Hand sculpted out of solid sterling silver these tiny leaf studs are the perfect go-to everyday earrings!
MATERIALS & PROCESS
♢ Solid sterling (100% recycled)
♢ The tiny leaves were created in sterling silver metal clay, which is made up of tiny recycled 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 sculpted each leaf and carved in little details. 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.
♢ I finish the earrings with traditional metalsmithing techniques and solder on solid sterling silver posts.
♢ A dark patina is applied to the recessed areas of each leaf, and the earrings go into my tumbler with steel shot to harden and polish the surface. The high points are polished to a bright shine, creating a beautiful contrast. This contrast is what sterling silver is famous for.
♢ The butterfly style earring backs are a step up in quality, a slightly thicker gauge than normal. Since studs are my go to earrings I have found from experience that a nicer ear backing was needed to hold up in regular use and keep your earrings on.
INSPIRATION & SYMBOLISM
♢ My garden is my biggest source of inspiration. I am drawn into the details and symbolism that is literally blooming all around me.
♢ The leaf is a symbol of life, growth and abundance.
♢ I love the fact that jewellery is lasting, it does not fade like a flower and becomes a tiny little treasure box full of memories.
Mini Leaf Studs
♢ This item is all ready made and ready to ship, I will get it in the mail within 1-3 business days. The jewellery in the photos is the exact jewellery you will receive, ready to ship out right away.
♢ I securely package all my jewellery in thin cardboard jewellery boxes, placed inside of a padded envelope or larger box for shipping.
♢ Shipping includes insurance and a tracking number.