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12 Videos (1h 16m)
    • Layered Ovals Earrings

      1:31
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - materials

      1:06
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - equipment

      1:49
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - soldering equipment

      3:38
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - texturing

      4:40
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - sawing

      16:20
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - filing and sanding

      13:22
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - sweat soldering

      18:32
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - preparing the earwires

      2:07
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - soldering the earwires

      6:15
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - finishing the earrings

      5:49
    • Layered Ovals Earrings - final thoughts

      1:10

About This Class

Welcome to the Layered Ovals Earrings class! The two ovals used in this earrings design are neatly nested and layered together, forming an elegant and flattering pair of earrings with no unsightly solder around the edges. The secret of this lovely neat finish is sweat soldering, and it is this technique that I will teach you in the class - no more messy solder left to spoil your beautiful jewellery!

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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 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 #16 in the #52earrings challenge

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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.