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19 Videos (1h 21m)
    • Orchid Earrings

      1:25
    • Orchid Earrings - materials

      0:40
    • Orchid Earrings - equipment

      3:20
    • Orchid Earrings - soldering equipment

      3:38
    • Orchid Earrings - coiling the wire

      4:31
    • Orchid Earrings - cutting the jump rings

      10:50
    • Orchid Earrings - preparing for soldering

      2:39
    • Orchid Earrings - soldering the jumprings

      8:01
    • Orchid Earrings - soldering troubleshooting

      2:07
    • Orchid Earrings - hammering

      3:43
    • Orchid Earrings - shaping the flowers

      4:21
    • Orchid Earrings - melting the silver balls

      5:27
    • Orchid Earrings - soldering the silver balls

      5:50
    • Orchid Earrings - reshaping the flowers

      3:19
    • Orchid Earrings - soldering stud fittings

      6:33
    • Orchid Earrings - preparing the earwires

      2:09
    • Orchid Earrings - soldering the earwires

      3:35
    • Orchid Earrings - finishing the earwires

      7:10
    • Orchid Earrings - final thoughts

      1:16

About This Class

Welcome to the Orchid Earrings class! This class will teach you how to make two variations on a theme - lovely silver flowers that remind me of orchids in two sizes, one as a beautiful pair of drop earrings and the second as a dainty pair of studs. The class will also teach you how to make your own jump rings, melt scrap silver into little balls and will help you to improve your soldering skills.

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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.

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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 #17 and #18 in the #52earrings challenge

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6 of 6 students recommendSee All

As always, Jo Tinley doesn't just show us how to make something lovely, but explains the reasoning behind each element and - crucial in a proper tutor - shows how to rectify a mistake / failure. I can see many projects in which to utilise these skills
Was so easy to follow and instructions were clear and precise so that even a complete novice could understand. Loved the class, going to definitely try this out!!
Karen Franck

Freelance Graphic Designer & Crafter

There are lots of valuable tips in this class! Darling earrings Joanne

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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...

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