Silver Folded Leaf Earrings
I choose Argentium Silver because it is resistant to tarnish, it’s hypoallergenic, and is made with reclaimed silver. This is a common technique for metalwork, and there are many ways to use it. I take a rectangle of silver sheet and fold it over in a vise, finally hammering it flat to create a prominent seam. After cutting into a rough leaf shape, I hammer a curve and a pattern. Anneal, file, pry open, flatten/shape it, and you have a leaf-looking thing that’s ready for polishing. Add a jump ring and hook, and that thing becomes an earring. Each one is about 0.75” (19 mm) wide, 1” long, and weighs 2.4 grams. I cut silver blanks to make these, and use the same process each time, but please allow for slight variations. Each set will have its own character and charm. I promise the same quality and finish with each pair. The following description of Argentium Silver is courtesy of Rio Grande: Made with a touch of germanium, Argentium® Silver presents a bright white color that is closer to fine silver than traditional sterling, yet is highly resistant to firescale and less likely to tarnish under most conditions. It welds flawlessly and is ideal for fusing techniques. All Argentium is made from reclaimed silver and its sources are guaranteed by Argentium International Ltd. Your customers will appreciate the value and convenience of brighter-white sterling silver designs that resist tarnishing and keep on shining.