Thursday, September 15, 2016

Handmade Copper Stud Earrings - Finally back in Stock

After years of not making them I am finally back to offering my popular solid copper stud earrings again. These are great for every day or to put into your additional piercings to match your larger copper earrings.

The earrings are handmade by me, this is the process description I have on my website:

What goes into making the cute little copper dot stud earrings:

 I start with a length of solid copper wire. With a jeweler's torch, I melt one end into a little ball and cut the finished earring into the right length. The earring then has to go into an acid bath, to remove the black fire scale (oxidization) it has picked up due to the heat. After the acid treatment it needs to get rinsed and then I file the thin end into a rounded shape so that you don't injure your ears when putting it in.

After I have done that, the earring goes into a rotary tumbler where it is being moved around together with stainless steel shot, water and dish washing liquid for 2-3 hours. This serves to harden and polish the earring. It is being rinsed again after that, dried and polished with a soft cloth.

Quite a journey for the humble stud earring, but it is handmade, after all.

Monday, September 5, 2016


 Platypus Necklace
I have added a new, somewhat unusual charm necklace to my collection of Australian charm necklaces. For this necklace, I attached a platypus charm.

Again - the charm is accompanied by two Australian gemstones, a mookaite and a chrysoprase.
*The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), also known as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. The animal is the sole living representative of its family. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate hoax. It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus having a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans.