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14 Videos (1h 9m)
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies

      2:15
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - materials

      1:22
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - equipment

      2:06
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - soldering equipment

      5:15
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - cutting the discs

      7:21
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - annealing

      3:07
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - shaping the poppies

      8:20
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - melting the silver balls

      3:55
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - soldering 1

      7:52
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - soldering 2

      9:12
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - making the headpins

      2:54
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - adding the poppies to the beads

      5:49
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - earwires

      7:34
    • Smoky Quartz Poppies - final thoughts

      1:47

About This Class

Welcome to the Smoky Quartz Poppies class! In this class we're going to start with six dainty discs of silver sheet and forge them into beautifully sweet poppies. I've then used the poppies to adorn the top of a gorgeous pair of smoky quartz pear-shaped faceted beads, but they would look just as lovely on their own, strung onto a jump ring hanging from an earwire.

This class will teach you some simple forging techniques, and will also help you to practise one of the most important silver jewellery making skills - soldering!

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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 a beginner class although those with previous experience will gain value from practising their fine soldering skills.

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 #39 in the #52earrings challenge.

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Clear step by step instructions to make some beautiful earrings.

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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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