mentioned that I will be attending a Bead Unique Bead Retreat in Lake Tahoe in October? Between this and Facebook, I can't remember what I post where. Anyway, one of the extra curricular activities is an earring swap. I took this as the perfect opportunity to try my hand at making a pair (or more).
Once I got going, I had a hard time taking a break. While the Bead Retreat swap inspired me to make earrings, I have donated both pair in this post for an online auction at work. I have at least 2 others finished for the swap. Will post photos of those soon.
First up, vintage German glass cabs, accented with Czech and Japanese seed beads, clear crystal 3 mm Swarovski bicones around the outside edge.
Backed with a dark green Ultrasuede. Not including the ear wires, these measure 1 1/2 inches
Small Hematite cabs are the focal for the second pair, accented with Japanese and Czech beads as well as black true cut seed beads around the outside edge. They are backed with black Ultrasuede and measure approximately 1 inch (not including the ear wires)
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman