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15 Videos (57m)
    • Lampwork Links Earrings

      1:25
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - equipment

      2:18
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - soldering equipment

      3:38
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - materials

      1:07
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - coiling the wire

      3:40
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - cutting the links

      9:37
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - preparing for soldering

      1:47
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - soldering the links closed

      5:18
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - filing

      2:45
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - making oval links

      3:12
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - hammering

      1:51
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - soldering the stud fittings

      4:58
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - making the headpins

      6:23
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - adding the beads

      7:47
    • Lampwork Links Earrings - final thoughts

      1:08

About This Class

Welcome to the Lampwork Links earrings class! The main aim of this class is to teach you how to make your own jump rings, change their shape and turn them into pretty stud earrings. Jumprings are one of the most versatile findings in a jeweller's kit - they not only join sections of a piece of jewellery together but can be used, as in this class, as the basis of a design. Larger jump rings, especially those already soldered closed, can be expensive to buy, and so enrolling on this class will save you money!

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The class will also cover how to make your own head pins (another money saver!) and how to form wrapped loops. It will also help you to improve your soldering skills. And, of course, you will end up with at least one pair of lovely earrings!

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 #10 and #11 in the #52earrings challenge

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Excellent class - tops of great information and tips!
This is another excellent class full of hints and tips to make life easier. It shows how easy it is to make your own jump rings and they are so useful for many, many projects.

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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.