Latest Designs: Oarweed Earrings

One of the things I love about working with silver is that it is so versatile. You can use thick wire to create solid, chunky rings, or you can roll out silver sheet until it is incredibly thin and flexible, and form it into flowing, delicate shapes.

I took the latter approach with these long, undulating ribbon earrings.

They have a lovely curving organic shape, inspired by the long fronds of seaweed known as oarweed, which are washed up on the beaches here in Northumberland.

They were formed by twisting a long, thin ribbon of silver sheet around the prong of a pair of pliers in a series of elegant curves.

I’ve been pondering this design, and how best to attach the wires, for a while, so I was pleased to see them finished. I love the sinuous curves, and the way the shape is emphasised by careful use of oxidisation, then selective polishing.

The earrings are part of my Coast collection, which consists of designs inspired by the sea and seashore. You can see more in my online shop. 

2 thoughts on “Latest Designs: Oarweed Earrings

  1. Those are beautiful and take me straight back to childhood holidays in Northumbria and being chased squealing by my cousins and brothers threatening to make me wear Oarweed as a necklace like a mermaid!

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