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Create Beautiful Jewelry From Scrap Silver - Petal Earrings

teacher avatar Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Petal Earrings: welcome to the class


    • 2.

      Petal Earrings: equipment


    • 3.

      Petal Earrings: soldering equipment


    • 4.

      Petal Earrings: materials


    • 5.

      Petal Earrings: sawing


    • 6.

      Petal Earrings: filing and sanding


    • 7.

      Petal Earrings: hammering


    • 8.

      Petal Earrings: preparing the earwires


    • 9.

      Petal Earrings: soldering


    • 10.

      Petal Earrings: finishing earwires


    • 11.

      Petal Earrings: final thoughts


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Beautifully flattering earrings - made with scrap silver left over from other projects!

This is the first in a series of video classes that I have planned, each one showing you how to quickly and easily make a lovely pair of earrings. 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. Other downloadable class documents include a booklet of hints and tips to improve your sawing technique and a template for the earrings design.




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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. Petal Earrings: welcome to the class: Hello. I'm joined. Tinny on. I'm jewelry designer Tutor. Welcome to the first off. A serious of video glances When when she had to make really beautiful earrings. Each pair of earrings gonna show you a slightly new technique. Slightly different wave. You think such tools on gonna show you just how much you can make from a friendly match materials? Some of the hearings will be study rings. Others will be drops. Someone have beats with them. But what I was really like, let's do it. Trying to use your own design skills developed posters on skills to adapt the ideas that you get hearing something show you how to make in this video are lovely pair of petal shaped earrings, levy drop earrings and very flattering shape. I've included a template for the petals along with this to the equipment that you need to make all the airings in the series of videos on day or so. A stretch of hints and tips to help you get the most out of your silvery right. Then let's get started 2. Petal Earrings: equipment: he was the equipment events need to make your earrings. I've got a couple of different plastic templates with some of the shapes on door. So a fine point Sharpie this I'm going to use to transfer my design onto silver sheet the jeweler's saw. It's obviously what I'm going to use a cup. Design out two silver sheet on. Whilst I do that, I'm going to support my work on the bench. Pick on the leather underneath It is there to catch any dust that falls down from the work before I can cut the whole out of the middle of the year rings. I got to drill a small hole to threat the saw blade through. I'm going to use my Bodine drill on that score. A 0.9 millimeter. Job it in it. The work is going to be supported on the very holy look looking piece of woods there so that I don't put any Nancy holes into my desk on my bench pick. But before I can actually drill the hole, I've got to hammer a little. Dip it for the job it to sitting so it doesn't skit about if I saw toe work Andi, I'm going to use this old heavy hammer on Duthie slightly sharpened piece of steel here, toe hammer. Dip it into the work first. After cutting design out, I'm going to make sure that the edges of the piece of silver and nice and neat and smooth by using these needle files and then I'm going to make sure that they're actually scratches on my work by sending it with different grades of Emery paper on the rubber block. Is there because I like to support my work on the rubber look Well, I'm sending it. This is the hammer this I'm going to use. Put the lovely line texture into my silver. This is a lovely old hammer that's got a bit of a damaged ahead, but that gives a lovely texture on the silver. Have a look through your toolbox and see what different hammers you confined and have maybe a practice on scrap pieces, the copper to see what textures you can create. The steel block is to support my work while son hammering. So, like I said, really nice impression from the hammer. Andi, I want to support that on another cushion so that it dulls the noise a little bit. These are tools I'm going to use to prepare on form the ear wires, the wild cut. It's also used to cut the North 0.8 millimeter white I use for the year wise on. Once they're cut, I used the hammer to flare out the end of the wire surge. It fits nicely onto the back of the earrings, and I have other wire on top off the bench block that you've really seen. What's year wise? A soldier onto the back of the earrings. It's time to shape thumb Andi. I use around Mandrell to bend the wire into a U shaped to form the air wire. You can use anything that's suitable shape and size of a pencil piece of wooden Dowling I've got here a wooden punch that goes with the dome ing blocks. I use on a purpose made Mandel that Scott steps on it, giving in one tool five different size. Mandel's. The needle file is used to smooth out the end of the ear y to make it comfortable to fit through your ear, and I use the flat nose flies to flick out to the end of the year wire to give it a bit more for professional finished pants 3. Petal Earrings: soldering equipment: This is the soldier equipment, as I use for all of my smaller projects, such as earrings and sore pendants, everything sitting on a couple of slate tiles, a heatproof surface to help protect my desk on my work sits on a couple of soldering bricks , soldering blocks, while some heating it up. One of these soldering bricks is made of a softer material than the others. Because it's softer, it's picked up some dips and some cracks in it. It's being used over the years, and these could be very useful for supporting work that isn't completely flat. The charcoal block is there because I melt small piece of scrap. On top of that on. Do they form nice of my balls as I am used to decorate my projects when I need to pick up my work or to support it whilst I'm soldering? I used reverse action tweezers that you can see here and have also got a pair on a stand through 1/3 hand, and it's there when I need 12 on extra hands to help me out. The blue handled stick is a soldier pick on and that I used to push soldier move it about to make sure it it's exactly what I wanted to be. Soldier usually comes in strips or sticks. Andi, I've got three different melting temperatures here that I using combination for different projects. The soldier gets cut into small pieces or Palin's you ting. The red handles snips as I keep those little pieces in the labeled boxes that you can see do. Make sure that you label your boxes because once a soldier is cut up, you won't be hard to tell which is which. Melting temperature. My curl over the ends off the sticks of solder so that I can tell which melting temperature they are, the more cold over they are, they're higher. The mountain temperature, bright yellow liquid is a flux. Solder won't actually flow out through the joining unless you use a flux with it. Andi, the paintbrushes. What I used to apply the flux to the joints in my work. Small projects like hearings only need a small blowtorch, and I've got two different makes of those here. Both of them are easy to refill with the gas that comes in aerosol cans since the same type of gas, butane gas that you use to reform cigarette lighter At the back of the picture, you can see a so cooker that Scots a very mild acid solution. Good safety pickle in it. When you heat silver up, the surface becomes not darker and dirtier looking that some of the capo in the study silver reacting with the heat and auction flame to forward cause copper oxides on the safety pickle cleans it a couple oxides up before you put your work in the safety pickle, it needs to be cooled down or quenched in a pot of water. Andi, you need to put your work in and out of the safety pickle with brass or plastic tweezers. Not the stainless steel ones that I showed you before and thus, but definitely not least our have safety glasses. You've only got one pair of eyes. Look after them carefully. 4. Petal Earrings: materials: you don't need very much. So we're taught to make these earrings. I've got a couple of small pieces off studies over sheets that are left over from other projects. Even use a thing between north 0.5 millimeter to no 17 millimeter thick with this. Andi, I've also got some no 0.8 millimeter wire. That's 20 gauge wire or they have got quite a big real here. You province needs maybe between 11 and 14 centimeters in total, depending on how long. Invite your earrings to be. 5. Petal Earrings: sawing: I've drawn a teardrop shape on both piece of silver. Andi, a leaf shape off center inside. Both the two dots as well. Andi, I've drilled a hole in, uh, this piece of silver you have to see now, um, in the chalk, the leaf. Andi, Prince George. Filthy hole in the other. The shape on then saw both of the hearings out before I control the whole I've got to hammer little dip it so little dip so that the drill bit doesn't slip. Andi, I'm going to use this Peter Steel rod with a site shop induction, teach with a hammer and then pop the silver back on the piece of wood. Find my my Bodine drill up. Starting home. If you haven't used a borderline job before, That's a bit of a longer piece of video off me. Using it on the video decided from the birds in the branch president. Go Probably way through. Okay. The hole drilled in each hearing. So now I'm beautiful. Shapes out. We're going to drill the inside of the earrings first because that means it's going to be a little bit less fiddly. I'm deliberately using small pieces of scrap left over from other Point Jakes to make these earrings, partly to show you what you can actually make for scrap and partly for the satisfaction of eating my script about myself. But it's going to be a lot easier to cuts the inside out first than to trim it down to a T , go up and then try and point to a smaller shape and cuts the leaf shape out. Do you remember to download the hints and tips? Shoot to help you with your story? Okay, - that is one area, but you say it's a little bit more physically cutting out of a very small piece of sheet, but it's immensely satisfying what's done. I'm going to do the next one now. I'm going to sweep the video up a little bit so that you don't have to sit on what little but that's hearing sawn out. And I might even be able to use those to the leaves on a project. In the future, you never know. Next up, filing to meet in the shapes up on sending to remove any structures 6. Petal Earrings: filing and sanding: both earrings now cut out. But I usually so filing to tidy up the shapes because they're not quite as needed. I'd like to be on Did you might have to see the dull marks left by the sword blade on the edges as well, when the files were going to sort that out for me. And then I'm going to see some standing to first. Anything shapes up before some of them going to be using my needle files to tidy up the shapes but different shapes of files. And he used the best shape to fit thes shape of the silver that you were filing. So I'm going to use the flat file to go around the edges. The to drop Andi, a rounded file to go inside the leaf shapes. Remember that the files only work in one direction. I'm just sweeping round the outside of the teardrop. It's got a nice, smooth shape, you know? So go across the edge as well. But nature thank Angie surrounded needle file to go inside shape here. But the heat working away on these Andi, I'll show you the results from done to nice, neat petal shapes. I'm now going to send them to make the surface is nice and smooth. And also to remove some birds. Firing has left around the edges. Here's the rubber block, right. Support my work on while I'm fighting on four different grades of Emory papers. I'm gonna work my way through You start with the coarsest which has the lowest number on what Kuwait is the finest. So I've got 2 45 101,000 202,000 Quit every paper, two petals, ready for hammering. 7. Petal Earrings: hammering: timeto extra interest to these hearings by adding texture. Andi, I'm going to be using this ham. It's across peen hammer, so called because the head just goes across like that, sometimes also called a Swiss style hammer. And this is actually my favorite. How much you use it gives a lovely texture. Well, I'm just going to put lines running parallel across the teardrop. Two beautiful texture Petals are made sure toe hammer opposite sides off each petal so that they would end up his mirror images of each other. Next up Soldering year Waas. 8. Petal Earrings: preparing the earwires: I'm going to show you two different ways over soldering the ear wise onto the back of the earrings. So I've cut out an extra pair of silver prattles on dive. Also cut four links off 5.5 centimeters of no 40.8 millimeter toe wire to use as the air wise. Now I'm going to be soldering the wise onto the back of the hearings at the top, just underneath Chip and what I want to do. First, it's hammer the end of each year. Why? To flashing it out so that there's an increased surface area between the two pieces of silver, which is going to give a stronger join. Andi, that's what I'm going to show you now I've got my rounded hammer, my ball peen hammer. I'm just going to hammer the end of the wire lightly to flatten it out. You should be able to see their to it. Waas one. Hammett. We'll know how much yet that's being Fred out of the end. Do that with the other three us as well, so I'm going to do next with the needle file. It's just around out the edges. Sometimes they end up a little bit square and I know it's the back of the hearing, but I want that look nice as well. Thank for here. Waas British soldier in place. 9. Petal Earrings: soldering: This is the set up for the first methods I'm going to show you for soldering the ear y one to the back of the earring. I've got the hammered end of the year wire resting on the back of the earring search. It's going to the air Wild will be leading up from the tip of the petal. Andi, I've got the other end of the ear y resting on the penny. Raising it up on a penny like this helps it to lay nice and flat on the ear y if I try to lay this flat on the soldering blocks and it would probably lift up most like you should lift up at the end here. But I wouldn't have a nice, flat, strong joint. I'm going to add some flux, join and then use my dump paintbrush to pick up a piece of soldier. And then he's a soldier pick to help push that soldier exactly where I want it to be. Sometimes that's actually the most difficult job a soldier, but you can see it here is flat on the back of the petal, but up against the ear wire, I'm going to use small soldering to some old blowtorch because it's a school project. What I'm going to do first rule is heat up around here so that the heat goes slowly into the earing and drives the flux off slowly. If I try on dry the flux off quickly by putting the heat right, close the silver, it can bubble up and does it bubbles up. It can make that Peter soldier that's I so carefully put in position. Jump off my work now that might still happen. And if it does, just turn your talk. Show off, move the soldier back to where you want it to go and start again. But I prefer it to stay. Worked where I put it. So after making sure the soldiers dried, I'm going to add some heat into the penny because that's what we call a heat sink. It's drawing heat away from the work. I'm going to start heating up the petal here. The ear wire will get heated as I heat up the penny Ondas I heat up the petrol, - the white that you might have seen appearing here part way through the soldering with the flux . When it's completely dry, Andi Hopefully what she saw towards the end was a piece of flocks that was here to see the remains of it here, melting and flowing out around this soldier joint. I know so together into the quench pot. And I put him in the pickle to clean them up later on. This is the set up for the second message of soldiering. Dear wives onto the back of hearings. I'm going to show you that. Really? You can see here, but I've got a piece off, soldier down one pointing with EEA. Why, Andre, This is Gang is easy, soldier. Because of anyone. Soldier joint. Andi, I've got to the ear wire held up over section tweets is I'm going to dip. See it End of the Hammett end of the year y influx Ongoing a hoat that flux tender the air wire on top of solder. I'm going Teoh, right. I'm going to melt that soldier just so it's six on the year, but it's very quick. That's already there. So they're going to do his hold. Move a bit closer. There's been closer to the end to the firebreak I'm going to do is hoat that ey onto the chip with the Peschel. Andi, I'm going to re melt soldier toe, hold everything in place worked up. That takes a little bit more practice because you need to hold the ear wire. Still, whilst the soldier goes solid again, if the soldier is still very bright and liquid in appearance than it hasn't such that hasn't got solid yet. On the ear, workers still come away from the earring, but this I find a little bit quicker, takes a little bit more practice. But my preferred method. Now I need to solder the matching hearing on that pair, pop everything in the quench pot and then in the pick off to clean up Andi stand, I figured tied to Polish. 10. Petal Earrings: finishing earwires: so I got to shiny, persevering straight out of the tumbler. But the wise is still straight. So now I'm gonna show you the last step, and that is shaping the ear wise. First, any stew is the check. Much. The air wise are the same length. Some holding the earrings together at the bottom straightened out the a waas. Then no white the same length. So I'm just going to trim off to make them much shot perfectly to the same to the other path putting together. Make sure that that and I send tied together at the bottom. That has fine its worst of checking because even though you might have started off with wise of the same length, the hammering can change their link the little bit. But also you might end up putting most slightly different positions on the back of the year , while so she's worth checking. Next step, I need to bend the wires into a U shape. To do that, I'm going to use I'm Andrew here. I can't use the middle step of this step Mondor here. Remember, you use anything that's around a piece of Dowling around pencil letting needle doesn't have to be some purpose made opposing the air. Why? Why? At the right place on the banjo on and simply going to bend it around. Don't we check before I've been to a way around some. Happy with that length I am. You might want to check in the mirror. But I'm happy with that length fish spending you are around, but but with a matching one. The student a bit slower. So part of inject ground and then hold him up together. This one's definitely too long. So I need to use up some of this front bit of wire and pushed this section This front section of wire around the mandrell double check the links again. I'm happy with that. Some if I'm happy with the length of the front. Well, I can just spend round the wire. I'm then going to for the count. You see pliers just to bend out the last piece of the year. Why? Same on the other one. I like to use the suppliers because I hold them at the end of the year wire. So I was know that I'm bending the same length of wire each time. No, you don't. I need to file the ends of the wire to make the knife. Think about which, Where Feels nice and sweet. Same with the other one. Andi. Last thing to do. Yes. I want to hammer this front section of the year wire to make it stronger. That will help the u I told it shape so we'll get pulled out of shape. So see that hoat? The hearing off the bench books, likely. I just use the hammer. Just a hammer, the front section on the other. Amy, I just say no. I got on a pair of earrings by the beauty of having sussed to make no pair of earrings if I can show you all that again with the year wire from a different angle, just to make sure that you can see it. All right, then, to make sure that you can see everything I was doing, I'm gonna show you how to make the wild from a different angle. So I've really double checked that these two well, the same rights when they are such good, spend three year wire into a U shape around the mandrell. The second hearing needs to us a little bit little bit slower so that you can double check this one still too long at this section. If he turns up to short, then you got a choice. You can either change the 1st 1 that you did or pull this year y straight again and start again on nine on your pliers, a good for pulling it straight without leaving any marks. Bend it around a little bit more. Check again to my eye that could be bent around a tiny bit more. That's better. I'm happy with that. So fish bending this around, you can see it doesn't take much pressure this using my finger with enough to do that. So that's the general shape, with the ear wise going to use the red handled flat nose pliers just to pull back to flick out that end of the wire it gives about professional finish. It actually makes it more difficult for the earrings to fall out of your ears, because the fallout they would actually have to change direction and again to put it back, inflicts out. Two more jobs have to do and you file. I don't want any shock points of why guys who? Your ears would not be comfortable. Actual Beall. The ends of the year. Why, I said I checked the armed Isis spoof. That's the best test I know. I'm just going to hammer the front sections here. Why? To help it hold its shape. Huh? Another pair of earrings. 11. Petal Earrings: final thoughts: I hope, you know, ready to make your own persevering what I taught you. We've had some sewing techniques and how to need to know your silver sheet after you sorted out and also just the difference hammering were designed. Commit to It would be great to see what was it designed. You can come up with perhaps homage with some different shaped hammers to give a different fact. I've also shown you two different ways of solving the ear wives into place on the back of the earrings and how to shape the wives as well. I know to be important techniques in future videos. In Siris, you may have noticed that one of the pairs of earrings now looks darker than the other. That's because I've treated it with a chemical to give us a patina or surface coloration on brave. Shortly, there will be another video showing you exactly how to do that. I'd love to see the earrings that you make please to upload them shell projects on. Please do leave being out if you've got any questions. Thank you for watching