These earrings are 2 sided. One sided is etched copper with 3 hearts meeting at their tips. The other side is a white opaque stenciled pattern on dark opaque blue.
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, the blue paper is scrubbed off with a solvent.
The earring pieces were cut out of the metal sheet, filed and sandpapered to smooth them. The etched pattern was painted with black under glaze and dried completely. It was covered with transparent enamel and fired. The opposite was covered with dark blue and white enamel using a stencil.
These earrings are two for one. Since they are two sided, the ear wire can be changed to give a totally different pattern and appearance. They are delicate and fun to wear.
Dimensions: 1 and 1/8th inch in diameter
Sterling silver ear wires. These can be switched to comfortable sterling silver clip ons for an additional charge.