Ready for Spring

Blue Trees

It has been such a harsh winter for so many of us – record snowfalls and cold, cold winds.  So, when Artbeads asked me to write about something with spring in mind, I was all too happy to do so.  In the past when I’ve done blog posts about Artbeads products, except for one other post, I’ve always done necklaces.  It’s hard not to – their pendant selection is gorgeous.  But this time, I wanted to do something different, so I decided on earrings.

I just love the little silver charms with budding trees on a pretty blue background.  Artbeads has several designs and sizes of these silver and resin pendants.  They are lightweight enough to be practical in making earrings.  I can’t wear heavy earrings, so this is something I keep in mind when making them.

I cut two rectangles from sterling silver, cut a leaf and vine motif in one and a branch and bud design in the other.  I then added another layer of springtime elements with sun, flower, and leaf stamps.  I used liver of sulphur to bring out the details in the metal.  The photo below shows my chasing hammer and the little sun stamp from Artbeads’ metal stamp tools.

Sun Stamp

Artbeads provided the silver charms and sun tool to me free of charge as part of their blogging program.  The opinions I’ve expressed are my own.

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