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13 Videos (1h 15m)
    • Bubbles Earrings

      1:47
    • Bubbles Earrings - materials

      2:30
    • Bubbles Earrings - equipment

      1:54
    • Bubbles Earrings - soldering equipment

      3:38
    • Bubbles Earrings - cleaning the silver

      3:31
    • Bubbles Earrings - cutting the discs

      4:57
    • Bubbles Earrings - soldering

      17:56
    • Bubbles Earrings - sawing

      15:16
    • Bubbles Earrings - filing

      7:05
    • Bubbles Earrings - preparing the earwires

      2:03
    • Bubbles Earrings - soldering the earwires

      5:24
    • Bubbles Earrings - finishing the earwires

      7:08
    • Bubbles Earrings - final thoughts

      1:36

About This Class

Welcome to the Bubble Earrings class! This class will teach you how to layer discs of silver on a background of silver sheet, building up a texture of bubbles.

The layers of silver are soldered together using sweat soldering, a technique also covered in the Layered Ovals and Falling Leaves classes. Mastering this technique will help you to create smooth and neat solder joins, giving a lovely professional finish to your designs. The class will also give you a chance to practise your sawing skills, and I'll include some hints and tips to help you with that.

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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 an intermediate class as previous experience of soldering is useful.

The equipment needed for the project is explained in the videos and also listed on a downloadable document that covers most 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 #26 in the #52earrings challenge

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Interesting project incorporating sawing, sweat soldering and filing. Definitely worth doing and clear instructions given in the videos for each stage.

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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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