Shades of gold, bronze and copper abound in these gypsy earrings from the sea. Embedded in the polymer clay shell are flakes of mica as well as a Swarovski crystal in the center. Dangling from aged copper are Czech and Swarovski crystals as well as mother of pearl and aged copper beads. The entire piece was stained by hand and then double sealed to protect the surface coloring and mica from handling.
While walking on the beach in Carmel with my husband on our honeymoon, 13 years ago, I found these paper thin sea shells in muted shades of pearly peach, white and slate. I’ve saved them for years, never quite knowing what to do with them. When I started making jewelry I was struck with the inspiration to make molds of them. I did so very carefully and amazingly did not break any in the process.
After molding, I used polymer clay to make replicas of the earrings adding extra touches like mica powder to the front and back for added shimmer and texture as well as setting Swarovski crystals in it.
After curing twice for extra strength I hand stained the piece and then drilled holes in preparation for adding hanging crystals. All metal is hand hammered,wire wrapped and aged by me to give the earrings contrast between shine and age. Perfect mix.