Oval antiqued earrings with appliqued dragonfly motif

£32.00 £29.00

Product Code: 31232f

Stock Level: 1

Hand crafted earrings featuring sweet little dragonfly motifs, appliqued to a textured oval charm.

These antiqued earrings are entirely hand crafted by me, using metal clay.  The base of the design is a textured oval charm and the texture used is one I made myself, using an etched copper plate, created from a graphic interpretation of one of my photographs.  The ovals have been appliqued with a little dragonfly on each with outstretched wings and a body made from several tiny hand rolled balls of metal.

The earrings have been made by me in a pink bronze metal clay called Desert Sun, which has a high copper content, but is officially a bronze.  So I think it would satisfy both requirements for either a bronze, or copper piece, as the earwires are solid copper too. The earrings have been antiqued to bring out the details.

The earrings hang 32mm (1¼") overall from the top of the straight drop earwires and are 15mm (0.6") at their widest.

Oops price:

One of the earrings developed two small surface cracks during firing (I've let this be clearly seen in the photos), so this has been accounted for with a reduction in the price.  The cracks are superficial and do not go all the way through, so I feel that they're purely aesthetic and will not impact on the performance of the earrings in wear.


What is metal clay?

Metal clay (now available in base metals like copper, bronze, iron, steel and brass and precious metals like silver and even gold) is a clay like medium made from tiny particles of metal, combined with an organic binder and made into a pliable clay or paste with water. After working with the clay-like medium to form the article, it is thoroughly dried to remove all of the water, the shape is further refined and then fired at very high temperature in a kiln to both burn off the binders and to cause the metal particles to fuse together as solid metal - this firing takes a full day to complete - at which time I tend to work with crossed fingers, hoping that the kiln gods are smiling on me that day and it fires successfully.   Not everything does.


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