Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. .
Embellished Hoop Earrings
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Simple soldered hoops are a blank canvas! Add your own special touches, the possibilities are endless!

Materials

12 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-12D
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.59
  • Gold Club Price: $1.19
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copper beads
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
Ribbon & embroidery thread
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Sterling Silver Earwires 14.5mm w/2mm Bead - Pack of 2
K19-46
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.27
  • Gold Club Price: $0.95
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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6PC File Set
FIL-912.10
  • FIL-912.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $39.97
  • Gold Club Price: $29.98
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer
HAM-161.00
  • HAM-161.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Silver Solder - Medium
SOL-858.15
  • SOL-858.15
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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Blazer Micro Torch
TRCH-2001
  • TRCH-2001
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $84.95
  • Gold Club Price: $63.71
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Fire Brick
SOL-485.00
  • SOL-485.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.96
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Small Brass Brush
BRS-966.10
  • BRS-966.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $10.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.23
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Super New Glue
GLU-100.01
  • GLU-100.01
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.57
  • Gold Club Price: $1.18
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Instructions
Step 1
Using the 400 grit sandpaper, clean the wire. Wrap the wire around the mandrel and remove.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops
Step 2
Using flush cutters, cut the coil to make 2 hoops.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops
Step 3
Condition the hoops by pushing the ends away from one another. Slide a copper bead of the hoops. Make sure the ends fit together perfectly; file as necessary using a flat file from the needle file set.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops
Step 4
Lay the hoops on the soldering brick. Solder the hoops closed using the butane torch and copper wire solder.
After they are cool, wash with soap and water using a brass brush to remove the residual fire scale.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops
Step 5
Lay the hoops on the steel bench block and texturize them with the round side of the chasing hammer.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops
Step 6
Using a length of ribbon, (leave a tail long enough to make a knot) start wrapping around the hoop. When you have reached approximately 1/3 of the way, double back and wrap to the beginning.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops
Step 7
Make a square knot (right over left, left over right) to secure the ribbon and snip the ends.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops
Step 8
Next, starting opposite the ribbon knot, use the embroidery thread to secure the ribbon, and add another dimension to the wrap. Tie off using a square knot.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops
Step 9
Add a tiny dot of adhesive on the knots. Attach ear wires.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops
Judy Freyer Thompson's Embellished Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, embellished wire hoops