Beaded Teardrops Earrings - learn how to make headpins & soldered teardrops

Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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15 Videos (58m)
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings

      1:50
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - equipment

      1:59
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - soldering equipment

      3:38
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - materials

      1:20
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - practising the teardrops

      6:13
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - square wire teardrops

      4:53
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - preparing for soldering

      4:17
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - soldering the teardrops

      3:27
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - filing the teardrops

      2:19
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - hammering

      3:33
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - soldering the earwires

      4:47
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - finishing the earwires

      5:58
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - making the headpins

      6:58
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - wrapped loops

      6:11
    • Beaded Teardrop Earrings - final thoughts

      1:04

About This Class

Welcome to the Beaded Teardrops Earrings class! Teardrops are such a flattering earring shape, and using the tips in this class very easy to make. In this class I will show you how to make a variety of shaped teardrops and how to solder them neatly. As a bonus I'll also teach you how to make your own headpins so that you can wire wrap some pretty beads below!

The class project uses very little silver. Each earring is made from just over 6cm of 1mm square wire (round wire will do just as well but I like the look of square wire), 5.5cm of 0.8mm round wire, 5cm of 0.5mm round wire and a couple of small beads.

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This is one of a series of video classes, each one showing you how to quickly and easily make a lovely pair of earrings - sometimes two pairs - as part of my #52earrings challenge. I have challenged myself to design and film tutorials for 52 pairs of earrings in 2017, and I'd love you to join me.

In each video I will show you the materials you will need, explain the tools and equipment and go through all the steps needed to create your own lovely pair of earrings. Along the way I will share with you the same hints and tips that I teach in my jewelry making classes and private tuition so that you become more confident with your techniques and design skills with each class that you watch.

This class is for jewellery makers of all levels of experience from complete beginners upwards.

The equipment needed for the project is explained in the videos and also listed on a downloadable document that covers all of the tools that I will use in future earrings video classes as well so you can plan ahead! All the equipment listed can be used for a variety of other jewellery making projects.

Earrings #7 in the #52earrings challenge

5 of 5 students recommendSee All

Another great class from Jo. As usual there was a top tip; probably glaringly obvious to many people, but a bit of a lightbulb moment for dopey old Dawn - line the file up with the centre of the curve when filing for an angle on the tip of a teardrop / ellipse. Cheers Jo!
This class is a ten plus review. If you have any interest in jewelry making or metals this class is for you. Joanne will take you through easily how to form wire into a pair of stunning earrings that you can master Into your own design. She gives you examples of how to do this and shows you the process step by step leaving nothing to fear. Following up examples that have been transformed into several other styles!! This is a very exciting class!

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Joanne Tinley

Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

I have been making my own jewellery for as long as I can remember and left my first career as a school teacher to set up business as a jewellery designer and tutor nearly 10 years ago. I am self-taught and like many people I started with wire and beads. Learning how to solder, however, opened up a whole new world of jewellery making! There is something so magical about watching solder flow through a seam, joining two pieces of metal together smoothly.

I work from my studio on the south...

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