I'm a huge fan of glass artisans and their work, particularly Dale Chihuly. I've taken a few glass blowing and torch classes in the past. I found out working with glass, while quite exciting, is not easy! Stunning glass creations amaze me even more knowing how difficult the process is. I've had the great opportunity in my travels to see 24 Dale Chihuly originals. I'm not ashamed to admit I even laid on the floor of the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas for about a half hour in total amazement (don't knock it til' you try it)!
I fell in love with this image of Dale's beautiful gilded frost and obsidian chandelier. Sadly, it's in a private home and I've not seen it in person (it is on my bucket list as soon as I find out who's home it's in) but I wanted to make a pair of earrings inspired by this color pallet.
I used 20-gauge wire to form the earring base, added a small chain and simple crystal dangle. I then used a couple links of pearl chain for added embellishment. This makes a great matching necklace too.
Internationally award winning designer, teacher and official Swarovski Instructor, she resides with her 2 puppies, Sparkle and Bling in beautiful Colorado. Kristal's fashion endeavors include designing & creating jewelry for the Jimmy Buffet Band backup singers & dancers; appearing numerous times on HGTV, PBS and JTV and teaching on cruise ships worldwide.
The author of 4 books: Metal Clay 101 for Beaders, Foxy Epoxy, Fabulous Fabric Beads Sassy Silky Savvy; 2 DVDs: Mixed Media: Beaded Bracelets with Fiber Beads and Crystals, Resin, Wire Mixed Media: Jewelry Making with Handmade Beads, Crystals, Resin, and More! Past editor of BeadingDaily.com, her designs have been featured in over 85 publications. Kristalís jewelry has been represented in galleries spanning the globe including Santa Fe - Canyon Rd. Alaska, Cayman Islands, Italy, Germany & the Virgin Islands.
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