After the compliments on my highly detailed jewelry, I often get dismay about the price. I understand that it’s expensive, and I offer less expensive alternatives produced in a more time conservative way. However, I think it might help understand the pricing to illustrate the many, many steps (and hours!) involved in my earring process, in this case the production of a small set of four pairs of Flower Box Earrings.
- Form each flower and leaf by hand in metal clay, then sand smooth & kiln fire.
- Cut sheet and wire materials.
- Form wire rings, fuse closed.
- Wind jump rings, then saw apart, flatten & close each one.
- Torch form each granule from a wire snippet.
- Shape each ring into a square rim, then hammer texture.
- Hammer texture the sheet for the flower boxes
- Layout the flower boxes with rims, jump rings, granules and flowers; fuse together.
- Layout the stone drops with bezel cups, leaves, jump ring and granules; fuse together.
- Saw out all flower boxes and stone drops.
- Sand all sides of every piece through multiple grits of sandpaper.
- Form ear wires from wire.
- Sign the backs of flower boxes with an engraver.
- Heat harden and raise germanium to minimize future tarnish.
- Apply dark patina and then remove on highlights.
- Set all the stones.
- Assemble the earrings.
- Final polish and detailing.
Whew! This week, I used Toggl to keep track of all the hands-on time for these earrings. I spent over 10 hours total to produce these four pairs of earrings, so 2.5 hours per pair plus materials. It made me realize that I probably have these particular earrings currently underpriced!! I have one pair of the ruby flower box earrings still available. If you’re interested, please contact me or see them in my Etsy shop.