How I make my desert rose jewelry

How I make my desert rose jewelry

Desert Rose earrings.

Desert Rose earrings.

My desert rose collection is simple and impactful, visually.  I just finished 2 variations of these earrings , and a necklace from the collection for one of my biggest fans- a client who already owns 3 other desert rose necklaces (NO-not my mother!), as well as a ring from the collection for another customer. It got me thinking about my process and I wanted to share with you the work that goes into these pieces.  These pieces all start as flat pieces of metal which is then cut into individual circles.

Flat sheet of metal is roller printed with texture , then punched out into many, many circles of different sizes.

Flat sheet of metal is roller printed with texture , then punched out into many, many circles of different sizes.

Next,  the larger circles are domed as a foundation for soldering all the other pieces.  All the little circles are then scored and bent to form the little "petals" of the desert rose.  Then, the fun begins!  - Soldering 15-50 (depending on what  I'm making) pieces to the half-domed pieces. This is truly a technical feat!  It is not uncommon  for some pieces to fall off as others are attached.  FRUSTRATING!... but well worth it for the look!

All the little pieces ready to be secured to the domed pieces.

All the little pieces ready to be secured to the domed pieces.

Next, findings are attached and the pieces are placed in the tumbler. This is as much to test that the pieces will not come apart while you are wearing them as it is to  clean them up. Next, if the piece calls for oxidation, it is achieved using Liver of Sulphur.  And finally, 24k gold leaf is applied.  Yes, this collection is a true labor of love!  Head on over to the collection and see all the finished pieces!  (Note, these earrings and others in the collection can be made as clip-ons).