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14 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings

    • 2. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - materials

    • 3. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - equipment

    • 4. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - soldering equipment

    • 5. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - sawing

    • 6. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - filing

    • 7. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - annealing

    • 8. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - hammering

    • 9. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - preparing the wire

    • 10. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - soldering the wire

    • 11. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - drilling

    • 12. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - soldering the studs

    • 13. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - finishing the earrings

    • 14. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - final thoughts

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About This Class

The project in this class started as I challenge to one of the classes I teach here in my studios - using only the materials left over from the piece of jewellery you've just finished design and create a new pair of earrings. I did put out a small bowl of beads for them to use and gave them stud fittings and butterflies, but everything else had to come from the pile of scraps already sitting on their work desk! They really enjoyed the challenge and made some beautiful earrings. Of course, I had to join in too, and I made a pair of the earrings you can see here.

My challenge to you is to create a pair of earrings, based on the instructions in this class, made only using scraps of silver left on your work desk. The class will teach you sawing and soldering techniques, but I also want you to discover what beautiful things you can make from scraps!


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 suitable for everyone from beginners upwards!

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 #48 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. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings: Hello, My name's Giant Tinley. I'm enjoy designer and shooter from Southwest UK. Welcome to teach us. The design of this class started off as a challenge that I set some of the students here in my studios. And, of course, I decided I had to join myself. The challenge was to use only the piece of silver that they had on their desk, left over from a project that we finished to make a new design, preferably a new pair of earrings. They could add Ian beat from a pop, so I put him on the table before the silver. Apart from stuff fittings and butterflies they want to use, those had to come from materials that they had left over materials that otherwise would've ended up in this crackpot. So that's my challenge to you in this class as well. Take the design ideas give you in the class, used the same basic techniques but adapt design as necessary to fit material you already have in stock. As you can see, this is a path stud earrings. Although the design could just a easily be made into drops, there are two separate sections. Silver on the joint in between two is almost hidden by the large hole beach that threaded on to the wire. Intimate was two pieces. This class is part of the 52 hearings Chance I set myself 2070 design on film tutorials for 52 different passive hearings. Have a look out the hash. Take 52 earrings on instant Facebook to see so behind the scenes photos. But for now, let's get started by the materials and equipped to the French need to make He's here. 2. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - materials: the's other materials that we're going to need to make the lump work. Teardrop hearings on Die specifically chosen each piece of silver to show you that you could make these earrings out of scrap left over from other projects, the piece of silver sheet started off as a much thicker piece off. A smaller working areas will surface area. I sent it through the rolling mill to thin it out and to make it big enough to cut the to tear drops out of it. The long, straight piece that's now is a basically a piece of rectangular. Weir was originally a piece off two millimeter round sterling silver wire. Again are sent it through. The rolling mill is flattened it out and stretched it out. It started off as a piece of about 1/3 of the size that you can see here on. This piece now measures just over eight centimeters. As I said, I'm going to cut the shapes that we need our steeds to piece of silver, but they are going to need to be a kneeled before I can hammer thumb. Because sending through the rolling mill has already work hard in them, cutting out is absolutely fine. But trying to protect sharing that going to be too hard for that? Obviously, if you were using silver that is fresh, a new and you brought it already and yield as most silver doesn't come, then you won't need to do the anything section of the class. The focal point of the earrings are going to be these to a beautiful brewing green lump work hearings loving match finish, and they've been formed with coils of glass wrapped around. They have a lovely by cone shape, but any shape of lamp would be to be absolutely fine for this. I've also made some beautiful earrings using the same design using round beads. The important thing is that the holes in the beads are slightly bigger than normal. It looks as if he's be to being formed around Amanda of approximately three millimeters in diameter. That means that the beach was slide a little bit over the top of the teardrop, which is the look that I'm going for. However, if you don't mind tip your teardrop showing that was still look absolutely lovely and even use beads, obviously that have a smaller hole, have a look through your collection of beads and see what you've really got to see what might be suitable for this project. Keeping with the theme of using scrap silver. I've also got a couple off links approximately six centimeters lengths of no 60.8 millimeter sterling silver around wire. These are going to form the pieces of wire that will go from the top of the to drop through the beads and then attached to the top short rectangular section, the stud section, the earrings. I've actually rescued them from earrings that didn't quite work out. Yes, I do have projects that don't always go the way. I want them to just show to you. It does happen to everyone to finish off the earrings. I've got the only piece of silver that aren't made from scrap. I've got to sterling silver start fittings and the butterflies to slide over the backs. 3. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - equipment: the's controls that we're going to need to make the lump work. Teardrop earrings. I'm going to use a really nice find tip Sharpie permanent marker to mark the teardrop onto the studies of a sheet. Before I saw it out, I'm going to use Template to help me mark out the teardrop green template that you can see here. This has got a really nice range of different size teardrops on, as you can see other shapes as well. The teardrop, because I'm going to be cutting out, is the one that type was for Mark. Decide. It's the 18 by 11 millimeter teardrop. However, you can change the size portion off the teardrop to suit the beats that you are using. I'm going to soar out the silver teardrops using my doula sore. I'm going to support the silver on the bench, pegged as I do so on. I'm also going to use that you will resort to soar through the rectangular weir that I'm using. Once the shapes air sawn out, I'm going to use thief flat needle file to smooth the edges, refined the shape of need be and remove the sore marks and any sharp points as well. I'll also be used in need of fire late run in the class to help me prepare their why that's going to be sold it on to the back of teardrops. What two hammers here, the cross pain or the straight hammer is the one that I'm going to use to text to the silver. I really like this one. It gives a lovely pattern on the silver. The Planet Shing Hammer is going to be used to help prepare the wire that's going to be soldered onto the back of the teardrops while some hammering all the silver. I'm going to have it on that the still bench block, because that's going to give a really nice firm surface toe Hammerin top off to give the best hammered impression. I'm going to support that another cushion both to protect my table and also help to keep the noise down. I've also got three pairs of pliers and the wire cutters. Why Custer's obviously are going to be used to cut the wire to trim off the excess wire that I don't need our try to turn the loops that are going to hold the two sections of the hearings together, I'm going to use the nylon, your pliers if necessary to smooth out the wire removal kinks. Making nice and straight. I'm going to use a round nose Pliers on the flat nose applies to help reform the loops. The loops are going to be threaded through holes that I'm going to drill at one end of each piece. Rectangular Weir. I'm going to use my bench drill with a no 10.9 millimeter Drillbit. However, if you've got a hand drill, that will do the job, Justus. Well, this is a soldering project, so we also need to have a look at the soldering equipment that we're going to need to complete the design. 4. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - soldering equipment: I think 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 mounting 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've shown 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 that paste 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 730 degree centigrade. As you can tell, the easy solder paste is a favorite newer in 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 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 refill cigarette lighter at the back of a picture, you can see a slow cooker that Scots a very mild acid solution go to 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 flames before 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 people with brass or plastic tweezers, not the stainless steel ones that I showed you before and last, but definitely not least are her safety glasses. You've only got one pair of eyes. Look after them carefully 5. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - sawing: Theo. First stage of making the earrings is to cut Sylve out. So we start off the teardrops. I've used sharply and template to mark the teardrop shapes as I want to cut out. Try to make good use of silver sheet. Um couldn't move that any closer down there, there wouldn't be quite enough material for the wits of the to drop. But silly me, the spreadsheet here in here as I could cut something out of it. Even if I had spread the teardrops out, nothing really would have gone toe waste because everything could be recycled. But be ashamed to put the effort of spreading that silver out to waste while I can still use it for something else. So you might see those bits of silver appearing in another class room. So I'm going to stop cutting at that angle. I work my way around the teardrop that way, but this one first, obviously, um, I have attached to class materials, a book, cuts of hints and tips on how to get the best out storing how to build your confidence up on your story If you start something you still need to work on. But to give you a couple of tips now. Probably working on the bench picks the work supported. I've got most of Seoul for this. I'm cutting on the bench, peg, but I've got shit over the top of this cut out section here so that I can bring the blade up to it. Swells. Get access to where I need to cut off supporting most of silver. Okay, I have my fingers on either side of the blade while some cutting. So I'm supporting both sides. The silver. If I just had it on one side, then this side would lift up as I lift the sword blade up on that twitch that make it more difficult to cut. I'm also going to keep the blade. This upfront was possible. Andi. Next tip. How much going to demonstrate to start cutting. So start cutting. Now that's to tip. The first thing is that you don't turn the blades, you turn the silver. If you try to turn the blade, then you're not going to be cutting for a nice, steady angle. Not going. Teoh. Beekeeping. Everything central one with your body. Which means you're more likely. Teoh. Go off piece golf the line. But the second thing? Listen out again as I'm sorry. What? Well, it's a nice, smooth arrhythmic noise. I'm also not going too fast. I'm concentrating accuracy over speed, but I try to listen to this is a contrast. The noise that's annoys you get when you try and put even just a little bit of pressure on the blade. You don't need to. The blade would do the work for you or you need to do is guide it up and down. If you time put more pressure on it, it's going to get stuck. It's not certainly not going to go the faster you're going to be a lot slower and you're also far more likely to break your blade. So take it steadily. But the Blake do the work for you. Concentrate on accuracy speed. Okay, - right . - Uh , won t drop. It's been two twists that better silver to get through that section there. What is that? Something my way. Andi, I'm going to start with this much Lees. I started to rubble way that pen marks nothing handling to silver each up from wrong template That so so got lots of templates sitting here. Okay, that these templates came as a set of two on. They are all the different shapes and sizes. Most popular shapes, sizes that gemstones and diamonds coming. Sit in Washington. Certain diamonds. Um, that's for helping you to sketch out pieces of jewelry, store sexually to show customers. But I like to use my box of shapes to cut out the silver, but so I can't go into single here so I could go around the teardrop hoops. Well, that doesn't happen very often. The classes, But it's a good opportunity should remind you that you do need to support your work. I wasn't supported my work properly on this side. It lifted up as it lifted up. It twisted the blade. You see my port Late group. So I need to do with me for a moment, okay? Just walked over my late. Make sure the teeth point down with swords. The handle until this so late. So still frame losing the wheel up here means this section down so I can put blading that would check it is in nice to see the end and then use a plate. So I used the wheel to put the plate in detention again. So that's good I got to do. Now. It's going way back to camp. Continue stirring out that last little bit, making sure this time I support my work properly. My father, the tips that I give you for myself. - All right, guys, that's two teardrop shapes. Nicely I need to do is to cut two sections directing your Why they really you can see. But this is river a wobble in the water up to that point there. So what I'm going to do is Mark with the shark at that point. Accepted that what these sections So that I put in here and you don't want those. Have a wobble with them. I want to be nice and straight, and then I'm going to think looking this. What's your job? The beach? Oops. Just 1/2 gets. I think that's actually a little bit shorter. So I was going to cut that section Justin straight in half. But I think looking at these about that since we'll be be fine. So I'm going to mark that distance with Shockley. Sometimes the work I do is write for scientific almost and measures accurately, sometimes It's nice just to hold silver up against the other pieces on bond workout distances if you go along. So that's just messing up now. I'm not gonna mark both sections now, but I'm just measuring the 1st 1 now on. That is 13 millimeters. The reason why I'm going to cut this one off on then, Mark. The 2nd 1 is that if I march, both of them, If I went slightly inaccurately on this mark, then that market has be redrawn. Summers will cut this one off, measure it again and cut that one off there. So same again. Support work on bench look so through. So they leave my finger across example supporting both sides. There's one and then cut number two So way have the hearing starting to shake shape. Next thing it's I need to do is to file the silver 6. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - filing: four pieces of silver are sawn out. I need to meet up the edges. Got so for marks left from the sore plates around the edges. They're feeling a bit rough. Um, on And the tips have a teardrop? No, actually pretty sharp as well. So we'll use the needle file just to smooth those out. So with the the teardrop you consumed a sweeping round, I don't see much the to drop a moment cause I'm supporting it between finger and thumb just sweeping around the edge. Remember the files? Any work going in one direction, But it will. You can pick up on the camera that the edges are looking a bit shiny. If I could have to Yes, you said this one of you, but shiny already. If you've got a stubborn section well, I want to go across like that, but just sweeping round help secure your oval shape because I feel with finger going round , it does feel like a very nice, smooth Herve exception. That's what the So despite my sword blade breaking part way through, cutting one of these out in which one now the, um, curve is really nice and smooth is that a great to work to do. But if you have gone off the line and for bitch that saw the filing will sort that out for you License smooth and just got even though the chip this to drop is going to be hidden under the breed. Just going to take, um, the very shocked bit off the chop, Then to do something for you. See me do before they're a few burgers on the edge here. We're being story and firing. It's going to hold to file at about 45 degree angle. Yeah, just just slightly sweet round that removes his first. That is actually a size 12. Same for the other one. - I think this might be where I broke the blade. Maybe some around here, because it's a little bit of bumps. There I might be wrong. Might not be where the plate broke. Foot 10% is a pump that I need to source. Ouch! Yeah, kitchen. Take Right now I can just get rid of my best. I didn't We'll get rid Is a chip of the chokes Just sweet that little bit. It's not better, right? That's the teardrops prepared. I need to do a little bit of preparation on the, uh, rectangular pieces. First thing I'm doing is just checking that they are the same lengths which state? Oh, I checked them again after I filed him. Now I don't need to do anything to the launch is here because they're already nice and smooth, because, remember, this is a piece of rectangle wire I formed by cities and two millimeter wide through the rolling mills of those inches. A really nice and smooth there have been affected. It's just the top and bottom. So first thing I'm going to do is just use a needle file to sweep across, don't you think? With this size piece, it's easier to go across like that. I'm getting rid of the fire marks, or so just that we're checking that it's fairly horizontal going across now. These are going to be soldered together. There's no soldier join here, so I don't need them to be perfectly square. I don't use the DT's and Engineers Square to make sure they are perfectly square, but I do need them to look to the eyes of the square. So much is same on this site. No What I'm going to do is ever so slightly round off. Corn is here, so put us out a little bit. Just going to sweet across that section, just going to leave it about dancing fingers thumb again because that gives it better support. I'm not changing the shape very much. Just taking the shop myself the same. Yeah, the wrench. Let's get rid of those birds, the same as I did on the teardrop and then the same on this one. Croce Onions. Have a look to check that they are nice and square and then sweet across the corners just a little bit. But so those four pieces silver. Now they've been filed. My next job is to kneel them. So I said at the start of the class, I rolled out the sheet I rolled out. The wires are amusing. Basically recycled pieces of silver hear laughter from other projects because they're being to the Rolling mill. They have already been worked hard on quite a bit and trying to put the hammer texture into thumb their ham attacks. You wouldn't be very strong. It wouldn't really affect time that I'm looking for. So I'm going to a Neil these next. Obviously, if you're using a piece of silver that are new, they haven't been through the rolling mill. They haven't been work hard, and then you won't need to do the needing section, but that is my next job. 7. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - annealing: e four pieces silver on soldering block. Sir, Taking any of them on should also be able to see that I've schooled a bit on one side of each of them with the sharp people marker. I do that because when that is all but burnt off, that is an indicators. I've got the silver hot enough. Another indicator is a deep red tinge to the metal on also a nice bloom of optimization. However, because I have already heated up these pieces silver toe Aneel than before while I was rolling in through the military cycles. Um, there's not actually much copper left with surface, so no much oxygen ization is going to take place because they really being the pickles and the pickles cleaned up so that cop rocks innovation, taking the copyright with surface already. So putting the sharp you mark on the is a really good indicators. Second years, I've also got my and greater quench part here your ice cream tub with the water at the bottom because quenching the silver is obviously part of the kneading process on it. Heat it up and then, when the redness is gone, put them in Ondo by the time I put the talks down to pick my tweeters up, the redness would have gone after the metal, so I'm going to want to time. - That's what the heating that's needed, Sears said. There's not much shocks. Ization tour in front What organization there is is actually on the cut edges. You can see they're not dark on the edge there. So where I've sorted through them excellent exposed fresh silver that hadn't already been exposed to pickle. That's where the organization is. So now these have bean quenched. I need to go in the pickle to clean up, and then I'm going to put the hammer texture into them. 8. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - hammering: the silver is now out off the pickle. It's being cleaned up. The cops size the little copper oxide there was on that was being cleaned up on dive given moments and quench pot again. I've also dried some carefully because you don't want to put what metal on a still bench block or anything steel, because that would encourage the rust. So next job is to use my lovey a straight hammer, my cross being hammer, Swiss Hummer to put a nice texture in there. I'm going to put the texture for the hammer blows up and down both pieces of metal lights. So so the lines run horizontal across the hearing design, and I'm really going to hammer on one side. So where we go, - I use quite light hammer blows so much of really whack the silver because that could actually cause it to distorted shape. Remember I said I stopped, had other could. The silver went back and put another couple of hammer blows just to make sure that the texture with even you could know where to go back and put more texture on. But start quite lightly and build ups. It's nice. Rhythm is not a big whack now, Sure, how much of a difference the hammer blows would have made and are considering it. It actually check thes off camera Before I started hammering Andi the one that I've hammered the teardrops of hammered has lengthened ever so slightly Put many by about a millimeter and 1/2. You guys just see the tip. So the, uh that much. But when I haven't hammered where if I turn this around on the difference in texture might might highlight it a little bit. Not massive amount, because it hasn't grown very much is not amazing. Clear bits growing by about a millimeter. That's because you may have had me mentioned before Silver moved my tangles hammer. So with a around hammer, right angles in every direction. So the silver isn't going to move that much. But when it's across, being hammer right angles the head of the Hamas in that direction. So if you're hammering just straight up and down sided with this, then this still was going to grow a little bit. So what's that, Hamed? This one we're gonna have to check that they are still both the same lengths. So get on with the 2nd 1 there. - I hope you the textures. That's just check the links. Yeah, that's a good match. So I'm happy with those That's me. Raunchy these ones again. I'm going to have to stop. Check that length. Double check learning matches up good. Only Bachir of Millimeter next to growth. It's It's always easier to see these ones because I can put in right up against each other . So get on with this one. Yeah, they're good match. I also had to make sure that my hammer blows were even this. I wasn't anymore to one side or the other, because if I was heavier with the hammer on this size is likely. Then you would make this side grow a bit more. Andi, if you have a look for the curvy, how much earrings? Can't you see why you set to effect to deliberately put a curve in silver to creator? Another different pair of earrings. So my next job is to prepare and solder piece of wire behind each tip of the each teardrop eso that that wise what the beat is going to side on to, and then it's going to be threaded through a hole. If I was in each drill at the end, off each piece off rectangular, more 9. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - preparing the wire: the's links off no 0.8 millimeter What I showed you the material section, and I'm going to solder each one just behind the tip of each teardrop. Andi, the beads are going to threat onto each and go slightly down onto the teardrop. I was. You don't need pieces of wire this long in the finished project, but because it's going to be easier to handle longer pieces where I'm wrapping a group at the top of the beach, I am actually going to work with the long piece of guy could cut one piece in half and use that is each half on each teardrop. But I'm going to use the long lengths and then just trim off what I don't need. Another might have a piece that's long enough. Left afterwards. Saxony's for another project. However, I want to make sure that the join in between the piece of wire Andi back to drop is a strong as possible on day. One way of doing that is to increase this thesis surface area that's joint between the two . And to do that, eso probably see me doing your classes before I'm going to hammer with the flashing Hummer , just at the tip of flare out to the tip of the wire. And the bit so what it takes. Sit scratching like a little bit differently. Same with the other one. And second, to use the needle file just to smooth out that shape. Let's make it a nice, even pleasant looking shape. No sharp corners on it. But that should be at the back of the hearing. Still nice to Hey, that attention. So now is always weak patch, and you take the most the Soviets section and salt together. 10. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - soldering the wire: way Put teardrops upside down on the soldering brick because off see how would access to the back. I want to be able to soldier the wire onto the back of each other like so you can if if you want to, as I've done put little guideline with a Sharpie reminding you where to go to line up the silver. But some it's not really necessary. Set me conduct if you want to. I've also got one to small pieces off easy soda et some of the Palins. I'm going to use one of each of those on each hearing I can use Easy Soldier because although there are four soldier joins in total with a pair of earrings to on each hearing, one of the wire off the start fitting, each soldier joint is going to be on a separate piece of silver. So I don't have to worry about previous soldier joints re melting as I'm doing the 2nd 1 so I can just use Easy soldier. I've got the flux by your flux. This hits and sites certain going to do is just tip the end. So why in flux mode the why then reverse section trees is I'm going to melt one pieces of soldier on. Here's with Fox after the way, just for safety sake. Good. What you have to see. That was a wise to a bit more rounded at the end. Now make sure you got this composition also going to move that to drop out of the way. I moved the end of the used the end of the reasons to do that. Rather my fingers, because Silver, the great conductor of heat, it would have picked up a bit of heat that I was even using flame for that short lengths of time to do this. So it's just a check that I'm cooked with, how everything's lined up, as you mostly do before that. I'm going to put some heat into to drop, because that's the biggest piece of silver. And then there were the wire down. When everything's very close to solving temperature like C six close sorting Tampa ship. It could be a reddish tinge in that tier. Got also shop burn away. It doesn't take no how's everything? Still, until the soda had lost its right look, said one. But in 20 foot on and let's do a 2nd 1 So there's the second peace of y. Step it in flux. Social traces. Like I say. Still, that's better. The second piece of solder was just here, then in place place brother that way, because I was quite happy with our position of wine, that specter just holding everything. Still, after the soldier had flown out and so so sad, bright color. It's going that dull, solid color again. So get that one looks a bit like a spoon at the marriage that one needs to go and quench parched. No, what I'm going to do is put both of them in the pickle pot to clean up while side drill a hole in one end of each piece of rectangular weir. 11. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - drilling: further. I want to drill one hole in one end of each piece of the hammered rectangular weir. The Why're That's I have just sold it on to the back of the teardrops You're going to thread through the beat. Andi is there going to be turned into a loop on the loop? Is going to be passed through the whole of these pieces of wire to fix everything together to join the different components theories together. It's a lot easier for me to drill the holes now before I sold the stuff fittings on the other end. Because otherwise the star fittings could get in the way they suddenly went. Allow the the pieces of wire to lay so flat on the Peter, which the tire I support my work with. I'm drilling. I put the dot with Sharpie to indicate where I went to the whole to be on. I set up my bench tool with a north 0.0.9 millimeter drill bits. Remember, I'm using no 0.8 millimeter wire, so no point in lying hole where thou that passed through nicely. And although I'm using my bench drill, you could, of course, use 100 your to do the job instead. Just making sure that everything is lined up my sleigh before I set the job going one. There we go. Both holds drills. Next thing I need to do is to soldier this stuff fittings on the back. 12. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - soldering the studs: I think it's easy to see the two pieces of rectangular while that I've pushing the soldering brick again with the texture down because I want social back is not quite so easy to see the They stood fittings Where soldier Definitely quite not quite so easy to see one . Two little pieces off easy soldiers also dip aliens, as I did with while I'm going to take each of suffer tings in turn, melt a piece off easy soldier into the bottom after dips the suffer t in the flux on. Then, when everything is in place over here, reheat to remote soldier Enjoying everything together says move one of these out The way with that reverse action tweets is did it into the flux, which is so lightly out of you this time. Hold it up against the soda, okay? I don't want to overheat is I just want to just really melt it in place. It's where I wanted to be. I like to move this. I was slightly. There were some happy with that position. Same as always. Just hold everything still, until that soldier has lost its bright liquid. Look, if you take away too quickly. You could pull the two bits apart since the quench part with that one on did the same with second. So for section traces, dip it in flux. Finds the piece of soldier, but most in place. Okay. Is that what we're joined? The first in the quench pot on then the big point to clean up around before I go any further before I can start joining everything together, everything needs to be polished. So next time you'll see the four pieces of silver is after they've had a little time spinning about in my Tom papayas jacket and I shine. 13. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - finishing the earrings: four lovely, shiny piece of silver straight out of the tumbler being dried off as well. So it's now time to put everything together. The first thing I need to do is to put the beads on the wire. Andi sheikhoun See, as I planned because I've been using, I'm using nice big hold beats. They sit a little bit on top of the tip of the teardrop, which is the effect I was going for. I went to the tip top emerging out of the beat. But if you do have beans with smaller holes than you, see the tip that you drop below, which is still a lovely effect. So I put the other one room as well. Go on, and when to do now is use around those pliers to turn a loop just above each, where each beat on the loops are then going to fit through the holes in the rectangular weir. I'm going to turn a simple loop on I loop rather than a rat's loop. A wrapped loop is generally more secure because the tail the wire wraps around the stems that can't be opened easily. But these are the areas that will be having a of weight pulling at them, I hope on, so we don't need the extra security of the rap group. Andi. Having an Iraq means that it's going to sit, Ah, lot closer to the chocolate beads so it's not going to the wrapping wouldn't distract the eye away from the bead on from the silver. Don't worry, Violet, for simple loops and you to you, because I have attached to the fast materials a copy off editorial, a step by step photo tutorials that will take you through how to make these loops. Such moves, the things that we don't need after for the of the camera so going to distract the I destructive the focus of the camera. Most importantly, so I'm going to hold the why about ah third question 1/3 of the way down the pliers, the closest closer towards the handle. I go, the bigger the Luke is going to be. So I'm going to have the uh, why that said about court way down. And we had applies very close to be there was a bee can move a little bit. What I'm going to do again. It's always it's trying to get everything focused without my fingers. Being in the way is he could see what I'm doing. I'm going to do it. Just bend the wire. Just my finger down. Post said side of the the planet You can see the shape it started to create and then put applies my kin again, So I can not I'm gonna do is pull the why across So it goes all the way round this So it's my shutter out the way round this side of apply this knows supplies What I'm going to have to do for turn this Wait and see. It was something about this space is a bit more easily I would have to pull the wire out around this speech. Hey, just started a formerly put it back in and pull that. Why a little bit tighter around there? Okay. Said the moment the loop is sitting to one side of the, uh, stem that's coming through from the teardrop. So I'm going to just sleep off. There we go. It wasn't particularly easy to get the cutters in there, but just rip off that then. So I'm going to do to get the loot to sit more centrally. I'm going to push just a chip, supplies back in far down to the bottom as I possibly can, and just twist gently to pull a loop. At the moment, it's not sitting how I wanted to do. I want it. It z twisted to one side of it. I'm just going to use my fingers. They go to twist it around any why it's very forgiving. Next I'm going to use. It's the flat. No supplies. I could open the Luke up with around those pliers, but because the pressure will be put in a much smaller area on using the flat nose pliers, they probably remark, since I'm going to do is again fingers on close to home working so support. The Why said, nothing moves when I don't want it to just lift that loops are keeping the oval shape. I've just opened up the loop on and going to put this on now to get the facing. That way, I'm going to have to put it on so initially looks initially, it's pointing backwards, but then twists round. So what? Text your face in the right way and again just use. But now with the, uh, flat, no supplies just to close that loop down. Okay, This the first study ary to save the second. You can see what nice song. Thanks. Why left there that I can straighten out with nine on your pliers? And that's enough for a shorty. A wire again. Wrap it all the way around. Pliers. Step off the actual and then pull. But where I wanted to bay, he's flatly supplies to open loop up. Since the start fitting on, let me have second Dearing. Once I put the butterflies on the back, then there were ready to wear. 14. Lampwork Teardrops Earrings - final thoughts: Well, that's my power. Very finished. How you attempt design to fit materials that you've already got in stock keeps the same basic idea off two separate pieces silver held together with a piece of wire with beads threaded in the middle. But to maybe change the shape. Change the size, obviously changed the bead. Or maybe change the texture as well. I've used a hammer. You just as easily use design stumps or maybe texture with the rolling mill is completely up to you, whichever you choose to do. I'd love to see some photos for finished work. So do you remember to upload those to the project section of class and great as well if you could leave review to help students Thank you for watching.