Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunburst Yellow Glamour Drops

When I am in between creative ideas I revert to bead shapes. One of my favorites is the peyote stitched teardrop shape topped with a crystal rivoli.  I have given this earring design to family and friends, but this is the first time I have made a pair to keep. The reason I am keeping these is I love the sunburst yellow crystal and they are a prototype to a new earring tutorial I am working to publish in my Etsy shop in a few weeks. I usually make this shape using only delica seed beads. I experimented with adding the 11/0 round seed beads in the outside rows and now I really like the contrast it gives to the shape. 

The earring length is about 2-1/2 inches long from the top of the french ear wire.   

For a friend's birthday I designed the earring below because she loves the rivoli crystal but not a long earring. To ensure the loop kept its shape through time I put on two coats of Everbrite's ProtectaClear. ProtectaClear is a clear coating that will seal and protect metals that get a lot of use. It also acts as a stiffener for beaded shapes. 

These earrings match a beaded collar necklace that is 99% done. I hope to have this finished and photographed in about a week. See you then....

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