Red open teardrop earrings, partly enameled with a torch, nice shade of fiery red with melted enamel whiskers on the bottom. Rustic with a classic shape with some nice fire patina. This is the perfect red lover’s teardrop earring!
Stainless steel earwires. The hoop teardrop shape is 1 1/4″.
I handcraft the enamel jewelry in my studio. There is a lot of sanding and torching involved! The items are fired with a torch using the dipping and dangling method with several layers of enamel, one at a time. It is a careful process and requires a steady hand! I handcraft the earwires out of jewelry grade (surgical) stainless steel wire.
WHAT IS ENAMELED COPPER?
Enameling is glass fused to metal at high heat. Enamels are finely ground glass, like fine sand (or even more finely pulverized and mixed with an oil or adhesive). They may be opaque or transparent; their colors come from the use of various oxides.
The copper pieces are torch fired, either by holding with a steel rod or by using a trivet on a stand. Several layers of enamel need to be applied one at a time to produce a thick enough finish. Sometimes thin enamel rods or chunks are melted on the base layer to provide interesting color and shape variations.
Enameling is characterized by brilliant, non-fading colors, tremendous durability, variety of color effects depending on angle of light, and tremendous versatility – from jewelry (many people are familiar with cloisonne, which is a type of enameling), to bowls and wall pieces, to large-scale interior or exterior murals. The medium of enameling goes back two thousand years and forms part of the artistic heritage on six continents.
How to care for enameled copper: Enamel is glass, not paint, so it does not fade under ultraviolet light. Avoid dropping on concrete floor, enamel surface is glass and could crack if dropped. There is no particular care needed, you can wash enameled items with water and/or wipe with a cloth if needed.