Last year I made a cherry blossom ear cuff with an iridescent blue butterfly. It was one of my early attempts at dip resin, and although it turned out well, and I had intended to keep it for myself, it ended up turning into a gift.
I knew I could make a better one, and actually started working on it in October, before I lost steam - my hours at work got cut and I had to start looking for a new job. I’m still hunting for a new job, but I left my old position (it was too stressful cramming too much work into too little time) so I’m feeling a bit less stressed out and have lots of time to work on projects.
I wanted this ear cuff to have a bit of a high fantasy, maybe art nouveau feel - but with a traditional Japanese motif as a twist. I’m a big fan of bellflowers, and trailing petals, and it came together a lot easier than I thought it would. I’ve struggled with shidare (the strings of petals) in the past, but I feel a lot more confident in my technique now.
I have a lot more tsumami craft related projects planned for this year, but I’m not sure if I’ll be doing another ear cuff any time soon. The string binding at the end took almost two hours on its own. x_x