This earring is the marriage of two of my favorite lines – Embossed Lace and Woven Depths. I actually wove a traditional Bronson lace pattern using weed whacker line – which made a very substantial weave! When I put this plus the silver into my hydraulic press, at 6000psi the silver flows over the lace pattern creating the interesting texture of the outer ring.
Then, I wove sheets of fabric from rose & yellow 14/20 gold fill wire or Argentium Sterling Silver wire using an ancient medieval fingerweaving technique. Next, I cut this fabric into smaller pieces to embed behind a glass cabochon. The glass both magnifies the weave, giving it more definition, and collects the light, making the entire piece glisten. The result is simply stunning.
The earwires are nickel free, and are the new no-slip variety. These earwires actually have little "speed-bumps" on the back to help prevent them from slipping back out of the ear. I have sensitive ears myself, and can wear these with no problem.
Materials (all alloys are nickel free!):
Silver: Argentium Sterling Silver (the new tarnish resistant silver)
Gold Mix (Rose/Yellow): Rose and Yellow 14/20 Gold Fill wire