Etching is a fun but time consuming process. I started with sheet copper, picked the pattern from my Indian pattern book, and printed it on special paper. The design was burnished on to the heated metal. The special paper was peeled off leaving the design on the copper. The copper sheet was then floated on an acid bath. The exposed metal got etched with the selected pattern. Once a sufficient etch was achieved, the metal was neutralized in a bath and the metal was scrubbed clean.
The piece was cut out using a jeweler's saw. The edges were filed and sanded to give a smooth feel. The metal was cleaned again to accept the enamel. The etching was given definition by darkening it. The surface was then covered with a transparent olive green enamel and fired in the kiln.
The opposite side was covered with blue opaque enamel and fired. A stencil was used to sprinkle red opaque enamel in a sunburst pattern.
This way both sides of the pendant can be worn with different outfits. A two for one deal!
Dimensions: Diameter 1 and 3/4 inches. 16 inch sterling silver snake chain.