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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings


    • 2.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - materials


    • 3.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - equipment


    • 4.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - soldering equipment


    • 5.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - planning the earring shape


    • 6.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - cutting the discs


    • 7.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - sawing


    • 8.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - filing


    • 9.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - annealing


    • 10.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - texturing


    • 11.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - drilling


    • 12.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - preparing the earwires


    • 13.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - soldering the earwires


    • 14.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - finishing the earwires


    • 15.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - making the headpins


    • 16.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - finishing the earrings


    • 17.

      Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - final thoughts


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About This Class

Welcome to the Textured Leaf Drop Earrings class! If you've watched any of my other jewellery making video classes you'll already know that I like to get the most out of my tools and equipment - after all, they've cost me money so they need to pay their way! One of my favourite (yet more expensive) pieces of equipment is my disc cutter. It is very good quality but is still doing as good a job now as it did when I bought it ten years ago, but to get best value for money I like to use it for more than just cutting full discs.

This class and the Crescent Moon Earrings each use one part of a pair of silver discs cut with my disc cutter and then sawn in two. I have textured the long leaf shapes used in this class with a laser-engraved texture sheet and my rolling mill to give a lovely pattern of overlapping leaves but you could just as easily add a hammered texture or use texture punches. A pair of beautiful bluey-green flourite beads complete the earrings, and I'll also teach you how to make the headpins that the beads dangle on.

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.

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 #30 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. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings: Hello, My name's John 10. Me. I'm a Jew. It is on and tutor from the South Coast UK on Welcome to Texas Leaf Drop earrings. This class is 12 that uses the same pair of discs cuts using my disk Attar from no 120.7 sterling silver sheet. I like to get the best possible use that I can out of my discussed er. After all, it wasn't a cheap piece of equipment, so I want to get my money's worth. So sometimes I use it not just to create certain pieces of jewelry but can't circles. It's a starting point for other shapes on That's the case in this class. I'm going to catch the two discs together into two different shapes on that swear these two classes with them part ways. One class crescent moon hoop earrings will use well. A crescent moon shape on this class is going to use a long, eagle dated leaf shape as well as teaching beautiful bit more about what you can use your just cutter ful. I'm also going to be showing you how contextual silver. Using a rolling mill, I create my own later Great Texas sheets and I'm going to use a lovely overlapping leaf pattern on one of the ships to in Boston. Pattern into the silver. I'm going to finish off the earrings by hanging a pair of lovely bluey green floor to tear drops. For though I'm even going to show you how to make the hedge pins, this class is passed the 52 airings Challenge. So I set myself in 2017 to design and film tutorials for 52 different kinds of hearings. Have a look out for the hash tag 52 hearings on Instagram and Facebook if you see behind the scenes photos and get a hint of what's coming next. So if you're ready, let's have a look at the materials and the equipment that we're going to need to make the hearings. 2. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - materials: These are the materials that we're going to need to make the textures leaf drop earrings because of these out of no 0.7 millimeters. So so a sheet that's a good thickness to use because much thinner than that, the earrings actually wouldn't be strong enough, but much thick thin that's they'd be unnecessarily heavy in your ears. As usual, I'm going to be using no 0.8 millimeters. Sony silver around wired form the ear waas no 0.8 millimeters is about 20 gauge, and I find that's a really good thickness of why to use for their wives because it's still enough to go see is comfortably but also sick enough to hold its shape. The thing? A. Why shown here is no point five millimeters. I'm going to use that to create a couple off head pins that I'm going to thread beads on. It will hang below the earrings. The Beezus, I'm going to use our these absolutely gorgeous a blue green floor right teardrops with a whole running down the middle. I was a nice on string of thumb here on day. I'm going to choose the two that are the best match for the earrings, and I think they're going to complement the shape of the silver beautifully 3. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - equipment: the's air, the tools that we're going to need to make the textured leaf drop earrings. I'm going to use the pencil together with e circular template toe help plan out. The shape of the earrings on the Sharpie is there to transfer that plan onto the silver. The earrings will start out as a discus silver, and I'm going to cut them out with the disc Attar. I'm going to hit the punctual that is cut up with an old hammer on. I'm going to support this cutter on another cushion that will obviously give it some support so it won't move about as much. I'm also help to keep the noise down. Once the discs that cut out, I'm then going to stick them temporarily together with double sided sticky tape. And then I'm going to finish off the shape by soaring with the jeweler's saw. The silver we supported on the bench, Paige on underneath. We got the leather cushion to collect the dust for recycling. I'm going to use a needle file to refine and smooth out the edges off the leaf shape. I'm going to use the rolling mill to texture the longleaf shapes and I'm going to do this by sending the silver through the rollers with a piece of one of my laser engrave texture sheets. This wants what a lovely pattern of overlapping leaves. You could, of course, if you wanted to hammer your silver instead, used texture punches or just leave it nice and smooth. If you use a texture sheet or if you use another type material to send through very rolling mill. Instead, you're going to need in my shop Paris scissors to cut it with a swell. I'm also going to need a drill. Onda no 0.9 millimeter drill bits to draw the whole towards the bottom of the hearings on that hole is going to be used to thread thehyperfix with the bead through it to hold that security in place at the bottom. The hearing. I'm going to be using my bench show, but you could, of course, he's a handle. Instead, the rest of the tours, even see here, are to form and finish off the ear wires. I've got why contents round nose pliers, flat, no supplies on nine on your pliers, and they're going to be used to cut and shape the wire. I'm going to form distinctive U shape in the ear y using stepped Mandel, although you could use the bowel off the Sharpie pen to do that instead, if you wish to Once year waas have bean shaped and sold into place, I'm going toe ham of them likely to get a little bit of extra strength. I'm going to use the plan ish ing hammer to do that. I'm going to support the silver on thesis. Still, bench block with the leather cushion again underneath that to keep the noise down. This is a soldering project, so let's have a look at the soldering equipment that we're going to need. 4. Textured Leaf Drop 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, so he was also available in a paste form, its ground up soldier that's already mixed with a flux, so you don't need a separate flux. In fact, if you were toe adds the yellow Fluxus, I showed you it would stop this soldier pace from working properly. It's most commonly available in syringes with small tips that she can see here. You can also buy it in tubs and pots, just like with the traditional sticks or strips of soldier, so the pace is available in three different melting temperatures. Easy, medium and hard. I've just got easy and medium here. The easy is the one that's 268 degrees sent rate for amounting temperature. The medium is 732. Recent weight. As you can tell, the easy solder paste, is a favorite newer than the medium soldier paste. When you have a new syringe, it's best to pull back on the plunger after you finished using it. Otherwise, the soldier pace is going to continue to snake out of the tip a little bit, and you don't want to waste it because this is actually the most expensive way of buying soldier. I like to use the solder paste on projects like chains on door, so hollow beads sometimes might use it on sucking rings if I'm in a bit of a hurry, because one of the advantages sort of place is that the soldier usually stays exactly where you want it to be. Unlike the sort of Italians that can jump off as you start to heat the metal up, 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 that copper 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. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - planning the earring shape: in this section of the class. I want to show you how I planned out the shapes that we're going to be cutting. Remember that we're going to be cutting two discs out of something. So a sheet with the disc attar on, then be cutting or trimming a section off those fists to form the shapes for two earrings. The main shape is I'm aiming to get out. Of these six is a crescent moon that I've used to create a lovely pair off hoop earrings in the crescent moon Hoop Earings house. However, the shape that we're trimming off, it's so nice that I'm going to be using it to create a different pair of earrings in this class and the textured lyft your pairings class. So I've got a circular templates. I've got a piece of paper sketch on the pencil. Andre, this is the largest punch out of my discounter set its 25.4 millimeters or an inch in diameter on. The first thing going to do is find the whole that fits in best. That one's good. Andi, I'm going to use that draw a nice, neat circle. Um, I could just sketch my hand on ox er and then cut that out because I got a secular template . I can use it to have a greater much need to shape all I want to use a bigger circle. If I use a smaller one, I show you on this circles. I've really drawn out down here if I use a smaller circle. But he could do if he wanted to. And use an edge of that circle to draw a section inside is not really get me. The shape I wanted to is about a tractor shape. You might want to use that, but I want to go for more than a shell crescent moon shape. So I'm actually going to use a bigger circle. I'm going to use that one, Andi. So I'm going to do is actually as this has got some marks, all there, here on the outside. I'm going to use those just tow line up with the edge of circle, so and go for okay for that? No. So this is a shape here, so we'll use the half moon on. This is a shape here. So I'm going to be using for the detective Leaf drops So what I'm going to do now is used disk Attar to cut a disc out that shape. And then I'm going to transfer the template. I've just drawn onto that disk, and I'm going to use it to soar along this line to create my two distinctive shapes. 6. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - cutting the discs: Now that we've gathered the equipment of the materials, Andre planned out the shape of the silver that we're going to cut. It's time to actually start cutting. It got the 0.7 millimeters stay. So sheet on the largest cutter from my discussions set on Duthie cutter itself for the bitch that the cutters fit into itself resting on top of another cushion. Andi, First thing I want to do it's so sometimes chica chapel the side just to get the sections here coming apart. My discusses a really nice quality one so I can go really close to the h of the silver. So what I'm doing is looking down the whole here and you can see as I'm moving about the city little bit of daylight coming through past the service that show me that the edges, the civil aren't out of the way properly yet. Okay, so just moved in. So they are so like they have the way. So I had no put Cuttery by why the other thing that makes this a really good set. Is that what it's fucking focus for? See more clearly that the cutting edge is actually sloping, So it doesn't try and punch up the whole piece at same time. She would if it was flat. It starts the cut here, and that's rights around is a much nicer Christmas cut. I stopped. That helps to be out, too. I'm cut really close to the edge. I got a bigger the disc onto the thick of the sheet, the more hammering you need to do, but not satisfying. So there's the first kiss on to show you how close I got to the edge guy. So put that in again. Move it along slightly. Same again. I think I might just put a dent in. I'm not sure whether that see, uh, the protective coating, so for sheet or whether that's a sh that serve being, uh, scratched or whether that Sicily, she don't itself. But I'm gonna play safe. Andi, go the other end. Avoid that Pitchess cases no longer nice and smooth. And what I do if it isn't nice and through the more it's it'll operative texture on that Peter sheet and use that for a project that needs texture that was in the old hammer on by using this old timer because they punches here leave marks in the hammer says, is the hammers I reserve for this type of job. I don't use directly on silver because I don't want the marks it picks up from here to go onto the silver. So again, lots of loud hammering again. Okay, one to this. It's a way I can't see how close I came. So that's the start. What I need to do now is Mark on there where I want to cut. Before that, I'm going to take them together, because that way I cut through them both at the same time. So you clear away the bits that I don't leaves for not distracted by those on like it's double sided tape because I think what backing on it. It's funny to try and remove. So going to a tape, uh, used several different methods to hold pieces of silver sheet together to allow you to cut them out. At the same time, you can just bring that together and making sure it's my thing lined up you could use would flow. Some people use other people, use epoxy glue or super good that you have to mix together the equal parts of Whatever you do, make sure they are lined up nicely that they are pressed very touchy together. You don't want any gaps in between because your blade could get caught in those gaps. It wouldn't give you a nice, smooth cut. So just taking the time. Just a push those together to make sure us That's nice. Now, if you remember the plan that we cure out, I'm going to be using the larger circle on the circle template to draw the shape onto these . This? Yeah. So it waas, that's circled. Andi, I've got sharply now to draw that onto here. You could, of course, just cut out the paper plan that you made and stick that on to the silver. But I'm going to do it this way. Happy without that's lined up. So what I'm going to do is take us over to the bench. Paige. I like Reggie. Steaua sort of cut along that line to end up with two pairs of shapes 7. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - sawing: now watch the two discs stuck tightly together. Andi, I'm going to sort them out with your sore. All the bench paid the bench practice going to give us makes for support. Um on and I may be cut to ouch together, Remember, because of something together with double sided sticky tape and pushed really tightly to make sure that they are firmly stuck together, because I don't want to say about it all by cutting them out together. It doesn't matter if my curve creates a symmetrical shape or two symmetrical shapes in this case, because as long as they're both the same shape, they're still going to create a matching pair of earrings. Have a touch templates for this class, too fast materials. I've also attached a guides full of hints and tips to get the best out of your jewelry sore , but to go through a little bit of that with you. Now I want to make that my I want to make sure that to my you're so it's nice upright, because if it's a tous angle, then I'm not going to be cutting a nice straight line. I'm going to have more difficult from the curve. It also might mean that my, um, two pieces not quite the same size. They said more so, Going to make sure that my work supported on here and what you'll see at some point during the cross and it's a syllabus is holding onto one side. I'm going to move my hand sets holding onto both sides of the cut line. So that's their both supported. It is the down stroke that cuts, but I'm actually going to do up a couple of notches up so that the blade is there. Must like to slip supper push and not into notch into the edge off the sheets there. Andi, I want to play to the work for me. I would hear this kind of sound. I don't want to hear this. I hate that. It means I'm putting too much pressure on the saw blade on to celebrate with them. That should be more likely to break. I want to do the work for me, so I see me blowing the silver, actually cut, lying a fair bit. It does tend to hang about a little bit more when I'm using toe sticky tape, but away we go Well, - so we've got two pairs of shapes there still stuck together cause I made sure that there was double sided sticky tape across the back of the desks. I'm going to put the crescent shaped to one side now and you'll see them another time in the crescent moon hoop earings class on. And we're gonna continue working on this love injured. This stylized leaf shape I'm going to smoothed off the edges, gives them a texture person here while in the back and hang bead below. 8. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - filing: other these shapes, so I don't cook. So I saw them out together. The edge here is So what? So what some marks on it from the jewelers. Saw like a feel very, very small. Couple bumps. This one just just there. For example. This edge is beautifully cut because it was cut with the discussions so that they just need really working. I won't done to it. But I do need to use the file just to smooth off those edges. I'm going to leave the two pieces stuck together while I do this so that I still end up with two pieces. The same aunt. It's just gonna be that little bit quicker. So remember the files? Are you working in one direction with silver files in relation to each other? So I'm just going to smooth across here like so holding most of leaf shape in my fingers to support it. Andi, actually, you know what? They did so about tapes Got a little bit room, so I pushed him, but dont together making sure they are rain. I say lined up we go. And it was gonna hold them tightly while I continue to file. That's where the bum piss. So you go across like that for a little bit. Get rid of that bump. Is your fingers as much as your eyes when you're doing this? You know I might not see about, but your fingers were definitely feel it. Make he sure there's still nicely lined up. Yes, I can feel you bumps across there now when I say smooth the marks left by the sore being removed so I could take part. Andi good to this'll point and make sure that my and free food dust unless I haven't got any silver dust left on the bench pike. Because now I'm going to take off the blue protective coating. Andi, I obviously don't want to get silver dust scratching those because at the moment, the surface off, both of them really nice and clean and free from scratches. I want to stay that way now that both of these bits of plastic will end up in my scrap pot because they got spirits. Still, we just sticking to them last since I need to do to these is such the fine story has given them a little bit of a buzz on the edge sucks in use the file just sweet across something. Care from holding a far about 45 degree angle. I'm being very careful not to scratch across the surface. I don't want to ruin that. If your discussion of the cut out really nice Christian circles, you might also need to do this only along the other edge. To get rid of birds is being left by discussed itself. Okay, there. We've got to I don't to cool. Nice long lozenge or size leaf shapes ready to be tasted. 9. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - annealing: belief shapes and now tidy. But before I consent for the rolling mill to give him a texture, I need to in Neil Thumb. That's because everything I've done to them so far filing soaring and especially hammering the punch through the disc Attar to cut the initial shape out. All of that has work hard into the silver. So to help me get the best impression while I send the silver through the rolling mill, I'm going to soften the silver again. Andi, that's what an evening will do. So I'm going to heat the silver up to just below soldering temperature and then quite shit on. Those two actions in combination will soften the silver, so it's like I can work with it again. Properly. Uh, sometimes people get a little bit uncertain about when to stop heating. They're worried about not heating it enough for or for long enough or worried about overheating it on melting. It's they don't heat such a high enough temperature. So one thing that you can do is put a Sharpie mark apartment pen mark on the silver on by the time that is burnt off and you just see the ghost of the mark remaining. You've got to the right temperature. So then he is small talk sheet the month just say one at a time, - so the Sharpie marks have gone and said you must quench in cold water to completely kneeling Process. Those were then need to go in the pickle to clean them up on. Then we'll be ready to center the rolling mill with the texture sheet to get that lovely embossed leaf pattern on there. 10. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - texturing: I've used the sharp scissors to cut to pieces out of the texture sheet pieces that are certainly wider. Then the shapes are going to be sending through just in case. Things were a little bit and definitely a little bit longer, because when I send the silver through the rolling mill, it is going to stretch out or grow a little bit on did. I don't want to run out of texture sheet because the paper would behave in the same way that would stretch out Before I can send through the Rolling Mills, I I need to make sure that I am sending them through the right way. Um, so I made sure that they're facing towards each other as because of how they being cut out the curve here, which was the original. Outside of this, the distance would cut out. This cutter is a tighter curves, smaller arc than the curve on this side. So I've ended up with a symmetrical shapes or Lisa asymmetrical that way, which is the way I want them to hang. That way they are symmetrical, but I want them to go through like that, so I've made sure that they are facing each other, so they're mirror images of each other. Andi, I'm just going to Joe. Choices dot with a Sharpie. So that's the back of eat sharing. Just to really make certain I don't got bottled up, I said, through the rolling mill. So the front of the hearing is facing onto the texture sheets so the pattern can get in Boston onto the silver. I'm gonna move the camera now to get your view of the rolling mill. The rolling Mill works by having to beautifully smooth steel rollers here that can be moved closer together or further apart by means of the handle up here. What are you going to be there at the moment? Because I got this set up with the perfect position for the project that we need to do. Um, the rollers move by means the handle on the side here. And if you turn the handle, what have you rolling through? The rolling mill gets sent through, pulled through Andi. It gets things and get stretched out a little bit. And if you send it through with something that has a texture, it will also pick up the texture of that piece as well. I always find it amazing that paper is enough to texture the silver. Even though the paper is a lot softer than the silvers, it's all to do with how the two materials behave differently. Under pressure. The paper would just compress it, compress it enough it will tear the silver becomes. The best way to describe it is almost fluid under the pressure, and it gets pushed or flows into the gaps into the pattern that's on the paper, even something like cartridge paper. Watercolor paper is enough to give a nice texture. But when you've got a texture that's being engraved into a sheet, it's going to be a far crisper, formal defined textual pattern that you produce. And that's what my Texas sheets one of those to do. As I said, I set this up, Sell it. It is that the right setting for this sickness and wits of sheet it is best to spend some time experimenting with a rolling mill to see what settings you need for different materials, different sicknesses of sheet and also different wits because the wider the piece of material is your safe of the rolling mill, the greater the pressure, you're going to need to have an impact on it. As you can see, my rolling mill has got quite a few pain marks up a the top of on the gauge that show me where to line everything up to get the best setting for particular material are picked it for the gauge of that material. Once I got it so set up, I'm going to do my piece here, but the dot showing me don't just there should be. That's the back that the piece of silver is definitely pointed down the right way, so we'll make sure things lined up properly and then send it to the robbery mill. You're showing your quick close up so you can see the piece of silver that's being sent to the running well compared to the peace that hasn't you can see it picked up the patter of overlapping. These that was on the texture sheet on detective sheet should be had to see has been compressed where the silver is so when civil Waas Rather, um, it's also got a slight curve to it, because I did send it through the rollers quite tightly to make sure that I got a really good crisp textural that I actually like that curve. So I'm going to leave it in there. I set the camera up to different angle now so you can see a different view for sending the second piece of super figure running well. 11. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - drilling: both of the longleaf shapes and now being textured. They're lovely pattern of overlapping leaves on and they both that you can see what a nice curve tooth, Um, that has come from safely through the rolling mill quite tightly. I like that curve. I think it really brings the shapes to life. I was prefer giving a little bit shaping to leaving a piece of silver completely flat. Andi, if I tell them over, would be hard to see that I've also on the back of each put a dot with the permanent marker on. That is where I'm going to drill the holes. I'm going to drill from the back through the front because it's a lot easier to hold the that section of the earring flat life. So that is to go like that. And I am drilling the two whole separately rather than having drilled them together when they were still stuck together. Because although that would have got me two holes in that same place on each hearing, when I then went to send them through the rolling mill that hold too stretched out into an oval and the why that I'm using the head pins might not then have gone through. So that's why I'm doing these separately. So I'm gonna height one in turn and she's my bench. Strove to drill the holes so both holes now drilled, and we're really starting to see the earrings state shape I now need to prepare and soldier , the ear wise on the back, make a pair of hedge pins on, put everything together. 12. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - preparing the earwires: I've cut to 5.5 centimeter length of no 0.82 millimeter stowing civil around wire for the ear wise. So it was a little bit of preparation that I have to do before I consoled him in place. I want to slightly flattened, flare out one end off each one piece of wire so that there is a larger joint surface area between the wire on the back of the hearing to give a stronger soldier join. I'm going to do that flaring out by hammering with flashing hammer. I'm going to hammer on top of the still bench block on top of other cushions, other cushions there to give its support to the bench block and also to keep the noise down . And we have one out of the way. So I need to work on this time. It's just this very tip that I need to tow Hammer. I move. I'm about to the light. May I see that this one's catching the light very differently from this one. Speak, cause it's gotta a flatter area at the end there when you do the same to this one now. Okay, good. Hey, However, the ends of that still feel quite rough, although once everything's soldiers in place, I might not feel it. It's certainly wouldn't look particularly neat and, well, I suppose I'm a little bit fussy. So what I'm going to do is just use a needle file. The flat needle files just to smooth around the edges, cited one side onsides the curve they just turned the wire around. It is same with this one. That's all it takes so much to ear wise, ready to solder on the back of the earrings. 13. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - soldering the earwires: what the earrings and the ear wires over the soldering station because now it's time to solve everything together. I'm going to be solving on top of the soft break, the older one that's got some some dicks and some holes in it. I take that one out of the way, so just be working at the moment, uh, using this brick because the curve of the hearing off very nicely in that curve there until me, it will mean that everything is held a little bit more stable, iwill solving everything together. It's not going to move about unnecessarily. Andi going to I move one of the ear wise out of the way. I'm going to be using solder paste to use so companions or so it paste. But I thought this hunde already, So I'm going to. It's put there's a bit of soldier pace on the chick of that hearing, so chips that you want for the hearing and then I definitely don't want to be soldering most holding it with my fingers. So we're holding a pair of of our section. Tweeze is on what I'm going to do. First of all, it's just use a blowtorch to melt. That sort of placed onto the chip the area and then hold it in place in the back of the earring, teach everything up and soldier it again so firmly in place. If you were seeing now which such the soldier pace has has changed appearances that only darkness more silvery in color. Yes. What hands do? So move this. It's a bit closer. Secrets. Better view on Guy has a better view as well, Which is considering I'm working with a blowtorch. Ah, pretty good idea. Um, just going to practice where I want the ear y two bay should have noticed. I hope that I put a line on one tick on end of the leaf shape. The whole list on the other end on this is just really to toe help me see where toe robotically, which line everything up. Some help with that. And we put the most heat into the bigger piece of hearing because it's only the most heat to get up to soldiering temperature. It's not because in the war itself, sir, so soon as a soldier flowed wish. Hopefully we have seen us lying around the end there. If you didn't haven't have a look out for it on the the next hearing, but sounds a soldier float. I took the heat away because I don't want to overheat it and risk amounting. But I had to keep everything still until a soldier had lost it for writer. Parents have gone dull again. That showed me to go inside on and the two pieces of silver We're now one. So publishing the quench pot on get ready for the second hearing. And again, I've marked this one with the line to show exactly where I want everything to be. Andi, put a soda paste. This is so it place here. Too much too much sort of pace is just gonna make a mess. This was so to place millions there and then hold it with the traces as well. By the way, I melts the soldier onto the end of the ear wire before holding it in place. Because that way the pace isn't going to smear about. If I were to move the wire, it's a partial preference again. That's milestone, young sir. As you can see, the Sharpie marks start to disappear before I get to soldering temperature, so you don't have to worry about Sharpie Marks of creating a dirty surface. So we go. Everything was about its sovereign temperature as I placed the ear wire. So just took maybe one or two more washes of the flame to bring everything up to temperature. And again, there's that second hearing so again that one's going to go in the quench pot with its pair on in pickle pot to clean up and then I need to finish off the wire. 14. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - finishing the earwires: the ring's not fresh as typical are nice and clean on. There are three things that need to be done to them before everything's finished. They need to be pushed so that nice and shiny, they need the beats hanging from the ends. And I also need to bend around the ear wives so they can actually sit in your ears and be worn as a couple of different orders. You could do the same. You could polish them up attached to beat and then formally, ear wire. But I've decided I'm going to it the other way round on both personal financial based Fridley. This way around, I'm going to form the ear wire. I'm then going to give everything a polish, and whilst it's polishing, I'm going to make the head pain. So show you how to do that. And then when head pins already on and the earrings a polished, are obsolete, first I'm going to do. He's a wise is my show that then I stayed straight. They haven't got any kinks in them. Okay, Andi. Then I'm going to holds the two together. Have a look at the ear wise. See if they're the right length on and one of them This one is ever so slightly longer back up again. Tiny bit longer. Rabia a millimeter millimeter. The hall. So it's going to use the white customs. Just that little bit off from that train of silver will end up in the scrap part of be recycled. Um, they're going to file the ends so that they're nice and smooth. Yeah, but I suspect your fingers is my ship. I should check receiver something smooth. She's turning the hearing rounds I'm firing. Was this direction time. Okay, so both smooth, straight, the same length and smooth. That's a really good start. So going to do now is used to step Mandel the middle step on the Step Mandel too. Benj it, Waas Look So a nice states that were this section three too long because it's quite a long hearing. Anyways, a couple of centimetres good couple centimeters on the beat Can't be hanging below as well . So like that links, I do want as well a nice, long section of the ey at the back. Such just house about itself. The length of the open hearing soon. Second hearing kind pain ground with slower than the first. Bend it around a little. Quit Hold him up next to each other so I could compare the length. Andi, this section here is just a fraction longer. So I put it back on the Mandrell said this sections fraction too long. So I'm just going to push that with my thumb round the mandrell you suppers with that wire makes with shorter on. And now those same links help you that. So that means that when I put it back on the Mandrell, I'm going to hold this part still and use my finger to pull. You have passed the air y back a bit. So starting to get the stink here, watch shape Two things left to do. The first is that I need to use the flat those supplies just to pull back the end of the hearing like so it is a much more professional finish. Thin? No, I think the moment matched here. What could be pushed out his shape? I want to give it a bit of extra strength, and hammering is going to provide that extra strength. So she's a plan. Ischinger Hammer all the still bench Brooke. So make that shape a little bit springing up to the same with the other one. Okay, so definitely look up. No, more like earrings. Now, I could actually, if I hadn't you of the hole in the bottom. Leaving like that. Not be a beautiful pair of earrings polished up, but I'm going to polish them on. Then make the hedge pins on, then put the beads on the hedge pins through the holes at the bottom of the earrings. 15. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - making the headpins: I'm not gonna show you how to make your own hedge pins by melting one end of a piece of wire. Hedge pins are a short length of wire that have a stopper at one end, and that prevents the beads from slipping off them so you can thread a bead on to the head of a pin. It doesn't come off the bottom, and then you can wire wrap that hedge, cling onto something else. So you got everything set up in a way that's nice and easy and safe for me to work. I'm right handed. So I've got a bundle off wires in my left hand. Thes are cut off pieces of the north 0.5 millimeter white. I showed you earlier. The shortest pieces about four centimeters. The longest is about five centimeters. The great thing about making a road head pins is that you can make the length of the wire as long as you like. I've also got reverse action tweets as top tweeters that you have to push to be able to open them. So I got those in my right hand on. What I'm going to do is take one later. Why at a time on hold it in the flame. I've got everything sitting on top of the slate so that it's all fireproof. I've got some fire bricks behind us here twice, a little bit more protection. I've also got my quench pot here on my right hand side. So to make each head up in, I'm going to take one out of the bundle holdings in the flame, let it melt and then drop it into the quench particle down. So everything set up in a way that's nice and safe. Easy for me to work. No, I usually make quite a few head pins to time. I'll have maybe 50 piece of wire in my hands to time to take one's time. We're only going to need to be to make two for this project, but it's still worth making. A few times he gets the hang of it, and then you can choose the two that all the best fit on the best flanks for your project to the end. So turn the talk, Sean. Good. So the end of the flame here just about see it and see the blue comb. As I put the tweets is in the flame. You can maybe see a little bit of yellow flame coming out yellowy orange flame. I want to put a piece of wire just about here, just in front of glucose. I'm going to take one. Hold it just inside. You could see what it thinks. It starts going right. It's that quick. It's gone already. I do you some close ups of these in a while, but it's balled up the end already. You just need a little bit of a ball. Hold it in place. It's moved about a little bit, get most even board and then drop it in. Hold it just in front of glucose. It's pulled up. It really is that quick. Whoops does help. If you don't drop them, we'll go back for that one later. Her back for that one later as well. So time lucky. There we go. That's balled up, some holding and just in front of blue coat on just one second. Keep them in the flame, but just bounce back just a little bit. Personally. That's the way that I've found to get the best, smoothest surround this most sexual ball of the end about two that dropped being careful to use the tweezers to help me? No, not putting my hand too close to the flame. One. Okay, so as you can see the wire balls up on its own, it's little bit won't like when you're making little balls out of scrap Silver's. I've melted on the charcoal block for other projects. It's the same principle, silver or all metal as you melt it. It just balls up all its own. But because you're melting just the tip of the why just the tip balls up. If you let it that ball, travel up the wire to become bigger and bigger until eventually it does fall off. If it does, fall off well before off bit. Ends up your scrap pot to be used to something else. And just use what's left of the piece of wire to melt maker. A site shorter heads up in that you still be able to use for something. I'll show you a close up of the head pendency and see little balls is a mounted on the bottom. They go. There's a nice little bunch of hedge pins or with little balls melted on the ends of them their refusal variations in the size of. Also, As I said before, I'm going to choose the to the closest fit. As you can see, there is a bit dirty where the cell was being heated up. Remember, that's the copper oxides. Sterling silver has got 7.5 cent copper in it so that copper reacts with heat and auction the flames, of course, to form the copper oxides. So I need to clean that off in the pickle pot and when they're clean, gives them a little bit of a polish with a polishing cross and then they'll be ready to use . 16. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - finishing the earrings: up to nice, shiny earrings out of the top polish on, and I've got two of the green roof floor right beads on the head. Prince took me a while to go through that string of beads to find two that were a good match on. Also, that's the 20.5 millimeter wire would go through if you've got beats with smaller holes that you might need to go down to no 0.4 millimeter in, so no 0.5 millimeters to the head spins. What I'm going to do now is form a wrapped loop above each beach to touch some security on the bottom of the hearing. So it's going to be paying which, like, my so, um, there are step by step photos on how to do wraps, loops attached the class materials. So do refer to those. Because it might be, that is, this is so small that my hands hide. A little bit of it is I'm working long, but step by step photos. What will help you to see everything clearly so we'll be using a round nose pliers first, I'm going to do with me some of distractions, the cameras, the way first thing I'm going to do is hold the wire. I tried a bit down the edge, any tiny bit down the pliers, a nice entitled against read, and I'm going to bend the wire. Such is over, like so with supplies around a little bit, so that I can bend the wire well with the way around. Applies like so I take it has got that kind of shape shaped hurts at the moment, replies by kings so that you can see that bringing the war or the way across the beach so that why has come up through the beach all the way around the pliers is crossing back over itself like that. I'm going to do the same to the other one. So holding applies what tight up against speed Ben Zawar over so that it's not quite my triangle in the what up over Andi around the beach. So again it's crossing straight back over. I'm going to do now is again taking each one in turn, going to use my pliers just to lift up the side. So I just opened it up. That's a bit more same way that I opened up here wires or Sometimes I've not jumping. Twist them open, helps them to keep their shape of you. Pour them open. They are going to get their shape on. What that would allow me to do is threat that wire searing article where it like that. But it task give you a better idea of how everything is going to look. Take my plans again. Just push that back down. Andi, also like to use applies to hold across the loop at this point. So it's still and what I'm going to do now to start to do it right that why around the stem ? Okay, Looks neater already. Last thing I need to do to this, he's just used the why cutters to come in first. I can and just snip that access Peter Weir off. Sometimes you can't get through the whole piece of wise. You have to wiggle it back with him forwards a little bit complete that some complete that cut. So this one hearing do the same to the other again use my players just to lift up to open up that really lift up side of it. Read it through the hole that's I've drilled in the bottom of the area already nicely, but down again. Supplies to hold everything steady. When I start to wrap the wire neatly around stem this wrapping his office. See what makes the wire into a wrapped loop? Andi, it means that it is nice secure. It's not going to come open again. I sentry the track of routes that you can do. I loop, which doesnt come open against. It's like of Lupus. I sometimes used to start here wise, so we now have another lovely pair of earrings. What's movement in them with a beach there, a longer pair of earrings and some of the other ones I've made in the series of classes, but a pair that would look beautiful on a night out. 17. Textured Leaf Drop Earrings - final thoughts: That's one lovely long dangly pair of earrings at your collection. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I think the textures come out beautifully on the beads at the bottom. That lovely blue green floor I tear drops, they think, really compliment both the texture and the shape of the silver. This is quite an easy project to adapt both the tools that you was available on door, so your own tastes. If you don't have a discussion, then I've touched a template for the shape to class materials, so you could sort out instead on another easy way to adapt the class is to change the texture on the silver. Of course, you don't have to protect a tall We could use Texas stamps, or you could use a hammer instead. Personally, though, I think even if I was hammering or weeks and texture stamps on this project, I still bend or curve the silver a bit because I think it really does Spring shapes life. I hope that you've enjoyed the class. Please do remember to download boasts the equipment list, the template and soldering hints and tips. Andi, I'd love it if you could upload some photos, so we can all my you're finished earrings. 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