Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Twelve Pairs of Earrings

I love to play in my studio. So much so that I have boxes and trays of 'one-offs' that were either little experiments or tryout pieces for something that either never got finished or ended up not needed. Orphans. They're valuable little orphans for they opened my eyes to a new technique or proved I could do something with the clay that I had only envisioned in my sketchbook. But they seem a bit sad this time of year-- they want to evolve, to become a part of something larger.

So to end up 2011 I decided to give them all homes in earring sets. Or at least 12 sets-- it resonates somehow with 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'-- “12 pairs of earrings, 11 lords a'leaping, 10 ladies dancing”, etc. These are going immediately into my Etsy shop or they'll end up being worn by me!

For all of you who are doing some late shopping or just because we all need to gift ourselves sometimes-- for whatever reason-- here are my offerings and please enjoy the eye candy. They're the only sweets this holiday season that won't go right to your hips!

I'm rushing to get these listed in my Etsy shop but if you fancy a particular pair, please convo me at Etsy and I can put a Reserve listing up for you.

And from our house to yours--have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas!

Imaginarium earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Textured and stacked polymer clay dangles, patinated with acrylic
paint and gilders wax, embellished with frosted resin windows

Poinciana earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Polymer clay patterned with handmade molds, colored with oil paints and gilders wax - brass earwires

Winter Moon earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Polymer clay patterned with a mold made from an antique picture frame, colored with alcohol inks, embellished with handforged copper washers patinated with gilders wax - copper earwires

Ulan Bator earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

African glass, coral disks, Ethiopian clay spacers, copper spacers and findings, handmade and patinated links, crystals, tagua nut tubes

Ostia earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Handmade polymer clay stacked elements with resin centers, patinated with gilders wax, antique Roman glass disks, Greek ceramic spacers, brass spacers and findings

Horn of Africa earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Handmade and textured polymer clay dangles, antiqued brass beads,
 handmade enamel bead caps by Mairedodd, brass earwires

Telluride earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Polymer clay formed with a mold made from an antique picture frame and colored with alcohol inks and colored pencil - copper earwires

Edgy Sugarplum earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Polymer clay textured with a mold from an antique picture frame,
colored with alcohol inks and patinated with gilders wax - silver earwires

Silken Tent earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Polymer clay disks, rayon fibers, African bronze spacers, bone beads, Ghana daisy spacers, handforged bronze earwires

Heart of Winter earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Polymer clay hearts from a repousse original, handforged and patinated antique bronze disks, antique star findings, bone spacers, bronze earwires

Carpathia earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Polymer clay mokume gane technique dangles, repourposed patinated brass embellishments, bronze earwires

Valley of the Kings earrings - Available in my Etsy shop

Polymer clay elements done in the mokume gane technique, handforged and patinated brass washers and dangles, bronze spacers and earwires


  1. These are gorgeous! I don't wear earrings, but if I did, these would be perfect!

  2. Oh! So pretty! I can't decide which ones I like better... Imaginarium... Ostia... Winter Moon... or Valley of the Kings. I would take any one of those! How much? I will watch your site. ;-)

    And a question... where do you buy your cuff bracelet blanks with the channel? I have been looking and looking and can't find them. I did find some bangles at Polymer Clay Express and the medium thick you recommended. Starting to plan new ventures for 2012! Let's be sure to do those beads too!

    Enjoy the day, Miss Christine!

  3. Totally gorgeous Christine. Love them all.

  4. oh, my - these are beautiful... i am particularly smitten with ostia... hope they make it to so many lucky homes...

  5. They are all stunning, Christine! I am always amazed by the diversity of the pieces you create.
    Wishing you a peaceful and magical Holiday Season.

  6., TWELVE new earring sets!! I love how you transformed your lonely orphans in to artwear. I can't decide on a would be between Imaginarium, Winter Moon and Ostia. I have gone back and looked at each several times. You constantly amaze me, Christine!

  7. Love your work! And I agree with Cynthia on your Carpathea earrings! congratulations on your mention on PCD! It's well deserved!

  8. Beautiful and exciting work as always. You inspire me to use bolder color in my work.

  9. Wow, amazing work!

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