DeFord flute key earrings with brass embellishment
These flute earrings are made from a defunct DeFord flute that I found in Bellamah, Washington, outside of Seattle. I don't know the full story of this instrument, or how it ended up languishing in a random thrift shop in the Pacific Northwest, but it was rusted solid and needed to be decommissioned. What I do know is that during its manufacture, it was silver plated in electroplating solution that had been contaminated by dust and debris, so the plating didn't stick to the keys. I gave the pieces a brushed matte finish, and you can still see the wear and the pitting from the dust if you look closely. The ear wires are sterling silver, and the decorative swirl element is made of brass.