Enamel Teardrop Earrings hand crafted by Amy Johnson. Ear wires are made of .925 sterling silver.
This enameled piece started out as a hand cut piece of copper. Amy sifted vitreous enamel (pigmented powdered glass) onto the copper, heated with a kiln to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit until the glass melted and adhered to the copper. This process of sifting and firing on both sides of the copper is repeated multiple times for coverage and durability. Amy then embellishes using Millefiori glass flowers. Millefiori refers to decorative glass flowers made by fusing glass rods together and then slicing them crosswise. You often see millefiori flowers in glasswork. When fired they expand many times their size.
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