Cloisonné & Champlevé Flower Earrings
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Sandra McEwen

$285.00
Cloisonné & Champlevé Enamels on Fine Silver

Already nostalgic for Summer?  These sweet drops will brighten any room...
 
Materials: Champlevé & cloisonné Enamels on Fine silver.  Sterling Silver Ear Wires.

Earring Size: 18mm x 38mm

All my jewelry is handmade by me in my studio in beautiful Wilmington, NC
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Did you know that enamels are melted glass? 

Yes! It's true... To create this lovely pair of earrings, I first fabricated the silver base out of sheets of fine silver. The lines of the design are actually fine silver wires that I meticulously bent by hand (and tweezers) into the shapes you see. Then I placed granules of ground up glass (enamels) in between the wires and melted them in the kiln. There are as many as 20 layers of glass in each individual piece! After I've added all the layers of glass, I carefully grind and polish it until it sparkles!
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Champlevé: pronounced Shamp-lee-VAY 
is the process of inlaying the colored glass enamels directly into a solid piece of silver, so there’s no need for a separate setting.

Cloisonné: pronounced Cloy-ZEE-nay! (always best when said with a flourish!) 
is the process of using delicate silver or gold wires to create drawing lines that separate the different bits of colored enamel.