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In this tutorial you can expect to learn how to form and solder a hoop, how to make a balled headpin and how to make an ear wire from a balled headpin. Directions will be given on how to make the hoop and pendulum earrings pictured, as well as design ideas for other similar styles. You should have a basic understanding of how to light and use a butane torch. Basic soldering knowledge is also helpful.
This 20 page tutorial is filled with pictures and well written descriptions of each step. Included also is a comprehensive resource list with item numbers from the Rio Grande catalog/website, a reputable jewelry supply house that carries most of the tools and supplies that you will need.
I will share tips and tricks, like what gauge wire works best for each of the components, how to clean your silver and brass components if you accidentally copper plate them in the pickle pot, and how to make strong jewelry components without a tumbler, etc.
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This tutorial is in PDF format. You will need a PDF reader to enable viewing of the file. Once payment is received, you will get an invoice from Etsy with a link to the downloadable file. If you don't receive it shortly after making your payment, please contact me.
This is a pretty straight forward, easy to use tutorial. However, if you don't understand something, please don't hesitate to email or convo me. I am more than happy to help you figure out anything that may not be clear. We all learn in different ways...
This tutorial is in ENGLISH. If you do not read English, please do not purchase this tutorial unless you have a friend who can read English. All tutorial sales are final. Please review my shop policies if you have any questions.
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QUALITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
Each piece is handmade by me with care and attention to detail. Whether you are purchasing jewelry for yourself or to give, you are investing in something that is meant to be loved & cherished for a long time.
PROCESS AND MATERIALS
Metal Clay: Metal clay is metal that has been pulverized into microscopic size particles. They are mixed with cellulose and water to a clay-like consistency. This material is worked like clay, dried and sanded. Once the finish work has been complete, it is fired in a kiln at a high enough temperature to burn out the cellulose binder. Once the binder burns out, the metal particles start moving closer together in a process called sintering. Once sintered, the final object is 18-28% smaller. It is a solid metal. There are no traces of binder in the final product. I primarily work with fine silver (99.9% silver), but occasionally use sterling silver (92.5% silver), bronze, steel and copper clays.
Sheet Metal: All of the items that are formed from copper, brass, silver or nickel sheet are hand cut and formed.
Etched Metal: All of the etched metal in my shop is either copper, brass, or bronze. I utilize a chemical free etching process called electrolytic etching. It uses electricity and a salt water solution to remove metal particles to create the final design. It is a fairly simple process that requires no acid, which is far friendlier to the environment.
Enamel: All of my enamel pieces are made with ground glass. I sift varying grades of ground glass onto metal and fire it in a kiln to melt the glass and fuse it to the metal base. Most pieces are enameled on both the front and back sides. This is important because of expansion and contraction of both the metal and the glass. Only items that are of a significant thickness are enameled on the front surface only (Champleve) and it will be noted in the listing.