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12 Videos (1h)
    • Poppy Earrings - a beginner soldering project

      1:12
    • Poppy Earrings - materials

      1:28
    • Poppy Earrings - equipment

      2:14
    • Poppy Earrings - soldering equipment

      5:15
    • Poppy Earrings - cutting the discs

      7:24
    • Poppy Earrings - hammering the discs

      11:05
    • Poppy Earrings - melting the silver balls

      4:53
    • Poppy Earrings - preparing the earwires

      2:19
    • Poppy Earrings - soldering the poppies

      10:15
    • Poppy Earrings - soldering the earwires

      5:34
    • Poppy Earrings - finishing the earwires

      7:27
    • Poppy Earrings - final thoughts

      1:20

About This Class

Welcome to the Poppy Earrings class! In this class I'll teach you some simple forging techniques that will turn clean discs of sterling silver into lovely ruffle-edged poppy petals. Once you've practised the techniques you can easily adapt the project into a small pair of poppy stud earrings or a larger poppy pendant!

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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 all abilities, from beginner jewellery makers upwards as the soldering just needs a little patience! To make the soldering a little easier you can, if you wish break it down into smaller steps and I explain how to do that in the class.

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 #26 in the #52earrings challenge.

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8 of 8 students recommendSee All

Another top quality class from Jo Tinley. One of the (many) things I love about her classes is how she shows you to get extra value from your tools. This uses doming punches to flare and shape your silver.
Another clearly instructed class with a beautiful outcome. Thank you Joanne
This is a great use for silver discs made from scrap. I love to reduce waste! I like the soft shape of the discs and I have a pot of silver balls I am keen to find a use for.

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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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