new heat textured leaf series

June 07, 2008

leaf and flower medium

Originally uploaded by esjewelry

I've recently added a series of five new pieces to my Etsy Shop involving heat textured (reticulated) sterling silver leaves, sometimes combined with tiny center drilled keishi pearls in a silvery white. After finding the pearls at a bead show, I wanted to create a background in silver for them, something that would make it a tone-on-tone piece. Achieving the texture (which always varies) involves gradually building up a layer of fine silver on the surface of the leaf shapes- so they're extra bright and shiny, and extra polishing in my tumbler seems to add depth to the patterns created by the heat.

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