Laurel Earrings . Verso

Sterling silver hoop, wrapped with petals made from brass and handmade paper, sealed with resin. Sterling silver earwires. 1.5 inches long.

Handmade paper and brass drops, hand-dyed and coated in resin to make them waterproof and durable. The paper has been cast onto the metal from a pulp of plant fiber and water, layer by layer, to form a tight paper skin around the piece. It's then hand-dyed, sculpted into shape, and sealed with a layer of resin to make it waterproof and durable.

Handmade in Oregon by Verso Jewelry.

 VERSO Jewelry - by Melanie Brauner, Oregon - is made from metal forms cast in handmade paper. The metal is dipped into a pulp of water and finely beaten paper fibers from a plant called abaca. The fibers cling to the metal and shrink as they dry. A tight, translucent paper skin is built up on the form over successive dips. The concept is the same as making a sheet of handmade paper, but around a three-dimensional form, and by building up thin layers over the course of several days.