I had a very successful wholesale meeting with Cabin Fever (again) on Friday and spent most of the weekend making earrings to fill up those 2 boxes again. While I allow some new earring ideas brew in my head, I decided to do some copper etching and patterning on sterling silver.
These copper shapes were purchased like this. What a great time saver! I think the top ones will make some interesting earrings. The bottom 2 will be elements for me to use in my mixed media necklaces.
These sterling discs are 24ga and so easy to pattern using my rolling mill. For these pieces, I used skeleton leaves. Other things that make great patterns are light gauge craft wire, textured paper, paper with cut-outs, designs embossed on paper with traditional embossing powder, thin gauge soft metals, mesh, sandpaper. I could go on and on.
These are just a small sampling of the pieces I worked on yesterday. I figure, as long as I've got the chemicals out, why not etch a whole big batch of stuff. The same with the patterning. While I'm at it, why not pattern a bunch of metal?