Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Texturing, . These simple earrings make a big statements of color and shape with the use of lampwork flower headpins.
Climbing Rose Earrings
by Susan LeGuyader
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Texturing, Twisting
  • Skill Level: Beginner
These simple earrings make a big statements of color and shape with the use of lampwork flower headpins.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.42
  • Gold Club Price: $0.31
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Sterling Silver Earwires 21.5mm w/ 1.5mm Bead - Pack of 2
K19-49
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.98
  • Gold Club Price: $1.49
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lampwork flower headpins
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
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Tools

cross peen hammer
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Premium Steel Bench Block 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
G17-9
  • G17-9
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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4.5 Inch Flat Nose Mini Pliers
G2-88
  • G2-88
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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10 Piece Diamond Needle Files - 140mm X 3mm
G14-8
  • G14-8
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.57
  • Gold Club Price: $10.18
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Deluxe Soldering Kit
G15-5
  • G15-5
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $116.97
  • Gold Club Price: $87.73
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Eurotool Flex Shaft System 1/6 Horsepower with Reversible Motor
HDP-180.00
  • HDP-180.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $169.95
  • Gold Club Price: $127.46
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Premium Jump Ring Mandrels - Set of 2
G7-50
  • G7-50
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
  • CLN-584.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Cut Lube
BUR-180.00
  • BUR-180.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.97
  • Gold Club Price: $4.48
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut 2 pieces 10" long, 20 gauge copper wire. Use flat nose pliers to bend the wire into a rectangle.
Make another one, using the first as a template. At your bench pin, put the copper shape in the tube setting pliers.
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Step 2
After you've sawed both rectangles, align the ends. You need a very smooth and tight join to have a successful soldering job. At your soldering station, flux the join, put solder underneath. I used a titanium strip to prop the copper wire up, so it rested on the solder chip. Solder and put in a hot pickle pot.
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Step 3
Use the mandrel and make a coil of jump rings, 6 or 7 coils. This coil is big enough to hold with your fingers safely. Using your jeweler's saw and cut a full jump ring in two to make bails. Get the soldered copper out of the pickle. Wash and dry. Back at the soldering station, put a half jump ring at the top of each rectangle and solder on bails.
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Step 4
Back at the bench, use the cross peen hammer to texture the soldered components.
Take your bail making pliers and make a big loop with the tail of the flower headpin and wire wrap the bottom of the loop at the flower base.
Bend the flower up until it is parallel to the loop. Use the cross peen hammer to texture the loop of the flower. This will also work harden the wire.
Pro Tip: The tube cutting pliers makes an easy holder for the overlapped wire to cut with your jeweler's saw. If you don't have these pliers, you can use parallel pliers, chain nose pliers or a wooden ring vise.
Pro Tip: If you forgot to turn your pickle pot on, no worries. Cold pickle will work as well, it will just take a bit longer to get the metal clean. Or go old school and use sandpaper to clean up.
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings
Step 5
.Add the ear wire and you are ready to wear your beautiful earrings.
Susan LeGuyader's Climbing Rose Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, , climbing roses earrings