Bi Metal Etched Tree Earrings

Bi Metal Etched Tree Earrings

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I learned how to make these earrings in a class on etching using Bi Metal with Carol Webb. We used pure 999 silver which had been fused to copper and then passed through a rolling mill to get the required thickness.

Etching is a fun but time consuming process. We started out with bi metal. We chose our pattern, in this case from Carol's books, and printed it on special PNP paper. The design was burnished on to the heated copper and the blue paper was peeled off leaving the design on the metal. The copper side was then floated on an acid bath. The exposed metal got etched with the selected pattern and the pure silver shone through.

The acid was neutralized and the earrings were sanded to give smooth edges. They were then dipped in patina to give the copper the beautiful dark woody look.

These earrings were hammered on a form to give them a smooth curve.

They are lovely, one of kind and remind me of a forest in the evening.

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

Sterling silver wires. These can be replaced with comfortable sterling silver clip ons for an additional charge..