Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Found object earrings

After posting my Sunday flea market finds, I went off into my studio. I wanted to work with a couple of the objects I brought home. You might remember the two beadlike thingies?



They reminded me totally of pomegranates and so I turned them into fruitlike earrings. 


Then there were those hollow silver beads, formerly part of a piece of jewelry from an exotic place.


I knew the moment I saw them on the vendor's table, that I wanted to make earrings with them. They are battered and worn, with dents in the beads. These conjure up visions of a nomadic enchantress in my head. (I know! Just where do these ideas come from?)


So, the beads have been repurposed - reborn, so to speak. I replaced the wire going through one of the beads, as it was an unsightly repair (thin wire), added chrysocolla beads and handmade earwires.

28 comments:

Esther said...

wow Ren!! the first one are stunning!!! beautiful fruits:flowers

romantic decay said...

Very Cool! Your fruitlike earrings are so original. Great work.

mairedodd said...

i love these! the first ones are fabulous because you saw what they would become - and executed the vision beautifully... and the second pair i adore for their battered/aged quality...lovely!

Mary Newton Designs said...

I love what you did with your flea market finds! Such vision!

Palimpa Lim said...

Großartige Ohrringe hast Du gezaubert! Zuerst dachte ich, ich mag die Granatäpfel etwas lieber, aber jetzt bin ich mir gar nicht mehr so sicher, denn auch die mit den hohlen Silberperlen sind so wunderwunderschön! Bin ganz begeistert!

sharon said...

Gorgeous Renate! Both are so original....beautifully rustic and pretty at the same time....my favorite combination!

SummersStudio said...

I love that you've taken the discarded, unloved and made them loveable again. The dented beads look wonderful all made up with leaves and chain. I see the pomegranets! Great interpretation.

TesoriTrovati said...

My favorite thing to do is repurpose something. You have given these beads new life. They were treasures to be sure! I am drooling over those first ones. Thnak you for sharing, Renate!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

Love them Renate!!! It is so much fun when you see something and just know what to do with it.

lunedreams said...

love your pomegranates especially! they make me think of fuschias as well, with those little dangling clusters of mini-blossoms. you were right to snap up those silver beads! very nomadic and exotic! bravo!

SueBeads said...

I love them both!

Createology said...

Your vision and insight are just the perfect balance for your jewelry creations. Pomegranites...Perfect. Fabulous job. Happy creating...

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Renate, love these earrings. They are both very cool. It is great to give new life to old, discarded items. Feels so good. And to make something beautiful again, love it. Thanks for stopping by. Take care, Riki

Barbara Lewis said...

Both pair of earrings are beautiful. There is nothing like the patina of age! Very original, Renate, great work!

steufel said...

Grandios, Renate. Beide. Da käme ich fast in Versuchung mal Ohrring zu tragen:-)

Doreen said...

Love these, Renate! My favorites are the pomegranates though! The ruby-red seeds are perfect. Thank you for the birthday wishes! I appreciate your thoughtfulness so much!!!

mermaiden said...

Renate dear, I am so smitten with the pomegranates! Not only because I have a passion for them and think about pomegranate imagery all the time, but because they are really SUPERB. True artistry and they make me smile and sing. LA!

fanciful devices said...

perfect, lovely, beautiful

Cindy said...

Renate, a rolling stone sure doesn't collect moss! Not in your studio! :-) I am amazed at how quickly you created things of beauty from your recent flea market trip. WOW! These earrings are truly stunning!!!

Pretty Things said...

Those are delightful! I'm particularly in love with the poms! Everything you touch seems to turn to gold. I love visiting and seeing what you've done.

sundownbeaddesigns said...

What wonderful earrings! I especially like the first pair, the colors are so vibrant and I love the combination of the metals.

Lori Saul said...

Wow fabulous finds! You have made some stunning pieces- love the 'pomegranate' earrings. You are a true artist taking the old and making it new with your vision and expression!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

beautiful re-purposed earrings! I really like them, renate, especially the banged up ones. wonderful!

The Gritty Bird said...

These are GORGEOUS! :)

Inge said...

Unglaublich was du aus den Ohringen gemacht hast. Super Idee und die Ohrringe sind ein Traum. Dir eine schöne Woche, Inge

lilylovekin said...

The first pair are just wonderful, they are all great. But the first are my favorite. I love the little red dangles and yes they remind me of pomegranates.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You left the sweetest sweetest tribute to moonstar. I treasure you soo. I just always want you to know that friend! Thanks for the lovely lovely words! Blessings.

rosa & josie said...

Oh, these are both beautiful Renate! I love the first ones...so unique! And, the beads in the second pair are really my favorite~I love old silver like this!!
Great job!!