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The last half-dozen for a less-than-inspiring group.

From the movie The Trouble with Harry

Mrs. Wiggs, art rep to cocky artist Sam, is the least-developed of the film’s characters, but she sells paintings and was the most interesting/relatable role to me.

From the movie The New World

For Pocahontas, I altered a pair of feather earrings I had by adding little leather anishinaabe eagle emblems to represent her tribe. The film’s story was hers alone, about who she was and how she dealt with issues of love and foreigners in her own young, raw way.

From the movie Singles

Janet–the pushover dating the band guy; been there. I was disappointed that she ended up with him, but one day he’ll piss her off/hurt her enough and she’ll snap and then she’ll be a bad-ass who’ll no longer put up with men’s shit. So hang in there, Janet–your time’s coming.

From the movie The Night of the Hunter

Little Pearl, with her cash-stash dolly. What kind of father would give something like that to his daughter and then endanger her life by mentioning hidden money to some psycho in prison? A pretty shitty one.

From the movie The Giant Spider Invasion

No amount of screaming or skin-baring could save poor Terry. If only we knew who she had been as a person.

From the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Jillian, the incompetent mom with hardly any interest in keeping her son. Had she had some break with reality before we meet her? Is she completely drugged out? We’ll never know. At least she makes up for it later with that pink bunny costume. May these earrings serve as reminders to her every day when she faces herself in the mirror.

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Six more, and six more to go. Rhode Island held everything up for two months as I waited for beetle wings to reach me from Thailand.

From the movie Moonrise Kingdom

Suzy comes across as stuck-up and closed-off, but it turns out she’s open to anything–including fish-hook ear-piercing–with the person who sees her for the Raven she truly is. No one understands her, but Sam does. Fun fact: a group of ravens is called an unkindness, or conspiracy.

From the movie The Patriot

Another initially quiet character is young Susan Martin, whose heart is broken by Daddy but whose loyalty ultimately lies with him. I used tiny war figurines in colonial colors for little Susan.

From the movie Dances with Wolves

Stands with a Fist has lived among the Lakota since her family was killed by Pawnee at a very young age. She is mourning the loss of her husband and ready to take her own life when Dunbar finds her and saves her. She repays the favor by bridging the gap between him and the Lakota using her long-forgotten knowledge of English, and is bonded to Dunbar by their exchange. I admired her character’s strength and resilience in the face of deep sadness. I added glass beads–including a red fist–in Lakota colors to a pair of feather earrings I already had.

From the movie Nashville

Jeff Goldblum’s Tricycle Man doesn’t say much, but he has some style.

From the movie Friday Night Lights

Mrs. Winchell was primarily ‘football mom’ to player Mike, and we don’t know much about her other than that. She was also one of the few credited female ‘characters’ from which to pick. Horribly one-dimensional movie.

From the movie SLC Punk!

Trish looks cool in lavender and lime, but she’ll probably kick your ass if you cross her. Locks and chains and razor blades to keep everyone at a safe distance.

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A lot of literal earrings for a batch of movies we really enjoyed.

From the movie The Man Who Fell to Earth

I didn’t care for Mary-Lou’s character–which is why these earrings are for Thomas Jerome. I did have to put her best line on the screens…the quintessential quote for all maddening, neurotic love.

From the movie Do the Right Thing

Ice cubes and a slice for Tina…what else? #specialdelivery

From the movie Bull Durham

Annie was stuck between two envious and entirely different bats.

From the movie Fargo

Good old Marge! Prowler needs a jump.

From the movie Bubble

I can’t say much about this pair without giving away the plot–but I love how they turned out (thanks, Jim!).

Cherry was a bit surface-y, so here are a few of her accessories.

From the movie Wendy and Lucy

Wendy, in her royal blue hoodie stealing cans of dog food and jumping train cars. Blue symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom, and trust; yellow means neither stop nor go but some kind of limbo here, and maybe optimism, too.

From the movie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Rachel, rich with quirks and talents waiting to be discovered by anyone willing to go exploring.

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This is by far the weirdest batch of earrings I’ve ever made. Uninspiring characters led me in strange directions…but I did the best I could.

From the movie Mississippi Burning

So-called ‘trumpet pitcher’ flowers with a baby and a flame. McDormand’s character wasn’t well-developed (she didn’t even get a first name!), but when she held that baby, you knew she was one of the more human of the people portrayed in the film.

From the movie Winter’s Bone

Lawrence’s Ree was a survivor; I loved the rawness of her role and of this film. Some clear quartz chips represent her missing meth-cook of a father.

From the movie The Horse Whisperer

I was really grasping for it with this pair. Grace inspired me more than Annie, but not by much…so here’s a ranch cowboy with her horse, Pilgrim.

From the movie Children of the Corn

Representing one of my least favorite films in the Movie Night Monday project, these earrings were the most fun to make out of this set. I re-taught myself the brick-stitch beading method and had fun watching these materialize. Green leather husks. Poor Sarah.

From the movie Desert Hearts

Newly-divorced English Lit prof meets casino worker and the rest is herstory. Little desert blooms smashed together.

From the movie In Your Eyes

Blue-eyed doctor’s wife from New Hampshire sees brown-eyed ex-con’s life in New Mexico and vice versa. Horrible movie! I like how these little weirdos turned out, though.

From the movie Clerks

Oh, Veronica! With your lasagna and your college classes and your big old Elaine-bow and your hang-ups. Dante doesn’t deserve you.

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Jim is now my official apprentice for sculpted earrings.

From the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter

Coal to diamonds was Loretta Lynn’s theme in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Who doesn’t love a good rags-to-riches story? We have a new appreciation for her music, too.

From the movie The Big Easy

Mama, played by the interesting and talented Grace Zabriskie, was the only compelling character in this film. I just found out that she hails from New Orleans, which explains her spot-on accent/dialect in the movie. We don’t know much about Mama, since none of the characters really had much ‘character,’ but her crazy-eyed expressions tell me she’d be the type to wear shrimps for jewelry.

From the movie The Iron Giant

Beep-bop-boop, you’re wired. I don’t think the Iron Giant would wear earrings–do robot aliens even get fashion?–but if he did, they might be made of self-screwing robot bolts with some extra gears for good measure.

From the movie Cry-Baby

Although I couldn’t stand this movie, it was still fun to create a pair of cartoony earrings for Wanda, the character I kept mistaking for Rebecca De Mornay. She was the coolest. Her go-to expression is pretty relevant, embellished with black tears.

From the movie Good Will Hunting

Sweet-as-apples (how d’ya like them?) Skylar. I had the most fun making the napkin grooves, which I hammered into the leather using a long bolt.

From the movie Only Lovers Left Alive

Type O negative blood-on-a-stick. The only type for cultured vampires (obviously). The handles are also fangs (duh). #tildaforever #tildaliterallyforever

From the movie Purple Rain

It’s understood that none of this movie’s characters are ever going to be a match for Prince’s sparkly charisma, so these earrings are inspired by him but worn–asymmetrically, of course–by Apollonia.

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I went small-scale with my next six movie character earrings:

From the movie The Descendants

One meaning of the native Hawai’ian plumeria, or frangipani, is ‘the strength to withstand tough challenges.’ Underneath her tough exterior, Alex was a fragile human being. Plumeria blooms are known for their strong fragrance, so I thought it a good symbol for Woodley’s character in this film.

From the movie Napoleon Dynamite

Deb, the friend we should all have in our lives–and the person we should strive to be. Non-judgmental, accepting, and true to herself, Deb is represented by her pink fanny pack and purple Caboodle case.

From the movie The Blues Brothers

Carrie Fisher’s vindictive character in this comedy cartoonishly embodies the vengeful rage triggered by those button-pushers we all have in our own lives.

From the movie Hoosiers

Barbara Hershey’s Myra was a mostly-static character who should have won an Academy just for her RBF (can’t say that). She was such a flat female cartoon, compulsively ball-busting (can’t say that!) the new coach every time she encountered him, but I didn’t know how to make deflated-looking basketballs. I wasn’t too inspired by her role, and (big surprise) there weren’t any other female roles of significance, so she just gets little basketballs. After all, she did finally ‘come around’ to support the coach and succumb to love like most women would. Ha.

From the movie Field of Dreams

I think I was inspired more by character Beulah’s name in the credits than I was by Beulah herself. Let’s step outside, Beulah the book-burner!

From the movie Paper Moon

Adamant Addie wanted her $200! If only I’d had the pluck and business savvy at age 10 (or even now) as she had in this film. Both smart and sentimental, Addie always knew the account balance and kept her treasures close to her heart.

What character-inspired earrings would you make?

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I’ve been more experimental with my movie character earrings–experimental has always been my style really, when it comes to creating. I’m having fun with these as a sort of ‘women’s study,’ because I think as women, we look for ourselves in other women. It’s the differences that are fascinating and what I’m most curious about. Here are the next six pairs:

From the movie Point Break

In the film, Tyler only wore a simple stud in her left ear. For petite Lori Petty, I made her character’s surfboard in mini shrinky-dinks.

From the movie The Naked Spur

Poor Lina Patch didn’t have much of a personality apart from what she could do for the men in the film, so it was kinda hard being inspired by her static character. I went with the colors of her clothing and made something reminiscent of her neck scarves…symbolic, I think, of yet another squelched female voice on the big screen.

From the movie The Ice Storm

I love Sigourney Weaver’s character in this film, and her outfits are fabulous. She needed the confident earrings of a self-assured woman, perfect for her next cocktail party. I chose warm red-brown glass with gold chain for this 70s sexpot.

From the movie Fight Club

For the girl with all the addictions, cigarettes were a natural choice. Though physically gritty, they have an allure that’s hard to deny…coal-black poison covered in a smooth, shiny shell. The red ‘flames’ at the end double as drops of blood. The soothing, deceptive distraction of vice.

From the movie The Florida Project

Known in the real world as ‘The Naked Cowgirl,’ Sandy Kane plays larger-than-life Gloria in The Florida Project, so she needed some big, flamboyant earrings to go with her crazy makeup and outfits (or lack thereof).

From the movie Smokey and the Bandit

Off with the veil and on with the skin-tight jeans. Sally Field’s Carrie/’Frog’ wasn’t quite liberated–but getting there.

Looking forward to the next batch–until then!

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I love creating things with my hands, but for some reason, I get so stuck in my left-brain ruts that it just doesn’t happen very often. So to tap more into my right side, I decided to organize and schedule (left-brain) my creative endeavors with my other little regular projects this year. Since we are watching 50 movies from 50 states, I chose to make 50 one-of-a-kind pairs of earrings inspired by characters from each movie. I’ll post the results every month.

From the movie Selma

I was inspired by Selma to create a pair of earrings for Coretta Scott King, who was MLK Jr.’s rock and his fire. I used hematite to signify ‘rock,’ which is also Alabama’s state mineral.

From the movie Big Miracle

For Rachel Kramer’s character in Big Miracle, I made blue feathers with green jade (Alaska’s state gem) to symbolize the earth mother that she is. The three stones on each represent the three whales in this inspired-by-true-events story.

From the movie Raising Arizona

I particularly enjoyed making this one. Jim suggested a long black braid, and even though Randall Cobb’s character didn’t have hair like this, it seemed like something that might be flying in the wind from his ensemble. I added a beaded bullet bandolier, ‘grenade,’ wheel, and skull, and the two turquoise stones represent Arizona and his crystal-blue eyes.

From the movie Mud

For the girl with the bird tattoos, swallow earrings were a natural choice. I finished them with leopard jasper to stand in for bauxite, abundant in Arkansas, and clear quartz for diamonds, which you can mine as a tourist only in this state. I thought the qualities of both suited free-spirit Juniper, a flawed person who was a perfect gem in the eyes of Mud.

I’ve always been fascinated and inspired by people’s quirks, so I’m looking forward to making more of these. Until next month!