Orbital Earrings Kit Preview

This is the prototype for my new Orbital Earrings kit! I came up with the design when I was making some frog earrings for a friend. I was trying to bezel a frog bead, but I had too many beads on my first pass. Then, I thought, “What if I put too many beads on purpose?” So, I tried it on a super fun disco ball accent bead and after tons of ripping to get the bead sizes and counts right, the Orbital Earrings were born.

Here are the colorways I am working on:

  • The first one I will call Sunset since the gorgeous 16mm bead has orange and red, with a hint of plum. I need a nice plum 11/0 to go with it. I’m really surprised I don’t have the right purple for this because the majority of my stash is purple!
  • The second colorway has a dark bronze 16mm bead paired with these amazing Metallic Raspberry Copper Iris Matte drops that Ralonda suggested. We finally found them online at Charlene’s Beads, and now I need another good purple 11/0. This colorway needs a name. Any suggestions?
  • The third colorway is Galaxy. I will use the black 18mm beads pictured if I can’t find anymore disco ball beads. Val at Artful Bead is looking for me, and I may try looking at the bead market on Saturday.
  • I will have these kits available for purchase online in March, and I will be teaching it at the Shreveport Bead Retreat in April. Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions for a name for the second colorway, or to tell me which is your favorite. Thanks!

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  • avatar Ralonda February 17, 2011, 8:03 pm

    Sunset is my favorite- of course you probably knew that already… Glad they were the right drops- I had been wanting to ask if they were!

  • avatar Gina Whitlock February 17, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Let’s hope you can find more disco balls. Those are cool and I want ’em.

  • avatar Julie Tanksley February 17, 2011, 9:25 pm

    For the second colorway how about “Raspberry Fields”. Love the earrings!

  • avatar Judy Botts February 18, 2011, 5:10 am

    Love these!! Since I’m a teal person, all shades, is there a possibility of a teal colorway?

  • avatar Carolyn Howell February 18, 2011, 7:25 am

    No Blue?

  • avatar Suanough Zentell February 18, 2011, 8:43 am

    Sunset! It’s a great combination…

  • avatar Patty February 20, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I love the ‘sunset’! How about a purple set, after all I was born in February, lol! I love the design!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth February 28, 2011, 8:28 pm

    I found some beads that are faceted the same way and black with an AB stripe around them. I like them just as much. Gina, I picked up the last set of disco ball beads just for you though ; )

    On Facebook, my friend Janice suggested “Bronze Age” for the second colorway and I love it! Thanks, Janice!

    I have another kit in the works currently, and the only colorway is blues ; )

    Thanks for your feedback everyone! I really appreciate it!

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