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Damsel Dragonflies February 20, 2014

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Another fun challenge this month and a new one for Earrings Everyday.

The collaborating team of this fantastic blog are posting

a monthly challenge… just for earrings.

“We’re All Ears Inspiration Challenge”

Who doesn’t love earrings ??

Here’s how to play along: On the first Friday of the month, they will post an inspiration…

a photo, painting, song, poem, person, movie, place, textile, etc…

You have two weeks to create your pair of inspired earrings

and be ready to post a link on the third Friday of the month.

It’s a pretty short turn around time as challenges go,

but earrings are pretty small creations, right ?!

This month was a sweet photo of two Damsel Dragonflies,

obviously in love.


They have these delicate articulated body structures…

such fragile looking creatures.

I was taken with the  wire work possibilities and the iridescent shimmery colors.

Kristy’s Kreation’s earrings really got me going…

Here’s my design that had me diving into my large stash of seed beads.

Which is funny, since I don’t do bead weaving.

Must have thousands of these tiny, lovely beads.

Dragonfly Earrings                                                                         Seed beads and oxidized copper wire with handcrafted ear wires.

When the light shines through these, they just glow.

Perhaps you’d like to play along next month.

 Meanwhile, hop on over to Earrings Everyday to see what everyone else created.


57 Responses to “Damsel Dragonflies”

  1. Terri G. Says:

    Love how the shape echos the dragonfly’s! Fantastic!

  2. These are fantastic! Love the shaping!

  3. Kristi Says:

    Adorable!!! I can see the inspiration running all through these wonderful earrings. Thank you for participating in our first challenge!!

  4. Those are so cool, Lynda! I bet they are truly stunning with light shining through them too. I’m in the same boat as you…. millions of seed beads in my stash too. I bought many of them when I first started out and was mostly doing stringing but I still find many uses for them.

    • Yes, that was the unexpected surprise with these…just how much they glowed in the light! And I’d be very interested if you’d share ways you use up all those seed beads!

      • Oh, I can’t say that I get through them quickly but I do use them a good bit as spacers when I’m stringing, or in little earrings. They finds themselves as little dangles off of a lot of my clasps too to dress it up a little bit. If you don’t mind me asking, what sort of wire did you use to get them to hold their shape?

      • Not at all, Sarajo…I used copper wire (22 g, I think) that I had already oxidized with LOS. Glued the turquoise round on one end first. Then, it was just a matter of stringing on all the beads and shaping the wire. Easier than I thought it would be!
        Thanks for sharing your seed bead uses, too.

  5. ladyflowersbysusan Says:

    Stunningly creative design. I can just see them swinging on your ears with the light shining through them.

  6. Pam (the Crazier Sister) Says:

    Oh, love the colors in these!

  7. I love that your design reflects the dance of the damselflies! Wonderful colour combination too

  8. Kelly Morgan Says:

    Love the shape and the color combination.

  9. Love the colors and the shapes you used!

  10. Wow Lynda, These are such a fun pair of earrings They have an awesome shape and definitely reminds me of the challenge photo! It was a fun challenge and one I’m looking forward to next month!

  11. the earring hop is such a neat idea 🙂
    i like your interpretation.

  12. jny_jeanpretty Says:

    these are my kind of flat out perfect! I love your design and colors! jean

  13. These are so much fun! Love them 🙂

  14. Linda Landig Says:

    This is just perfect! Its really expresses the dragonfly shape! Great work. Thanks for joining the hop!

  15. Beti Horvath Says:

    Great earrings. I love the use of seed beads, I too have thousands of them (mostly bought at yard sales, thrift shops and super discounts!) and I am not a seed bead weaver. But they are great for things like this! The colors are perfect.

  16. Deb Fortin Says:

    love your earrings . I don’t seed bead stitch either and yet I too have a plethora of tubes and baggies and containers full. great combo of beads and colours.

  17. Shirin Says:

    What a lovely creation inspired by dragonflies. Love the colors you picked for this. Beautiful.

  18. niky Says:

    What a fab design, you really caught the essence of those Damsel Dragonflies!

  19. Kala Says:

    These earrings have such beautiful curves. I love how you mixed seed bead finishes. It really goes well with the inspiration picture.

  20. Alice Says:

    Lovely earrings. I like the colors and the shape which mimics the dragonflies in the photo.

  21. CraftyHope Says:

    What fun these are! They are so full of whimsy and color. Nicely done 🙂

  22. Oksana Says:

    Love the earrings! They look so playful! The colors are perfect too.

  23. mtrudinger Says:

    What a fabulous pair of earrings! Love them!

  24. Such a great way to use up your leftover seed beads! I am not a beadweaver but I have tons of them! I also love that you were inspired by one of our very own editors. Such beautiful interpretation. Thank you for joining in the We’re All Ears challenge. Hope to see you next month! Enjoy the day. Erin

  25. Radhika Says:

    Love the swirls made with seed beads 🙂 very creative 🙂

  26. Cindy Pack Says:

    Really clever! Cute earrings, great shape and colors!

  27. Angela Kale Says:

    Design inspiration taken from nature. A spectacular design. We can use the beauty of nature in our designs. Earrings are very liked. Color harmony is beautiful.

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