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Emerald Isle

About this design:

These earrings are a nod to my Irish grandfather who spent his working life deep in the copper mines of Butte, Montana. Hand cut copper discs, embossed with a brass texturing plate. Washed with an emerald alcohol ink. Rustic wrapped faceted brioletes attached.


Copper sheet metal, copper wire, alchohol ink, glass brios.

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  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Aahhhhh the alcohol inks give the color with transparency that I’ve been looking for. That is why the patinas have not made me happy. These are just fab.

  2. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Just love this! The green in the gems sparkle, and enhance the metal pieces nicely.

  3. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    These are gorgeous!! This is the kind of thing I want to get into…working in metal.

  4. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    SO cute!
    I haven’t tried alcohol inks. I have used a tiny bit of Vintaj/Ranger patina paints mixed with lots of glaze and it make a subtle color wash like this. The paisley-leafy embossing design is perfect for the emeralds.

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I love alcohol inks for just this reason! Did you oxidize or flame the copper first? Beautiful wraps, too!!!!! I am still practicing since your last set. :)

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    Those are awesome Lynda, still had no time to try your tutorial, but I definitely will :D

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    Kelli C says:

    These are beautiful! Love the green wash with the stone…and your wire-wrapping is perfect-lovely earrings!!!!!

  8. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks so much, everyone! Just a quick tip on the process I used for the discs.
    I did oxidized the copper first to get more definition in the details of the embossing. Scrubbed most of it off the surface with steel wool. Painted with the alcohol ink. After drying, used the steel wool to lightly buff the surface of the discs to bring out some highlights.

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks so much for these helpful details. :) My summer free time is all scheduled full for playing with metal techniques. :)

  10. Laud
    Laud says:

    Wow! These are marvelous. I’m so impressed with your metal-working skills and the artistry of the whole composition.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    These are lovely–I admire your metal working skill.

  12. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    These are great, and a nice inspiration.

  13. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    These are drop dead gorgeous! Don’t even get me started about your wrapping skills. What a fab way to class up the glass brios. wow!!

  14. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    These really are gorgeous. I need to try the alcohol inks!

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    J HARLOW says:

    Where did you find the coppper sheeting and what gauge? Did you use a die to cut the circle or shears? I am having a hard time finding copper sheeting.

  16. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Hi, J Harlow. Sorry for the delay in answering your question. It’s a bit tough with this forum sometimes when you don’t get notified of a comment. The copper sheet was a freebie in a class I was taking, but another source might be a sheet metal company. We live in a big city and have one that sells aluminum and copper scrap pieces by the pound. Very cheap. The gauge is probably about 24 g. You can also purchase small piece of copper sheet on etsy. I used a die cutter, also from my class, but have used heavy duty kitchen shears (lots more filing will be needed). Hope this helps.

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