This copper pendant was etched on one side with a Japanese pattern.
Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet copper. You choose your pattern, in this case from my Japanese design book, and print it on special paper. You burnish the design on to the heated metal and then peel off the paper. The copper sheet is then floated on an acid bath. The exposed metal gets etched with the selected pattern. The metal is then neutralized and the blue paper is scrubbed off with a solvent.
The pattern was cut out from the copper sheet using a jeweler's saw. The piece was filed and sandpapered to smooth it and then scrubbed again to accept the enamel. The etched side was painted with black under glaze, dried and then covered with transparent enamel before firing. The other side was covered with opaque enamel and a stenciled opaque sun pattern.
The pendant can be worn either way, so in essence it is 2 pendants as opposed to one. It can go with 2 totally different outfits.
Dimensions: 1 inch and 1/8th in diameter.
Sterling silver box chain.