Carved, cast and made these pewter (lead free) “gem” earrings. They have a lovely faceted surface that catches the light and has a lot of depth and interesting texture. My first real effort at making my own beads. If you like them you can buy a pair here.
Here are some process shots from the latest group of earrings I made.
First I print out the design, and then cut and rubber cement it to the copper plate.
the design is cut out using a jewelers saw, then you file and polish the burs off.
The feathers ready and prepped for soldering. Silver ear posts are also soldered on during this stage.
After the brass wire is soldered down the middle, tiny feather marks are made using a small hand made chisel.
Liver of sulfur is used to patina the feathers and give them a nice dark color.
All done! You can buy a pair here.