To make the branches I fused together small sections of silver wire, added blobs of silver scraps to create the nodes, and manipulated the piece with my torch to create texture and give them an organic look. Fabricating the terminal buds was a puzzle, but I managed with some repoussé and chasing, and then soldered them on to the branches. For me, an opening bud symbolizes hope.
These are "stud" earrings. They hang 3" in length. They are one of a kind sterling silver.