This pair of Steampunk Key Earring is delightfully charming in a retro-futuristic sort of way. Made from Swarovski crystals, Hemalyke barrels, e beads, and the chain maille weave shaggy loops. On the very end of all this is an Antique looking small key.
Swarovski crystals -These crystal components are made in Austria and are considered the finest products of their kind in the world.
Seed Bead- The most colorful and versatile of beads, waiting to be transformed into elegant seed beaded creations. Delica seed beads are the world standard for high-quality. Perfect for precision work, Seed beads are available in sizes 8/0 to 11/0, they can also come in other shapes as well and will be called different things. They can be made from acrylic or glass, i use both and they come in a wide variety of colors as well.
Hemalyke is synthetic Hematite made by using Hematite that has been ground up and a glue binder added to it before being molded into various bead shapes and sizes. It looks very much like real natural Hematite and is why it is used in jewelry more often.
Anodized Aluminum- What is anodized aluminum? The aluminum alloy used is 95% aluminum and 5% magnesium; this creates a ring that is approx. 2/3rds the strength of steel but 1/3rd the weight. Anodizing is a process that adds a hard finish to the ring that gives it its color. The finish is corrosion resistant and can stand up to most damage without flaking, cutting or grinding on the ring with another hard metal surface (grooved pliers, scissors, etc…) and acids like chlorine will cause damage. Combined this means you have rings that are light, strong and resistant to most forms of common wear and tear. Cleaning should be handled with water and nonacidic soap.
Chain Mail- the act of adding links of a chain together to make a pattern for jewelry, armor, or clothing. ( for a list of different types of weaves that can be made try my chain maille page description page.)
If you would like to know more about the gemstones, rings, and items that are used in making handmade items like this, Delightful Steampunk Key Earring; please take a look at the Material Description Page and my Chain Maille Descriptions page.
Please remember that since this is a handcrafted item there can be some small tool marks (scuffs) on the piece, please remember this when purchasing. Any ring with obvious damage is not used; however, I endeavor to prevent any scuffs and marring.