This technique of folding the edges of the tin over to create a frame has been something I’ve played around with off and on over the last year or so.
I can’t really tell how I feel about it. It has the nice effect of really stiffening and strengthening the tin, so it makes pieces actually feel different and more stout without much added weight. However, it’s a bit tricky to do depending on the angles you’re working with. Like, this seven sided shape wasn’t probably the best choice. To compensate for some of the less-than-perfect folds, I decided to texture the edges. I also added some little glass beads that I came across while cleaning up one of my work spaces yesterday. I’m not a big bead person, but this design needed something and I like the iridescent pink-y polka dots.
Each piece is hand cut and finished smooth, edges folded over and then the edges are patterned with a chisel. The shape is then formed to a slight dome for added interest. Polka dot glass beads are added and a surgical stainless steel wire finishes the look.
The finished earrings are approximately 1" (24mm) wide and hang about 3.5" (84mm) from the ear.
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