Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. Doodad, coined sometime between 1898 and the early 1900's and a word similar to doohickey, thingumajig, or whatchamacallit, is used when we can't remember the name of a certain item.

Doodads - Fun Findings

by Judy Larson
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Doodad, coined sometime between 1898 and the early 1900's and a word similar to doohickey, thingumajig, or whatchamacallit, is used when we can't remember the name of a certain item. One of the definitions for the word DOODAD is a decorative embellishment, trinket, bauble. Since I had no idea what this type of embellishment is called, I settled on Doodad.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium .940 Silver Wire
H19-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $3.31
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18 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium .940 Silver Wire
H19-18H
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  • Price: $4.82
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16 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium .940 Silver Wire
H19-16H
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  • Price: $8.13
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Tools

6 Step Barrel Plier - Pack of 1
G2-503
  • G2-503
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Acculoop Precision Round Nose
PLR-741.00
  • PLR-741.00
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  • Price: $18.97
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
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  • Price: $16.97
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Blazer Big Buddy Turbo Torch, Black
TRCH-8010
  • TRCH-8010
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  • Price: $40.00
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4.5 Inch Flat Nose Mini Pliers
G2-88
  • G2-88
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WireJewelry Medium Duty Insulating Fire Brick, Rated up to 2600 Degree Fahrenheit
G32-20
  • G32-20
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  • Price: $13.75
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Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
  • CLN-584.00
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  • Price: $31.95
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NATURE'S TOUCH CITRIC PICKLE, 2LB PLASTIC JAR
CLN-163.00
  • CLN-163.00
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  • Price: $17.95
  • Gold Club Price: $13.46
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Thumlers Tumbler Model MP-1 Rock Tumbler Kit
G34-101
  • G34-101
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  • Price: $119.11
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Instructions
Step 1
Read through the tutorial before starting the project. Follow all safety precautions pertaining to the tools and supplies being used and the space you are working in.
The photos show Doodad embellishments, left to right, made with 20 gauge, 18 gauge, and 16 gauge wire. To give you a better idea of the size of the doodad embellishments, they were spaced between round beads 6mm in diameter. To make the doodads, cut 20 gauge wire into 1" long pieces; 18 gauge wire into 1¼" long pieces; 16 gauge wire into 1½" long pieces. There is no need to worry about flush cutting either end of the pieces. All the Doodad embellishments are made in the same manner following the directions below.
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Step 2
In this tutorial the barrels of the 6-Step Barrel Pliers are numerically labeled from smallest to largest. A barrel size will be referred to by number in the tutorial. Bend the wire as shown around the appropriate barrel of the 6 step barrel pliers. 20 gauge on Step 1, 18 gauge on Step 2, and 16 gauge on Step 3. While the wire is still on the plier barrel, use flat nose pliers to pinch the wire ends together making a cotter pin shape.
The wire tails do not need to be even in length but should cross over each other and touch at that point. If they do not touch, a ball will not form with the two wire tails but on the two separate wires. If the wire tails make an upside down V, the balled wire "bead" will be closer to the upper ring. If the wire tails are close together, they will ball in more of a teardrop shape.
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Step 3
A cross locking tweezers applies too much pressure on the wire ring when heating the wire tails to ball them. Use a light touch to hold one small portion of the ring with a chain nose pliers you do not mind getting heated with a torch-sacrificial pliers. They will not be ruined, but will look terrible. A small micro torch works well when balling 20 gauge wire, but the butane torch head on a butane canister provides enough heat to ball the 18 and 16 gauge wires. At the beginning, the wires will ball separately. When the balls touch each other, they will connect and continue to travel up to the ring. Be careful to not go too far. Lightly hold the finished doodad until the ball portion is no longer red. At that point, it can be dropped on the soldering surface. Repeat the process with all the wires.
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Step 4
Pickle, rinse, and dry all the pieces.
Step 5
You will notice that the balled ends are not centered over the rings. Grasp the ring with a flat nose pliers and press the ball on a flat surface until it bends into line with the ring. If the ring is not as round as you would like, press it down the smaller barrel of Acculoop precision round nose pliers
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Step 6
Tumble the pieces to bring up a shine. String the doodads on a piece of wire and connect the ends of the wire. Place the unit in a tumbler with tumbling medium. Tumble the doodads for several hours to bring up a shine. The wire will make it easy to remove all the doodads from the tumbling medium without having to dig through it to find them. All the doodads will be different shapes, which is what makes them so fun to use. They impart a true artisan look to your pieces. How will you use them in bracelets, necklaces, and earrings?
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Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings
Judy Larson's Doodads - Fun Findings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, doodads findings