Copper Earrings Etched w/ Dolphin Motif, Pierced, Dangles, Niobium Ear Wires, Sea Creature

Copper Earrings Etched w/ Dolphin Motif, Pierced, Dangles, Niobium Ear Wires, Sea Creature



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Copper, Niobium Ear Wires, Copper wire, Copper Beads, Glass Beads, Copper Jump Rings, Patina Solutions, Alcohol Inks, Colored Metal Waxes, Protective Lacquer Spray, Statuary Wax


I created these earrings with the same Dolphin motif that I used on a matching copper cuff.

These amazingly intelligent mammals are featured in many Ancient Greek myths. The oldest surviving images of Dolphins are thousands of years old; they appear in ancient frescoes, mosaics, pottery, coins, etc.. It is a mystery to me why these sleek, streamlined creatures are sometimes depicted in the frilly fashion seen on the Dolphin cuff and earrings, but throughout the centuries, the dolphin’s form is often stylized in this way.

Starting with lightweight 24 gauge copper sheet, and after cutting and shaping the blanks, I etched the design. Then I applied patina solutions, alcohol inks and colored wax to bring out the contrast between the foreground and background of the etched image. The rectangles are sprayed with a protective lacquer formulated to preserve patinas on metal; and then I applied a final coat of wax that was developed to protect outdoor bronze statuary.

The back side of these earrings have been treated with a patina solution the turned the copper a startling bright green. Three dangles made from copper wire, copper beads and black glass beads provide a lot of eye-catching movement when these unusual earrings are worn.

The ear wire is made from niobium, which is an element that is known to minimize the possibility of allergic response. (I use these ear wires myself to avoid problems with very sensitive earlobes.)

The earrings measure 3 inches from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the dangles.
The etched rectangle measures 1 inch wide by 1-1/2 inches long.

Each earring weighs .2 ounce—less than a quarter of an ounce.

The matching Cuff is SOLD SEPARATELY, but the cost of shipping does not increase if the Earrings and Cuff are bought at the same time (or when any two items are bought together.)

Your earrings will arrive gift-wrapped!

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meansal Dec 8, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This bracelet is even more beautiful than the picture! I love it! And it came in a lovely decorative box which makes it even better for a present. It arrived in the mail really quickly.

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