Salamander Red foldformed copper earrings

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Tiny handmade foldformed earrings in flame-colored copper.

Simple foldformed rectangles approx. 1" long, 3/16" wide.

Earwires are 14/20 gold-filled: a heavy layer of gold wrapped around a base metal core. The patina on the copper comes about from the heating the copper with a flux on the surface. The copper is sealed with lacquer to keep the colors bright and prevent wear and oxidization.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

We have been working with foldforming techniques for a couple of years now. Foldforming involves folding and hammering sheets of ductile metals to create three-dimensional forms which arise naturally from the compression and spreading of the metal. In this style, which we sometimes call an Underscore, a single t-fold is made, resulting in a crevice in the metal, a subtle but important design element.

I was pleasantly surprised by this pattern in the red. It reminds me of patterning on some salamanders, and with the blazing red color, it made me think of the ancient myth of the salamander, which lived in the fire.

Materials Used

copper, gold-filled earwires

More Info

Every pair is hand-forged, and the patinas are natural effects, so every pair is unique. This pattern of red is unusual and unlikely to recur, so once these four pairs are gone, they're gone.

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Foldformed copper

Color: Red

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