A Closer Look At Gladiator Style


Earlier this month I posted the first of ten earrings designed by Fernando Dasilva and  inspired by Spartacus.  He dubbed them “Gladiator Style.”  Here is a closer look at one set using the fabulous photos taken by our in-house photographers.

The “365 EARRINGS” special issue of Bead Style Magazine is already out and Metal Complex has a two page spread with earrings designed by Fernando Dasilva using our selection of metal blanks in different shapes and finishings. 

Goat Suede Earring

I have decided that I really do need a mannequin head in my studio so that I can photograph earrings.

This post was difficult to photograph because the earring are very long.  I need a model.

The earrings were inspired by this photograph Lilla at John Bead emailed me.

When John Bead told me that I would be working with Goat Suede I didn’t know what to expect.  Goat suede is very well known in the book binding world as the best leather to work with.  I had no idea it was so soft. And lightweight too!

Using a Dazzle-It Twisted needle I was able to pass the suede right through crimp ends.

The new crimp ends at John Bead are so decorative that I like to use them in my designs where they will be seen.

Choker/ribbon ends are the perfect way to attach these strips of suede. Three strands of goat suede cord fit perfectly.

All I had to do was decide what to add to each dangle.  I chose some crystal rhinestone beads, feathers and some necklace components.  I wonder who will wear these first?