i like to combine antiqued colouring and the technique of fusing when working with sterling silver - like in these earrings. it leaves an interesting texture, has contrast, and is not prone to everyday damage like highly polished silver pieces usually are. this is also why i like enameling. i can be a perfectionist at times, and seeing a little scratch on a piece after a little wear can drive me nuts.
i've been in the studio the past couple days. if you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that i don't use a lot of stones in my work. i've been trying to remedy that. my fingers hurt from trying to file and sand the silver around such tiny things.