Many Allen fabricates her jewelry from anodized aluminum, sterling silver and fine silver in her Portland, Oregon studio. Anodizing is a process in which an electrical current is run through a sheet of aluminum while it is submerged in an acid solution. The resulting chemical reaction creates a microscopic layer on the surface which can absorb dye. It is then permanently sealed making it water proof and chemical resistant.
Mandy anodizes and dyes her own aluminum, achieving a wide variety of colors and effects. She then uses a disc cutter or jewelers saw to cut out the shapes. Other techniques used include soldering, riveting and weaving fine silver wire. Her attention to fine details, and the love of creating is evident in each and every piece.
A great, funky pair of earrings! 2.75" long. Top portion has a black disc of .75" diameter, with a small silver circle accent. Below, a teal spear shape is 2" long and 10/16" wide. A free swinging smaller spear in a kinda khaki color is 1" long and .25" wide. Very light weight. Niobium hooks.
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