Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Earrings That Ended Badly

At the moment I only have two days that I can dedicate to jewellery making, so I usually try to cram in as much as possible. Unfortunately this sometimes ends badly, like today...

I was really pleased with the design of these earrings. I used quite a fetching piece of crackle pottery and shaped it into a drop, and decided I liked it upside down.
The problem happened when I oxidised the piece - the pottery shard absorbed some of the oxidising solution, and turned grey! I tried to rescue the second piece of pottery by removing it from the bezel before oxidising - and broke it :-(

I need to find a way of sealing the cut edges of the shards before I set them, so that it doesn't happen again.

So I have ended up with earrings which I will have to fix - but grinding a piece of pottery to fill a ready made setting is quite tricky, and I don't have enough of that nice crackle shard for two new cabochons...

They would have been nice though!

Here you can see the cab turning grey round the edges
where it absorbed the oxidising solution

This is the only piece of that crackle pottery I have left,
not enough for two earrings!


  1. Such a shame! I've had similar accidents when I've tried to cram too much in. That's a lovely design, and they will eventually be lovely earrings!

  2. Just happened across your blog today, love it! I too collect sea glass and pottery shards along the coast of Maine, USA, where I live. What if you tried sealing the pieces of pottery, at least the sides and back with a 2 part epoxy resin (I use Susan Lenart Kazmer's ICE Resin, it's a wonderful jewelers' grade resin), and the top with a matte decoupage medium, if you don't want it to be shiny like the resin? I had filled a couple of silver bezels with small pieces of pottery shards, sea glass & shells; unfortunately, the color from the pottery shards bled - next time I'll seal with either resin or decoupage medium first.


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