Soak the washed gherkins for 2-3 hours in water. Carefully cut off their ends and prepare your jars. Place a fig leaf at the bottom of each.
Leave the jars to sit for 2-3 days in a lit area - the brine needs to become murky. At that point, relocate the jars to a cool area. They should clear up in about 10 days and be ready for consumption.