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Enamel on Copper, Hand Drawn Sgraffito, Trellis Earrings
Enamel on Copper, Hand Drawn Sgraffito, Trellis Earrings
Enamel on Copper, Hand Drawn Sgraffito, Trellis Earrings
Enamel on Copper, Hand Drawn Sgraffito, Trellis Earrings
Enamel on Copper, Hand Drawn Sgraffito, Trellis Earrings
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Enamel on Copper, Hand Drawn Sgraffito, Trellis Earrings

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Enamel on Copper, Hand Drawn Sgraffito, Trellis Earrings

Mid-Century Modern-inspired earrings are hand-cut from copper sheet, and then hand-enameled on copper in a gorgeous shade of aqua green. I start with an enamel base layer, and add a hand-drawn pattern, with a floral pattern on top. the pattern is slightly different on each earring. Hand-made ear wires are sterling silver.

The copper shapes are carefully 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.

The drawing on these earrings is made using a technique called Sgraffito which comes from the Italian, meaning "scratched away". In this technique, liquid enamel is applied to the copper, allowed to dry, and an original design is drawn in the dried powder. Then the piece is fired .

Earrings measure 9/16 " in width, and 1 7/8" long. Ear wires are hand made from 20 gauge sterling silver.