Etched Hearts Sterling Silver Earrings

Etched Hearts Sterling Silver Earrings

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These lovely heart shaped earrings are from my Indian pattern book. 

Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet silver. 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. The silver sheet is then floated on an acid bath. The exposed metal gets etched with the selected pattern. The metal is then floated in a neutralizing bath. The blue paper is scrubbed off using a solvent.

The earrings  were cut away from the surrounding metal using a jeweler's saw. The edges were filed and sanded to make them smooth and soft. The earrings were polished then painted with patina. I painted them slightly differently to accent the texture. I was pleased to get my favorite blue colors.

These are very pleasing earrings which would be a lovely present at any time.

Dimensions : 1 and 1/2 inches X 1 inch. Sterling silver ear wires. These can be switched to comfortable sterling silver clip ons for an additional charge.