Several weeks ago I was trying to get a piece of reticulated brass with a nice melted hole in it and instead, managed to produce the best bit of reticulation I’ve created to date.
Apart from two tiny holes it was text book stuff…except that I wanted a hole to embroider!
It’s too lovely to do anything fussy with so I decided to make it into a very simple pair of drop earrings. First the piece was cut in half…
…trimmed to take off sharp edges and a hole drilled centrally at the top of each drop. Both drops were then put in the barreller for a couple of hours to polish them.
Meanwhile, I sawed through a spiral of brass wire to make two jump rings. When the drops were polished I slipped the jump rings through the drops and then very carefully soldered the rings closed.
The drops with their jump rings now needed another session in the barreller to polish the rings, so it wasn’t until last week that I had the chance to finish the earrings off.
After looking through a lot of beads, I chose two vintage faux pearls from a broken necklace to give a bit of space and lightness between the earhooks and the reticulated drops. They have a lovely creamy golden colour which goes so well with the brass.
They’re threaded onto goldtone headpins which have been bent into a loop at each end to connect to the jump rings and the earhooks.
No textile work in these but I’m very pleased with them – great deep reticulated texture and the pearls work surprisingly well against the rich gold of the brass.