What is "Painting with Fire"?
I use a torch on copper sheet in an eleven step hot and cold process to obtain vibrant colors. No chemicals or dyes are used. The copper is the canvas, while the torch and flame are the brush and paint, creating the glorious patterns and luminous hues on each hand cut shape. Due to the wild nature of flame on copper each piece is a surprise as I "fire-paint" until I see something magical happening. I hand cut my designs with a jeweler's saw, shears or die cut and many times cold connect copper to other metals with handmade rivets. I pair my little fire paintings with genuine gemstones and create my own settings with fine silver.
Most ear wires and chain are sterling silver darkened with a patina and the vibrant colors which emerge from the copper are protected by hand brushing a permanent lacquer to each individual shape.