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Curvy Earrings: Use a hammer to change the shape of your silver

teacher avatar Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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9 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Curvy Earrings: Use a hammer to change the shape of your silver

    • 2. Curvy Earrings: materials

    • 3. Curvy Earrings: equipment

    • 4. Curvy earrings: soldering equipment

    • 5. Curvy Earrings: cutting and filing

    • 6. Curvy Earrings: hammering

    • 7. Curvy Earrings: soldering

    • 8. Curvy Earrings: bending

    • 9. Curvy Earrings: final thoughts

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About This Class


Learn some simple forging techinques and find out how to use a cross pein hammer to change the shape of your silver - and create a beautiful pair of stud earrings at the same time!

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.

The darker pair of earrings have been given an antiqued patina using the instructions in the Colour Your Silver video class.

Earrings #1 & #2 in the #52earrings challenge


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Joanne Tinley

Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer


I have been making jewellery for as long as I can remember, and have been passing these wonderful (and addctive!) skills on through my classes for nearly 20 years. 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.

My studio is in Southampton, on the South Coast of the UK. I design and make jewellery for galleries across the UK, teach regular and popular jewellery design workshops, and also offer private tuition. My jewellery design projects have been published in both UK and US magazines and books.

Visit my Etsy shop, Jewellers Bench Shop, for jewellery ma... See full profile

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1. Curvy Earrings: Use a hammer to change the shape of your silver: Hello, My name's John Tinley. I'm a jewelry designer and shooter from UK. Welcome to the curvy study hearing video class. This time I'm going to show you how to make not one but two pairs of study hearings. This are made form of short pieces of rectangular. Weir was being hammered in slightly different ways, learning how to use a hammer, not just texting or silver, but you'll be learning some simple forging techniques. Forging is different from texture because it actually changes the shape of the piece of silver that you're working off. This project will also be a child's to practice your find soldering skills. This video class is part of being challenges. I set myself for 2017 to not say design, but also filled. Editorial for 52 has bearings. If you like to join me and change by making the hearing themselves or variation off that I'm going to be crushed like 52 earrings with white posts about them. So if you raise join you, my change, let's get started 2. Curvy Earrings: materials: you don't need many materials, a tool to make these earrings hearings themselves that could be made out of short. Thanks a rectangular weir. This why is four millimeters by no 40.84 millimeters, but any rectangle Why will do. In fact, if you have access to Rolling Mill and you've got some links off either oval or round wire , you can row zone through the mill and make them right. Change that and use those for this project to finish off the earrings. I've got some study fitting to soldier on the back on DSA butterflies to finish them off two pairs of each as I'm making to persevere rings. 3. Curvy Earrings: equipment: as well as you use your soldiering equipment that I will show you the next video. You're also going to need some hand tours to make these earrings, of course, permanent marker and a ruler to help me mark. Ouch, the length of violence I need to cut out on that. I'm going to cut thanks off with Julie Saw. And whilst I do that, I will be supporting my work on the bench. Pake on and the apron underneath will catch and even silver dust. Nothing goes to waste, and here it will be filing to need, not the edges of the silver wire on the corners after being cut, the bench block is to support my work or my sty. Hammer it on, and the other cushion underneath helps to debt and noise a little bit. The hammer that I'm going to use is a Swiss style hammer with a straight head, and you'll see why I've chosen that hammer shortly. Last but not least, I've got to pass applies the night on your pliers would be useful for straightening out the rectangular weir before I cut it, just to make sure it's nice and smooth and hasn't Bosnia kinks in it. The bail for implies air going to help me put a curl in one of the pair of earrings towards the end. If you don't have a pair of these plies, incurring the wire around barrel off, the permanent marker would do just as well. 4. Curvy earrings: soldering equipment: This is the soldier equipment that I use for all of my smaller projects, such as earrings and sore pendants, everything sitting on a couple of slate tiles, a heatproof surface to help protect my desk on my work sits on a couple of soldering bricks , soldering blocks, while some heating it up. One of these soldering bricks is made of a softer material than the others. Because it's softer, it's picked up some dips and some cracks in it. It's being used over the years, and these could be very useful for supporting work that isn't completely flat. The charcoal block is there because I melt small piece of scrap on top of that on. Do they form nice of my balls as I am used to decorate my projects when I need to pick up my work or to support it whilst I'm soldering? I used reverse action tweezers that you can see here and have also got a pair on a stand through 1/3 hand, and it's there when I need 12 on extra hands to help me out. The blue handled stick is a soldier pick on and that I used to push soldier move it about to make sure it it's exactly what I wanted to be. Soldier usually comes in strips or sticks. Andi, I've got three different melting temperatures here that I using combination for different projects. The soldier gets cut into small pieces or Palin's you ting. The red handles snips as I keep those little pieces in the labeled boxes that you can see do. Make sure that you label your boxes because once a soldier is cut up, you won't be hard to tell which is which. Melting temperature. My curl over the ends off the sticks of solder so that I can tell which melting temperature they are, the more cold over they are, they're higher. The mountain temperature, bright yellow liquid is a flux. Solder won't actually flow out through the joining unless you use a flux with it. Andi the paintbrushes. What? I used to apply the flux to the joints in my work, so he was also available in a paste form, its ground up soldier that's already mixed with a flux, so you don't need a separate flux. In fact, if you were toe adds the yellow Fluxus, I showed you it would stop this soldier pace from working properly. It's most commonly available in syringes with small tips that she can see here. You can also buy it in tubs and pots, just like with the traditional sticks or strips of soldier, so the pace is available in three different melting temperatures. Easy, medium and hard. I've just got easy and medium here. The easy is the one that's 268 degrees sent rate for amounting temperature. The medium is 732. Recent weight. As you can tell, the easy solder paste, is a favorite newer than the medium soldier paste. When you have a new syringe, it's best to pull back on the plunger after you finished using it. Otherwise, the soldier pace is going to continue to snake out of the tip a little bit, and you don't want to waste it because this is actually the most expensive way of buying soldier. I like to use the solder paste on projects like chains on door, so hollow beads sometimes might use it on sucking rings if I'm in a bit of a hurry, because one of the advantages sort of place is that the soldier usually stays exactly where you want it to be. Unlike the sort of Italians that can jump off as you start to heat the metal up, small projects like hearings only need a small blowtorch, and I've got two different makes of those here. Both of them are easy to refill with the gas that comes in aerosol cans since the same type of gas butane gas that you use to reform cigarette lighter. At the back of the picture, you can see a so cooker that Scots a very mild acid solution. Good safety pickle in it. When you heat silver up, the surface becomes not darker and dirtier looking that some of the capo in the study silver reacting with the heat and auction flame to forward cause copper oxides on the safety pickle cleans that copper oxides up. Before you put your work in the safety pickle, it needs to be cooled down or quenched in a pot of water. Andi, you need to put your work in and out of the safety pickle with brass or plastic tweezers, not the stainless steel ones that I showed you before and thus, but definitely not least our have safety glasses. You've only got one pair of eyes. Look after them carefully 5. Curvy Earrings: cutting and filing: my first job in making the hearings to prepare the wire. At the moment, it's quite curled up, so I'm going to excuse nine on your applies. To straighten it out is a bit so working on a little bit of wired time, just draw it through. Then I don't applies with straighten it out on and I'm going to work with two sent to me to length the end of the why here has been previously cast a question angle, so I'm taken to take two centimeters from the shorter end. If that makes sense, it's been cut off two centimeters and then saw that off. So work supported on bench Paige Blade in Not shooters. I've cut into the bench pick. I'm gonna try and keep blade as upright as possible. Remember, you're listening out for a nice rhythmic sound. If you can hear this sound, that's a blade getting stuck because you're putting too much pressure on it just certainly played to the work For you. It's one. It's best to mark and then cut each one in turn because if you mark both pieces out and silver or in my case, or four pieces are some making two pairs of earrings, then you could actually cut not very accurately. And then the next mark that you put on would end up being in the long face. It's far simpler to cut so far, simpler to measure and then cut measure and then cut three . Last one wait gets longer. Just smooth. The other side that cut just supporting my work. Okay, that's a four pieces of silver cut. Now I need to file them to need not shape, because use a needle files that job a flat needle file. Andi going to file the end. So that's the ends of its squarer. At the moment, it's that little bit of an angle. Remember the files that you work going in one direction away from you. You can, if you find it easier, go that way across the wild, said people for do the other side as well. And then because I don't want the corners to be sharp, you spent a round off cornices well, with one piece prepared going to do the other three. I'm gonna speed up the film a little bit now four pieces and prepared. Why? Now it's time for my favorite bit. The hammering 6. Curvy Earrings: hammering: I'm easy. A Swiss style across being hammer toe hammer, the earrings on and basically means that the head of the hammer goes straight across. Andi. This whole project is based on the facts that silver moves at right angles. The head of hammer, which, if you've watched by the digital else's, you have heard me say before, So light angles to this hate is that way. So as I hammer, the silver is going to move or stretch out in that direction. Andi, I can actually make the silver curve while I'm doing this, which you're seen for a while. First of all, understand? To make the silver broke, I was goingto hammer straight to open down so that Hamas is going to go across. - Okay , so I just kept going until I'm happy with that texture. Andi, if I put one of the other pieces of silver next to it, you'll be able to see that my hammering has actually made the silver grow a little bit. I'm gonna have a the second piece of silver on. Do not just give it the same texture, but also get it to the same length. - The 1st 1 is still a fraction were only about half of a millimeter longer than the 2nd 1 So I'm just gonna have Richard a bit further and get it to exactly same length. We go. That's a better match. So I'm happy with that. Andi, I'm You're going tohave are the second pair, the second pair of earrings I'm going to do exactly saying to initially, so that I'm going to give him the texture on and that will make them grow a little bit. But then I'm going to add a little bit, something extra one . - So there's a second pair again hammered so straight, but I'm going to be doing but extra hammering on that's going to change their shape. If I hammer just down one side of the silver, it will make just that one side stretch out, and that will make the silver curl by Howard this side. It will curl that way. If I have this site, it will curve the other way, so I'm going to hammer the two pieces of straight wire to get them to a hammer into opposite directions. So go to hammer down this side festival. You see, that's starting to curve the trick is to keep your hammer blows at right angles to the edge of the wire here as it curves round. So look out for when I'm hammering to see instead of my hammer just moving up and down. It's actually curving. Round check also is to actually do this so you could see it without my fingers getting in the way, my fingers being hit right? I'm happy with that. So now I need a hammer, earthy other side to get that to match the one cold pair of earrings on. Believe it or not, I didn't actually get my fingers Once I was doing that must be a record. Now I've got to pairs of earrings that started out looking exactly the same that I now need to soldier study fittings onto the back off 7. Curvy Earrings: soldering: it's time to soldier the such fifteens onto the back of the earrings on. And as you can see, I put a small permanent marker mark on the back of each hearing so that I can see easily where I want to start fittings to go. I've only got one soldier joined to do on each piece of silver. Sometimes use easy soldier. Was that felt with various melting temperature. It's the easiest to use. You might have to trust me on this, but I've got four pieces. Those easy soldier. Just so the farm work in this area here, um, on as you can see, I've got a so fitting already held in a pair of the reverse action tweezers. I'm going to melt a piece of et soldier onto the back off this side of the bottom rather of this Start fitting on. Then I'm going to remote soldier, which is in place. So I need to dip the stuff fitting influx Soldier won't flow out without flux. Hold it. Wants the soldier. The soldiers know mountains into place. A little bit of around it end on that. Start fitting the whole dish in place in back of the hearing. Most of the heat needs to be in the hearing itself. That's the biggest piece of muscle. - The soldier has flown out nicely and joined the hearing and start fitting together. Now that took a little bit longer. That would do normally because I forgot to check to see whether the torch had enough gas before I started filming. So I'm gonna pull it for a moment, refilling the blowtorch, and then you'll see just how much quicker it is with a form blowtorch that specialize. Got a nice full torch Now on that first hearing is going to acquaint you park to cool down . It's time to do the other three gift influx melt soldier on the end, then feature up mainly on the earring, while some holding study pretty in place to remote soda much quicker with more fuel in the torch. That's all four hearing soldiers they've been quenched to cool them down on. Do they now need to go into the pickle parched clean off the ox ization? Once I don't match, there's one last thing I'd like to do to the straight pair of earrings, and then it'll be time to polish them 8. Curvy Earrings: bending: e just taken both pairs of earrings out the pickle on Give them a rinse at a dry, but you can see there still that toe white, unpolished color, so obviously still need to polish them. I'm going to leave the curved ones. I say I'm not gonna shape those anymore, but decided to shape the straight ones a little bit more. I want to put a bend in them so they flick back around the ear. Andi, I'm going to use these pliers called bail forming pliers. They got round sections. Here's to stepped. What a padded section here that you embrace the silver against without marking it. I'm going to use the smallest section just to give a little bit of a bend to the bottom of the earrings. So and hope the earrings and they're like, so unjust Benj around until it shaped like, say, so I can t point t And but l But you seem to this power Botham in the therefore implies when the round so it's bent runs itself, but too far okay to persevere rings one curved most straight and then went back. They both started off at exactly the same or links of sterling silver rectangular weir. So I need to polish them. On day, I'm going to give one pair on oxidized finish a darker patina to highlight the texture so you can see that contrasts as well between polished and darker finish. 9. Curvy Earrings: final thoughts: thank you for watching video class. I hope it's taught you a bit more about what the simple hammers in your tool kit do on. It's giving you a chance to practice your solving skills as well. As you can see I've given won the pairs of earrings a darker and teach finish or patina. I think it changes a look of a Peter jury completely and really highlights a hammock texture. I usually for so for to create the patina as if this is a new technique to you. Then enroll on my cover, your silver class, and I'll teach you everything that you need to know. I hope that you join me in the rest of chance. I worked quite waste through the Year 52 hearings. Thank you for watching.