Earrings Styled for Anne Boleyn | "The Tudors"

 
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How’s It Made

We were commissioned to create a pair of earrings styled like Anne Boleyn's Earrings from the series, The Tudors.

My client had a budget in mind and I was able to hand craft these earrings for her. We started with a sheet of brass and some genuine freshwater pearls from our collection. Real pearls have amazing luster and in my opinion, using them is the key to making period jewelry.

The next step - to create drawings, drawings are a key important part of the design process. Guarantees both the client and the maker knows what is going to happen.

Drawings are always part of the process

Drawings are always part of the process

Once approved the shapes were created in Adobe Illustrator

Once approved the shapes were created in Adobe Illustrator

Using a wooden forming block to add the slight dome in the shield shape

Using a wooden forming block to add the slight dome in the shield shape

Cut from a flat sheet of brass the sides were hand formed to create the shield shape of the earrings

Cut from a flat sheet of brass the sides were hand formed to create the shield shape of the earrings

We soldered the walls on first, then the top layers. The pink color is from the copper in brass rising to the surface after heating.

We soldered the walls on first, then the top layers. The pink color is from the copper in brass rising to the surface after heating.

The pearls in this picture are fully drilled. My client preferred the ones we had in stock. So we made a small change in the design and added half drilled pearls.

The pearls in this picture are fully drilled. My client preferred the ones we had in stock. So we made a small change in the design and added half drilled pearls.

Here we needed to decide whether or not to use seed pearls (on the left) or lentil shaped pearls (on the right). We selected the seed pearls. We also thought that the high polish was too reflective, so we matte finished the earrings.

Here we needed to decide whether or not to use seed pearls (on the left) or lentil shaped pearls (on the right). We selected the seed pearls. We also thought that the high polish was too reflective, so we matte finished the earrings.

We added patina to the backside and matte finished the front

We added patina to the backside and matte finished the front

Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry - If you would like to order a pair of earrings please  contact  us.

Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry - If you would like to order a pair of earrings please contact us.

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