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13 Videos (52m)
    • Silver Swings Earrings

      1:34
    • Silver Swings Earrings - equipment

      4:01
    • Silver Swings Earrings - a few pieces from the soldering kit

      1:50
    • Silver Swings Earrings - materials

      1:07
    • Silver Swings Earrings - cutting the discs

      4:10
    • Silver Swings Earrings - annealing

      4:21
    • Silver Swings Earrings - introducing the rolling mill

      8:06
    • Silver Swings Earrings - drilling

      5:36
    • Silver Swings Earrings - shaping the ovals

      6:08
    • Silver Swings Earrings - preparing the earwires

      3:39
    • Silver Swings Earrings - polishing

      0:41
    • Silver Swings Earrings - finishing the earrings

      9:58
    • Silver Swings Earrings - final thoughts

      0:51

About This Class

Welcome to the Silver Swings Earrings class! This class will introduce you to the rolling mill, one of the best investments you can make for your jeweller's workshop.

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My rolling mill is one of the pieces of equipment that I use the most in my workshop, helping me to recycle my silver and to change the shape and gauge of my silver wire - techniques I will teach you in future classes. I also use my mill to add beautiful textures to my silver sheet, and this is the technique I will focus on in this class. I will introduce the main features of a rolling mill and show you how to use it to add two different patterns to silver discs, and also demonstrate how the mill changes the shape of the discs. We will then thread the discs onto long elegant earwires - and you will make these too!

A downloadable information sheet to help you get the most out of your rolling mill is attached to the project section of the class, and don't worry if you don't have access to a rolling mill as the earrings can also be easily made by texturing the silver discs with hammers or texture punches instead.

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 #8 in the #52earrings challenge

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I do believe a beginner student could follow along very nicely as Joanne gives wonderful step by steps instructions! As far as a student that has done metal work before, these projects that Joanne has prepared can be adjusted easily! These classes are five star no doubt! Give it a try!
Another great idea perfectly explained from Jo Tinley. I have only used a rolling mill at evening class; with a few bits of stuff I had hanging around at home - and for thinning my solder. If it hadn't already been on my priority 1 wishlist it would be now! In the meantime, I'll have to make to with punches; but I have some ideas, thank you Jo!
Great instructions! Very clear and concise.

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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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