Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Design-a-Day: Dragonfly Cluster Earrings

Lately, I've been overjoyed by cluster earrings. I can't stop making them -- they're just so darn simultaneously fun and elegant. They feel nice swinging from ears, and they make soft tinkly sounds when you turn your head. I'm sorely tempted to keep every pair I make!

Clusters are small but time-consuming to make, as each bead must be individually wound and wired into the cluster by hand. There's a temptation to make big, bountiful clusters, but I take the weight of the finished piece into account and try to hold back.

I went on a cluster earring tear one day last week and made them out of agate pebbles, agate donuts, and orange mother of pearl.

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