Green enamel earrings with rustic hammered texture and rectangular shape. This shape works with almost anything, the textural difference makes it interesting and catches the eye. Enamel whiskers melted on top to enhance the wavy ocean feel of the earrings. You can remember good times by the ocean, pure copper with vitreous glass enamel, ancient technique, ancient material from the earth.
The enameled copper shape is about 1 1/4 inches, total length of the earrings little less than 2″.
Stainless steel earwires. (surgical grade)
Handmade in USA.
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! handcraft the earwires out of jewelry grade (surgical) stainless steel wire.
WHAT IS ENAMELED COPPER?
Enameling is glass fused to copper at high heat. Enamels are finely ground glass, like fine sand, also referred to as vitreous enamel. Enameled copper has a durable, glossy finish that doesn’t fade under ultraviolet light. Enamels may be opaque or transparent, the colors come from the use of various oxides. Enameled surface is durable and has a variety of color effects depending on angle of light.
Enameled jewelry can be cleaned with water and a mild detergent if needed. Please do not drop onto a hard surface like tile or cement as this may cause chipping just like if you dropped a piece of glass jewelry.
The 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. Large pieces have to be fired one side at a time. You can also melt metal wire, thin enamel sticks or crushed glass on your pieces at this point. This is where the real creativity happens!