Monochromatic Marvels

Monochromatic, adj.

mono·chro·mat·ic \ˌmä-nə-krō-ˈma-tik\

: having or made up of one color or shades of one color

(From merriam-webster.com)

Here are some of my favorite monochromatic shots I’ve taken recently.  Enjoy!

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[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.”]

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From Every Angle: Showcasing my Creations

Whenever I list a new piece of jewelry in the Etsy shop, I try to photograph the item from as many angles as possible – I want customers to not only know exactly what they’re buying, but also really get excited about their purchase!  Etsy allows a maximum of 5 photos per listing, and sometimes it’s a challenge to pick which shots will be the lucky five.  So I’m thrilled to get to share some of the “extras” with you.  These are some of my favorites from the most recent listings in the shop, a set of earrings and a matching memory wire bracelet.

Here are some of the images that ultimately made the cut:

And here are some of those that didn’t:

Check out the earrings on Etsy here, and the bracelet here!

[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “From Every Angle.”]

Half and Half – Black and Red Beaded Hoop Earrings

As I suspect many of us were, I was tempted to post an image of the dairy product as a response to this week’s Daily Post photo challenge.  And since the temptation never truly went away, I’ll go ahead and get that out of my system:

(The image is not my own, it's taken from walmart.com.  I didn't actually have any half and half in the fridge.)
(The image is not my own, it’s taken from walmart.com. I didn’t actually have any half and half in the fridge – go figure!)

However, thoughts of half and half (this time, the design concept, rather than the dairy product) also inspired these stylish earrings, which are perhaps a more exciting result:

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They’re also available in the shop here – head on over and take a look!

The Symbolism of a Turtle

Due to their legendary slowness* and long lifespan, turtles symbolize longevity and stability; in addition, they are often thought of as patient and wise.  The creation myths of several cultures feature turtles.  And of course, most everyone has heard Aesop’s fable of The Tortoise and the Hare, in which race the persistent tortoise beat the arrogant hare, leaving us with the motto of “slow and steady wins the race.”

So what could be better than a pair of earrings honoring these august creatures?  Wear them on a hectic morning, and let the turtles bring calm to your busy day!

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These lovely earrings feature silver-plated turtle charms, and are available in the shop here.

*Green sea turtles, however, can apparently swim at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour (32 kilometers per hour) – not so very slow after all!

[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”]

A Door in Dublin, and a Bird in a (Door?) Frame

The legend says that one night, a resident of Dublin had a bit too much to drink; coming home, the similarity of the terrace houses caused him to stumble into the wrong one.  The following morning, all the women of Dublin went and painted their doors different colors, to prevent the incident from happening again.

Whatever the true reason may be, the doors of Dublin are indeed colorful!  Here’s one of my favorite pictures from a recent visit:

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This photo reminded me of a set of metal pendant frames I had in my jewelry stash:

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(Aren’t those little birds adorable?)

The frames, in turn, inspired this pendant:

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The pendant is available in the shop here; head on over and take a look!

[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”]

Blue, Green, and Silver: Seahorse Earrings

The Daily Post’s photo challenge this week asks participants to share their muse – a subject you repeatedly draw inspiration from.  For me, a huge source of inspiration is looking at beads and playing with combinations until something catches my eye. And I’ve noticed that I tend to return to the same colors over and over: blues and greens, often combined with silver.  To give you an example, I thought I’d share the inspiration process behind the latest listing in the Etsy shop: a beautiful pair of blue and green earrings with silver-plated seahorse charms.

Aren’t these little silver charms adorable?  I found them a few days ago, and fell in love:

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I decided to use them to make a pair of earrings, so I brought out some of my favorite blue and green beads to see which would best complement the charms:

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I picked out a pair of iridescent crystal teardrop beads that I think are simply stunning when paired with the silver charms, and then added a few other beads in shades of green and blue to finish the look:

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(The hedgepig loves to model jewelry once it’s finished.)

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I think the finished earrings are quite lovely! What do you think?

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Head on over to the shop and take a look!

[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”]

Rainbow-Inspired Bracelet

This week’s photo challenge over at The Daily Post is to share an image with all the colors of the rainbow.  I figured why not go one step further, and make something with all the colors of the rainbow?  Here is the finished product: a memory wire bracelet featuring white seed beads, silver-tone cylinder beads, and accent beads in a whole rainbow of colors.  (You can see it in the Etsy shop here!)

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[In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “ROY G. BIV.”]