The more I work with metals, the more intrigued I become when I witness how they perform when heated, cooled and manipulated into submission. In the beginning, I colored my copper primarily with a liver of sulfur patina that adds an antique look to each piece of jewelry. I love the look this process creates, but I wanted to explore new color possibilities.
Recently, I’ve learned to play with fire to incorporate new colors into my metal designs. You would be amazed at the lovely hues copper will produce when you heat and cool it quickly. Add a bit of flux (a type of gel glue used in soldering) and your copper turns to flames.
To borrow a word from Beyonce, Shellyslays in her new copper and Argentium silver extra-large hoop earrings. Who knew such a funky design could be created from a mistake.
The silver design in the center of the hoops were originally created as the base of another pair of earrings. I just didn’t like how they turned out. So, I dismantled them.
Then, I created these hoops and the center looked so lonely. So, I added in my silver pieces as accents. An Argentium silver twisted wire finished off the design.
Shelly bought these before I could list them in my online store after seeing them on Facebook. If you haven’t already liked my page, please do so today. Facebook and Instagram offer the fastest ways to see new designs right after I’ve finished them.