I create my copper finishes using a Japanese technique called "Hiirodo" where I heat the finished copper shape until brightly glowing, then plunge it into boiling water to achieve a plum red appearance. In what I call the the “Raku” version of this patina, variations in the surface coloration are created by pressing the white-hot copper onto wood, causing flames and smoke which change what would have been an even, plum red finish into more organic tans and dark browns. I finish some styles with 23k goldleaf. The earwires are sterling silver, plated with 18k gold (vermeil) and left sterling where they rest in your ear. They clip closed in the back.
2" long x 1" wide