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I'm back to making handmade paper objects, carved and laminated as before, but smaller and more intimate. I always feel the need to clarify what I mean by "laminated" since my work has no relation to plastics. When I use the term, I'm really just talking about layering paper and other materials between delicate washes of water-thin rice paste.

Sometimes, though, I need a stronger adhesive base and then it becomes a personal quest to locate the exotic, like the flower petal glue I found in a tatty tea and acupuncture shop in San Francisco. A very cool place that begged for a full day of investigative rummaging!

A little about the earrings...

I first layered the papers, mica (paper thin), and lichen bits then let the bundle air dry. I adhered a few top and bottom mica sheets to the slab after which I compressed all layers between a stack of heavy books. Once dry the paper slab is ready for carving into smaller portions and shapes. I also use a "feathered" version of the technique for my spirit bundles.

For these earrings I wanted a shale or mica book appearance, with lots of texture and bits of fossil lichen delicately tucked into the layers and dotting the earth-tone surface. Using the above described technique, I was very pleased with the results.

Remember that these are truly "shoulder dusters"! From the top salt bead with gorgeous sand-like texture and swirling desert colors to the bottom of the sterling silver triangle measures 5 cm. The iridescent Roman glass shards, pyrite, druzy, and paper suspend an additional 4 cm trapeze-like. That's 9 cm not including the earwire extensions.

While the stone-like paper slab is well laminated, I don't recommend getting the paper portion wet, but if it happens, simply compress the slab between two paper towels to soak up the extra moisture and allow to air dry.

Any questions, just ask!

Frequently asked questions about OriginArtifacts

I use standard US accepted sizing as a guide, but because my work is often asymmetrical throughout, this may vary garment to garment. I will do my best to provide dependable details (bust, waist, hip, length, materials) for ready to ship pieces, but by nature of buying "off the rack" so to speak, I ask that the buyer read my descriptions thoroughly and communicate with me any questions or concerns around fit before actually purchasing a construction. Sharing your input is always welcome as reciprocity is how things get done well, and how maker and buyer both benefit from resulting intentions. As a reminder, please carefully read descriptive details specific to each listing.
Each listing will provide instructions regarding care and management.
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RESERVED for DWE / Stone Fossil Earrings with Handmade Paper and Mica, Iridescent Roman Glass Shards, Natural Druzy, Pyrite, Sterling Silver


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sterling silver, roman glass, beads, pyrite, handmade paper, mica, druzy, rice adhesive, LOS
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Favorited by: 39 people