These earrings were etched on on one side and an emerald blue green enamel with a stencil was applied on the other side.
Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet copper. You choose your pattern, in this case from my Japanese design book, 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. The metal is neutralized and the blue paper is scrubbed off using a solvent
The patterns were cut out using a jeweler's saw. The etched side was painted with black under glaze dried, covered with transparent enamel and fired in a kiln. The pattern on each earring is reversed.
The opposite side was covered with a metallic blue green enamel, a shape of a leaf stenciled on one and a butterfly on the other with opaque yellow.
These are whimsical fun earrings.
Dimensions: Almost 1 and 1/2 inch diameter
Sterling silver ear wires. The ear wires can be switched to comfortable sterling silver clip ons for an additional charge.