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Floral Hoop Earrings - a no-solder project

teacher avatar Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Floral Hoops Earrings


    • 2.

      Floral Hoops - equipment


    • 3.

      Floral Hoops - materials


    • 4.

      Floral Hoops - sawing


    • 5.

      Floral Hoops - filing


    • 6.

      Floral Hoops - texture


    • 7.

      Floral Hoops - drilling


    • 8.

      Floral Hoops - shaping the hoops


    • 9.

      Floral Hoops - forming the earwires


    • 10.

      Floral Hoops - final thoughts


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About This Class

Welcome to the Floral Hoop Earrings class! Learn how to saw, texture and shape silver into a pair of stylish hoops - and then adapt the length and texture to fit your own tastes! No soldering is required in this class so you can concentrate on your sawing and texturing skills, and I will take you through everything step-by-step.



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.

If you'd like more tips on sawing silver sheet then the Petal Earrings and Bird on a Branch Pendant classes are perfect for you!

Earrings #5 in the #52earrings challenge


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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

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1. Floral Hoops Earrings: Hello. My name's John Tinley. I'm a jewelry design that shooter from South Coast. Okay, welcome to the floor. Hooped earrings, class a great class for help you to practice some soaring check string and shaping skills. Don't worry if you haven't making silver jewelry before, as I would take you through everything that you need to know Step by step, sharing the same hits and tips I give my students here in my studio The design that we're going to be creating can be adapted very easily. Was hoop earings go? I've made a very short, small hair, but by simply changing the lengths in the shape of the metal that's forming the who, you could change the look of these hearings completely. Very versatile design. I like most my projects of solving involved in making me hearing. So if you're looking for a poor check the sodality to concentration your story skills. This is it. The class is part of my 52 hearings challenge. I've changed myself designed or film to toils for 52 different pairs of earrings throughout 2017. Look at the hashtag 52 earrings on Instagram and Facebook. Would you like to join in or if you like to see some sneak peeks of what I've got planned next. So let's get started with the floor hopes and travel up with the equipment materials that you bench need. 2. Floral Hoops - equipment: these are handles that you're going to need to make the hoop earrings. I'm going to use a Sharpie on Do the plastic template to mark out the long oval, says I want to cut out the silver sheet. Andi, I'm going to cut them out to think you're a sore with a two or a sore braid. As usual, support my work on the bench. Paige with the apron underneath to catch the dust that created as I saw the shapes out. The needle file is too smooth and refined. The overalls also cut them out. Once I'm happy with the ovals, I'm going to text you them with same flower punched I used on the floor. Don't heart pendant. I really like that one. I'm going to hit the punch with the old hammer that you can see here. And while Sai texture I'm going to have the work supported on the bench block on top of the leather cushion to keep the noise down a little bit, I'm going to give the earrings their hoop shaped by hammering them with the nylon hammer around the green triplet, the pliers and the wire cutters of their to cut and shape the wife the ear wires. I'm going to be pushing the round a bend in the ear while is using the steps Mandel. But of course, you can use a pen, bowel or even a suitably sized knitting needle for that job. If you prefer to give you my eyes a bit of extra strength, I'm going to be hammering them on day. I shall be using a plan Ischinger Hammer. To do that. I've shown you hands drills in the video classes before, but this time I'm going to use an electric drill in the project. This is a bench drill. The handle inside lowers and raises the drill bit as its drilling into your work. You don't need a bench. Still, a handrail would do the job for you because I've got one. It will speed up the work little bit for me, but there are. All the tools here are very useful, and if you have to them, you'll find yourself using them in many, many different projects. You can actually find et substitutes or some of them. For example, you could draw your own shape for the hoop earings, or you could look on clip art to see if you can find something suitable and in fact, anything round or curved that's the right size would be suitable for shaping both of the earrings and the ear wise around, perhaps even the handle of a hammer. This project doesn't need any soldering says no soldier equipment to show you, so I'll get straight onto showing you the materials. 3. Floral Hoops - materials: materials that you're going to need to make. The hoop earrings are some sterling silver sheet. What's the no 0.7 myr me to sheet here? You could go sick of no 0.81 meter. That's about 20 gauge, but I wouldn't actually go. And he said in the North 0.6 millimeter sheet for these, because the earings themselves or their curved that curve is actually quite a long shape. And so you're going to need sickness of the sheet to make up the strength of the year ing to finish the airing. I've got some no 0.8 millimeter wire. Yours. You don't need as much as I've got shown here. Depending on how long you like, you're a rise to bay. You're going to need anything between about 10 on 16 centimeters of the wire. 4. Floral Hoops - sawing: Ah, use a Sharpie and a template to mark too long ovals onto my piece of silver. Andi, I've tried to do this in such a way that makes best use of the bits of silver it I've got left. It leaves as least amount of scrap is possible. Although I do recycle a lot of my scrap, it's always nice to make the best use of the heat that I've got. It means that what less work to do after us in the recycling? A few tips for you before we start storing out. Remember not to put pressure on the sole blades. Just guide topping down on dure, listening for a nice, smooth, rhythmic sound. If you start hearing the sound of it juddering, mind it being harsher, then that means that you're putting too much pressure on the blade, and it's going to starting to get stuck. It's actually more likely to break blade and less easy for you to cut out. Try to keep you played upright as much as possible. When you're soaring out, it makes it easier to turn corners and also try as much she can to keep saw blade facing forward. Think of it a little bit like a same machine needle that stays in place, just going up and down in place, and the material gets fed onto it. Try to think of your jewelers, soar and soar blade in the same kind of way. Move silver rather moving. So we start with this, a couple of movements up with put a notch to start that soaring. It's father that the blade is far less like to slip if you do that. But the actual cutting motion is going down with right. It's that nice, smooth, rhythmic sound Uresti for not if you hear such, that means you're pushing just a little bit of pressure on the blade. You don't need to is making your life difficult to take the pressure back. All right, right. You may have noticed that the cut line has got longer. I put a finger, sell it as she's supporting the silver present value, gets the bench pain on both sides. The line. If I just hold it here, then this side would lift up a little bit on the upstroke of the blade on. It would be more difficult to cut, but much more difficulty last tiny bit. What is not so easy for toilet paper? Okay, it's one cut out now after number two versus last earrings. Now it's time to file and meet in the shape. 5. Floral Hoops - filing: I saw. He's really quite nice and accurate nowadays, but I'm still going to need to file around the edges just to make sure they're really nice and smooth that they don't just look smooth, but they feel smooth as well. Ivory found one of these ovals on. Hopefully, you tell on film that it looks a bit smoother, a bit more of a need to shape. I filed most of it with a blue plastic coating in place so that just in case I slipped with the file, the surface would still be protected from any scratches. But eventually that blue plastic coating became a bit frayed at the edges, and it started to get a bit difficult to see whether it was the silver that still needs filing or whether it's afraid it's a plastic. So that stage I took the plastic off, so I need to do a second old match. I'm using a straight needle file, Andi, just going too smooth around the edges site I just following the shape of the oval, a sections that need working on a little bit more. I had to go across like that. You can go around the whole shape finding like that if you feel more comfortable if it works for you personally, I like to go round the shape. Does it give me a better feel for whether it is a nice, smooth curve? Well, I was checking with you the fingers as well as your eyes just to feel with. That's a nice sweet curve with their any bumps. I feel so light bump there. Plastic coatings begin to be a bit frayed around the edges, so I'm just going to remove that now. It's a good job of protecting the oval so far. Okay, I'm happy with a look and feel of that, but actually a little bit more. Oh yeah, that's better. However, there are some shop. It's on the edges on either side, those little bits of silver that have been pushed over as I've been filing. So I want to get rid of that. Say feels the age feels nice and smooth as possible. I'm gonna hold the file. It's about a 45 degree angle on the silver and just very likely just sweep across. It was the way around, and on the other scientists were okay. I'm happy with a look on the fields that if you wanted to you produce some emery paper to make sure the ages air even smoother. But I'm happy with that on is now ready for a texture. 6. Floral Hoops - texture: I'm using a lovely flower punch to decorate both of the ovals. It's actually the same flower punch that I used on the floor. Domed heart dependent. That's part of the silversmith ing for beginners. Siri's. I'm supporting the silver on steel bench block, so it has a nice firm surface underneath. So it's going to get the best finish. And I'm going to hit the punch with an old hammer because the hammer it's going to pick up marks from the steel punch. I don't want to use one. Why nice textural hammers as it would ruin it. So I keep this old hammer just for this job. That's one of these out of the way. Otherwise it's going to bounce across the steel benches. I start hitting the other one with the flower punch when I hold the power Flower punch. Nice and central, nice and upright. Andi was gonna hit it once, and then it's going to get the nice, clear impressions I possibly can. Why might she going to put these flowers quite close to each other than my overlap? A little bit, I just like the look that that gives you could put a more regular passion if you wanted to . I'm also putting some of the flowers of the overlap, the edge that helps give a nice overall passion. You need to hit the punch ones. If you were to do, tapped up and hit it twice, then in between the tops, it actually would shift a little bit. You'd end up with a pattern that was one flower with a shadow. The two taps wouldn't actually give an impression in the same place. That's one happy with the texture on that one to the other one. Too much little wiggle on doing. Sometimes I lift the punch off. It's because it's got a nice shop shape engraved into it, and sometimes I punch it in. It gets stuff a little bit, just wiggle to get it back out again. I go to ovals, nicely textured, ready for the next stage. 7. Floral Hoops - drilling: next thing I need to do is drill a hole each end of each oval. So I just march where on those holes to be using a Sharpie. I'm going to use the bench tools I showed you earlier on dime, using a 0.9 millimeters drill bits because I'm going to want to thread no 0.82 millimeter and wire through this. So no 0.9 millimeter hole we're allows the why to go through easily, but not to be so loose. It's going to fall out easily. The drills really set up with the North 0.9 millimeter drill bit. I've got an old, fairly flat piece of scrap boys that I drilled into supports the work for me. So when you're first starting using a drill like this, it's best to with practice where you want the whole to go. Then check that your Long and Joe the whole the really nice thing about these drills. If they hold a drill bit nice and upright, you get hope, which in there but into and focus for you misconstrue the other end as well, from happy with position of those as you get more confident and comfortable with using a drill like this. You can actually do more both holes a lot quicker with the drill going and not having to pause it in between the holes. But do remember, even if you feel comfortable and confident with the jewels, still do wear safety glasses just in case any stray bits of the metal go flying right. That's the whole strolled. Now it's time to shape the ovals to form the hoops. 8. Floral Hoops - shaping the hoops: I'm using Smallest end off my ring Mandrell to shape the ovals into the hoops for the earrings, but she could use anything that's the right shape on the right size. A pen, bowel or a nice large knitting needle would do just as well. I've marched the ring triplets with a Sharpie to show whereabouts. I want to bend the ovals as because the triplet is tapered. So I want to make sure that I am bending them at the same place for each hearing. So they much the Sharpie will love off wear off over time. There's no worry about that. I haven't actually put for those with a permanent marker. I actually haven't put apartment Mark on there. It will rub off. So I'm going to do is just hold the oval just below that mark. So I've got about the midpoint of the Oval. Was I just with my sons Bend it round? I think I'd like it bent around a little bit more. Was profit by Kant in the same place. It was much going to do this times Hold it in place with my some of the top finger in some underneath here and just squeeze their sentence in. Yeah, I'm happy with that shape. Lest you shape now to do the same with that stable, - this one, he's bending just a little bit more. He sure had it the right way around. Okay, I think that's the best match. So I'm going to get starting to feel a bit more like hoop earrings now. 9. Floral Hoops - forming the earwires: cut to six centimeter lengths of North 60.8 millimeter wife. The ear wise, I'm probably going to need closer to about five centimeters, but it's always best to start with a little bit longer and trim it down if you need to, because if you find that you cut too short of peace, you can't exactly make it any longer. The first step is to turn a small loop in one end of each piece of wire because I only need a small loop. I'm going to hold the why quite close to chip off the place and just turned the pliers until, until the chip the Y meets the long stem. Andi just going to pull it back so it sits on top nicely put their make the other one too much. So I'm looking for is one end of my wife is slightly sharper than the other because the wire matches the sides off the cutter that you use. So the site that I was next to a flat site is going to be nice and flat. The sides that came form where there's a sharp section going down into supplies is going to have sharp section on the end. Not easy to see in the camera. So what, You're gonna have to trust me on that on. And I want that nicer end to be left on my work. So I'm going to use that nicer end turn the loops. And that's why I turned to the wire around so nice small leap, turning away from the loop back into focus. Put it back for but two loops. Let's see I need to do is attach them to the earrings themselves. I'm doing both of the ear wise at the same time because that helps to get the best match until lift up the site of the airing. So sorry the ear, while rather on. And then So it's the most freaky bitch. If these my swiftly red There we go. Is it through the hole, according to salute? Back down again on the same with the other one. I've using flat, no supplies rather around no supplies to move the wire because they're far less likely to leave a mark on the wire when we talk quite nicely. Okay. CE was retouched a now need shapes. Um, so that she stay in your ears. I'm going to use a step Mandel to bend the ear wise. But remember, if you don't have one of these as handy as they are than a pen, bowel or even a suitably started knitting needle will do the job. I'm going to use a slightly fatter part of the the man Jordan I used years on and spend the Y amount when you shake what do the same with the next one next. But I'm not gonna bend around quite so quickly. I'm gonna part bend round and then double check, but they are looking even which actually they are quite often have to adjust them. But that was looking quite nice. Just double check. Yeah, I'm happy with how those much Spanish painting that rounds it more okay, starting to look a little bit more like finished the rinks. The next thing I'm going to do is hammer the front of the ear wise there just to hold their shape. I could if I wanted to do that right at the end, but because I'm going to a bit more fiddling about with the ear wires, I don't want to accidentally pull them out of shape by hammering them now and strengthening a shape of a bit. It means that I'm less than likely to pull them out of shape in the next stage. I put my my bench block hoat the hearing off the end of the bench boxes. They get damaged. It's just this front section. The section doesn't touch. You go through, your ears are gonna hammer. That's a shape. I just use a bit more of a professional finish, and it also strengthens the shape. Night I want to do now is put a bend in the wire so it'll go through the hole at the back, and she used the the flat nose applies to do it again. I just quoting everything nicely. So holding it so the ear y looks nice and level so I can see that I don't want to start curving it up. Bend in a while too short. Otherwise, the year when we start sitting like that, you know how I want. I want the loop to be nice and central the bed to be nice and central. Once I've worked out where that needs to be applies, just send them back to form you shape. You can always adjust Satya little better to you when you try the earrings on and bend it slightly differently if you need to. That's a good start, Andi. Just going to both to earrings together, which is easier said than done and even tangled up that way to you. Sunny coming here so I can see again where I need that you want to bend. So it's been tough at the moment. There's no way I'm going to be able to push that through the whole that's at the back, because this section is far too long. So I'm just going to trim that off a little bitch leaving about about three three millimeters again. Just double check his same links. All right, those don't quite go through at the moment, and it's because they're bending down too far. So and a friend is just frightening. They weren't goes the vein situation. Awkward angle. There we go. That's a better angle. Sometimes if you compare the two, there's some things that background this one. The wire's gone through nicey here. But why does not going through the right angle so it won't fit through the hole nicely? So I just need to bend that up just a little bit. Makes it more of a right angle. So it matches. Okay, One last things I need to do is to file the end to the wire so that they will go comfortably. Sue for is remember to use your fingers as much as your eyes to just re feel that that end is nice and smooth. So two earrings. See polishing. Now, take a bit of a nicer photo for you to show them in close up. 10. Floral Hoops - final thoughts: my finished project, a great pair of everyday earrings. Now that you know the techniques that you need, you can easily adapt the design by changing the length of the shape of the ovals to create different sites, hopes and over get. She can change the textures as well. There's some great texture stumps available nowadays. I hope you enjoy the class. Remember to leave a review to help other students on door, so that if you need, maybe you need any help or advice. Then just leave a comment in the class discussions and I'll get back to you. Do look out for the other ear in classes and the 52 hearings challenged Thank you for watching.