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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Oak Leaf Earrings


    • 2.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - materials


    • 3.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - equipment


    • 4.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - soldering equipment


    • 5.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - sawing


    • 6.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - filing


    • 7.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - texturing


    • 8.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - preparing the earwires


    • 9.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - soldering the earwires


    • 10.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - finishing the earwires


    • 11.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - shaping the leaves


    • 12.

      Oak Leaf Earrings - final thoughts


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About This Class

Welcome to the Oak Leaf Earrings class! I love to use natural shapes as inspiration for my designs, and oak leaves are a particular favourite. In this class I'll teach you how to easily create the distinctive lines or veins in the leaves and shape them to really bring the silver to life.

This class will help you to practise and improve your sawing technique, and I will show you a great way of sawing out two shapes at the same time - very useful when you want two pieces of silver that match!

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 all abilities, from beginner jewellery makers upwards as the sawing just needs a little practice - concentrate on your accuracy and the speed will come!

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 #27 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.

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1. Oak Leaf Earrings: Hello, My name's John Tinley. I'm a jewelry designer and tutor from the South Coast, the UK on Welcome to the oakleaf hearings class. This class will helps to test and practice your soaring skills of the oak leaf that you're going to be cutting out has got some really nice curves and twists and turns in it. So by telling through all of those, you really will have improved your soaring technique. 2. Oak Leaf Earrings - materials: here the materials that you're going to need to make the oakleaf earrings. Although I'm show you rather large example, you're not actually going to need as much as I'm showing you here. I'm going to be cutting the Oakley's themselves out of no 0.5 millimeter sunny silver sheet . You could go as thick as no 0.7, maybe no 0.8 millimeters thick. No point. Hate being 20 gauge, but because I'm going to be giving these Oakley's a bit of a shape, a bit of a curl to the edge of them. That shaping is actually going to add a great deal of strength to the shape. So no 0.5 millimeters thick is going to be absolutely fine for this project. I'm going to sort out a couple of smaller pieces of silver before we actually get started on cutting these. Oakley's out, but I'm going to solve the leaves out of those two smaller pieces, the ear wise, I'm going to make us. I always do out of no 0.8 millimeter around Sonny Silver, while if I know 0.8 or 20 gauge wire, a really good gauge of why to use for this as it's thick enough to hold its shape, but it's not so thick that it's going to be uncomfortable to go through your ears. 3. Oak Leaf Earrings - equipment: the's of the hand tools that you're going to need to make the oakleaf earrings. I'm going to cut out the Oak Leafs with the jewellers sore. Ondas usual. I'm going to support the silver on the bench pack that clamped onto my desk on the leather cushion underneath is going to catch the bits and pieces of silver that will fall off. So don't get lost that end up in the scrap pot where they'll eventually be recycled. In this class, however, I'm going to be sawing through two pieces of sheet at the same time. I'm going to use the double sided, sticky tape toe hold those two pieces of sheet together so they don't slip about as I'm soaring them. I've drawn a very simple, stylized oakleaf on a piece of paper, and I'm going to use that as my patterns I'm going to cut out. I've also attached that oakleaf as a template to the class materials so you can print it out yourself if you'd like to. They cut out the Oakley feuding post scissors on, then draw around that shape with sharply directly onto the silver. But as I've really got the double sided sticky tape out. I'm just going to trim off the excess paper roughly around the edge of the oakleaf, and then you suitable side of city tape to stick it a directly onto the silver. Once the oakleaf was being cut out, I'm going to use the needle files that I've got here. Tune eating up the edges, Take out any bumps that shouldn't be there, and also to remove the marks left by the jeweler's saw. Once the leaf is ready is sometimes for the fun bit, which is actually putting in the veins on the leaf. And I'm going to use binding white. Help me to do that. That's this riel of soft iron wire that you can see here. I'm going to use Magic Scotch tape to hold the binding wire in place. On the silver on, I'm going to use the old hammer to hammer the binding white into silver while some hammering. I'm going to support silver on the bench block and have the leather cushion underneath to protect the desk and to keep the noise down. The rest of tools that you can see here are for preparing on finishing off the air. Wives I'm going to use the ruler to help me work out how much. Why? To cut off for the ear wise, I'm then going to use the white trust is to cut the wire on. Then the flat nose pliers on the Nile on your pliers, I'm going to use to help form and shape of the wire. I'm going to bend the wire around the stepped Mandrell. But as I said in other jewelry classes, it is possible to use anything's his around and off a suitable size for this job. For example, the barrel of a pen, the second hammer that you can see here is the clashing hammer. And I'm going to use that toe hammer the ear y to give it a bit of extra strength. This is a soldering project, So I will show you the soldering equipment that you're going to need in the next part of the class. 4. Oak Leaf Earrings - soldering equipment: I think 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. 5. Oak Leaf Earrings - sawing: so cut to smaller piece of the sheet from the larger piece. No 0.5 millimeter sheets you can see here on both of these are large enough to be able to put on the oakleaf just trimmed down the oakleaf that I've drawn out here. Training of some of the excess paper on that will fit very nicely on to both of these pieces. So now what I'm going to do is use a double sided sticky tape to put two pieces together so held firmly together. Well, I can cut to Oakley's out at the same time, making use of various different message for sticking those two pieces over sheet together temporarily. Some people recommend using glue a wood glues. White wood glue works well. Other people goes a bit further and use superglue. Or use epoxy glue that you have to make some from two parts. It doesn't actually matter what you use. It really comes down to, as it's quite often the case in these things, it comes down to preference, and it also comes down to what you got handy in your studio. I prefer to used upside to take because, well, it's just free quick and easy. So just this double sided tape I do like because it that bitch on there, it doesn't have a backing on it. I can just tear it off is very quick and easy to use. So that's no sicky I need to do is put that woman took impressive 20 together. I am, however, so it's okay to take that bit off that I trundled Teoh push on to the back like it just should not with the city is otherwise such could end up getting the the silver stuck down onto the bench. Paige let him who around it is nicely. So those are now firmly together and say it doesn't matter what you use as long as two pieces don't slip and slide past each other. You want them to be held firmly together because obviously the point of doing this the reason for putting them together. It's that you could end up with hopefully identical oak leaves. I did the silverware to slip as you were cutting out. Then they also wouldn't be identical. Now you could completely ignore this. Andi Cut two leaves out one after the other form piece of sheet, but If you do that, then it is far less likely that they're going to be a really close match. So for something like this, in a symmetrical shape with lots of curves and dips in it, cutting them out together at the same time, to end up with a much impair is my preference on said, I'm going to use double sided sticky tape again to stick the Oakley from place that pretty little bit more for certain to place. I just realized that I have other Joffrey put the tape of the front of the template for it doesn't really matter, because the pen, as I used, was from my way to the papers. Right now, I have attached to the class materials a little book put with hints and tips on how to get the best out of your jewels, sore on how to make your soaring as efficient and as clean as possible. One of the tips is to try your best to keep your blade upright as you're soaring, because this helps you to turn corners and curves a lot more easily. Keeping your blade upright is especially important for a project like this, where you got two pieces together because if you were to have it, it's an angle like so chipped over, slightly off the every tipped over that much you really would know. But if you don't heap it up right, if you have it angle, then you could end up with to ever so slightly different sized pieces. So to really make some identical to make all this setting up worth while you do need to keep your blade up, right, So I'm going to start down here at the bottom, Okay, just a couple of notches upwards. So it's like an start without the blade slipping. But it's actually the down stroke that cuts way. You are the same out for a nice, smooth, reflect sound, right? This you don't want to hear. If you heard a sound like that stuff is starting, it would be because you're putting too much pressure on the blade. You don't need to just let the blade do the work for you. A couple of other chips have as much of work of your work is possible. Supported on the wood. They want it down here is not gonna be supported. And what with about a lot more. If you do that, your story is going to be less efficient. And you're also far more like it's pretty sore blade. So have it up here on as that cut line gets a bit longer. Move your fingers So you've got a finger supporting each side of the cut line, as you can probably tell on blowing silver dust off every now and again. Such time. Keeping the outline nice and clear. Onda more so, so turning the blade a lot. I'm turned silver on to the blade when we come to turn a sharper corner like this. So she best to keep the blade going up and down on spot. That's starting sofa. So great is nice in moderation. Way lifting up. Okay, - there we go to a police sandwich together. Andi, you also see. That's because that you can see where I didn't see the sticky tape back over there because all the silver take for silver dust. Rather's is stuck to it. So all of this extra covering on the silver, both on the scrap piece handle this piece are going to go in scrap pot because the silver bullet on day it all adds up. You can see that that pulls apart so sick it tapers on there. But all that sticky tape that stuck onto the blue plastic covering or silver. All of that is going to go in the scrap pot. I have two separate scrap pots are actually more than two now because I'm my scraps building up Andi. But it's a silver like this when I can still get quite a bit out of these bits. I get little disc sort of here that I could use, for example, for projects that bubble earrings that you might have really watched or melt some of it into little balls of hearings for something like the rustic dot Syrians class. So, doctor, they sell, recycle myself, so keep things like that separate. But bits that I can't recycle that still have silver on them will go in separate scrap pot . Eventually, everything that I can't recycle myself off some back up to the 1,000,000,000 supplier and they will recycle it for me. Everything goes into a furnace, and he's saying that isn't silver. When this gets burnt off on, the silver is remaining on. I get paid for that so again. This just prices off. Andi, take approaching office. Well, come off. This is the template. Says come you first. Okay, so there's one. But you look so much nicer when the coverings taking off. Oops, but dont secret eight to lovey oak Leafs. Ondas You could see they, uh really good much on going to make a lovely pair of earrings. 6. Oak Leaf Earrings - filing: now that the Oakley's air sawn out, it's time to file the edges too neat in them up to get rid of any rough patches and to get rid of the marks left by the sword blade. Usually when you're working on two shapes were going to make a pair of earrings. You're so much want to do a bit of holding them up against each other to make sure they are a good match. Maybe use of files to trim a section off one of them. So they are good much. But of course, with these, they were song out at the same time, so they are already as close as I can humanly maketh. Um, so all I'm really doing at this stage is making sure that the edges are nice and smooth and meet Andi comfortable assessments to see here. I'm going to be using needle files in various shapes, and the idea is that you used the shape that fits whatever you are filing. So if you've got a concave curve like you have here, then using around it or an oval file to be able to sweet around, that is definitely the way he needs guys like shape two years when that she's going to work around. So the let's go on four of those Comb Cave, which is now the same file. No, just I'm not just filing, so because I don't want to put more off. They did in that curve. I'm sweeping across. I'm still going forward. Mainly, it's the forward motion on the files. It actually does the work, but I'm sweeping to the side slightly, so that certainly get it. Nice. Nice, smooth. No, Another file I really like is a direct file. It's Tapert. It's like try English. That's not quite. It was a very nice thing. Edges here and here. It's safety. Back it. It's not got any teeth filed teeth on the back. It's really nice and smooth. So that's Venture enabled me to get into shapes like that. We're in better file that area without actually causing the damage to the of the other side of that that shape. So I'm just going to go around now. I do NT sections like that, also using a flat section of it. Just sweep across the top There is that could be a little bit rounded, smoother help you with that. I'm getting this. But here is where I started and stopped the cutting. When you stuff stop, I always think so. Tidy up. So that is fine. We want to Next one. Now we got this far in my hand. Him as well. Start this one. By the way, I cleaned up the bench Paige a little bit before I did some firing. I was cheaper. A paintbrush, paintbrush on the work desk so that I can sweep off any dust because there was fabulous dust on here Is you probably saw after I've been soaring. I didn't want the unprotected silver to be scraping across that dust is it would be putting scratches in there. The site I didn't want. I can't say it was a teach with the other one just sweeping across the so some of the leaf is that's where I start and stop soaring back to the over far now to do the sections. He has her something around it, so there's not much cleaning up to do. I don't need Teoh. Make certain shape self Matt Shankar's. I know that they really are. It's just getting with a very rough sections I guess you reversed far marks. But as he's a really nice quality legal files, they do the job very quickly. These are Swiss. Make Andi. Anything that's a Swiss is brilliant for firing and cutting. So very RC any to do with the needle files is that as I've bean soaring and filing, it's created a bit of a bar on the edges off on both edges, sites of the leaves. I want to get rid of that us. So I'm going to use the the oval well again and just hold. It was about 45 degree angle. Which fried fish. I'm just sweep across the edges like so just see everything that's best when it's a shape like this with lots of curves. Site. I like to use a around it needed for this job because if I would use a flat one, then the etches might some the edges of fact. One Albrecht one might actually digging a little bit on the curves. I don't what that's happened. Sit on one site saying to this side, Yeah, and then on this leaf me that so those are clues and now nice and neat and tidy on there, ready to be textured 7. Oak Leaf Earrings - texturing: it is now time for the funding of the project. And to add to the pattern of veins onto the Oakley's on. The first thing I need to do is make sure that the Oakleys are mirror images of each other . At the moment. They're both facing the same way with e oakleaf curving slightly that way, I want them to be mirror images, So I'm going to turn that one over. Andi, I'm going to put a little dot Oh, and each one If I could get a Pinto just to remind myself that those are the fronts so they don't make a mistake and hammer the wrong side by accident. Just going to work on one leaf. That's a time some move the 2nd 1 out of harm's way over here. Andi, I'm going to be using find you my to help me cause that for the veins on the leaves first thing I'm going to do it. Just make sure that the binding why is I said straight NRC kinks in it by eating the night on your place just to pull it out. Andi, I'm going to cut myself off a section that is a little bit longer, then you please. Good. I'm quite simply going to hammer that piece of binding. Why? Into the leaf. I'm going to late in place in the middle. I'm going toe hammer it in with his old hammer. Remember, I use the so time of four hammering texture, punches and punches on the dome ing block. Andi for this as well. Do you know? Because all of those things put marks into the head of the hammer? So this hammer I reserved just for jobs like this. I don't use it dying on the silver because the marks that are formed on here would then go into the silver. And I don't want that happen. However, while some hammering, I don't want that wire to move about. So I'm going to do is I'm going to take it in place with a bit of the magic Scotch tape on . The reason why I like to use my Scotch tape for this is that it is see through secon, see what I'm doing. It is strong and you don't leave any residue behind. So just going to terra bit off. That's the other thing I like best is Well, I can tear it with my with my fingers on and just going to use it to pick up that piece of binding. Why can last little bit of my finger, Andi something going to do? He's just hold it over the leaf until I can see through the tapes that it's nicely lined up and then push it down in place. So the piece of binding why is now down the middle. It's not going to move about, sy. Hammer it. And also, the tape is giving a little bit about protection to the rest of silver, although I'm going to be careful what's to, um, hammer directly downwards. So my hammer comes into contact with wire, not ticked over where it could just touch the edge of silver and put a hammer mark onto the silver. So I'm going to do is just hammer that. Why, in simple as that Andi might be hard to see is that the wire has flattened out a little bit . It is wider. We're being hammering circuits, the indication that I have actually made a difference. The wire on and what I can do from very careful is just pull the H back just lift up the wire. Andi got to see another line unleased the wire. It has actually after markets. How much? Attend some good. Take that. Hope he saw gonna go. Let's put the line in. So I've basically made my my own long texture stamp. I can't reuse that piece of wire because the hammering has a said meitiv a bit wider. So if I were to use that piece, it would make a wider line because it would start off wider. Andi, I want all the lines to be this link. So what we're going to do now? I want another line going down the middle of each little section of the leaf. So I want another four small sections or small lakes off binding wire on. I'm going to pulls binding. Why? So that it's no slight on straight because obviously, if it's got kinks in it or bends in it, that's what's going to be Hamed into the I'm trying to catch off one quite cut all the way through to three for peace of mind, like a used piece of finding while in pairs. I'm going to do that, too, on this side and then the two on this side. So I'm going to get a the solar. Please take. I find it much easier to use the tape to lift up the binding wires and shirts to try and use by my fingers to put the binding wire in place on. So I'm going to do it. Just position this tape so that the wire finishes that the middle with the mid feign that's running down there. The leaf, sir, fishes that ground runs down to the middle. Have they sat side section leave? Yeah. Help you with that. Um actually, I'm not going to do that side because that's partly covered by the tapes that I just put down. Um, so I do this side instead again using the tape to pay a wire up. Turn this around. See that end of the wise Super Bowl? It will be a curve int in it somewhat. They used a tent and he's the send. Okay, So again, it's joining the vein of center and going out to the side. So the reason why I didn't do this side on this side at the same time is that I want to make sure that I can still see very clearly the midbrain, each time hammering. Just start what I prefer to do because, like make a so again just going to Hama one again. I can see that. Why would be flatter? It's lost a rounded shape, So let's put that pull the take from the Hughes bits of wire off again. You can see that. Move it about in the light. You can see the lines being hammered in that. So same with the other two. This time I'm going to make sure that the this piece of wire is going to match shop with the line that's already being hammered in. This is one to great to see the person starting to build up now, so obviously it's time to hammer those bits of firing as well each time. Remember, I'm making certain that they hammered is hitting the wire straight down. I'm not holding the hammerhead at an angle, so it on protecting silver, says That's the first Leaf groups first leaf textures that's sick. Did they give a very different look? Brings it to life so much the same to this one first. The other long piece of wire. It's like cut, says the second long piece of while on. And can I just continues the tape to pick it up on and still lay it across Oakleaf? Yes, I'm happy with the position of that can to use, but not on your applies again. Smooth, too. For that straight, smooth Onda again. One to three, well, pieces of what? So we've got two beautifully textured oak leaves. Next things I need to do is to prepare the ear wise. And then after that, you sold him in place on bend them around to finish the earrings. 8. Oak Leaf Earrings - preparing the earwires: cut to 4.5 centimeter links off the North 0.8 millimeter or 20 gauge staying silver wire, and I'm now going to start preparing them to tell them into the ear wise the earrings. First thing I'm going to do is to hammer one end of each wire because that will not only give a nicer finish on the back of the earrings, but also makes for a nice a stronger soldier. Join because you then have an increased surface area joint between the wire on the back of the earrings, so I'm going to use the crashing hammer. But this with the silver on the bench, block on top of that, the cushion to give the noise down, just hovering the end. And if I show you a comparison, the to moving around in the light, you can see the light bouncing off. This one's being flash and out a lot more than the the one that's still around, so that one is almost ready to be sold on to back. Do the same to this one we hear. So one more thing to do, I'm going to use the flat needle files just to file around the edge of thes. Make sure that there are no sharp h is that they look nice and smooth, but some happy those 9. Oak Leaf Earrings - soldering the earwires: now bought the oak leaves and prepared here wires over the soldering station because it's time to sort everything together. I put the Oakley's face down on the soldering brick with their stems towards the age of the bricks that I can easily hold the ear, wives and tweezers and guess access to where I want to solve everything together just makes life a little bit easier, taking the time to set things up properly. I've got your so two little pieces of easy soldier there. There's only one soldier join so I can go straight to Easy soldier, the soldier with the lowest melting temperature. You may just be able to see actually, on these earrings, some faint lines. I have got the face down. I'm gonna be soldering onto the back. If I turn it over. I got to see, uh, the lines will clearly on that one showing the front. Now the softer marks that you can see on the back are the bruising where I Hamed's the binding wire into the silver. It then came into more contact with the steal bench block on left, a bit of bruising behind, but has it's still in the pattern off. The oakleaf said if you look on the back of an oak leaf, it's still got marks on the back of it. I don't think it detracts it all from the design. So gonna move one of the air wise out of the way. Andi holds the other in the trees, is on and just going to dip it in flux, right? No. Flux is just sort of view of the camera assumed in so that you can get a better view. Gonna hold the hear. Why on soldier just melt soldier on to the end. Okay? A soldier is on a blob. It's rounding out the end a little bit on show you this before in other classes, if I show you again the contrast between the two, that one still myself. Flights that was built for around it end to it with soldiers. So second to now, it just was practice where I want to hold it, we'll lift year. Why are to the way? Because I want to put some heat into the oak leaf. First of all, is that relatively speaking? The bigger piece of silver still quite small. Peter Silver. Really. But, um compared to you are, it's bigger. Six weeks passed away. Heat into the oak leaf. You see the ox ization appearing showing you this. It is actually heating up, moving about a bit. If it does that, they just removed the heat for a bit and show you been happy with everything is positioned and then go back to heat up a bit more. Yeah, right. And when everything's in at the right temperature, the solder flows joins one to the other. It was one which one side for the moment on to get a second year work ahead. That's oakleaf. Didn't want to move about as much a lot quickly to solder. But as you can see from the first votes oakleaf, you can actually remove the heat, move things back to where you want them to be and then carry on heating. And she's worth taking the time to do that, to get your social going right so that oakleaf needs to join the other one in the crunch pot. It there needs to be pickled to clean up, and then I'm going to finish off the ear wire to actually make sure your profiteering 10. Oak Leaf Earrings - finishing the earwires: There were just three things left to do to finish off the oakleaf earrings. One is to shape the air wires. Another is to shape and curl the leaves and south of Tibet to bring the shape to life. Andi, the one sometimes do last, is to punish the earrings. It doesn't actually matter whether you shakthi here, wires or the oak leaves. First it comes answer to preference. Really, whatever you fancy doing first or in my case, I'm going to form the ear wives first, so that when I hold the earrings together to check the links their flat against each others and make it a little bit, it'll be easier to hold them. Which, if you're worried about moving the ear wives about a few formed them in taking what the time to form them on, then worrying about putting amount of shape again. When you curl up the site of the Oakleys and by war means cuts, I said he's first and then do the Iwas. It's it's up to you. The first thing. So I'm going to do the such for Muneer Wise is using the nylon your appliance. Just pull the wire nice and straight and smooth. Make sure there are no kinks. And there just saying the 2nd 1 Andi. So I'm going to do so in case before is holding hearings together so that I can double check to see whether the ear wise of the same banks and they're actually not quite the same length. This one on the left is a fraction longer, even though they were both cut to be 4.5 centimeters long. By the time you've hammered a little bit of the bottom prepared them to soldiers among, um, on door. So you might not seldom on at precisely the same place in each one you're going to see, sometimes end up with an ever so slight difference. So what I'm going to do, I get the wire cutters. He's just shrimp that longer. Hear why, and even that teach tiny pieces. Sylvester's just, uh, even that teeny tiny piece will induct in scrap. So put that quit. I should scrap now. Now I'm going to do next is to file the end of the year. Waas and I said, smooth, I'm going to use flat Needle file to do that. I'm actually turning the earring round on keeping the needle far more. Listen. Same place he could go around like that if you preferred. Doesn't mean much is always get the job done. Use your fingers as much as your eyes to make sure that that end of the why is nice and smooth and isn't going to scratch you as you put the the wire through the hole is okay. Sat chopped. Um, I now need You don't have to waken me that anymore. So I'm now going to do is bend the ear y back down itself former u shape to form the decent shape that's going to hold hearings in your here. So I'm using the such mandrell on. Don't keep saying it, but you can use a pen bowel instead. Andi, I thought you see the middle step on the Penn bowel. I don't want these ear wise to be too long and it want to have too much of a a stand before the oakleaf starts. So, yeah, I'm happy with happy with that that amount for job. So if I'm happy with the drop in the front, I'm not going to bend that section of wire around anymore. just got hold that still and pull the UAE ground at the back. So the 1st 1 is always quite quick and easy to do. The 2nd 1 going to start spending it around. Andi Cern much the two earrings against teach us a meeting. I doubt the bottom. I can see that this year. Why is higher than this one? So back on the mandolin goes. That means that this Peter, why here Front is too long. So just bend. Such with my son, Ransom Angel's more Andi. That's better now the the same length. So I'm going to continue bending that around and that is that part of the job. Dumb I said a moment. Those bends quite, Um, and that's a strong as I'd like them to be. They could be quite easily pulled out off shape, so I'm going to Hamma. Well, my tools on the wrong side. This time I'm going to lean across to get them some get a hammer, that front section off the wa with flashing hammer. Who, and that is enough to make such you I springy so a lot hardened. It's so going to be a lot more difficult to put attach at a shape so do the same with any They want another one. Okay, done. And right here, since I need to do is flick out the end of the year. Why it gives a much more professional finish to the hearing. Andi also makes it easier to to stay in your ear as for out of your ear. It would have to Bender. But don't run the corner in the e wa that you know, I would have to change direction to go toward out. So what I'm doing is using the wits off. Um, the pliers here was a guy, Just how much? Just gently pull back that. So we need to do just you can just pull that back. So that's two oakleaf earrings nearly done on, and they are perfectly wearable how they are at the moment. But what I'm going to do in the next part of class, you show you how to bring those Oakley's to life a little bit by curving up the sides 11. Oak Leaf Earrings - shaping the leaves: in this past class, I'm going to show you how to shape the Oakleys and to bring them so life little bit make them look a bit more lifelike. And generally, I think, make them into uneven Nice. A pair of theories. And they are the moment that curving also gives a bit of extra strengths to the oak leaves , which is no bad thing. I'm going to be using the light on your apply to do this because they're going to allow me to grip with silver aunt. To move it without leaving marks and I'm going to do is just grip the side of the oak leaf on Just put it up sightly. So it's no longer completely fact. That was quite a gentle bend because I like to start off, was quite gently on, and you can add a bit more occurred, but you go along. You don't have to do it all at once. Okay, so what should be on? See now I see. Just put the Langil pliers and each of those four sections of these and just pulled him up a little bit. Andi, if I show you two earrings next to each other you see this one still completely flat. This one's being curved a little bit. Catch the light differently. My read. You think this this, uh, readers bring the series, so I use a little bit extra interest. So I'm going to do the same to get this one too much. Just gripping. And I owned your pliers. Just bending up was just so for bit, because you have to them on and that curve it much similar on each. But you can see that was quite quick to do. But, um, I'm really happy with that. I think it does make a really nice difference to the earrings. So the last Singhalese happen tooth, um, is that they need to go into the tumble to polish them on, Then they will be ready to wear. 12. Oak Leaf Earrings - final thoughts: That's the Oakley's polished and ready to wear. So now we've got another beautiful pair of earrings, tow, anti collection. And, as you can see, the shape, pain and curving of the agents believes really does bring the shapes of life is far better than leaving. It has a flat leaf. This project is quite an easy one to adapt, because, of course, you can swap out the Oakley's for any variety of leaf that you like and still hammer the veins into that. You will also enlarge the template if you want to. Instead of making have fearing, he would always make a pendant. Do you remember to download the equipment lists for the class on? Remember that the equipment that's listed on there isn't just used for this project, but you can use it to make many other jewelry projects as well. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you make. So do please uploads photos to show the rest of your beautiful work, and you'll also be great if you believe a review to help our students. Thank you for watching