Color Inspiration - Chihuly Earrings
by Kristal Wick
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.
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Chihuly Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, chihuly earrings
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Chihuly Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, Chihuly earrings
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.

Creatively,
Kristal
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Chihuly Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, Chihuly earrings

Materials

Sterling Silver Chain w/ Pearls 3-4mm - 5 Feet
C8-193U
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Sterling Silver Oxidized Chain w/ Pearls 3-4mm - 5 Feet
C8-331U
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Sterling Silver Chain with Pearls 1.5-2mm - 5 Feet
C8-213U
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20 Gauge Round Antique Copper Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-Q20-30FT
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Gold Filled Head Pin (016) 26GA 1.5 inch - Pack of 10
J8-27
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4mm Light Topaz 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-21A
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Gold Filled Cable Chain 1.0mm - 10 Feet
C4-119U
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
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Chasing Hammer with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
  • G3-27
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Classic Wubbers Medium Flat Nose Pliers
G2-1237
  • G2-1237
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Wubbers Small Bail Making Pliers
G2-1301
  • G2-1301
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design