If you are looking for a pair of luscious, handmade earrings, then these TIME TRAVELER earrings are the perfect pair of beaded jewelry for you! Created with handmade copper ammonite squares, chocolate rum raisin swirled lampwork beads and copper and sterling findings, these are one of a kind (OOAK) beauties that will be sure to turn heads when worn! Two things really catch your eye when looking at the earrings: the beautiful copper ammonite squares and the lampwork beads. Just look at the rich colors in each component! The TIME TRAVELER earrings were designed and carefully put together by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.
The richly textured copper ammonite squares were individually handmade from start to finish by Kristi Bowman of KristiBowmanDesign. Kristi formed the square shape with copper clay and then pressed a real ammonite into the clay to imprint the design. The components were then placed in a kiln and fired at a high heat which burns off the clay and leaves a solid copper piece. Kristi then torches each piece with a butane torch to bring out the fabulous colors of the copper. Since each is individually torched, you never know what colors are going to show up. Each piece is then lightly sealed so the colors will stay beautiful for many years to come. Since each piece is individually formed, stamped and torched, you can see that the copper ammonite pieces used in the TIME TRAVELER earrings are a bit different - one of the things that I LOVE about handmade instead of mass produced, cookie cutter pieces! As an added bonus, the colorful hues of the copper changes depending on the angle of the light.
Equally stunning are the handmade lampwork glass beads made by Terry of Silverfish Designs. Rich chocolatey rum raisin colors grace these glass beads. Terry laid down a base of glass that was rolled in fine silver foil and a frit mixture of rusty reds and pinks. Each bead is then carefully cleaned and kiln annealed for lasting strength. I absolutely love the colors with paths of silver dots that run throughout the beads. As you can see, different colors are highlighted as the lampwork beads move in the light. Copper daisy spacers in two sizes and 2mm copper beads frame the top and the bottom of the lampies.
To finish TIME TRAVELER, the copper ammonites and the lampwork beads were carefully wire-wrapped on copper wire to sterling silver earwires. I slipped a copper bead onto the earwires to tie in the two metals for a perfect finish!
Glass carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Copper is said to allow the wearer to recognize the barriers which are in the path of personal development.
Here is the important information for the TIME TRAVELER earrings:
Copper ammonites: app. 15mm x 15mm
Lampwork beads: app. 14mm x 10mm
Metal: copper and sterling silver
Earwires: French hooks; sterling silver with a copper bead accent
Length: app. 2.25"/5.7 cm from top of earwires
The combination of the copper ammonites and the lampwork beads is absolutely stunning! These are a pair of earrings you will reach for constantly, whether you are accessorizing casual clothes or a party outfit. The TIME TRAVELER earrings are a knock out!
***Please be aware that not all monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the items used to create my jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.
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