Earrings Half Circle Etched Copper
Earrings Half Circle Etched Copper

Earrings Half Circle Etched Copper

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I etched an Indian design onto copper sheet with the plan of making 2 sided earrings.

Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet copper. You choose your pattern, in this case from my Indian design book, and print it on special paper. You burnish the design on to the heated metal and then peel off the paper leaving the design on the metal. 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.

I cut out the patterns from the sheet with a jeweler's saw, sanded and refined the edges to smooth them and scrubbed again to ready the pieces for enameling.

I used an opaque green with sticks of yellow enamel to create a pattern on the non etched side and fired the pair in a kiln.

On the etched side I filled in the pattern with black under glaze and then covered it with transparent enamel and fired it.

I am pleased with the way they turned out, bright on both sides but with different colors. It's like you have 2 pairs of earrings instead of one.

Dimensions: 1 and 1/2 inches X 3/4 inches

Sterling silver ear wires. These can be switched to comfortable sterling silver clip ons for an additional charge.