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10 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings

    • 2. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - materials

    • 3. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - equipment

    • 4. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - soldering equipment

    • 5. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - sawing

    • 6. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - filing

    • 7. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - texturing

    • 8. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - sweat soldering

    • 9. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - soldering the stud fittings

    • 10. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - final thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to the Falling Leaves Earrings class! This class builds on the sweat soldering skills that I taught you in the Layer Ovals Earrings class. However, don't worry if you haven't caught up with that one yet as I will still go through everything you need step by step! This time we will be soldering multiple shapes, with each shape hanging slightly off the one above.


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 intermediate jewellery makers as some 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 #21 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.

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1. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings: Hello, My name is Joan to me, I'm a jewellery tutor and designer from South. Wish the K on. Welcome to the for lease. That's the project with this class is our long have stud earrings made from three repeating shapes. The class builds on skills that I covered in the layered opals earings plants that were going to be using swept soldering to join sections of the hearings together. However, as you can see in this class, each piece of the hearing is hanging slightly off below the previous peace. We've got three sections join together for each hearing. However, Don't worry, I'm still going to be taking you through everything you need to know. Step by step. This class is another in 52 hearing. Siri's a challenge to set myself 2017 design and film tutorials for 52 different pants of hearings. Have a look out for the hashtag 52 hearings on instagram Facebook. If you buy season behind the scenes photos, maybe some hits coming next. So if you're ready, let's get started with this class by having the materials and the equipment that you're going to 2. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - materials: These are the materials that you're going to need to make the falling leaves stud earrings . And as you can see, this is another class that makes great use of scraps that's left over from other projects. On this occasion, I'm going to be using some scrap no 0.7 millimeter sheets that's just below 20 gauge sheet . You could use any thickness from no 0.5 to may be up to no point. Eight, however, do make sure that you cut all of the sections all of the's six separate little leaves that we're going to soldier together. Make sure that you catch them from the same thickness of sheet metal because that will help you when it comes to putting the earrings together. I've also got to start fitting since I'm going to soldier to the back of the earrings to finish the earrings off aunt. Too little stunning silver butterflies is going to make certain that the earrings don't fall out of your ears whilst you're wearing them. 3. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - equipment: the's hand tools you're going to need to make the falling these Stutts. I'm going to use the jurors sore to saw the six little leaves out of the starting silver sheet on dime, going to support my work on the wooden bench peg that clamps onto my work desk while some sawing them out on Duthie apron underneath, is going to catch the dust that this story will create because that will go into my scrap pot. Because nothing goes to waste, it all gets recycled. Before I can cut the shapes out, though, I'm going to have to draw around the template with Sharpie so I can see the shape that time aiming to cut out. I have attached a pdf off the template to the class materials so that you can download it for yourself well there you can obviously choose a slightly different shape if you wish the needle farmers there because I'm going to use that to smooth and refine the edges of the shapes that I cut out. And I'm then going to texture all three shapes for each hearing with my favorite cross peen hammer. That is a lovely texture. I'll be supporting the shapes on the steel bench block because I do so that so they got a nice hard surface behind them that will help me get a really good impression from the hammer on the leather cushion is there because, as you can see, the bench block will sit on top of it, and that will help to keep some of the noise down. As this is a soldering project. We're also going to need equipment from Soldering Kit. I'll show that to you next. 4. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - soldering equipment: I think this is the soldier equipment, as 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. 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 it a couple 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. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - sawing: I've used a Sharpie to mark out the first of the six shape says I want to cut out the sterling silver on. Remember that you can download the pdf with the template on it of you want to use the same shape with me, although this project work just as well with teardrops or ovals, or even circles that you can get commercial templates for, or even download shapes and clip art on your computer. This shaped by the way. It was just made of curves from two different sized circles there, trying her fiddle about with put together until I was happy with shape. Although I'm cutting six shapes out, I've only marked ouch, the 1st 1 at the moment because I find that as I move the silver about to be out to get access with the sword blade to cut the shape out, my fingers will rub across the rest of the silver. Andi would rub off the other marks from a Sharpie anyway, so this landmark out one shape to time, this one shape if I need it. Another pdf. This I've got to touch to the class materials is one that gives you lots of hints and tips for soaring out of sheet metal. So do download that and refer to it, who have a lot of useful information in it. But just a very quickly summarize. I'm going to keep the metal supported on the wood as much as possible. So sometimes even to see me moving my fingers said that I'm going to have a finger on both side. The cut line isn't it from that direction or that direction, whichever you find most comfortable for yourself. But the reason for that is that as the cut line gets longer, if I don't support both sides of it, one site is going to lift up. As I lift the sword blade up and trying to make it more difficult to cut and more likely to break the saw blade, I'm going to as much as possible. Keep a saw blade upright and facing the same direction on booth silver onto it. Think of it being much like a so machine needle that keeps going up and down the same point on, and the material is Fred onto it, while last tip for you is that don't put pressure on the saw blade that so they do the work for you. What you want to listen out for is a nice, smooth, rhythmic sound, not a harsh, stopping and starting sound that you get. If you put a little bit of pressure on the blade, I'll demonstrate that for your mind. So let's get started on consent first shape. So this is You can see a very small shape, so tries much. I can't keep my fingers out of the way as much as possible. I've tried to position the camera so that you get a much of a heads down. That view is possible. This is the nice mode, rhythmic sound you want to listen out for. When you're cutting out, concentrate on accuracy rather speeds. Your story might be a bit slower than minus as long as it's accurate. That's no that stuff. So the way moment this is the sounds that you don't want here. That was from pushing just a little bit of pressure on blade, a little bit cut off, trying to make the best use of the piece of sheets as possible. So quite closely, no, that file sought the rest that shape out. It's Nibali off that loss this way. Scrapple the edge. Get Yeah. Now I've got a sharp point that each end of shape, it's not smoothly curves there, So I want to try and keep that on. When you turn a sharp corner instead of feeding the silver on the blade and nothing a curve around, you want to turn ugly, Quite a sharp angle. If you just twist it, it will break. So what you have to do is a joke. Up and down the spot, turn silver, as you do, say, And then what's the point in the right direction? Yeah, - right . Then that's the first shape cut out. I'm not going todo repeat nothing show you cutting out all five shapes because it's gonna be that the same thing each time. I'm going to continue now and cut out five shapes and then I'm going to file them to need to them up 6. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - filing: Well, that's all six of the leaf shapes cut out. Now, I've actually gone on to file Andi meeting up five of the shapes here and see they look. They look a lot neater than the scruffy one he is. Still see some of the the pen mark that's left on the top. Um, so I need to meet in that shape up. I'm filing not just to nation ants. Make sure that the edges and that nice, smooth curves that we're looking for, but also to remove the marks left by the saw blade. So the shapes this small, I'm going to find it easier to peel off the blue plastic. First. We'll go on and I'm going to use the needle file and still, hopefully just about to see the silver shape here. And he's a needle file to sweep around. It's for the shape around, so make sure that that curve is nice and smooth, and you can use your finger to make sure that you can't feel any bumps as much as your eyes . I do most of filing going around like that so that I am trying to follow the curve that I want. But If you do have a stubborn spot, I can feel a bit of a bit of a bumps there. Then you can find across. At that point, sweeping across sick of that section looks a little bit more attention. And then, hey, back, sweet friend. It's better. So I'm also going to do because the firing and cutting can create diapers with silver is being pushed over a little bit. So I'm just going to take the file at about 45 degrees. I've made my fingers asked the way I'm also gonna have to hold on to it again properly, to be up to to file it. But just to be able to show you without my fingers being in the way and hold the blade that So I hold the file as about 45 degree angle to the silver and just sweep across the edge. Just remove the birds that the rest of workers was put there. But you can use your fingers as much as your eyes to make sure that it's nice and smooth, little bit fiddly to hang on to thes shapes. But then, on the other scientists, well, that's fine. Now the points on these leaves aren't particularly sharp. It's not a very, very pointed shape. But if you did find that those were a little bit sharp, then again just around them off, ever so ever so slightly so that by I they won't really have changed shape. But when you feel them because your fingers so much more sensitive, they shouldn't feel so sharp. So that's the six shapes cut out and filed. Now I am going to hammer them to give them a nice texture that's going to catch the light beautifully. 7. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - texturing: I'm giving these earrings lovely eye catching texture that I'm hammering into the silver. It has a little bit of extra interests to the hearing design, and although I'm hammering you could just as easily use texture punches if you wanted to. Or you could use the rolling mill to texture piece of sheets instead. However, if you do use the rolling mill, then it's going to be far easier to send through a larger piece of sheet. Here is all the texture and then cut the little shapes. Our topic. Two reasons for that. It's very frequently sending through very small pieces of silver for the rolling mill without getting your fingers in the way on. Also, with asymmetrical shapes like this, they're going to change their shape a little bit more than you might like when you send through the Rolling Mill, because the rolling mill who sent in this direction the rolling mill which stretched him out a little bit, which may not be in a shoot. But it wouldn't stretch him evenly on this side on this side because of asymmetrical shape . So I've already, as you can see, hammered five the shapes to five up here. Eso you can see a contrast between what? They look quite from the plane. What they look like how much? But I said there on and also because he s a want to be toe watched in the same thing six times. And they're going to move thes five out of the way because I have my hammer with them on the bench block. Then they just jump about all over the place, some hammering this piece. Now I'm just hammering so that hammer is going to go up and down the section here on doing that city get lines going across. But because silver doesn't move at right angles to the head of the hammer, there will be a little bit of stretching that way. Not very much, because there's not much silver here to move on. Not as much stretching if you would get if you sent it to a rolling mill, as I described earlier. So for me myself quotes Inglis, keeping your fingers out of the way, it's making sure the texture is even. Okay, so I'm happy with that. So the six textured little leaves last two on here, she can see them so the next, since I'm going to do for later them up a little bit. Is that so? I'm going to put them together so that I've got three leaves hanging below each other on the leaves are going to face different directions. On each packs is an asymmetrical shape. Someone mirror versions for each hearing on. So I'm not going to do is show you how to uniquely soldier them together without the soldiers spreading across the rest of the design so that you end up with that pretty falling res design. 8. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - sweat soldering: transferred six leaf shapes onto the soldering brick Onda. As you can see, I've arranged. Um, so there were two rows of three. I had a good look at the different shapes before I arranged them. Because some of them are so lightly thinner than others. That's because I'm human and, well, I cuts the shape sounds. There was going to be a slight difference to them. It will be the same with yours as well on. I want to make sure that if I had a couple of smaller ones than they were equally divided between the two earrings. So I've done that. I've laid them out. How I want them to be soldered together. It did take a little bit of time to set up on you actually see me setting it up again, part way through the soldering process. I don't know whether you can see just a dark shadow here and here has no shot, she shadow. I drawn a Sharpie mark just above each of the two lower leaves. I've done that because it's going to help me work out where to put the leaves back together again so that they are sold it in the right position. I'm gonna put same markings now on this. A ring, So just going to hold it. Study? Why did the first mark take my finger away Very carefully, so I don't want to move that. Put on one a little bit. Let's just put it back again. Hold that one carefully. Well, I do a mark on there now. These are just indication to help me put things back into place afterwards. Once I've put things back, I'm setting them up for soldering. If they need to be, most likely, I will do so. So I went to necessary go for exactly the lines I've just drawn there. Just an indication that's only the bottom two that they're going to need soldier on them at this point. So chip that went over and put a dot to say that is where the soldier needs to go. Chips that one over again for the dot. I'm just going to move that one. That's just out of sight. Here, find five requests were slightly just a sites. There we go on this side. I'm doing it River carefully like this because I want to make sure that I keep the same leaves in same position. You do the same on this site that one over which of doctors talked to say that that's where so it needs to go. Take that one over doesn't stop. Well, that's where that used to go. It's gonna move that one again. A little bit safer area. So that once citing asked Aware again it's going to move the brick around a little bit so it's easier for me to work on. I had it turned around how I did initially. So that shirt you could see the dark lines around the edges. I drove the Sharpie. The next thing I need to do is put a drop off flux on each leaf. Where will soldier to go? I don't need to put the flux across the whole back. Just well, solder Andi. I've cut some very small pieces of medium solder. I'm going to put a couple of those own each leaf that needed for soda. What? Put three there. Three. Switch to but one there. I can't wonder being a bit stubborn. These pieces, soldier, I don't want to come off the brush. I think they got high. Don't every guy through there. The last two, they're what they're going to do now is just melts the solder in place on the back of each leaf says I can internalise back over, lying everything back up again and re melts the solder This way. The Stoda more estate exactly where I wanted to say so. And he took very gently. First, remember? Went to heat up the flux, drives flocks quite slowly. So by meeting fire brick and letting the heat go into silver, has he talked quite slowly so that the pieces of solder are less light jump up. So I'm just going to melt. You saw a flash of liquid soldier that there's a sylvan mountain flow down to the base, so it's like a puddle on the back of that leaf. You can, uh, se moves ever so slightly, but still in a K position. Okay, what, you going to put just one more piece on there? Because I think a bit did fly off without me realising it, and you want to make sure I do have enough soldier in place. It's difficult to add solder afterwards. Me during this sweat soldering technique. Okay, so soldiers now in position now to need studio is relying everything up again. It might take a little bit of time, but we're spending that time to make sure that everything is lined up nicely. Okay, well, first hearing there first leaf, I can still just about see the shadow of the pen mark on this leaf here. I'm using that as a guy now for putting the bottom leaf in place. The second doing now, hopefully you've noticed that I've got the earrings facing either way. So this is the more curved side of these sleeves facing that way. And this is more curse. Side of easy is facing this way. Okay, I'm happy with the position foes move it essentially into the screen. Now that everything is not quite so spread out, What I'm going to do now is just so the one earring. It's time I'm going to heat up around this hearing that it so the heat starter to go into the silver and then heat all the way across it on what you should see is the leaves settled down a little bit to become a little bit closer to each other and ideally, receiver with a soldier appearing here and here. But actually where I drew those pen lines and then I'll move on to the second day week this heating around it first and then going across Oh, I press that tearing down a bit because it had lifted up a little better than repeated up just by pressing it down. Keeping heating. Made those two line up nicely. Fit together nicely. So got nice. Joined there and there to the same to the Serie Lovely so I can see a nice I sold there. They're gonna go on this one here and here. Andi accents. I moved about one such The fire broke at the moment, but then we go. A little bit of five workers come away with it, but we're solving broke. Don't why That will come off in the pickle. But it's good sign. Everything's all moving is one piece. It's all solder together now. I did both soldier joins on each hearing at the same time. If he wants to take it a little bit more step by steps, he didn't have quite so much to watch. In one go, you could soldier one purveyor brings together on, then adds the 3rd 1 after those souping soldier together, in which case I would do the first her with hard soldier and then those once with medium, leaving you with easy still to do start fitting. So I'm going to quench these aren't going to them, put them in a pickle pot to clean up before showing you how to put Steve start fitting on the back. 9. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - soldering the stud fittings: the reason l safely after pickle, they've been cleaned up nicely. The copper oxides that have formed on the leaves have been cleaned up on. They found unicycle paper, white color, which is the color of unpriced silver. I've put a dot, but at the top of each hearings remind me which way up they need to go on where I want such fittings to bay. As you can see, I've got one of self fittings in a bent nose, hair of verse, section, tweezers. I've also got two pieces of easy solder one there and one there. So what I'm going to do is melt one piece, sweetie soldier onto the bottom of this sudden fitting home. That's one place on the back of the hearing. Reheat to remote solder on to join the start fitting on the back of the hearing. So, dick influxes just that view of the camera hold to start fitting on soda. He talked about silver in place so they might be able to teach other that the end of that is a little bit well rounded. Now the soldiers in place, I don't need to put anymore flux. The flux is still on here. It's just being dried. I'm gonna put some heat into the hearing, hold such fitting and price. So much black dot and there is the bright liquid silver flash. A soldier melted and flowed out. I know it's all in one pace. Pop that in the quench parched cool down, Andi picked up the second start fitting. Got that tweezers now again, Different of flux. Hold against a piece of easy soldier, not a soldier. On seeing surfacing, we learned that soldier melted out. I had to pause and keep everything still, while the soldier went a dull color again, which showed me to go into solid so that the this is now one piece instead of four separate pieces of silver. So again, that's when I go in the quench watch with the other hearing that both then going to go in the pickle. There's not very much in the way of oxen ization to clean off, but there is still a little bit on, but there's also some excess flux. It needs cleaning office well on once they've been cleaned, I'm then going to polish them. I'm going to put them in my temple pressure, which will clean them quite nicely for me. When I get on a couple extra jobs, however, you could use a polishing cloth instead to polish them up. 10. Falling Leaves Stud Earrings - final thoughts: well, it's another pair of earrings, polished and ready to where I hope you like them as much as I do. I hope you enjoy the class on that. She learnt something from it. As you may have noticed in each class, I don't just want to sharing you design with you. I want to teach you some new skills. I encourage you to keep improving your basic still was 15 skills such a soldering and soaring. So I hope you guys to do that. I hope you can also see some ways in which you could adapt this class to make it your own. Once you learned how to sweat solely, join together all manner of different shapes. You can also, perhaps when I copped onto silver as well. If you want to have a mixed metal design, duro must download the equipment list. I hope that your things we go through the classes that mostly equipment that's this is used in a great variety, different classes so that you're really getting the most out of your investment in your jewelry equipment. Please do leave a review to help other students and remember that I'm here if you've got any questions. Thank you for watching