Moxy Metals

Speed Round Plique-a-Jour Earrings
August 6, 2011, 5:29 pm
Filed under: Summer 2011 | Tags: , , ,

Hi All!  You may or may not have noticed my recent hiatus.  My old camera broke, and since I was teaching a summer camp for 3 weeks and on vacation, I didn’t have a very productive July.  But now I’m back in the studio and ready for an end-of-summer rally of activity!  Like these adorable but very difficult to photograph earrings…I was headed out to a show this past week, and I wanted a pair of earrings to match my dress.  I’m currently in the process of chemical milling a beautiful plique-a-jour pendant, so I figured I’d try the process again with earrings.  This process involves filling spaces between sterling silver cloisonne wire or in a cast piece with transparent enamel, and translates to mean “light of day” because you can see through it, like stained glass windows.  I didn’t have the 3 days to wait for a tray of etching acid to chemically mill off a backing, so I fired these over investment plaster, and was fairly pleased with the results.  In just 45 minutes I was able to make a pair of serviceable earrings!  They still need some touching up and finishing – you’ll see visible schmutz on the back of one, but I think they’ll come along rather nicely.  These earrings feature simple sterling earwires with 3 wire wrapped chrysophase (not sure about that…they might be something else) seed stones, and fine silver cloisonne wire supporting 3 colors of transparent medium fire enamels.  These are uber hard to photograph, I want you to see the light coming through, but I can’t get the color balance right!  Here’s hoping I can learn how to use this camera a little better before I finish my next piece…enjoy…


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so beautiful, max!! i love that your education, skill and imagination come together so amazingly to whip up a work of art in under an hour. hope all is fabulous with you!

Comment by Taryn Matusik

Thanks for the kudos Taryn, hope all is well with you, come visit some day!

Comment by moxymetals

Such beautiful earrings! Are you thinking of having an on-line class for this method? If so, count me in.

Comment by Donna

At one point Craftsy was going to have me do a kiln-based jewelry class, but I don’t know if it will happen. Ask for it, though, that’s the best way to get a class added 🙂

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