Smoky Quartz Sparkles | Joanne Tinley | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Smoky Quartz Sparkles

    • 2. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - materials

    • 3. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - equipment

    • 4. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - a few pieces from the soldering kit

    • 5. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - balling the silver wire

    • 6. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - forming the twists

    • 7. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - finishing the earrings

    • 8. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - final thoughts

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels
  • Beg/Int level
  • Int/Adv level

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

Welcome to the Smoky Quartz Sparkles Earrings class! This class will teach you how to use a small blow torch to create beautiful twists of wire to thread above eye-catching beads to create beautiful earrings. It's lovely quick class and I know that you'll come up with some great variations on the design! This is a no-solder project but you will need a small blow torch and a few other pieces from the soldering kit to make the wire twists above the beads.


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 great for beginners to jewellery making as it will help you to increase your confidence in using a blow torch and teach you some of the basics of shaping wire.

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 #19 in the #52earrings challenge

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Joanne Tinley

Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer


I have been making jewellery for as long as I can remember, and have been passing these wonderful (and addctive!) skills on through my classes for nearly 20 years. 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.

My studio is in Southampton, on the South Coast of the UK. I design and make jewellery for galleries across the UK, teach regular and popular jewellery design 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, Jewellers Bench Shop, for jewellery ma... See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • Exceeded!
  • Yes
  • Somewhat
  • Not really
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Smoky Quartz Sparkles: my name's John Tinley. I'm a joy design and shooter from South UK. Welcome to smoky quartz. FARC was airing spots. This class is named after the beautiful smoky courts. Faceted pear shaped beads support basis. This project smoking horses one of my favorite stones to work with. It goes beautifully with virtually any other cars. Stone from ruby turquoise and also with both bright silver on silver, has been given a darker finish. I decorated the top of the beans with twists of silver on deceased were Cecil Once I'm gonna teach, you have to make. This is a no soldier project, but we are going to be using a little bit of equipment from soldering kit, just a blow torch in a few other bits and pieces. I'm going to be using that to melt the end of short pieces of sterling silver. This class is positive. The 52 hearings chance I set myself 2017. I'm designing and filming tutorials for 52 different pairs of earrings. If you like to see some behind the scenes photos, information on that and have a look out the hash type to be airing on Instagram and Facebook So if you're ready, let's get started by having with iTunes on equipment that you've been to need to make a fortune. 2. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - materials: not going to be very many materials to make smoky court sparkles. Earrings. I am, of course, using to 18 millimeter long, smoky quartz pear drop shaped beads. Goto, a lovely faceted cut on them that sparkle beautifully in the sunshine on the whole, runs vertically from top to bottom. So I'm going to be making head pins to turn into here. Once it's going to threat through the beads, you can, of course, use any larger beads for this hearing design. It will work with any shape of bead, but personally, I prefer the to drop with a pear shape. It's a very flattering shape toe where the rest of the earring design is going to be made out of no 0.8 millimeter wire. I'm going to cut off to longer links on board one end of each of those to form the ear wise , and I'm also going to cut six shorter thanks three for each hearing. I'm going to bull both ends of each of those shorter lengths to create the decorations at the top of the hearings 3. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - equipment: these the hand tools that we're going to need to make the smoke sparkles. Earrings. I got the roulette. You help me measure out the mount of while that I need on the wire cutters told CBR to cut the wire to size the flat nose pliers on the night on your pliers. I'm going to use to help form the ear wires on the round nose pliers I'm going to use to shape the double board pieces of wire that's at the top decorating the top of the beads. I'm going to shape the ear wires around the stepped Mandel, although remember that you can use anything. This is round of suitable size to replace those is about our depend, for example, or larger knitting needle. We're going to file the end of the year. Watch smooth with the needle file, and I'm going to give the air wise a bit of strength by hammering the front section of the U with the Plaschy in hammer on, I'm going to hammer on top off the still bench block with the leather cushion onto the to keep the noise down a bit. Also going to need some of soldering kit to be able to melt the bulls on the engines off the piece of wire, So I'll show you that next. Yeah. 4. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - a few pieces from the soldering kit: way. We're not going to be doing any soldiering on this project. You are going to need a few bits as the soldering kit. I've got a pair of first section trees is hold the while I'm working with it and a pair of brass tweezers to put the white in and out of the pickle. The tweeters is sitting on a couple of soldiering bricks on bond. They are intensity young, couple off site tiles order that she's going to add a bit of fireproofing to my work desk. We're just going to need a small blowtorch for the project, but I've got the high technical quench pot for cold water. Andi, my slow cooker for the safety pickle, says. I can call the work down and clean it up. Remember, Sterling Silver has got 7.5% copper in it, and thats reacts to the heat and oxygen the flames because copper oxides, the safety pickle helps clean it off, and it worked best and fastest When it's a war, the plastic sieve is there because it can save you a little bit of time and trouble. I'm going to drop for finished head pins inside the sieve in the quench, particle them down and then put the sieve in the safety pickle. It would just mean that I don't have to go fishing around at the bottom of the quench part , or the safety pickle forward by small, thin head pence if you're going to follow that tip. So please make sure that your sieve is just plastic. You don't want any metal bits in there. Otherwise, they could cause problems that could actually discolor the silver when it's inside the pickle. Last but definitely not least, our have safety glasses. You've only got one pair of eyes. Please do look after them. 5. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - balling the silver wire: I put everything set up to multiple on each end of the short pieces of wire, but I made sure to set everything up safely. So I've got as I'm right handed. I've got to the blowtorch on my left. I'm going to hold the wire, never section tweeters and then transfer the wire after the water be melted at the ends into the quench. Partly just see. Just see here on the edge of the screen on I've got to the got myself in here so that I can put a piece of wire insensitive transfer abusive with priests y into pickle pot, and I won't have to fish around from pieces of wire after being cleaned up. Remember that if you do want to have a safe that you put your work and make sure hasn't got any metal parts because you don't want to contaminate the pickle. The set of books at my reverse action Tweeters on dive also cut 64 centimeter links off the not 640.8 millimeter. Why on I'm going to take one of those in turn, melt each and in the flame. It's in the quench pot on property and pay court clears up. So let's put flame on. Remember that the chip of blue cone? It's the hottest part of flame. So that's why I'm putting the wire. You see it going red. Now I'm starting to for mobile. Good go a bull on the change. That's why cool it down. Think of some of the other five and this past the project. I'm not particularly worried about making each ball as close in size to the other ones because it's nice to have a bit of variety and designs that six balls on the cheering. It doesn't matter if they don't completely much each other, just making sure they are off a decent size. If you might be able to tell, I tend to move the flames. So I moved the wire about a little bit in the flame. I do that because I find it gets the, uh, neatest finish ball. But equally I've got students, he said. Doesn't make any difference at all to them. So I think it might just come down to a matter of preference last one right that mothers will become, I think, whilst the short lengths of wire with the board teach ender cleaning up in the pickle. I'm going to melt a ball on one end of each of these seven centimeter links off no 70.8 millimeter wire. The's going to be the basis of the ear wires. I've cut seven centimeters. The, um, beads, some very threating on them, are about 18 millimeters long. Going to need to leave a little bit of space for the doubling did piece of wire. And then I'm going to have to bend the wire around to form the ear wire. So seven centimeters is ample. I might have to trim a little bit off. It depends on the size of boards. Time make On this time, I am going to try and make the bulls of unease and even size. If you've watched some of the other videos sits, use ear wise. That's fast office as long head pains, which is basically what these are there. You know that sometimes I might form a couple of pairs off the hedge pins and then choose the best fit. But this time we're going to try and make them as even as possible to start with. So in reverse action, tweezers, holding everything nice and safely. Why? Just in front of blue chip on board a chump. And she's saying with the other one, See, it doesn't take very long. Tool just goes to show you a close up. See concealed. I have actually got them the right size. Here's the started to hear wise rather do it Looking at the moment Spritz wants to be in the pickle, though we got better. Months of being polished look even nicer. As you can see, A managed to get the balls of a fairly even size. But if one had turned out a bit bigger than the other, I could just put small one back in the flame of melted a little bit more. Or, as I said, You can make several at the same time on Then choose the best fit. I find that hedge pins there matter what the Y gave very, very rarely go to waste. They eventually do get used up another projects. So these like the double bold, shorter piece of wire he's gonna pickle to clean up, and then all those pieces silver going to be published. So second, then put the earrings together. Here's a close up off the now nice and clean. Short lengths of wire with a bull melted t their end. As you can see, the balls are or a slightly different size, resulting in wires of slightly different length, because obviously a smaller ball will have used up less of that length of wire. But that doesn't matter. I'll just try and make sure that there's an even split across the two hearings on the different size balls going to add a little bit of extra interest to the earrings. I'm going to pop thes and head pins that been returned into the ear wise into the tumble to polish up. And once they're nice and clean, our show you how to shape the short lengths of wire into the decorations, the top beads and how to turn a long length of wire into the air. Wise 6. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - forming the twists: Silver's now come out of the tumble publisher and it looks nice and shiny. So I got the round those supplies ready to help me turn these short pieces of wire with boiled each and into a nice decoration to go at the top of the earrings. So this is very easy to do. It's going to hold the wire about about 1/4 of the way down the pliers. Remember, the further towards the handle you go, the bigger the loop you're going to create. And we're gonna do spend that. Why around binge just pulled the other piece of wire around. Keep bending chill groups they also for each other. And that this the first decoration don't it's the same again about the same position down the other language suppliers. You want to make the whole big enough so that no 0.8 millimeter wire for the ear wise going to thread through, but not so big that. So it's going to take up too much of the wire and you end up going to end up with over short decorations. So pull both ends the wire around each other, passed each other like I keep going just creating it twists out of the double board wire. Now that I've made the decorations go at the top of the beads, I need to put everything together under finished the year wise. 7. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - finishing the earrings: Theo was the ingredients for this pair of earrings. Ready now on dive divided the six shorter twists of wire into two piles of three. There were two twists that was slightly longer than the others, so I've divide everything up so that each area has got one of those longer twists, already threaded theme pins through the beads. Andi, I'm just going to make certain, first of all, that. Each piece of wire is straight on. Doesn't have any kinks in it by putting it through the night on your pliers, Agreed. Like the supplies they can shape the silver without leaving any marks on them you guys have done next. Job is suitable. Check that the two piece of wire still the same lengths, which they all. It's a nice finish. If the balls would be slight, different sizes, which I'm a human, it's quite likely they would have bean. Then the piece of wire, even though they were both cuts as closer seven centimeters, I could make it. A two piece of wire could have ended up with so lightly different banks for the next going to do is file the ends for fire. Remember, this is something that we always have to do. We're making our own ear wise to make sure that the ends the wire are nice and smooth and comfortable. Pastor your is. Sometimes I do it. It's one of the last things are making the hearings, but this time you can see it's one of the first steps still doing. I'm to use your fingers as much as your eyes to feel that they're nice and smooth. So ready next show is the threat decorations on the top. You can see how beautifully they're going to catch the light, the twists they're going to move about as you wear them. So don't try to bunch about trying to get them really, really evenly placed on that. Same going to do is put bend in the UAE. I'm going to use the middle step on my set, Mandel and I'm not gonna have too much of a drop. I'm happy with that. Remember, you have to bend the 2nd 1 round a little bit slower so you can stop in check to make sure that it is going to be the right thanks at the moment. This one's ever so slightly longer taking it from the top of the cup here. So when I put it back on the Mandrell, I'm going to push this side down using some of this length of wire on making the hearing. I was so sorry. Shorter. I'm happy that it's good much so back on the mandolin goes And this time I'm going to bend this. Why? With the amount there we go. Nearly finished. So too upset to Dio. I need to hammer the front of it sharing to strengthen this U shape on and be very careful here. Toe Hang both the decorations on the bead off the side off the bench book so that they don't get hammered. It's one done slightly flatter area here. Catching the light a little bit on that flatter, hammered area is going to strengthen this whole U shape making it spree rather easy to pull out of shape. The same to the other one. Okay, on the last thing to do, I moved tours. I don't need us. The way is to use the flat nose pliers to pull out Flick out the end of that year. Why there, Andi, If you remember, I use the wits of suppliers with a guide so that I always flick outs the same amount on each hearing to make the match. Okay, so another pair of earrings and sparkly pair this time be nice for a dressing up for a night out. Do you have to be careful with these ones that the twists can come off, But you can see So when you store them, perhaps make sure that you're hanging them up so there's twist don't come off. On the other hand, removing them leave healthy pair of earrings on its side as well. 8. Smoky Quartz Sparkles - final thoughts: Now we have another beautiful have hearings to adjust your collection of hair that this time a little bit more sparkling and fancy than some of the other designs that I've shown. You may be a pet Brighton up party outfit for your nice night out. My money, my other classes. This one is quite easy to adapt, to suit your own style and your own tastes simply by changing the beat of the bottom, changing the shape, changing the car, maybe using a smooth stone into the faceted stone. Or maybe even using something like your favorite pair of unquote glass beads instead of semi precious stone. I'd love to see what projects you make. I always love seeing other people's project photos. And do you remember the chief Got any questions? They just leave a comment at the end of the clubs. Thank you for watching