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Natural Fern Earrings in Bronze with Lapis Lazuli (2)

Natural Fern Earrings in Bronze with Lapis Lazuli (2)

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Created from real ferns collected while hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, these handmade fern earrings are the perfect way to carry a small token of the mountains with you. Live fern leaves are pressed into bronze metal clay and then fired to high temperatures in the kiln before being antiqued and polished. This pair is complemented by the cool hues of beautiful lapis lazuli beads and hang from sterling silver ear wires.

Measurements:
Total earring length: 75mm (3in)
Earring width: 18mm (3/4in)

Materials:
Precious Metal Clay
Precious metal clay is a moldable material that needs high heat to be transformed to its final metal state. It is made with precious metal particles, an organic (non-toxic) binder, and water. It is used to make jewelry, jewelry components, findings, embellishments for ceramic work. Once formed and dried, the clay is fired in a kiln at temperatures ranging from 1100 degrees F to 1650 degrees F. During the firing, the organic material is burned out and the metal sinters to form a solid mass of metal. Once fired, the metal can be worked using traditional metalsmithing techniques including soldering and forging.

Bronze
Bronze is one of the earliest metals known to humans. It is defined as an alloy made of copper and another metal, usually tin. Bronze usually is a golden hard metal, and the properties depend on the specific composition of the alloy as well as how it has been processed. It is typically highly ductile, and many bronze alloys display the unusual property of expanding a small amount when solidifying from a liquid into a solid, making it desirable for sculpture casting. Upon exposure to air, bronze oxidizes, but only on its outer layer, creating a lovely patina protecting the interior metal from further corrosion.

Materials

Recycled Sterling Silver

Recycled Copper

Brass

Sterling Sliver Chain

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