These earrings are created from a LUFKIN RULE COMPANY ruler No.1178. They are made of steel and have a hand fabricated sterling silver earring wire. There is a patina added to the sterling silver wire elements. They have been dipped in beeswax to offer a protecting coating from rust.
These are created from the unique part of the Carpenters Ruler that holds the entire structure together with a rivet. I took each part to the drill press, and drilled out the rivet and washer that was holding each piece together. This is how the earrings hang...with that original hole.
*These are STEEL. The protective coating will eventually wear off, and any type of wax can be added back to protect the steel from rust. This will take any length of time, and depends on the activity of the wearer, but needs to be noted, since they are NOT waterproof for all of eternity. Never wear your earrings in the water.