Opalite Barnacles Silver Ocean Earrings by Susan Wachler Jewelry
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Opalite Barnacles


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Opalite Barnacles

Product Description

Juxtaposed textures highlight form and shadow in these contemporary opalite ocean earrings. Elegant iridescent opalite is suspended from roughly forged sterling silver barnacles.  A lightweight froth of hand forged textures accenting sterling silver ear wires.

Unique ocean earrings inspired by the textures of barnacles, Opalite Barnacles fuse edgy texture and classic elegance. Hand forged, fused and wrapped, these contemporary ocean earrings dangle and sway, reflecting light accented with a beautiful black patina.

These earrings measure 2.5 inches from the top of the ear wire.

Note from the Artist

I made these science earrings entirely by hand. I’m fascinated with the textures created by combining fusing, granulation, and forging. Each piece on my workbench is special, but with Opalite Barnacles I was inspired by the delicious natural textures of barnacles.

Stubbornly clinging to every available surface, barnacles are the ocean at it’s most tenacious. Shimmering textures in smoothly rounded fused droplets are highlighted by the elegant iridescent gleam of Opalite. Linear lines of patina darkened forged silver draw the eye, while the gorgeous shimmer of opalite against hammered texture elegantly reflects the light. These lightweight earrings dance and sway with every movement, casting a rainbow of light and shadow.

Probably one of the most rewarding things to create is handmade texture- and the varying textures in Opalite Barnacles is no exception. I always approach the creation of texture a bit like a mad scientist. The alchemy of fire, force, and metal is unpredictable and enthralling. Each hammer blow shapes the metal in a new direction. Each pass of a torch runs the risk of artistic implosion, where the metal could sink into a formless mass once more. The thrill of creation is echoed in the rush of artistic freedom with every moment, until the final texture is achieved. 

I hope you enjoy Opalite Barnacles.

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