Thursday

EARRING SHOWCASE: Fishbones, PART 1

So lately I've been obsessed with fishbone chain. (Lately as in the past three months and I've just been too lazy to take photographs.) I haven't done a 'showcase' in awhile, and since earrings are the backbone of this blog, and it's a new year, I figured I should start out with one~ (+ a mini tutorial)






I don't know what exactly attracts me so much to this chain. I just find it so ... sexy? Is that totally crazy? There is something really attractive about the chain...

I found the chains in a couple different bead stores in the garment district in NYC. If anyone is interested, I'm thinking of doing a bead store review--customer service, supplies, prices, etc.

The chains are pretty pricey, I want to say average $6-9 a foot. The prices vary with the different metals-- gold is more pricey than gunmetal for example. There are also silver and bronze chains, but I passed on those since I don't really wear those colors.

From what I can see there are two variations (shown here in gunmetal):


1. Thicker, bigger and hammered/textured
2. More thin, and smooth

Sexy, right?



The thing about this chain, is that there is no way of separating it without losing a link. (Or at least, I haven't discovered a way yet).





Also, it's so easy to make different combinations with the chain! It's so decorative on it's own, that all you have to do is add a bead or two. For this pair, I'm using these pearl sheep that I bought years ago.




Chain, sheep, stars, jumprings and headpins





All you have to do is connect everything with the jumpring, and voila, finished. Simple, right? I can knock out a pair in like three minutes.





Now, on to the showcase.

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two


three


four


five


six


seven


 eight


 nine


 ten


 eleven


twelve

      
 

And that is the end of Part 1. I had to break down the showcase because I'm out of petite hooks so I'm waiting on a package to finish the rest of the earrings.





Happy New Years everyone, I'm contemplating doing a 2012 round-up, but are you guys sick of seeing those?



- A

8 comments:

  1. oh please do review your favorite supply stores! i really want to get crafty and i'm stuck as to where to get supplies.

    those fishbone chains are so unique! never seen anything like that before.

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  2. Oh, so cute!!Do you sell your jewellery? If you don't you should!

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  3. I'd totally love a review of craft stores! ^^

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  4. I love numbers 10 and 12 on here!!

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  5. I saw all your cabochron earrings and thought you'd love this site! http://www.mkbeads.com/Resin_and_Plastic_Flower_Cabochons_s/29.htm They also have cheap findings and cute bow charms! I just ordered a bunch to make some studs!! Thanks for the idea I love your blog :)

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  6. I recently discovered your blog and let me just say I am obsessed! I LOVE making earrings and accessories in general so if feel like your blog was made for me! Keep up the inspiring work!
    Sabrina

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  7. This is my all time favourite blog! You are so inspirational and creative!
    Love from Sweden

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  8. everything looks beautiful! as always, i love your color palette ^^

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