1. Cotillion, 2. Pierced Day Night Earrings, 3. aston villa lion 2, 4. Bracelet, 5. Fiber Saucer Brooch/Pendant, 6. One-a-Week Three: pins worn close-up, 7. Lost but found...., 8. Early Work- belt buckleM, 9. ring, 10. Portable Shrine To St Hubertus 80, 11. process , 12. Eucalyptus Dreams Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
Piercing is the act of sawing out a design in sheet metal with a delicate jeweler's saw. If you don't do it right, the blades break, the design gets mangled and you start all over again. It's a very labor intensive process. After the patten is cut away, there is lots of finessing, grooming and sanding. But the end result is magical.
I've sent an image of the brooch pictured above to Lark for consideration in a book on mixed metals. Wish me luck!