This was a flower pattern from my Japanese design book etched into sterling silver.
Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet silver. 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 leaving behind the pattern. The silver sheet is then floated on an acid bath. The exposed metal gets etched with the selected pattern. The metal is then put in a neutralizing bath. The blue paper is scrubbed off with a solvent.
To give the piece more definition I hammer stamped three of the sides and soldered a bar with a jump ring on the top.
I painted patina on for accent.
Dimensions: 1 and 1/2 inches wide. I and 1/2 inches long.
Sterling silver chain 18 inches
I sold this piece yesterday. It is going to a young woman who just graduated High School.