Bark Dog Rescue Earrings, Copper Purple Lampwork Handmade Jewelry

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The BARK! handmade earrings are perfect for the woman who adores her rescue / adopted dog(s).  They are one of a kind and were created for a good cause. Since I believe strongly in dog and cat adoption, 1/2 of the purchase price of these earrings will be donated to the local Humane Society. All of the Shadow Dogs, past and present, have been shelter rescues (or strays that came to stay) and they have been/are devoted four footed companions. The meaningful earrings were created with artisan handmade copper bark charms.  To complement the charms, shiny violet purple artisan created lampwork beads, copper Czech rondelles with sparkling crystals and violet opal Swarovski crystals were used.  Sterling silver earwires finish the earrings.  Jewelry that is created for the woman who adores unique designs and loves dogs, the BARK! earrings are a perfect gift for a special person - or a perfect gift to yourself!  They were carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.

  • Copper bark charms:  app. 22 mm x 11 mm x 1 mm
  • Purple lampwork glass beads:  app. 12 mm x 8 mm
  • Copper Czech rondelles:  app. 6 mm x 3 mm; inset with clear Czech crystals
  • Swarovski crystals:  6 mm “violet opal” faceted bicones
  • Metal:  copper and sterling silver
  • Earwires:  sterling silver with copper accents
  • Length:  app. 2.5" / 6.4 cm from the top curve of the earwire

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the BARK! copper charm and lampwork earrings, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a dime.
The stars of the BARK! earrings are the oh-so-fun copper bark rectangle charms. The bark charms were individually handmade by long time artist friend, Kristi of KristiBowmanDesign from copper precious metal clay, an artisan clay that is packed with small copper particles, an organic binder and water. The design is her own: a single word, "bark", impressed onto each rectangle.  Each rectangle was molded, shaped and carved by Kristi and then placed in a kiln and fired at high heat to burn away the binder and water.  Pure copper charms were left!
After the charms cooled, they were heated again with a butane torch to bring out the rich patina of the copper. You never know what colors are going to show up - there is a pinkish cast to these with a darker area in the corner of one charm.  The charms were then sealed to protect the color.  Since the pieces are handmade, you can tell from the photos that the bark charms are similar but not exactly the same - something I love about handmade items! The charms have wonderful texture to them, the "bark" being recessed in the copper.  The charms were carefully wire wrapped onto copper wire to attach to the upper part of the earrings.
Since I love the color combination of purple with copper, I decided to use a pair of shiny violet purple lampwork beads.  The beads were individually handmade by the talented Charlotte of Covergirlbeads from lush opaque violet glass with a high gloss finish.  Such beautiful beads to highlight the bark charms!
The earrings needed more than a bit of sparkle so I topped each violet purple lampwork bead with copper Czech rondelles set with sparkling clear crystals.  Nestled into each rondelle, 6 mm faceted Swarovski crystal bicones in a “violet opal” color were used.  You want sparkle?   You got it with the BARK! earrings!  
A long piece of copper wire was used to pull all the elements together.  The bark rectangle charms were wire wrapped to the bottom of the wire.  The lampwork beads, rondelles and crystals were then strung on the wire.  A loop was carefully wire wrapped to the top of the wire, above the lampwork beads.  The main body of the earrings were then connected to sterling silver French hook earwires. I added a copper bicone to each earwire for lovely accents.

Dogs are a symbol of  loyalty, friendship and unconditional love.  Copper is said to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development. Even though man made, glass carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.

The BARK earrings will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!
***Please be aware that not all monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the items used to create my jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.
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