Joey’s Auction 12: Two sets of earrings

5 Aug

I’ve received so many amazing handmade donations — which are still coming in! — that I’ve decided to combine a few items into themes. This single auction is for two pairs of earrings, one each by sisters Kathleen Bartels, of Louisville, Kent., and Bethany Thompson, of Champaign, Ill.

What: Kathleen — These chainmaille earrings are made using the European 4-1 weave, which is the weave that you traditionally find in armor. They are made of aluminum, which is super lightweight and has the added bonus of not tarnishing. The ear wires are sterling silver.

Bethany — I’m donating one pair of woven cube earrings, made of Japanese cylinder beads and Fireline thread. The technique uses beads and a stich called peyote. This particular design comes from a book by Diane Fitzgerald. Since the beaded cube is hollow, the earrings are very light-weight, but they still look substantial. Each cube takes a little longer than an hour to make.

How long: Kathleen — I’ve been crafting my whole life. My family’s idea of fun is to sit around and do things like this! I got started on chainmaille about 3 1/2 years ago.

Bethany — I have been beading for almost 20 years, which actually sounds horrifying, until I remind myself that I started at age 10! I actually got started with a Klutz book that my sister bought for herself. Then I went hunting for more intricate projects. Aside from some instruction from an aunt, I’ve largely taught myself out of books.

Where: Kathleen — I sell my jewelry to anyone who wants to buy it! I operate an Etsy shop and occasionally do craft shows. I’ll be in Kokomo, Ind. with Beads by Lori and Sara later this year. You will also soon be able to find me in selected Art-o-Mat machines around the world! I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Bethany — I’ll sell things to family and friends if they want to commission a specific item for someone, but I mostly do this because I enjoy it. Bead-weaving something isn’t a rapid process, so unless you’re doing it as a full-time job, it’s very difficult to make money.

Why: Kathleen — Aside from the fact that I love Jaclyn to pieces and would do most anything she asked, I believe that this is a great cause and a great way to make a difference!

Bethany — As a public school librarian, I end up working with a lot of special-needs kids. At my school in particular, we have a number of relatively higher-functioning autistic students. This is another way to feel like I’m helping them.

This auction will be open until 11.59 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. Each day through the 14th, I will post two to three auctions. If you like the item up for grabs, place your bid in the comments, and be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you should you win. Each item will be a separate post, and each post will indicate when that particular auction is over.

Want more details about Joey’s Auction? Click here.


4 Responses to “Joey’s Auction 12: Two sets of earrings”

  1. Joyce August 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm #


  2. Alisha in Ohio August 5, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    LOVE! They are both awesome!


  3. erin August 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Chainmaille is beautiful!

  4. Snap, Crackle, Pop August 8, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Auction closed.

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