#901 - Tall rounded rectangle earrings with a orange glass cabochon
Hand created and selected mini glass cabochons are attached and electroformed to a distressed copper rounded rectangle. Electroforming creates a 'skin' of copper on conductive surfaces - you'll see coper formations around the metallic glass and texture on the copper piece (zoom in on the photos!).
The pieces are given a black patina and raised surfaces have been polished to bring back some copper to the surface. All my pieces are spray coated with an acrylic sealer to be gentle on the skin and keep the current patina over time.
The rounded rectangle of these earrings measured 1.5 inches tall and just over half an inch wide. They are hung from a base metal (metal alloy) earring hook with a copper colour and a small 'sparkly gem' on the hook.
The dichroic glass in these earrings has a multitude of bright oranges that shift in the light - like fairy wings!
I begin the process by layering multiple pieces of dichroic glass and melting it down into one large slab. I then cut the slab down into individual cabochons that I either melt further, cold-work or finish with the electroforming process.
The electroforming process can take anywhere from 12-48 hours, depending on the size and detail of the piece. Each piece is given a turquoise/brown/black patina, then carefully polished in certain areas to bring out the copper below. Finally each piece is sealed with wax or lacquer to preserve and protect the finish.