Copper Leaves Handmade Earrings, Green Lampwork Glass Artisan Autumn Jewelry
Looking like a breath of refreshing fall air, these gorgeously lush autumn inspired earrings will dance from your ear. The AUTUMN ARIA handmade earrings were created with artisan made copper diamond-shaped leaf charms glowing green lampwork beads. The lampwork beads were complemented with copper filigree bead caps and copper bicones. Sterling silver earwires finish the beauties. Unique and stylish, the AUTUMN ARIA earrings were carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs for the chic woman who loves to wear one of a kind (OOAK) jewelry.
- Copper leaves: app. 25 mm x 15 mm x 1.5 mm
- Lampwork beads: app. 13 mm x 11 mm; wrapped with copper mesh
- Bead caps: copper filigree
- Metal: copper and sterling silver
- Earwires: sterling silver French hooks with copper bicone accents
- Length: app. 2.75" / 6.9 cm measured from the top curve of the earwires
There are definitely two stars of the AUTUMN ARIA earrings: the copper diamond leaves and the lampwork beads. Let me begin with a description of the copper leaves first. The leaves were handmade by long time artist friend, Kristi of KristiBowmanDesign. Kristi created the leaves from start to finish with copper precious metal clay, an artist's clay that is saturated with tiny copper particles, an organic binder and water. She molded, shaped and imprinted / carved each individual piece from metal clay and then put the pieces in a kiln. The leaves were fired at a high heat, during which the binder and water were burned off leaving pure copper. To bring out the glorious patina of copper, the leaves were heated with a butane torch and then sealed to protect the color of the metal for many years to come. As you can see in the photos above, the leaves are a diamond shape with a deep vein design. You can run your finger over the veins and feel the wonderful texture. The backside of the leaves are primarily smooth although you can slightly see the vein texture from the front side.
The second star of the AUTUMN ARIA handmade earrings are the eye catching artisan made lampwork beads. Charlotte of Covergirlbeads, a favorite glass artist, created the lovelies. To make the lampwork beads, Charlotte started off with a medium green glass, called "grasshopper green". When the green glass was still in a very hot, molten state, the glass was wrapped with copper mesh to give an attractive, rustic diamond design to the beads. Then each bead was then encased in clear glass for an interesting 3-D look. After the beads were finished, they were placed in kiln and heated again, then slowly cooled to "anneal" (harden) the glass. What stunning beads these are!
To mimic the copper diamond mesh design in the lampwork beads and the diamond design of the leaves, I capped the top and bottom of the green lampwork beads with copper filigree caps. Although the ends of the filigree are curved instead of pointed they are very harmonious with the overall design. A solid copper bicone was placed at the top and bottom of each lampwork bead, again mimicking the diamond shape.
A length of copper wire was carefully wire-wrapped to each copper leaf and then run through a bicone, a filigree bead cap, a lampwork beads, a bead cap and a copper bicone. The top end of each was wire wrapped into a loop and then connected to a sterling silver French hook earwire. I added a copper bicone to each French hook for extra adornment to the design.
For a better understanding of the relative size of the AUTUMN ARIA copper leaf and green lampwork earrings, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a dime.
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 AUTUMN ARIA 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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