Handmade out of solid .935 sterling silver these grape earrings are one of a kind. In fact each earring is one of a kind since I have constructed this pair (they have not been molded or cast!) The pair of grapes each form a perfect cluster with a twisty vine and leaf, which I have hand carved.
Grape Cluster Earrings // One of a Kind
♢ Solid .935 and .925 sterling silver (100% recycled)
♢ The little leaves were created in Metal clay, which is made up of tiny, recycled .925 sterling silver metal particles mixed with and organic clay like binder. It can be sculpted, molded, and formed however I want. For this design I have hand sculpted each leaf, carving in the details by hand. After the design dries 100% into my kiln it goes for a two-part firing process. The clay reaches 1500℉ for about an hour and the organic binder burns completely away leaving a solid sterling silver mini sculpture in its place. It feels, looks, and acts just like regular sterling silver (because now it is!)
♢ The grapes, earwires and tendrils are all created using Argentium silver, which is a cleaner type of silver – both for me and the environment. It has a slightly higher fine silver content then traditional silver (93.5% compared to sterling’s 92.5%.) Made from recycled traditional silver it is a great choice both ethically and environmentally. Alloyed with hypo allergenic germanium it fuses beautifully and is fun to work with! Argentium silver allows me to work safer in the studio, by eliminating toxic flux and pickle fumes. I love working with Argentium silver and I am excited to present to you a silver that is cleaner and of a higher quality then traditional sterling silver.
♢ The ear wires have been integrated into the design itself, like an extension of the grape vine.
♢ I have apply a dark patina to the recessed areas of the earrings. The high points are polished to a bright shine, creating a beautiful contrast. This contrast of dark and light really makes the details pop and is what sterling silver is famous for!
♢ The process of creating is slow and intentional, I use traditional metalsmithing tools and processes alongside modern ones to create all my pieces by hand. My heart goes into every single piece I design.