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Lightning Bright Earrings

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PRODUCT STORY
These earrings came from my love of hardware stores -- from spending hours wandering the aisles for inspiration from the objects. I love the combination of masculine and industrial objects within a feminine and delicate context.

These earrings ALWAYS get the exact same reaction whenever I wear them, from anyone who comments: "Hey, do those light up?" Suggestions I've heard for when they should light up: when I get a great idea, when I'm biking at night, when I see someone very attractive. Suggestions for power sources range from a back-of-the-ear battery to a solar-cell headband worn concurrently.

I personally love the shape and the metaphor behind the earrings more than I like the idea of them lighting up -- plus then I'd lose this conversation with each person I meet while wearing them.
MATERIALS
automotive headlight bulbs, wire, earring hooks
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Aliya Bonar
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NOTES
Jewelry Design Challenge
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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

September 06, 2011 09:58:40 AM

Aliya Bonar had a bright idea when she decided to enter her Lightning Bright Earrings in our Jewelry Design Challenge. Do these bulbs get your vote?

rosario
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September 06, 2011 03:49:05 PM

Pretty awesome earrings!

Betsy
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September 06, 2011 04:28:51 PM

Now, THOSE are REALLY UNIQUE!

Laurie
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September 06, 2011 04:55:13 PM

love these!

Elena
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September 06, 2011 05:27:53 PM

LOVE THESE! LOVE THESE! LOVE THESE!

Hadley
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September 06, 2011 06:09:59 PM

Super cute with a great price!

Caitlin
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September 06, 2011 07:25:58 PM

Wouldn't these break?!

Judith
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September 06, 2011 07:30:53 PM

So cute and what a conversation starter,nice price too

Kristin
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September 06, 2011 10:28:36 PM

I want these!!!!

Michell
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September 06, 2011 10:50:17 PM

Unique. And LOVE the price. I want a pair

Deborah
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September 06, 2011 11:02:36 PM

I believe you can buy the mini-lightbulbs at your local hardware store which means these would take all of 20 seconds to assemble!

pam
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September 06, 2011 11:34:40 PM

unique with a great price.

aliya
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September 07, 2011 12:05:53 AM

Thanks everyone for your interest and comments!@Caitlin, they don't break because they are actually car-headlight light-bulbs, and the glass is thicker than typical household light-bulbs.

Ellen
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September 07, 2011 12:08:02 AM

I love these earrings! What a cool idea. I'd buy some!

Kat
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September 07, 2011 12:16:14 AM

Interesting and something I might actually buy. I would love to see another photo with a model wearing these earrings. A model would give me perspective on the size.

aliya
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September 07, 2011 12:31:00 AM

@Deborah, true! but these are actually very sturdy and hold up after years of wear. They look classy or subdued depending on your mood!I'm also developing a sterling silver version using sterling silver chain and leaver-back hooks.I hope that gives you a bit more background!

Caroline

September 07, 2011 12:38:55 AM

Ever have a bright idea! Where these and advertise it to the world!

kim
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September 07, 2011 03:26:27 AM

It's different. I like!

Deborah

September 07, 2011 09:20:38 AM

Electrifying!

Megan
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September 07, 2011 09:26:31 AM

So unique and a good price! And yes--please get them to light up! I have some Christmas bulb ones that use a small battery in the base of the bulb.

evelyn
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September 07, 2011 09:39:01 AM

Not cool

Janet
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September 07, 2011 09:54:41 AM

so neat!

amy
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September 07, 2011 10:10:06 AM

Good idea but they don't look like they are made well. The wiring looks crooked and flimsy. I don't care for the earring hook style either. I actually have made earrings like this before for my own business...

Sandra
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September 07, 2011 10:17:21 AM

Unique, trendy, edgy and the price is right~

Seneca
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September 07, 2011 10:23:13 AM

Cute and good price!

Damian

September 07, 2011 10:45:41 AM

A very BRIGHT idea, I love them.

Constance
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September 07, 2011 11:08:41 AM

If the ear pieces aren't too thick, then this is a definite winner for all ages.

Kim
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September 07, 2011 11:46:31 AM

Very fun with a great price!

Danna
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September 07, 2011 11:54:01 AM

clever and cute idea but way too big!

Maile
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September 07, 2011 12:17:08 PM

Adorable!

SUSAN
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September 07, 2011 12:52:29 PM

Very Unique and in a very good price range.

Nancy
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September 07, 2011 01:02:07 PM

Love them and price is good

Anne
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September 07, 2011 01:16:09 PM

get real!

Mary
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September 07, 2011 01:16:38 PM

Very cute! Great price!

Manreet
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September 07, 2011 02:43:51 PM

very cute

shayne
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September 07, 2011 02:50:38 PM

Those are so cute! I love them!

Cortney
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September 07, 2011 02:56:47 PM

A neat idea- and very unique- just not my style. Maybe if they were smaller light bulbs?

crystall
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September 07, 2011 03:24:03 PM

The scale is way off-too big. A bit strange and awkward overall.

Rebecca
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September 07, 2011 04:47:23 PM

love!

sara

September 07, 2011 05:39:48 PM

Maybe as a necklace

Akiko
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September 07, 2011 06:33:13 PM

These earrings are much too large. Cute idea, great price. The bulbs have to be smaller, more delicate.

Elizabeth
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September 07, 2011 07:09:16 PM

Gorgeous! Maybe big isn't for everybody, but as somebody who loves to make a statement with my accessories - these are awesome!

Robyn
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September 07, 2011 07:11:40 PM

I could also use a pair of vacuum tubes or, perhaps diodes.

Carol
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September 07, 2011 07:39:09 PM

too corny

Kelly
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September 07, 2011 09:33:18 PM

I think of those corny holiday bulbs people wear when I see these. I don't think I, personally, would ever wear them, but they look like they were constructed well and the price is good. I do like that you put a picture of the model wearing them.

Nanci
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September 07, 2011 09:41:12 PM

These are great earrings at a great price!!!

Melissa
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September 07, 2011 10:46:08 PM

love the idea and priced in my range!! looks to be a bit heavy though

aliya
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September 07, 2011 11:59:59 PM

@Melissa thanks for your comment! they are a tad heavier than typical light-weight earrings, but I wear them all day (for days in a row) and don't have a problem.

Piri
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September 08, 2011 01:43:29 PM

To all you haters I have a pair. I have had this same pair for almost a year, they have not broken and I am very careless with my things. I wear them constantly and I always get wonderful compliments and they are a wonderful conversation starter! So just get a pair! It's a bright idea!

Heather
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September 08, 2011 01:54:32 PM

LOVE!! AND GOOD PRICE

Laura

September 09, 2011 12:01:36 AM

Love the light the way metaphor; also bright idea. they would be a continual inspiration to where and they are cool.

Peggy
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September 09, 2011 03:42:24 PM

I like the idea but the scale is way too big.

Elizabeth
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September 09, 2011 05:49:35 PM

I just can't think where I would wear these.

elena
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September 09, 2011 09:39:18 PM

Haha, these are uber cute! Price is great, too!

Stacey
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September 09, 2011 11:22:04 PM

Quite cool...

kelly
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September 10, 2011 04:15:18 AM

Would like them if they were about a fourth that size.

Leslie
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September 10, 2011 05:01:10 PM

awesome - i will buy for my girlfriend

Heidi
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September 10, 2011 07:23:19 PM

These are cute but a bit too big

MIRIAM
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September 10, 2011 10:26:47 PM

I like the steampunk look of these, but I think I would prefer it as a pendant.

Michelle
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September 11, 2011 01:06:23 PM

Fabulous!!

Bethe
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September 11, 2011 02:28:40 PM

so happy to vote a HUGE yes for these, loved them when I saw them on your ears yesterday, and completely love the call of gadgetry in hardware stores.

Elinore
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September 11, 2011 09:08:04 PM

I hope nobody tries to plug my ears in!

Elisse
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September 11, 2011 09:21:07 PM

Love them, would wear them if I could- I wish people made cute eariings for people like me who do not have pierced ears!

Victoria
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September 11, 2011 10:30:22 PM

These are huge. I love the idea and would totally wear them if they were much smaller.

Bill
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September 12, 2011 08:04:24 AM

Great conversation starter -- people wear earrings to make a statement to the world, and these invite people to "break the ice" and strike up a conversation.

charlie
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September 12, 2011 12:38:57 PM

thinking about getting one for my eye brow!

Elsie Brunilda
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September 12, 2011 04:38:47 PM

When I first saw them, I thought "Ideas are popping out and materializing quicker now".

Julie

September 12, 2011 09:05:40 PM

These are the best ever!!!

Kate
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September 12, 2011 09:44:55 PM

Teammm Aliya!!

BarbaraJean
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September 13, 2011 10:07:21 PM

too old-fashioned electrical , just not my cuppa tea

Marie
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September 13, 2011 10:25:06 PM

a bit too large to be functional. Talking on the cell phone would be complicated if not impossible

Renee
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September 14, 2011 08:15:08 AM

Cute idea, it's just not something I would be interested in. I also think that they are way too big to wear as earrings!

Angel
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September 14, 2011 10:13:35 AM

Cute idea - too big

astrid

September 14, 2011 02:12:24 PM

I love these earrings.I love quirky,different jewelery!A great conversation piece

cynthia

September 14, 2011 05:38:50 PM

cool-not over the top

Mary
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September 14, 2011 05:39:46 PM

super cute!

Melissa
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September 15, 2011 04:30:00 PM

These are SWEET!

linda
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September 15, 2011 10:46:59 PM

They look a bit goofy

Sylvia
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September 16, 2011 03:30:51 PM

Unique and cute- I would definitely buy them for $20~!

Cindy
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September 19, 2011 02:02:25 PM

Uncommon, fits the catalog to a tee!

DJ
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September 19, 2011 07:18:20 PM

Nice, Aliya. I like your description too. I do agree that it would be cool if you had a smaller version as well.

joni

September 20, 2011 06:02:04 PM

cute, but waaaay to big

Laura

September 21, 2011 12:58:41 PM

Sweet Molly Moses!! Until I clicked onto the model, I had no idea they were life size. Too much. I wouldn't buy them.

nancy

September 27, 2011 02:08:15 PM

Love this, love the price. It won't let me vote any longer but I would say "yes:

Mary Margaret

September 27, 2011 09:15:55 PM

I love these...didn't get to vote but super cute and think they are awesome!

savannah

September 30, 2011 12:31:26 AM

cute! :)

Jill

October 03, 2011 09:31:51 PM

I much prefer recycled jewelry that looks like jewelry

Renee

October 04, 2011 06:13:07 PM

Cute and priced right!

Kelly

October 05, 2011 04:57:42 PM

Very cool. Finally something that's not outrageously priced.

Elizabeth

October 17, 2011 06:17:34 PM

Funky gift - cute - and a reminder of what they look like. may be a collector's item someday.

courtney

February 03, 2012 12:59:06 PM

These are AMazing!!!! please reconsider them. i would buy them in a heartbeat for me and at least one or two as gifts.

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