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Marian Miller Metalsmith

Triple Butterfly Earrings

Triple Butterfly Earrings

Regular price $350.00 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 because he was my Boo Bah BAE. 

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. 

Some of my favorite memories with Jack were our slow mornings. And the mornings slowed way down in 2020 when we got deeper into the pandemic. I had moved into Matt's studio, just a short walk away. Jack and I would sleep in, take a walk, do yoga and then go to the studio.

Then the butterflies showed up and the walks slowed way down as I HAD to stop to take photos and videos of them. Jack waited for me and I would wait for him to take sniffs or roll in the grass. These walks were so sweet and how comforting it was for me to live the life of Jack when it felt our world was crumbling down.

The earrings measure 2" long and 0.5" wide. 

 

PROCESS:

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 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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