I begin with two wonderful focal beads (one for each earring) which may be pieces of Murano glass I bought when we were in Venice, or some great handmade torch-fired beads which I have collected in every color of the rainbow.
These are then put on a silver, gold or copper headpin and I carefully sew a tiny bit of fiber above and around the headpin. I embroider easily 100 or so smaller beads: flowers, leaves, seed beads, charms, on this tiny bit of fiber and then may add other fringing or embellishing to top it off.
The result is a terrific bit of whimsy that is sure to bring smiles.
Prices are generally $70-$85. (Click on each photograph to see a larger version.)