These translucent Rectangular Coil earrings are characterized by a delicate rice paper tube that is enclosed within a protective coil. The tube is only one layer of rice paper thick, and kept hollow to maximize its translucent quality.
In creating these beautiful earrings, it is necessary to form a rectangular coil. To accomplish this, I wrapped 18 gauge nickel silver wire around the jaw of square mandrel pliers. The rectangular coil that results from winding the wire on square mandrel pliers can be stretched to form a uniquely shaped coil with squared corners. This rectangular coil not only functions as a beautiful structural element, but also serves to protect the enclosed rice paper tube.
To create the square coil, I tightly wrap 18 gauge wire around the smaller jaw on a pair of square mandrel pliers.
This is what the coil looks like after it has been removed from the pliers.
The coil needs to be stretched out to form a rectangle, but before I do that I form the bottom spiral and top loop.
Having formed the spiral and loop, the compressed coil can be stretched to whatever length that is preferred.
The next step is to measure and cut two pieces of rice paper that will fit inside the newly formed coils. I wrap the rice paper around an object such as a toothpick, or a thin plastic tube to facilitate the process of inserting it into the coil.
The inserted rice paper tubes both have been dampened with water.
The earrings are positioned on an improvised support. This makes it easy to apply the watercolor paint. Watercolor is only applied to the bottom of the rice paper tube.
Allow the watercolor paint to completely dry before applying the final layers of varnish. This image shows the application of a 50% diluted mixture of polycrylic varnish with water.
Applying the varnish with an applicator eliminates the possibility of damaging the rice paper.
Apply at least 3 coats of varnish to the outside, and inside of the paper tube, and heat the piece in a preheated toaster oven at 150 degrees Fahrenheit between coats.
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