Teardrop shaped earrings featuring scrolls and leaves

£49.00

Product Code: 32769f

Stock Level: 1

Double pointed teardrop shaped drop earrings, festooned with tiny curly tendrils and individually hand crafted leaves and balls, made in a high copper content pink bronze metal clay.

I love the elegance of the art nouveau era of design and especially like the work of two designers; Archibald Knox and Georg Jensen.  I regularly look at their work and wish I had even a tiny percentage of their flair for design and especially the gorgeous way shapes sit together; Knox for the sinuous overlapping lines of stems and tendrils and Jensen for how he brought natural subjects into elegant pieces, which were still chunky yet eminently and timelessly wearable for everyday.  This pair of earrings started out as a sketch inspired by the shapes I love from both of them, but by the time I'd worked on them, they ended up rather different from the ideas in my head and still looked very much my own.

They're painstakingly hand crafted from a pink bronze metal clay, each component is made individually, then assembled with a magnifier and tweezers.  They represent several hours of work.  The metal clay used is 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 hand crafted copper.

The earrings hang 38mm (1½") overall in length and are 18mm (0.7") at their widest.  They're quite dainty, so please do check the sizes against a ruler, as they're smaller than they're shown on screen.  Each earring hangs from a scrolled and hammered copper earwire, to allow them to move freely.


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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