Striped teardrop earrings.
PepperBox is in need of earring designs. These earrings were not commissioned but rather are for PepperBox’s inventory. The idea is to have earrings that are interesting but also very wearable and not too over the top. Here is how they came together.
The design starts out as a series of drawings. In this picture the design is being measured so the length can be laid out in the silver.
The design is laid out free hand on sterling silver sheet. Here it is being cut out with a jewelers saw.
Now that both pieces are cut out the stripes are drawn in, also in freehand.
Here the stripes are being ground out using a steel bur.
Apologies for the missing steps. The frames are made by soldering silver wires onto the edges of the silver sheets. Small ball of silver are melted and then soldered onto the end. Lastly jump rings are formed and then soldered onto the tops of the earrings. Here is what the earrings look like once all the soldering is complete. They are now ready to be cleaned up, meaning the excess solder and silver will be ground away and the earrings will be polished.
All done. The earrings are darkened and then refinished with steel wool to remove most of the darkening. This leaves only the low spots like the striped darkened.
This pair is a simplified version of the drawing, they do not have all the embellishments that were included in the original design. Look forward to new and different versions of this style. These earrings might look nice with the dots as in the drawings.
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