Summer 2017 has been a fun one for jewelry. Tassels, pom poms, and fan-shaped earrings. I fell in love with these made by the ever so talented MusingTreeStudios. Girlfriend kicked it with folded tin at the top and worn leather at the bottom. Love the creativity and interesting use of materials. Snag them and some of her other gorgeous pieces. I’ve long loved her shop.
Then I saw these crochet fan earrings made by PashaBodrum and fell in love with them as well. Again, it’s the interesting use of materials that captivated me.
Even if you make jewelry, it’s a lovely thing to collect beautiful pieces like these from talented artisans. I know how to make many, many different types of jewelry, but still love collecting gorgeous pieces from other jewelry makers.
Now, down to brass tacks for the DIY’ers out there. I’ve got metal folded circles that you can use to make your own fan earrings. I used embroidery floss and the ever-useful E6000 to make the sample in the photo.
You can use thread, lace, ribbon, torn fabric strips and other items to complete your earrings. I tied the bundle of thread together in the middle so I didn’t have a lot of loose pieces to mess with, used a toothpick to put the E6000 into the shell and then used the toothpick to push the threads in.
So whether you buy or DIY, I think fan earrings should definitely be in your summer jewelry plans.
Green tassel earrings with handmade ceramic beads and tribal posts
If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I have never felt I got the backgrounds for my jewelry photos exactly correct. I see all of these beautifully done photos streaming by on Pinterest and I wonder, where do they get the items they use as backgrounds. I have tried many things over the years. Close, but no cigar.
In the meantime, I have been lusting over the backgrounds that Anthropologie uses. I think they are gorgeous and serve as the perfect backdrop; adding texture and dimension, but not taking away from the jewelry. Where did they get them? I google searched and searched. All to no avail…
The photo above uses backgrounds that are my latest attempt. I bought several cheap art canvases from the craft store – different sizes and thicknesses. I also bought craft paint in neutral colors – grays, tans, off whites. All matte finish; no shiny or glossy paints.
I dabbed the paint on with the sponges you see here. I figured worst case, I could paint them over and over until I got something I liked. Sure, they don’t look like Anthro’s, but I think they look pretty good and they have worked very well for me.
And the earrings. Let’s not forget them. They feature handmade ceramic beads made by the wonderful Midnightcoiler, along with tassels and bumpy earring posts from my supply shop.
These gorgeous boho earrings are the creation of Susan Thompson. Her Etsy shop is MikosFantasyJewels. Susan lives in Florida and describes her style as unique and eccentric.
Miko was Susan’s beloved tabby cat and the shop name is a tribute to Miko. Take a moment and look at the lovely designs in Susan’s shop. I’m always so pleased when customers share their work with me. Thanks so much Susan.
Colorful tiered tassels for jewelry making and crafts
I got these three tier tassels for the supply shop thinking that they were really pretty, but not knowing how customers would react to them. Well, the response has been fantastic. I started with four colors and when those sold well, I added all the colors you see above. And I’ve got four new colors on the way.
So what are people doing with these lovely darlings?
Oscar de la Renta is pairing silky tiered tassels with beaded earring posts and selling them at $450.00 a pop.
Not to be outdone, Anthropologie has them too for a mere $108.00. And all they did was add earring hooks.
I’ve got the tassels and as always, I’ve got a nice selection of earring posts that work very nicely with the tassels.
These with the yellow and orange tiered tassels perhaps?
Or maybe these with the blue tassels. Whichever way you decide to go, have some fun with this wonderful little trend.