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Marian Miller Metalsmith

Dots and Lines Teardrop Dangle Earrings

Dots and Lines Teardrop Dangle Earrings

Regular price $400.00 USD
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These earrings are fine silver and 24K gold. The ear wires are sterling silver.

They are part of the BAE Collection the collection to honor Jack. 10% of proceeds go to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, where we first met Jack in 2012. 

The colors (silver and gold), symbolize the colors of Jack's furry coat. I also see these pieces as gentle, soft, and sweet, just like Jack was.

The line texture of the teardrops comes from rolling the silver through my rolling mill with a piece of corn husk. I thought it appropriate since Jack was from New Mexico and corn husks are commonly used in New Mexican cooking. There are nine dots, a dot for each year we were together with Jack. We were so blessed to have been together for 9 years.  

The earrings measure 2.5" long and 0.5" wide. 




They are made by the ancient Korean technique called Keum Boo. The English translation of Keum Boo is "attached gold". 

The Keum Boo process goes like this...If sterling silver is used it must go through a process, called depletion gilding, in which the fine silver is brought to the surface. This is done by heating the metal to between 600 and 800 degrees and then quenching it in the pickle (a mild acid cleaning solution). This process is carried out 10 to 20 times or until the metal has a matte, white finish. Then the Keum Boo fusion process can be carried out.

In the Keum Boo process, the 24K gold is cut out first.  Then the fine silver is heated to somewhere between 600 - 800 degrees. The gold dot is then applied and fused with the silver by burnishing. Burnishing is done by rubbing the gold onto the silver with an agate and/or a titanium burnisher until the metals fuse (meaning that they become one metal). The pieces are then formed and finished.


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