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52 earrings: #38 On the Vine

One of the goals I had for this challenge was to try some asymmetric and non-matching designs, which I find really difficult! Easing in, these earrings have different beads.

#38 On the Vine

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These are 8-thread shippou kumihimo braids where I misunderstood the thread order movement in the diagrams and so made something that isn’t quite what the pattern was meant to be! 8-thread shippou consists of loops, made because you interlace 4 threads only for a few steps and then there’s a joining step, so you have a row of small holes up the middle of the work. That happened properly here, it’s just the holes are a little more condensed and the 4 thread sections are a little bulkier than if I’d followed the pattern properly. (I made another pair of braids once I worked out what I’d done!)

I’d picked out the lampwork beads I wanted to use, and decided to spiral some copper wire through the holes rather than wiring the beads directly onto the braid, making loops for the beads to hang from. I figure this will cause less wear on the thinner braid sections over time.

I added some Czech crystals in green, brown and yellow-green to dangle from the higher up loops and made copper earwires.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 37 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #27 OctoKumi

And here are the next pair of kumihimo earrings! These are the octagonal braid and I put all sorts of beads on the tassel ends.

#27 OctoKumi

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There’s a little lampwork spacer hiding in there on each earring, along with Czech crystal, wooden rondelles, acrylic beads, crackled crystal and little seed beads in teal and brown. These are long but still comparatively light. The tops are wire-wrapped in the end of my flame patinated copper.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 26 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #22 Plum Sparkle

I made this pair using some of my recent 96 coe test beads – these are the plum blue.

#22 Plum Sparkle

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They’re very shiny themselves, so I added sparkly purple Czech crystal dangles and did double wire-wrapping in sterling silver to add a little more bulk. I used long sterling earwires for these.

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I’ll be away on a sculptural borosilicate course with Jennifer Umphress this Fri-Sun, so will try and get the next pair done early and schedule my post in advance. (I am so looking forward to this!)

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 21 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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