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Clover Studs 2
(Trifolium)

48.00
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Clover Studs 2
(Trifolium)

48.00

These studs curl slightly under the earlobe.  We patina them so that there are some blues and yellows on the recessed surfaces and then we polish the raised surfaces to a high shine.  

  • Sterling silver earring and post
  • Blue, gray, and yellow patina
  • Ships in 1-2 days

We are pretty good at casting, but we still make mistakes sometimes.  These earrings were meant to be our clover ring, but for a variety of reasons sometimes the cast doesn't fill completely.  Instead of melting down the silver again to refine and recycle it, we keep the best little pieces for stud earrings.  

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These studs curl slightly under the earlobe.  We patina them so that there are some blues and yellows on the recessed surfaces and then we polish the raised surfaces to a high shine.  

  • Sterling silver earring and post
  • Blue, gray, and yellow patina
  • Ships in 1-2 days

We are pretty good at casting, but we still make mistakes sometimes.  These earrings were meant to be our clover ring, but for a variety of reasons sometimes the cast doesn't fill completely.  Instead of melting down the silver again to refine and recycle it, we keep the best little pieces for stud earrings.  

Instagram or Facebook: @shademetals

Shipping and Return Policy

 

how we make it

 My sister's lawn is full of this low-maintenance groundcover

My sister's lawn is full of this low-maintenance groundcover

 Freshly cast pieces- ready for sawing, grinding, soldering, antiquing, & polishing.  

Freshly cast pieces- ready for sawing, grinding, soldering, antiquing, & polishing.  

Live casts of succulent are some of our favorite pieces to work with.  Each one is perfect in it's own way, we just have to find the best way for it to be worn.  Caring for succulents and harvesting the tiny bits is a big reason why I love this job.  

 

stonecrop succulents

Stonecrop is the common name for many sedums because gardeners joke that only the stones need less attention than these plants.  

Stonecrops are flowering succulents that vary from mat forming ground cover to small shrubs.  Sedum is the name of the genus, of which there are more than 450 species.  It is extremely drought tolerant and grows mainly in the northern hemisphere although some species do exist in Peru. 

The leaves can store so much nourishment that it is nicknamed the "life eternal" plant because it can be cut and stored for months without earth or water and still be viable. 

In some species, any given leaf that falls from the plant can re-root by itself and form a new plant.  Stonecrops often grow on rocks, but can also grow in walls and cracks in sidewalks or buildings.

 Japanese sedum beginning to bloom / image:  Kelly MacDonald

Japanese sedum beginning to bloom / image: Kelly MacDonald

 Sedum hispanicum / image:  The Stonecrop Page

Sedum hispanicum / image: The Stonecrop Page

 Sedum oregonense/ image:  The Stonecrop Page

Sedum oregonense/ image: The Stonecrop Page

 Sedum humifusum / image:  The Stonecrop Page

Sedum humifusum / image: The Stonecrop Page

 

green roofs

 Chicago's city hall rooftop garden is more than 150 species, mostly prairie plants native to the Chicago region, including two trees, woody shrubs and vines.  The  20,000 or so plants help to reduce the urban heat island effect, conserve energy, and mitigate storm water run-off.  /  image:  Diane Cook & Len Jenshe

Chicago's city hall rooftop garden is more than 150 species, mostly prairie plants native to the Chicago region, including two trees, woody shrubs and vines.  The 20,000 or so plants help to reduce the urban heat island effect, conserve energy, and mitigate storm water run-off.  / image: Diane Cook & Len Jenshe

 image:  s  edum carpet
 Hemlock plant

Hemlock plant

Because stonecrops are such low-maintenance plants their use in green roofs is popular and growing more so daily.  Prepackaged carpets of sedum have been used to cover the roofs of some very large industrial buildings.  The Rolls-Royce Motor Car plant in England boasts the largest green roof in the UK, with a 242,000 sq ft roof of this flowering succulent.

Ford’s Dearborn Michigan plant is covered in 454,000 sq ft of sedum.  It serves as nesting ground for some birds and is estimated to conserve about 10 degrees of energy costs in summer cooling and winter heating.  

Green roofs are also planted over airports, large residential complexes and in 2016 San Fransisco became the first US city to requires all new construction projects to designate 30% of their roof space for green roofs or solar panels. They help to reduce urban heat island effects, collect storm water run off, and conserve energy.