I recently found a small brass platter with a lovely etched pattern and paid the fabulous price of 50 cents.
I thought the pattern had an abstract dream-like quality that would work nicely in some jewelry projects.
I cut the rolled rim off with my shears and then began cutting out different sized discs.
The discs shown above were sanded with a fine sanding block to finish the edges
and to clean and brighten the surface.
The discs were then drilled top and bottom and domed in my dapping block. I like mixing metals, so the above earrings were made with sterling wire (that was balled) wrapped aventurine beads and niobium ear wires.