Following the Kizhi Narcis pendant I was very eager to try making some earrings, this time - such ones that can suit me as well.
I found through Svetlana's post such inspiring pictures and links that I couldn't resist trying the butterfly earrings, or in Russian "Серьги-бабочки из бисера" if I didn't do a stupid mistake.
I spent Hrs of work with these tiny French Red Brick 18/0 vintage seed beads. After several trials and errors, choosing what would be the best technique and the best seed beads size, trying to get as closer as can be to the original, without having a live "specimen" to consider while working, but only pictures, I finished with a reproduction as the composition seen above, based on several variations (you will see in the pictures below), though it came out like a spider web (to Omer it reminds an Aristolochia flower). The dominent version is from the black & white Museum photos. I wonder how close it is to the original ones. I wish I could see them in live.
Nowadays, as far as I can see/understand, the Kizhi butterfly earrings are done with some metal findings, maybe Fliz, and 11/0 white seed beads. I used a wooden bead for the "body", because I don't have this kind of metal special beads.
and this one:
Unfortunately, I can't remember where is the following picture taken from. My apologies.
The following pictures are taken from the Kizhi State Open Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography:
Серьга - бабочка КП-187/49а
Серьга - бабочка КП-1734/а
Серьга - бабочка КП-1661/б
The two pictures below are taken from the Kizhi State Open Air Museum:
Look how beautiful is this Kizhi young woman!
Last, have a look on Julia's beadwork creations of those butterfly reproductions and other earrings reproduction from the same period.