Iris Elm Jewelry Newest Additions: August 13 - 19

Hello! I hope everyone's summer has been a lovely one. This week I have added three new additions to the shop:

With these earrings I decided to step outside my usual beadwork comfort zone and try my hand at metalwork. Being a self taught jewelry artist, it can be intimidating to try something you have never before attempted, but I think it is important to not limit your design possibilities and is always fun to try something new. Firstly I bought copper sheet metal, figuring it would be best to start out using an affordable metal, plus I love the tone of copper. I cut the metal shapes then hammered the metal to add a little texture and voila! Above the copper triangles I added earthy blue sky jasper gemstones that I recently purchased.

 

I love the warm red tones of agate, and these beads I thought were especially pretty. The barrel shaped gemstones are faceted and beaded with sterling silver beads.

 

These black and silver diamond shaped seed bead earrings are my new personal favorite everyday earrings. I have a pair that I wear all the time. They are versatile, go with most outfits and are also very lightweight.

Erin McIlroy