Garnet Starburst Earrings - a simple stone setting project

Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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15 Videos (52m)
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - a simple stone setting project

      1:01
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - equipment

      1:25
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - soldering equipment

      3:38
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - materials

      1:16
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - cutting discs

      1:34
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - texturing discs

      4:03
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - preparing the stonesettings 1

      3:25
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - preparing the stonesettings 2

      3:05
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - soldering

      6:28
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - drilling

      3:10
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - making the earwires

      6:40
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - setting the stones 1

      8:11
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - setting the stones 2

      3:51
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - finishing the earrings

      3:32
    • Garnet Starburst Earrings - final thoughts

      1:08

About This Class

Welcome to the Garnet Starburst Earrings class! This class is the ideal introduction to stone setting. Although the beautiful garnet cabochons in the middle of the earrings are small, this is off-set by using ready-made bezel cups to hold them in place. I will teach you how to refine the bezel cups to fit your stones perfectly, taking you through everything step-by-step. You will also practice your soldering skills - always important!

The project uses very little silver. I have used two 5mm garnet cabochons (flat backed stones), but any round cabochons from 4mm to 6mm would work just as well.

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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 #6 in the #52earrings challenge

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Absolutely loved this class, very informative! Thank you!
This is a great class for an introduction to stone setting. The earrings are very attractive and have been much admired by my classmates.
Great tips Jo. Thank you. I fail horribly with bezel setting, and think I now know why....push and tip. With a bezel pusher, not the burnisher I have been using (I thought the square pushers were intended for prong use, so hadn't bought one . Guess what I'm doing next!) Plus - top tip about filing the outside of the bezel on bought settings - plus I have been filing the inside of the ones I make myself. And the final top tip? No need for extra flux. Can't wait to try this out

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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 coast of the UK with 15 other wonderfully creative artists. I design and make jewellery for galleries across the UK, teach jewellery design evening classes and weekend 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, JoanneTinley, for jewellery making ebooks and laser- engraved texture sheets for embossing patterns into sheet metal.