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Leslie’s Featherweight Earring Collection

These beautifully hammered earrings are so light you will forget you have them on. The simple geometries are great for both everyday wear and special occasions. The double ovals and long oval hoops with hanging center element are statement pieces. I wear them all and am gratified by the response I have been receiving to these new styles. Most of these new earrings have a slight forward curve. They are offered in both sterling silver and gold-filled. The ear wires on all earrings are gold-filled.

Pressed Metal Earrings

Patterned metal surfaces fascinate me. They speak to the ancient metal working technique called chasing. Chasing is the selective pushing of thin sheet metal backed with tree pitch down from the surface to create a pattern. Repousse is a companion technique which involves pushing the metal from the back side or inside of a form towards the surface. Small steel tools are used as extensions of the hammer to move the metal.

These techniques remain in use today but are labor intensive, therefore prohibitively expensive. My husband Peter has introduced me to an efficient, cost effective technique useful for the creation of low relief patterning in thin sheet metal. This process allows for beautiful results similar to chasing.