Etched Lotus Earrings

Etched Lotus Earrings

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Etching is a fun, but time consuming process. You start out with sheet silver. You choose your pattern, and print it on special paper. You burnish the design on to the heated metal and then peel off the paper. The silver sheet is then floated on an acid bath. The exposed metal gets etched with the selected pattern. The metal is neutralized in a bath. The blue paper is scrubbed off with a solvent.

These particular lotus pieces came out of the bath with a lot of texture. After sawing both out with a jeweler's saw, they were filed, sanded and the edges were refined till they were smooth. I used hammer texture on both to accentuate the water bubbles look. They were polished then painted with patina.

The saying goes No Mud No Lotus since these beautiful flowers grow in mud. The Sanskrit word is Kamal or Kamala. I saw lotus bud offerings in Thai Buddhist temples. Some were fresh, others were gold. They are said to be the favorite flowers of Buddha.

Dimensions : 1 inch X 1 and 1/4 inch. Sterling silver ear wires. These can be switched to comfortable sterling silver clip ons for an additional charge.

PLEASE NOTE :This pair of earrings just sold. I can make another pair but will need to set up an etching session for this.