These earrings are a mix of copper and sterling silver.
Dangling from the earwire is a small circle of copper, onto which I have melted sterling silver. The melting of the silver onto the copper binds them together, and the silver "reticulates" or creates hills and valleys ~ texture ~ that is unique on each piece.
After reticulating the silver onto the copper, I polish the silver to a high shine, leaving the darks in some of the low points to highlight the great texture that is created. The backs are sealed with a microcrystaline wax, but the red, heated copper is still visible. Then, they are gently shaped into a bit of a dome to create even more opportunity to capture the light & create movement when worn. These are just fun and fancy free!
Added to the center of the circle is a small grain of pure sterling silver. I have added patina, then polished to create a warm, deep hue. These provide a focal point and add even more shine and glimmer without adding length or weight.
Rustic. Refined. Subtle. A bit demure.
Please note the size in the photograph. These earrings will hang just a bit longer than 1 1/4" from the earlobe. The circle is 5/8" in diameter.
All of my earrings come gently packaged in my signature hand made cloth pouch, perfect for gifting or for carrying with when you travel. I hope you love your new earrings!