Midori Leaf Earrings, Copper Enamel Earrings, Champlevé Glass
Copper earrings are hand-cut into a leaf or marquise shape from copper sheet and etched with a Japanese flower pattern. Champlevé is an enameling technique in which troughs or cells are carved, etched, die struck, or cast into the surface of a metal object, and filled with vitreous enamel. The piece is then fired until the enamel fuses, and when cooled the surface of the object is polished. The uncarved portions of the original surface remain visible as a frame for the enamel designs. The name comes from the French for "raised field".
The copper shapes are cleaned and prepared in order to accept the enamel. Then, I apply multiple layers of enamel, which is finely powdered glass. The layers of enamel are fused to the copper on both sides in a 1500 degree kiln. This firing process is repeated several times. Finally, the edges are sanded to expose the copper. And voila .... a vibrantly colored pair of enamel earrings which will make a great gift for yourself or a loved one.
I've applied metal sealant to the finished earrings in order to protect the polished surface. Earrings measure 2" long x 1/2" wide. Ear wires are hand-made sterling silver. Lead and nickel-free antique copper ear wires are also available as an option.