It is so satisfying to take a simple blank piece of metal and with the application of a few tools turn it into something quite unique and beautiful. I suppose it would’ve been more satisfying only if I had mined the ore and rolled the sheet metal myself. 🙂
Perhaps at first glance you might think that today’s earring design is far beyond your available skills or tools, but in the video I show you how you can make them with simple supplies that you can get at your local craft store. Of course, below I will provide online links to the things you need as well.
Also in the video you’ll see what I mean when I say, “make visual decisions visually.” I started out with an initial idea on how I wanted to use my glass beads, but after laying them out realized I needed to change things a bit to achieve a nice design.
Tools & Materials:
- 2 3/4-inch 18 gauge (0.4mm) copper discs
- dapping set
- leather sandbag (optional, but nice)
- chasing hammer
- weighted brass mallet
- 20 inches 24 gauge copper wire
- 6 4mm round copper beads
- 6 6mm Czech glass lentil beads, off center drilled
- 2 9x7mm Czech glass oval beads
- 2 ear wires
- round nose pliers
- chain nose pliers
- wire cutters
- liver of sulfur
In the video I reference a few other videos I’ve made showing helpful techniques:
- Making Your Own Ear Wires
- How to Use a Screw Punch
- How to Make Wrapped Loops
- Adding a Patina With Liver of Sulfur
Enjoy the video and happy creating!
Watch the Copper Dome Earrings-Metal Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube.