Eucalyptus Leaf & Gum Blossom Drop Earrings
These earrings are handmade in my studio and feature sterling silver shepherd hooks which are super strong and are made using 1mm thick wire so you'll hopefully never lose an earring again!
Made from recycled Aluminium and Copper, this Leaf and Blossom combo set of Earrings are intricately handmade.
Each design starts out from a sketched drawing. It is then transferred to the metal using a template I've traced around and then precisely hand cut using my hand saw and a super fine saw blade. Each piece is then hand stamped using various metal stamps and hammers to add the leaf and blossom details.
All edges are then filed smooth, a hole drilled and countersunk to remove any burs. All surfaces are then sanded to remove any scratches and polished using various grades to reveal a shiny matt finish.
The next step is adding the patina or oxided black finish).
Each gum blossom piece is cleaned using soapy water, I then submerge them in hot water and then into a hot patina solution and watch for the chemical blackening reaction to take effect. The pieces are then rinsed in a bicarbonate soda/water solution and then cold water ensuring the patina solution has been neutralised and the excess chemical removed from the metal. Each piece is then hand sanded with a fine emery paper to remove any excess patina on the surface. Finally the sterling silver shepherd hooks are added to all pieces and they are finished.
These earrings measure approximately 90mm tall and 40mm wide and are very light weight.
The Oxide / Patina is a surface treatment that will wear away over time, revealing the metal below. This is exacerbated if cleaned too much, so I recommend only cleaning when necessary. Should you wish to have them re-oxided after the patina has worn away, just contact me and I can arrange this service.
All Meekz jewellery comes with complimentary gift wrapping.