One side of these earrings was etched, the other was enameled with opaque enamel.
Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet copper. You choose your pattern, from one of my design books, 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 with a solvent. These earrings were put in a hydraulic press to give them a curve, then cut to shape with a jeweler's saw. After filing, sanding and making them smooth they were scrubbed to accept the enamel.
The etched side was painted in the recesses with black under glaze, dried then covered with transparent enamel and fired. The opposite side was covered with opaque green and sgraffito was scratched to give it a pattern on the inner ring.
These earrings can be worn either way by changing the position of the ear wires so it is basically 2 for one.
Dimensions: Diameter 1 and 1/2 inches
Sterling silver ear wires. These can be switched to comfortable sterling silver clip ons for an additional charge.