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Flower Drop Earrings: saw, hammer & solder beautiful flowers

teacher avatar Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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15 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Flower Drop Earrings - saw, hammer & solder beautiful flowers

    • 2. Flower Drop Earrings - materials

    • 3. Flower Drop Earrings - equipment

    • 4. Flower Drop Earrings - soldering equipment

    • 5. Flower Drop Earrings - sawing the flowers

    • 6. Flower Drop Earrings - filing the flowers

    • 7. Flower Drop Earrings - hammering

    • 8. Flower Drop Earrings - shaping the flowers

    • 9. Flower Drop Earrings - melting the silver balls

    • 10. Flower Drop Earrings - soldering part 1

    • 11. Flower Drop Earrings - preparing the earwires

    • 12. Flower Drop Earrings - soldering part 2

    • 13. Flower Drop Earrings - finishing the earwires

    • 14. Flower Drop Earrings - wirewrapping the briolettes

    • 15. Flower Drop Earrings - final thoughts

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About This Class

Improve your sawing skills, learn how shaping your cut shapes can give them extra life, practice your fine soldering technique and learn how to wire-wrap a briolette bead to hang below the flower - and you'll soon have a beautiful new pair of earrings to show off!


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.

If you'd like more tips on sawing silver sheet then theĀ Petal Earrings andĀ Bird on a Branch Pendant classes are perfect for you!

Earrings #3 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. Flower Drop Earrings - saw, hammer & solder beautiful flowers: Hello, My name's John Tinley. I'm a joy to sign of UK and weapon to my studio. This video class is part of a serious is going to take you through 52 difference hearing designs in the year I do this video class of no show you have to create your own lovely silver flowers on how lovely sparkling relax beads below them. We're going to be doing some soaring soldering, some hammering a bit more soldering on doing some. Why rapping with real, it's in place. I've added a template for the flower up line you to download together with step by step photos showing you how to do the wiretapping of reelections to make it as clear as possible for you. As usual, there's also a list of the equipment that your needs available use download A swell. I hope that you enjoy claps and then you join me. My change. Create 52 hearings during the year. Let's get the tools out and get started 2. Flower Drop Earrings - materials: here was the materials that you're going to need for the flower drop earrings. I'm going to cut the flowers out of her piece of north 0.5 millimeter thick, certainly silver sheet that you can see. This has already had quite a few little shapes because I fit lots of flowers and hearts. The ear wires are going to be made out of North 0.8 millimeter or 20 gauge wire, which is the same wives I always used to your wives. This second of told it shape puts in enough to go through the holding your ears comfortably . I've got two beautiful faceted AM assists sprayer. Let's toe hang below the flowers really lets a beads that have a whole going across the tip of the pier drop shape, and I'm going to use no 20.5 millimeter wire to attach the prayer. That toothy ear wiles just below the flowers 3. Flower Drop Earrings - equipment: the flower drop hearings. Do you need a little bit more equipment compared to some of the other earrings as I'm going to show you in this Siri's. But remember, you're going to be seen the same piece of equipment again. Again, they can be used for many, many different projects. Sharpie is there to mark out shape the flour on dough that I'm going to cut it out with the jeweler's saw supporting my work on the bench peg with the April underneath to catch any silver dust. What different shapes? Needle files to get into all nooks and crannies between the petals of flowers filed and smooth. I'm going to text to the flowers of my favorite straight, agile, Swiss style hammer, supporting my work on the steel bench block on the leather cushion of I do So while it's saving hammered, I'm going to be using a domain block the wooden punch to shape the flowers, but why cutters off? See there to cut off the ear wires on the round nose pliers on the straight nose pliers. There, there to shape the year wives. The cept Mandrell is the toilet I'm going to use to shape the ear wise into a nice U shape . But do you remember that a Sharpie bowel would do just as well? And the punishing hammer is their toe hammer the ear wire to give it a strength. 4. Flower Drop Earrings - soldering equipment: 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, 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 home safety glasses. You've only got one pair of eyes. Look after them carefully 5. Flower Drop Earrings - sawing the flowers: I've traced around the templates to draw the first Daisy onto the 0.5 millimeter sheet on. Now I'm going to cut it out. So of course they have you. I want to cut over the tip of the notch that I've cut into the bench paper here to support my work as much as possible. And remember, you don't want to put pressure on the blade. You want to let it do the work for you. So you want to hear a nice, smooth, rhythmic sound, and it certainly helps if you can keep your blade out. Plight as possible to turn a sharp corner keeps relate, jogging up and down spot while you slowly turn the silver around. Such facing the direction you want to start sawing again. - Now I've scrubbed out a little bit of that daisy whilst being holding onto the silver, so I'm just going to seven. Get Pento work. You see, I'm not particularly drawing with my left hand, but that's the lines basically back in shape. - That's the 1st 80 cars that not used to the same with the second Well, so I got on both cut out. I'll show you how I have them 6. Flower Drop Earrings - filing the flowers: I'm just going out both the flowers, but their edges are still a little bit rough and sharp on some of the pressure ALS could do with the meeting up a little bit that one in particular need sorting out of it. So that's something to use the needle files for. I've got two different shaped files. I've got a borek file, which is a tape which triangle, but it hasn't got any teeth on the back, and that means so I can get down into the areas between the pencils and file. Those two need to them out without having to worry about teeth on the back of the file, doing damage to the petal behind. I've also got a straight file. I'll use that to tidy up across the chalk the petals. - Remember the files. They work in one direction in that way that you can go that way across the silver. That way, of course, you can turn silver around to get to it from a different angle as well, - just going to use the file on the edges out a little bit of an angle, so lighten that I'm just going to sweep across the edges a little bit both back and front of each petal, and that would just help to take off any birds of silver and little bits of being pushed over. The edge is I've been cutting and firing. Yeah, holding the file a special angle of 45 degree angle to the edge means that you just sweeping across that corner and the father isn't coming into contact with the center of the flowers, and putting a scratches there might have to sound out. You should be able to see that the edges of this flower a lot smoother and neater, more refined from the eighties. This far, this one's for you to go, this one I need to file on. When I've done that, I'll show you how to hammer them. 7. Flower Drop Earrings - hammering: it's time to have a daisies. I'm going to use my favorite cross being hammer. That's going to give some lovely lines on the daisies, and they're going to radiate out from the middle. As you can see, I don't tend to move the ham around. I tend to keep the hammer Morris in one position and turn the flower instead of the hammer . I find I get a much better result by doing it that way. Well, they I haven't checked is the shape of thieves daisies. They're not a symmetrical shape, so just checking hold him up against each other. Just checking. I'm hammering one side of one of them. Looks about right for how this cycle, however, that side so that when they're actually put on the earrings they're actually facing towards each other, there are a mirror image of each other 8. Flower Drop Earrings - shaping the flowers: got to Hamid Daisy's. It doesn't matter that the lines in the middle are overlapping, a written a bit untidy because soon be a bore. Silver soldiered into the middle of that, and that will hide those. What to do. Want to do now, though, is curved them a little bit to give a little bit of extra life to the shape of the flower. Ongoing Teoh and I'm going to use Tomeing Block Onda wooden drumming punch. To do that, I'm gonna hit the domain. Punching with an old hammer doesn't match of that. Old Hammond gets marks because it's not actually going to be touching silver. The reason why I'm using a wooden punch is if I used a metal one that would hammer and flushing out the textures. I just taking the time to put in so I'm flour goes in there. Oh, the domain punch straight was I can straight. Vertical is I can. You can see the difference between two once I curve. Just add to the set aside a little bit of extra life to this sign, and you said it's like you're saying with the other one 9. Flower Drop Earrings - melting the silver balls: I've cut some little pieces off the sheet of no 0.5 millimeter silver that I cut the flowers out off these little pieces that were too small on the edges to actually used anything useful. Andi, I put them on charcoal block. You see what six pieces around here? I haven't taken the plastic covering off the silver because it was so small and fiddly on that tiny bit melting Will will be upset. OK, but what I'm going to do now is melt those little pieces into silver balls. If you've watched the second sucking means class, you're seeing me do this already. The silver melts into balls. It draws itself up into balls all by itself, keeping the heat on the silver. There's going red. Just that's the 1st 1 board up. I melt them on a charcoal brick because that's absorb some of the oxygen. It means that the silver doesn't get as much Copper oxides on it stated a bit cleaner, so we carry on now and melt the other ones. - The six melted balls of silver. I'm going to have a look at the months they've bean cool down and then cleaned up in the pickle on decide which two are the best match on those. The ones that gets used its soldiers into the middle of the flower. The others will go into a pot. Andi gets used another project in the future. 10. Flower Drop Earrings - soldering part 1: in the second Stacking Rings video class. I showed you how to do this with side soldier and separate flux Little Palin's or four pieces of soldier this time just for change. I'm going to show you how to do it with solder paste. I'm going to use medium solder paste so that I still have easy soldier to use. When I solved the ear wise onto the back of the flowers, I'm going to put the paste onto the back of each ball. The back is slightly flatter where it's city up against a charcoal brick, and that's the best side that's going to get the best Soldiers joined when you pushed on the flower and squeeze it a bit off. So to paste onto the back of that ball, I make sure it's in the right position. Did the same to the second bomb. Remember, you don't have to use a separate flux with this. The flux is remixing Andi. When I heat it up, you might see the smoke. You might see tiny green flame as the binder in the pace burns off. There's nothing to worry about that that's a reason for using this in a well ventilated room. - When I see mouths into place, there's check. But if the flowers are by the balls in the center, so they need quite Shane picked cling to clean them up. And then I sold the year wise on the back. 11. Flower Drop Earrings - preparing the earwires: I've cut to six centimeter links of no 60.8 millimeter wire, and these are going to form the ear. Wives is going to be sorted onto the back of the daisies before I sold him in place, though I want to form a small loop at one end for the beach toe hang ful. I'm going to use around. Those applies to do that. And a hoat the why in the pliers. So it's hanging down from the pliers. It's about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down the nose suppliers. The further down towards the handle you hold the wire, the bigger the loop that you're going to fall. Andi, I'm going to hold it. My finger and some very close to the pliers If I hold it back here, I've got no control over this length of wire. So we're hold it right place supplies, and I'm going to twist applies the wise being pulled to my finger in some. If I take it out at this point, you'll see it. It started to to bend over for surprised background again so I can finish loop. See that the wire is now miss itself. So I'm going to put my tip, apply us back in loop No, right down Next that join. Just put it backwards slightly So they sit. That loop now sits like a lollypop on top of the piece of wire going to do the same to the other one and holding it 1/4 to so the way down, same distance down to from the same loop. Twist around until it looks like depending which way you hold it around like a p o que. But I want you to see it like a lollypop on top of the wire. So we put the playa us but inside the loop and just pull backwards. So I'm doing it just twisting back quits, twisting back with just a little bit to get the group to sit on top. 12. Flower Drop Earrings - soldering part 2: we're nearly there. It's time for one last bit of sold Ringel to bits Were Avery cheering? I've marked on the back of the earrings are lying to show how I want to the ear wire to be orientated so that it's going to sit across the back daisy on the loop. Pain just below. There's also a small mark on the ear wire so that I can see where it should be on the back of the days in the middle of the daisy again, I'm going to you, soldier pace To do this, I'm going to squeeze Well, it's a bit of solder paste on the ear y Just underneath by that join is where that markets rather where I want to join to bay. Okay, to put the feet into the back of the daisy first. That's the biggest Peter Silver it needs. The most heat where I had to do was apply just a little bit more heat on the solder melted and flowed and got those two pieces of silver join up nicely. That happened very quickly because the ear why didn't need much more heat. I put enough heat into the daisy to get very close to the soldering temperature are then placed the ear wire in place, a little bit more heat. And that was enough for the soldiers flow. So that used to go in. The quench parched relates to the same number two. 13. Flower Drop Earrings - finishing the earwires: So did hearings of fresh after pickle on and you can see the Air Wives a nice and neatly and securely so Sean to the back. The next job is to turn these things a wire into here wise, so it's going to double check. That's they are the same links, which they are. If they weren't, I'd use the wire cutters. Just a trim off the longest part, but I'm going to do now is use a needle file to round off the edge here so that it's nice and smooth. It doesn't hurt when it's going through the whole New York years. Use your fingers as much as your eyes to check that you've got it nice and smooth. The next job is to bend the ear wire round, so it's actually looks like a near why I'm going to use the stepped Mandel to do that job. Remember, if you haven't got one of thes a pen, bowel would do just as well because I like this because it's got five different sizes on it , and it's the middle size that I usually use for the year wise. So Contar penned thes round. I want them to hang a little bit below the ear, but not too long. River. I've got to be coming down from the bottom as well. So that's about right now. I need to get the next one to my shop, start to bend it round and then see whether it matches. It doesn't. It's a little bit too long. So they put it back on the Mandrell and then push this side down the side. It's too long. I'm gonna bend that around a little bit more now. It's too short. So I'm going to use the nine on your applies. Just to put it straight again gives me the opportunity to show you that it's not the end of the world. If you do get the size little bit broke, it's start spending around. That's a better, much happy with that. Good. Finished 20 around like so we go. I'm going to use the foot no supplies just to bend out off. Flick out This last little end. I like to use his fat No supplies because I always use the whole wits off them. It makes certain that time, bending out of same distance each time. So what I'm doing is just holding the chip, the wire inside the pliers and then pulling back ever so lightly. So she spent. It is a bit more sense if I hold gearing up the right way. Just helps to give the earring written more for professional finished appearance. Last institutes the ear wise before I polished them and hang a beach from the bottom. Just a hammer, this front edge a little bit. It helps the ear wives to be a little bit stronger and to hold their shape, better get to finished earrings just waiting for their beads. 14. Flower Drop Earrings - wirewrapping the briolettes: daisies have been polished, so the last job to finish off the earrings is to answer the brio beads. I've cut a length off nor 0.5 millimeter wire that's about eight inches or 20 centimeters long. That's probably far longer than I needed to be, but it's far better to have too long a Peter Silver and have to trim it off and to end up running out to start. I'm going to use the round nose pliers to form a loop at one end of a piece of wire on that salute that's going to hang on to the bottom off the flower earrings. I'm holding the wire so that it's about 1/4 of the way down the nose pliers, and there's about an inch of wire sticking above. Well, I'm going to pull that short under wire around the nose. Supplies on background across in front, says it's forming a loop and turn it round properly. For you, it's forming a loop that's crossing back over itself, just going to pull that loop a little bit, just like I did with the loop on the end of the year wire. Such it's sitting more on top of the wire and then going to run that short tail around long stem. Check around three times but back into focus for you and see that's right Around three times and much off they get cutters as close as possible to that. Why thats coiled round? Okay, that's called a rap group, and that's a start off putting the reelect beads on top. I'm going to French, such through the bait. Andi been to leave alone enough piece of why there just to push over about the site was a reelect trying to bend it with my finger so that I get to sit still. It's sitting a little bit more upright I don't want This stage of the loop is pointing in a different direction. You want it to, because only wire you'll be depended backwards. Bend it round later on. Benched you now is pool this long piece of why here, up if signed to the beat up after inside the bead, and to start to wrap it around the standard piece of wire that's pointing up with top and put it up and then wrap it around a couple of times to secure it in place now you could if you wanted to leave the wire like that. Just trim the end the while off and hang that from the bottom of the flowers. But I'm going to continue wrapping the wire around the rear, that bead just to make it look a bit Francia. It's also will hide the wire coming out of the holes here. Now for this, you might find easier to wrap the wire around, or you might find it easier to turn the beach, have a goat both and see what works for you. I changed you a little bit of both. Starting right around. Take your time so you get a coil is Nietzsche's possible and it was starting to go down. I'm starting to go over the top of the bead, which is when it becomes a little bit easier to do until you actually start to catch the top of the bead on the oil. The bead who flip about a little bit insists will, though, if I move it Motrin Zone, but you will flick about a lot until you start wrapping the whole read. But once you actually got it, so she catch it to the top there. It definitely doesn't get a lot easier. I'm going to continue wrapping around until the holes in to be hidden. I mean that so that it holds a hidden in sight on the way I like. To finish this wire off is to take it back up to the top and wrap it around just a couple of times above the bead itself just to secure it. So I put it across. I wouldn't in place my thumb so it doesn't move about too much and then wrap a couple of times in the top on and at the wide causes in there. Make sure that you do cut the right. Peter Weir needs not the loop at the top a little bit and there's your first wrapped were that I did actually use. It's that last little bit. It's cut off. I don't actually use actually, all of the 20 centimeters or from your 200.5 millimeter wide I cut off. Now I'm going to wrap the other reelection to match, but this time I'm going to wrap the wire around in the opposite direction. This one I erupt that the other one I'm going to run the other way so that the piece of wire that's going across here will go in the opposite direction. So there look my mirror images to each other, which is a bit nicer for earrings. Both are machines. Bria. Let's have now been wire up to the top. Andi should hopefully be able to tell that they are pointing in opposite directions. Well, was it closer? So that why that's wrapped on that last stage? Oh, and this bridge let it's going that way. Miss Bright was going that way. Very last thing is to attach them to the bottom of the daisies. Well, you need to do is twist up or lift up that loop at the bottom. Daisy. Never try and undo the loop because you won't get it back into shape again. That holds the side and lifted up a little bit. And then at one Greer Lech and place it back down again. One. Do the same with the other one. Lift it up at the beach. I sit back down again. We have one pair of nice, sparkly dangly earrings 15. Flower Drop Earrings - final thoughts: Thank you for watching a pity of us. We've created a pair of earrings spittle, long governed, more dangly and fancier than some of the other earrings I've shown you before on both the hammering on the beach below Catch like beautifully. If you didn't want hearings, we quite so long you could actually finished the air wire behind the flower leave beat off together. I've used a different flower shape on some beautiful smoky courts. Reelect So creates another pair of earrings. That's quite amazing. How a different kind of bead on giving the silver that darker patina could really change the look of the design if you like to see more designs. So I created 52 hearings Challenge. Then do you have a look at my other classes on? Look out for the hashtag 52 hearings on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Thank you for watching