Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - melt your silver scrap into beautiful earrings!

Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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11 Videos (42m)
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - introduction

      0:50
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - equipment

      1:06
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - soldering equipment

      5:15
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - materials

      0:33
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - melting the balls

      4:42
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - designing the earrings

      5:14
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - soldering part 1

      11:52
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - hammering

      3:23
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - soldering part 2

      3:27
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - shaping the earwires

      4:30
    • Rustic Hammered Dots Earrings - final thoughts

      1:01

About This Class

Fancy making a new pair of earrings for free? This class will show you how to make this stunning pair of earrings from scrap silver left over from other projects and a couple of short lengths of wire. Recycling silver is easy and fun with this method, and the design is so versatile you could easily make yourself a matching pendant.

You will learn how to solder multiple joins at once - and, most importantly, a few tips to show that it's not the end of the world when soldering doesn't go right the first or even second time!

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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 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 #4 in the #52earrings challenge

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finally something for which my solder paste will be perfect. Great idea Joanne, thank you for sharing it with us; and really pertinent tips again; mirror image when setting up; H&S re charcoal block; solder between the balls rather than on top or behind. I have lots of new ideas for how to use the balls I love to make now! Thanks.

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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.