Valentine Art

Earrings by Tracy TaftValentine’s Day is only a few days away but there’s still time to find an I-love-you gift.

Art Under the Arches is taking part in Love-filled Gifts this week.

One of the Gallery’s featured artists is Tracy Taft. Buy a pair of her fused glass earrings —you’ll get one dollar off the price and a gift box for your purchase.

You’ll find other Love-filled Gifts at aVita boutique, Sue’s Flowers and the Copper News.

Summer Dangles

Earrings are fun to make on lazy summer days — you can make several pair and feel like you’ve managed to do some work, before you kick back under the AC or stop for a cool drink. 🙂

I enjoy working with salvaged jewelry — the cast-offs, the broken chain, the solitary earring, the old and unworn pieces that owners no longer want. Several of these earrings contain repurposed parts.

The small rose hearts came from an old anklet. I added Swarovski crystals for some bling. The “winged” rhinestone (again, with a Swarovski crystal) came from a friend’s broken necklace. The brown “cat’s eye” was part of a multi-piece earring. (Click any image for a larger view.)

I did these in between weeding, laundry and, oh yeah, pausing for something refreshing.

What things are you creating this summer?



June Challenge — Earrings

Okay. I guess I’m first out of the gate. I didn’t intend to make “flowers” with these earrings but I think they fit the challenge. 😉

Silver Leaf

The beads are 6 mm Montana Blue Luster Twist wired onto metal leaves and hung on rhodium-plated posts.

I had so much fun with this pair that I made two more pair, with wooden beads and glass leaves.

So who’s up next? The challenge is open to anyone. Drop a note via the contact form and I’ll send the scoop on how to submit photos of your work.