Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet copper. You choose your pattern, and print it on special paper. You burnish the design on to the heated metal and then peel off the paper. The copper sheet is then floated on an acid bath. The exposed metal gets etched with the selected pattern. After you have achieved a deep enough etch, the copper is neutralized and the blue design is scrubbed off with a solvent.
The pattern is cut out with a jeweler's saw, the edges are filed and refined till everything is smooth. The surface is scrubbed clean to accept the enamel.
I painted the recessed portion of the etch with a darker opaque enamel, fired it and then sprinkled it with pale green transparent enamel for the final appearance.
On the opposite side I enameled with opaque white and then using a stencil made a pattern with black enamel.
This way you get a 2 for 1 two sided pendant which can be used with 2 different outfits. Both patterns are striking and together this is a unique one of a kind pendant.
Dimensions: 1 and 3/4 inches long, 1 and 1/2 inches wide. 16 inch long snake chain sterling silver.