This beautiful pattern was in my Indian pattern book. Almost each row of petals of the flower is heart shaped. They remind me of lotus floating in a pond.
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. The silver is neutralized in a bath and the special blue paper for the design is scrubbed off with a solvent.
I cut out the earrings from the silver sheet using a jewelers saw. I filed and smoothed the edges.I then painted patina onto the etched surface to accentuate the design. The lovely blues accentuate the pattern in the silver.
These earrings are a stunning statement piece and will enhance any outfit.
Dimensions : 1 and 1/2 inches diameter.
Sterling silver ear wires. These can be switched to comfortable sterling silver clip ons for an additional charge.