Dog Rescue Heart and Paw Print Earrings, Pink Lampwork Swarovski Handmade Dangle Jewelry
Three artists came together to create this pair of truly one of a kind, handmade dog rescue earrings, called LOVE MY DOG. The rich looking copper paw print in a heart charms were individually artisan made, as were the lovely transparent pink rose quartz lampwork glass beads. To perfectly complement the two artisan pieces, sparkling, multi colored “crystal paradise shine” Swarovski crystals were added. All of the components together add up to an exquisite pair of earrings for the woman who adores her dogs, especially if they are rescue dogs. And, since these meaningful earrings are part of my dog rescue jewelry collection, one half (1/2) of the purchase price will be donated to the local Humane Society. The LOVE MY DOG earrings were carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs for the woman who wants to show her love for her four footed companion.
- Copper paw print in heart charms: app. 12 mm x 12 mm x 1 mm; artisan handmade
- Pink rose quartz lampwork glass beads: app. 11 mm x 9 mm; artisan handmade
- Swarovski crystals: 6mm "crystal paradise shine" faceted bicones
- Metal: copper and sterling silver
- Earwires: sterling silver French hooks
- Length: app. 2" / 5.1 cm long measured from the top curve of the earwires
The fabulous copper paw print charms used in the LOVE MY DOG earrings were individually handmade by Kristi Bowman, a precious metal clay artist, jewelry designer and long time friend. The design is Kristi's own; the charms were created by her from beginning to end from precious metal clay, an artist's clay packed full with small bits of copper along with an organic binder and water. Since each piece was molded, shaped and carved one-by-one, you can tell from the photos there are slight differences from one charm to the next. I love that - it shows that the pieces are truly handmade!
After the copper paw print and heart charms were formed, they were placed in a kiln and fired at high heat. The organic binder and water burned off in the heat, leaving pure copper. Then the charms were heated again, this time by a butane torch to bring out the rich copper patina and bring out the amazing detail. The charms were sealed to protect the copper. If you look closely at the photos, you'll notice the paw prints were impressed into the copper, creating lovely texture. The paw prints are recessed and the rest of the charm is raised. The backside of the charms are smooth. The paw print were carefully wire wrapped onto copper wire to connect to the upper part of the earrings.
To add a warm glow to the LOVE MY DOG earrings, rose quartz pink lampwork glass beads were used. The lampwork glass beads were each created individually by glass artist Charlotte of Covergirlbeads. The beads were formed from transparent light pink glass with a high gloss finish. The color is soft and lovely, a perfect complement to the glow of the copper. And because the lampwork beads are transparent, they are glorious when back lit. A copper daisy spacer was placed above each lampwork bead.
To add more than a bit of exotic, sparkling beauty to the LOVE MY DOG dog paw print earrings, exquisite Swarovski crystals crown each lampwork bead. The color of the faceted bicones is called “crystal paradise shine.” A special coating was applied to each crystal, a gleaming blend of green, royal blue, purple, pink and gold, depending on the angle of the light. Check out the photos above and below to see the difference in the coloration.
To finish the earrings, the paw print charms were wire wrapped to one end of a length of copper wire. The the other components were strung on the wire. The opposite end of the copper wire was carefully wire wrapped into a loop and connected to sterling silver French hook earwires. A copper bicone bead was added to each sterling earwire for lovely accents.
For a better understanding of the relative size of the LOVE MY DOG handmade rescue earrings, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a dime.
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 and crystal carry 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 LOVE MY DOG copper and lampwork earrings were carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio. They will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag with tissue, 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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