|"USA Antelope-Canyon" by Lucas Löffler|
Hi Blog I have missed you!! Because of personal events, I haven't had a chance to stop in and visit lately so I was really excited when I saw this month's inspiration post for the We're All Ears challenge over at Earrings Everyday If you have been following my blog for awhile, you may have seen these monthly challenges that start with a wonderful inspiration image and then all the participating artists post their pieces on the 3rd Friday of the month.
The photo above is one of several beautiful photographs of Antelope Canyon that Erin chose for this month's inspiration here. These kinds of canyons are formed by thousands of years of weathering from wind and rain. They are majestic and beautiful. I true wonder right here in the USA. Rock formations and canyons have always fascinated me, I would love to make it out West some day to get to experience such beautiful sites in person.
When it came time to design my earrings, I knew exactly what stones I wanted to use. A few months ago, I purchased two exquisite pieces of Red Creek Jasper from my favorite lapidary and I had been hoarding them until just the right pair of earrings called me. They were perfect for this month's challenge!
|Canyon Sunset by Forest of Jewels|
Can you see the walls of the canyon weathered smooth by water in those beautiful stones? Small gaps and outcrops changing the striations on the face? I feel that they capture the theme of the challenge perfectly. To finish off my design, I used Czech glass rondelles in shades of cream, brown and a touch of green. The coloring in those beads also remind me of the canyon walls seen in the inspiration photo. Tiny picasso finished Czech Druk beads add that little bit more of sandy earthiness to the design.
|Canyon Sunset Earrings|
Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my earrings. I always enjoy participating in these monthly challenges, hop on over to the Reveal Page to see what everyone else designed. Have a great weekend!