Judy Larson's Easy Artisan Earrings, Metalwork. Cutting, Cutting Tool, Cutters, Dapping, Dapping Jewelry, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Findings, Clasps, Components, Texturing. These simple earrings have a lot of presence but are very light weight and receive lots of compliments when worn.
Easy Artisan Earrings
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): Cutting, Dapping, Hole Punching, Making Findings, Texturing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
These simple earrings have a lot of presence but are very light weight and receive lots of compliments when worn. Pick a favorite. Whichever ones are chosen, they are sure to become a go-to earring and a wardrobe staple.

Materials

24 Gauge Dead Soft Sterling Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H8-24SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 6 Inches
  • Price: $184.30
  • Gold Club Price: $138.23
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20 Gauge Round Full Hard Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-20FH
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.89
  • Gold Club Price: $2.17
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Tools

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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6 Step Barrel Plier - Pack of 1
G2-503
  • G2-503
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.95
  • Gold Club Price: $14.21
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Multi-Size Wrap 'N' Tap Pliers, Large Barrels
PLR-746.03
  • PLR-746.03
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Euro Punch Plier 1.50mm
PLR-133.70
  • PLR-133.70
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Xuron Sheer - Non Serrated
SHR-691.81
  • SHR-691.81
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.95
  • Gold Club Price: $18.71
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7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set with Stand
HAM-520.70
  • HAM-520.70
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $140.54
  • Gold Club Price: $105.40
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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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Whaley Wood Swage Block
DAP-158.00
  • DAP-158.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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11 Piece Wood Dapping Set
DAP-160.00
  • DAP-160.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $64.97
  • Gold Club Price: $48.73
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5/8 Inch Double Rubber/Nylon Head Hammer - Pack of 1
G3-26
  • G3-26
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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WireJewelry Professional Single Barrel Rotary Rock Tumbler with 3 Pound Capacity Drum
G24-1
  • G24-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $129.95
  • Gold Club Price: $97.46
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Stainless Steel Shot - 1 lb Bag
G24-4
  • G24-4
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $31.95
  • Gold Club Price: $23.96
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Wire Rounder Set, 3 pieces
G14-20
  • G14-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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GROBET FILE - BARRETTE CUT 4, 6"
FIL-31.031
  • FIL-31.031
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $35.10
  • Gold Club Price: $26.33
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Instructions
Step 1
Read through the tutorial before starting the project.
Scale the template to the desired size. The circle and the oval/ellipse are from the Circle and Oval Template Set on wire jewlry, making it easy to make any size circle or oval. Transfer the templates to a piece of sheet metal.
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Step 2
Metal sheers will make quick work of cutting out the shapes.Because the pieces will be textured, it is not necessary to use a saw to cut the pieces out, but use one if preferred.
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Step 3
Place a metal shape on a bench block. Use a Mini TruStrike Designer/Texture Hammer to texture the face and edges. Repeat for each piece.
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Step 4
Use a rubber or plastic mallet on a bench block to flatten each piece.
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Step 5
Use files, and then sanding pads, to soften the sharp edges and round the corners of the shapes.
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Step 6
Use an ultra fine point Sharpie to mark the position of the holes for attaching the shapes to ear wires. Center the mark in the hole in the jaw of a 1.25 mm or1.5mm hole punch pliers. Punch the hole. Clean and refine the area around the punched hole.Save those little dots. They make great embellishments.
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Step 7
Place a column, texture side down, in a well in a wood swage block that is less curved than desired. Place a corresponding wood dowel on top of the column and hammer with a plastic mallet. Move the metal column to the next smaller depression and repeat the process. Continue until the desired curvature is achieved.
Pro Tip: Cut various size dowels, available at any hardware or craft store (or my wood shop) to fit the depressions in the swage block.
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Step 8
Follow the same process as in Step 7 with the oval pieces.
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Step 9
Place a circle or square, texture side down, in the largest well of a wood dapping block. Dap the piece with a wood, plastic or metal dap that fits the depression.Move the piece to the next smaller depression and repeat the process. Continue until the desired curvature is achieved.
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Step 10
Tumble the pieces in shot, water and a drop of dish liquid for several hours.Remove, rinse and dry the pieces.
Step 11
Apply patina, if desired. Remove patina from the high spots with a sanding pad or steel wool. This will leave a matte/satin finish. Tumble again for 30 minutes if a higher polish is desired.
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Step 12
Add ear wires.
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Step 13
Alternatives:Use a variety of shapes and textures. Connect shapes together for more movement.
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Step 14
Nothing says ARTISAN like unique ear wires.
Make a coil on the center section of a Large Wrap 'N' Tap pliers using 20 gauge full hard round wire. Because the wire is full hard,the spring in the wire makes a coil larger than the barrel.
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Step 15
Use a flush cutter to cut full rings from the wire coil. Flush cut both ends.
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Step 16
Use the smallest step of a 6 step barrel pliers to make a loop on one wire end of each circle.
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Step 17
Use a wire rounder/cup bur to round the other end of the wire circle. Finish refining the wire end with a sanding pad. This end could be slightly curved if desired.
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