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Etched Copper Earrings

Etched_earring_2 Here is my first pair of etched copper earrings.  They're about an inch in diameter and I've made some tiny wireworked twisted Sterling coils as accents. 

They may look elegant in their simplicity, but many steps were involved in getting there. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

    Starting with a thin 3" X 3" sheet of copper, I used very fine steel wool and kitchen cleanser to abrade it; stamped it with decorative designs using special carved stamps and ink.

    The sheet was then immersed in a caustic solution for 45 minutes.  It emerged quite blackened and had to be steelwooled vigorously to remove all the caustic agent.

    Next it was "antiqued" with Liver of Sulfur, a smelly concoction much used by jewelers to add a patina and definition to their pieces.  Again vigorous cleaning with the steel wool and then I used a disk cutter to make as many small 1/2" and 3/4" disks as I could out of the now-etched sheet.

Oh yes, I also tried to center the designs to best effect on the disks and each had to be sanded as the cutter had left edges which were quite sharp.  Finally, I used a dapping block to form and shape each disk.

At last they were ready to be made into  "simple, but elegant" pieces of jewelry!

Open House - Artist in Residence, Artist in Action!

Dear Jewelry Fans/Friends,

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 17 and Saturday, May 24, Noon to 4pm

I will have TWO open studios to showcase my newly created jewelry pieces.  In addition to my intricately beaded works, I've begun incorporating chains of interesting design along with semi-precious stones in some necklaces.  They look great when worn with a silk blouse.  Then there are my Pagoda Earrings in which I hammer the silver or gold, pierce it and team it with a luminous "stick" cultured pearl.

I've just returned from Phoenix where I took some amazing classes (like etching on metal) and bought some awesome findings. Can you believe glass beads from 350 BC?  I will be madly at work during the next 10 days fabricating some new treasures and you can even see me at work during the Open Studio.

If you need directions, send me an e-mail.

My address:  (Link to Google Maps.)
9700 Beach Mill Road
Great Falls, Va.
Telephone:  703-759-3549