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Disc Cutter Earrings
by Helen I. Driggs
  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): Cutting, Dapping, Hole Punching, Texturing, Design, Drilling
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Today we bring you an easy metal jewelry making tutorial by Helen I. Driggs

This easy assembled earring project will help you become an expert user of the disc cutter. You can either texture the metal before you cut it or after, but keep in mind that texturing after cutting may deform the metal edges. Take your time with the measuring and the layout, because the more patience you have, the better your results will be. I left my earrings with a natural copper finish, but you could patinate them before assembly if desired.

Materials

22 Gauge 0.025 Dead Soft Copper Sheet Metal - 6x12 Inch
MET-705.22M
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  • Price: $10.77
  • Gold Club Price: $8.07
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6mm Blue Zircon 5000 Round Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-83B
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  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Gold Filled Jump Ring Open (.035) 19ga. (OD) 8mm (ID) 6.2mm - Pack of 25
J11-180
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
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  • Price: $13.47
  • Gold Club Price: $10.10
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Gold Filled Eyepins 22GA 1 1/2 inch - Pack of 10
J8-22
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
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  • Price: $5.76
  • Gold Club Price: $4.32
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Gold Filled Ball & Coil Earwire 22mm - Pack of 2
J19-19
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  • Price: $2.46
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Tools

Marker -extra fine
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Steel Square, 2 Inches
GAU-188.02
  • GAU-188.02
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Large Disc Cutter
DAP-410.10
  • DAP-410.10
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  • Price: $55.95
  • Gold Club Price: $41.96
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Brass Hammer - 1 Pound
HAM-456.10
  • HAM-456.10
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  • Price: $24.97
  • Gold Club Price: $18.73
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7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set with Stand
HAM-520.70
  • HAM-520.70
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  • Price: $140.54
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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
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  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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6 Piece Assorted File Set with Wooden Handle
G14-7
  • G14-7
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  • Price: $5.57
  • Gold Club Price: $4.18
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WET/DRY PAPER 9 X 11 ASST- 20PC- 2EA GRIT 180-3000
ABR-500.90
  • ABR-500.90
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
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Auto Center Punch
PUN-430.00
  • PUN-430.00
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  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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Variable Speed Rotary Tool with Flexible Shaft
G26-51
  • G26-51
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  • Price: $49.97
  • Gold Club Price: $37.48
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12 pc Drill Set
DRL-245.12
  • DRL-245.12
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Instructions
Step 1
Find the center of the sheet and mark crosshairs on the metal.
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Step 2
Draw outlines where you plant to punch. Don't waste the inner discs - I always conserve metal and plan to use it for another pair of earrings or something else.
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Step 3
Cut the innermost openings first. Peek inside the die and do your best to line up the outlines you've drawn with the walls of the die. Do not let the metal jump as you hammer the punch, and always use a brass or copper mallet to prevent the steel punch from damage.
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Step 4
Economize on your metal and cut as much as you can out of each sheet. Sand and file as needed.
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Step 5
Plan the drilled holes and either centerpunch them and drill, or use the hole punch to create them.


Tip: Gears and other manufactured components make great measuring devices. Or, use this circle center finder pattern.

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Step 6
If you decide to texture the metal after drilling, take care not to deform the drilled holes. I always drill the holes a second time after texturing to ensure they are round.
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Step 7
Patina if you wish, then do a final sanding and polishing on all of the parts. Assemble the earrings by referring to the sample photos. Once you become comfortable with the tools try using the metal and the cutter creatively. Several options are shown.
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