Saturday, January 9, 2010

Moroccan Fan Earrings

The Moroccan Fan earrings first came in to being in 2008 when I designed a pair of earrings using 7mm and 4mm glass beads. They reminded me of the beautiful fretwork on buildings in Morocco. After making a few pairs, I wondered what would happen if I turned the earrings up side down and added a drop for a fancier earring. As soon as a “flipped” the earring it was transformed from an every day earring in to an elegant night on the town earring.

I wanted to work up the earring and offer the design in a pattern that would use materials that beaders could locate easily, I went to, where I knew I could order just the amount of supplies I needed for the earrings. I chose Swarovski crystals and pearls, and was delighted with my package when it came in the mail in less than a week. Then, to add to my joy, Artbeads invited me to become a member of their blogging community, and I was able to order more beads for another version of the earrings.

I was delighted with how well my color choices worked, and how easy it is to order from the site, and to find compatible colors using a description, such as Montana, in the search field. The first picture shows the earrings I made from the Swarovski crytals and pearls that I ordered from artbeads, as well as two pair of earrings that I made by going through my "stash" of beads.
The single pair of earrings you see in the second picture highlights the earrings that were made using materials I ordered as part of the blogging program. I used swarovski crystal, olivine cz pendants, tarnished silver delica beads, and montana blue crystal ab beads. I love the ear wires, sterling silver shield back earrings, and plan on ordering more.
You can find the specific supplies at Artbeads: Link:

If you are interested in the pattern, you can find it on my ETSY shop:
All the materials for the Olivine and Montana Sapphire Moroccan Fan earrings (except thread and needles) were provided by, as part of their blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The information in this post is my opinion of the materials offerred.

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