A step-by-step guide for making 2 pairs of beautiful earrings! In this 2-part tutorial I share some of my "tricks-of-the-trade" and give you two different earrings projects with silver reticulation and fusing techniques.
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Before you get started...
For these projects, you will need a basic torch set-up and some basic soldering know-how. While the different steps for the fabrication of these earrings is covered, this tutorial is not a soldering basics tutorial. These are great projects for helping you learn better torch control and how metal reacts with heat! You can use the same techniques to create pendants too! Instead of using pearls as shown for the earrings, you can solder silver, gold, brass or copper balls to the earrings or small bezel cups in which you set your favorite small cabochon gemstones.
Tools you will need:
• A basic soldering set-up with third hand tweezers and either a Solderite™ board or hard charcoal block. • Soft brass brush is recommended, but not a must-have • Flat-nose, round nose and chain nose pliers • Flush cutters • A wooden dapping block with daps • Ball pein hammer • Steel bench block • Optional nylon-jaw pliers for work-hardening the wire • Nylon or rawhide mallet • Hole punch for 1.25mm - 1.8mm holes
For “Pearls of Wisdom” Earrings
• 2 - 20 gauge or 22 gauge Sterling silver discs 5/8 inch (16mm) • 2 - half-drilled round or button-style pearls 5-8mm • 7 inches 20 gauge Sterling silver wire for the ear wires or 2 friction-style posts • Silver hard and easy solders • Glue for pearls - I recommend a 2-part epoxy like Devcon®
For “Painting With Silver” Earrings
• 2 - 22 or 24 gauge copper discs 3/4 inch (19mm) to 1-1/4 inches (33mm) Your choice depending upon how large you like your earrings! The earrings as shown in the tutorial use 2 - 3/4 inch and 2 - 1 inch copper discs. • Assorted Sterling silver scrap cut into small pieces, just a couple of grams per earrings plus enough to create balls for adornments if you wish. • 5-1/2 inches 18 or 20 gauge Sterling silver wire for the ear wires or 2 friction-style posts • Silver solder if you’re adding friction-style posts. Otherwise, these earrings dangle from your favorite ear-wires.
NOTE: You cannot use brass discs instead of the copper ones for this project! The silver will simply melt right through the brass.
PLEASE NOTE!!!!!!!!!!! This tutorial covers the techniques for creating these earrings. It is not a tutorial for those who have never soldered! This tutorial assumes you have basic soldering and fabrication skills.
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