Elemental Line – Earth – Swirling Leaflets Pendant and Earrings

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Cuttlefish Bone Cast Sterling Silver Swirling Leaflets Pendant and Earrings

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Invoke the earth element with the Swirling Leaflets necklace, bracelet, and earrings.

Different finish and necklace options are available, not all are shown.  Look at “Additional Information ” for all the variations.  If the item you would like is not in stock, please contact me.

The original Swirling Leaflets set was cast in sterling silver using a process known as cuttlefish bone casting.  Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient technique that is fairly simple, but it is often difficult to get the desired results.  The bone in the body of the cuttlefish is slightly flat and oblong.  A piece of this bone is cut in half and sanded so the two pieces fit together smoothly to create the mold.  The design is then carved into one side of the soft cuttlefish bone to create a negative space.  A paintbrush is used to sweep away any debris left in the carved area.  This also helps to emphasize the texture created by the cuttlefish bone.  The two pieces of bone are then bound together with wire to hold them together taut.

Next the metal is melted and poured into the cuttlefish mold.  During the pouring process the heat of the metal destroys the mold, providing only one chance to have a successful pour.  If the metal does not travel all the way through the mold one must start again from the beginning with a new piece of bone.  Depending on the complexity of the design, cuttlefish bone casting can be a difficult process filled with trial and error.  With the current options available there are easier and more effective ways of casting.  But the amazing textures created by the variations in the cuttlefish are hard to duplicate with any other process.

After the desired results have been achieved a permanent mold is made and the lost wax casting process is used to produce the Swirling Leaf design.

The earrings come with plastic ear nuts to secure them while being worn.

Each purchase is shipped in a black velvet gift bag.

Pendant Height: 2.25″
Earring/Charm Height: 0.75″
Sterling Silver 925

Polish

High Polish, Oxidized

Options

Pendant Only, Earrings Only, Single Pendant: Snake Chain 16in, Single Pendant: Snake Chain 18in, Single Pendant: Rope Chain 16in, Single Pendant: Rope Chain 18in, Single Pendant: Black Leather 14in-16in adjustable, Single Pendant: Black Leather 16in-18in adjustable, Single Pendant: Brown Leather 14in-16in adjustable, Single Pendant: Brown Leather 16in-18in adjustable, Single Pendant: Natural Leather 14in-16in adjustable (High Polish only), Single Pendant: Natural Leather 16in-18in adjustable (High Polish only), Pendant Necklace with Charms 15in, Multi-Charm Necklace 16in, Charm Bracelet 7in