Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gingko Leaf with Insect Earrings

Artist Statement: Hand cast bronze Ginkgo leaves, each slightly different. One leaf has a tiny, 2.2mm x 3.4mm, solid 18k green gold Japanese Beetle riveted to it. The bronze leaves measure 7/8" wide and have a very nice mottled green patina, and they hang from solid 18k yellow gold wires.

Each time I make these they have silght variations in the patina, and the location of the insect may be different. This makes each pair one of a kind.

The patina has been sealed with a clear matt lacquer and requires no maintenance, but they must not be put into any commercial liquid jewelry cleaners.

Each earring is signed P.Irla, 18k, and copyright.