Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet silver. 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 silver 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 silver is neutralized and the blue design is scrubbed off with a solvent.
You then cut out your design with a jeweler's saw, file it, refine it, soften all edges, and polish it.
I have etched this lovely fluid pattern before. I paint a portion of it with patina which gives it the appearance of bubbles rising to the surface of water like a string of beads.
These are elegant but casual earrings which will never go out of style.
Dimensions: 1 and 1/2 inches by almost 1/2 inch. Sterling silver ear wires. These can be replaced with comfortable sterling silver clip ons for an additional charge.