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Wire-Form Inspired Statement Earrings

May’s inspiration for the We’re All Ears challenge at Earrings Everyday is Wire forms. Specifically, wire forms by artist Ruth Asawa. Erin Prais-Hintz, who hosts the challenge, discovered Asawa from the Google Doodle celebrating the prolific artist, and, inspired by her wire art forms, thought it would be a challenging inspiration for this month.

And it was definitely challenging. I tried pretty hard to feature wire art as the star of my earrings by knitting / crocheting with it, but it turned out to be even more difficult than my previous pair of earrings. So I tried to go in a different direction – use Asawa’s sculptures as inspiration, and make some statement earrings embodying the salient features of her art.

Wire-form inspired statement earrings

For these earrings, I continued with the repurposing theme that defined last month for me. For the focal spheres, I crocheted around a pair of chunky faux pearls with pink scrap yarn. For the dangles, I cut out strips from some sari silk. With each strip, I tied a larks head knot over a large jump ring, and then a knot (or two) along the length to add some undulation like in Asawa’s sculptures. I attached three dangles to each focal sphere. A pair of earring findings at the top completed the earrings.

The earrings are chunky, but since all components used in the earrings are lightweight, they are surprisingly well-behaved. 🙂


Thanks to Erin for such a challenging inspiration! Do check out the challenge reveal at Earrings Everyday and enjoy the inspired creations from other participants.

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6 thoughts on “Wire-Form Inspired Statement Earrings

  1. Well behaved ? LOL Whenever I work with fibres it is quite a deal to keep them in line so I really get what you mean. But fibre is still okay to deal with; wire is indeed challenging. They look lovely though.

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    1. Thanks, Divya! Wire definitely didn’t want to work with me on this project; I’m glad the fibre did! The knots seem to have helped keep them in check.

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    1. Thanks, Ginny! Pink seemed the overarching color in the scraps that I picked, while also lending itself to the visual texture that I had in mind. Serendipity! 🙂

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  2. I adore how you got the color infused in these! I don’t know how to crochet so this is something I would like to learn. I love the wonderful patterning and texture that it brings. Thanks for playing along on the We’re All Ears challenge, Miss Anita! Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. Thank you, Erin. Crochet with wire makes the texture stand out even more! I hope you enjoy your crochet adventure whenever it happens.

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