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Fab Fall Earrings
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Hole Punching
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Fall has come and gone for this year. I don't know about you, but it never lasts long enough. I've had the great fortune to live in a few very beautiful locals across the country and exploring them during the fall was kind of like a hobby. My favorite fall colors were in New England. I lived in Boston for awhile and the leaf peeping in New England was spectacular every time! The covered bridges around each corner looked just like in the movies. I now live in Colorado and we mainly have aspen leaves turning a beautiful yellow color. There aren't a lot of shade variations, just the same yellow on every leaf. Seeing entire mountain sides covered with aspens in the fall are really stunning and I've taken my fair share of pictures of these. I grew up in Minnesota on a lake and those fall colors were delightful. So rich with the reds, goldens and copper leaves all mixing into a beautiful color pallet. Even though fall is gone for the year, these earrings are fond reminders!

Materials

12 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-12D
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.91
  • Gold Club Price: $1.43
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22 Gauge Round Smokey Quartz Enameled Craft Wire - 45 ft
H5-P22-45FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.40
  • Gold Club Price: $4.05
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20 Gauge Round Amber Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-M20-30FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.80
  • Gold Club Price: $4.35
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Ultra-Polish Pads, 20 pack
POL-695.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.95
  • Gold Club Price: $6.71
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8mm Topaz 5000 Round Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 6
A13-186
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Liver of Sulphur Gel, 2 Ounce Bottle
SOL-610.02
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.95
  • Gold Club Price: $9.71
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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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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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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Chasing Hammer - Flat Faced with Polished Wooden Handle - Pack of 1
G3-13
  • G3-13
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.98
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Economy Needle File Set, 6 Piece Set
FIL-993.00
  • FIL-993.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.95
  • Gold Club Price: $5.96
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Texturing Hammer with 9 Faces
HAM-470.00
  • HAM-470.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $47.00
  • Gold Club Price: $35.25
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut two 1.5" pieces of 12 gauge copper wire and hammer the ends using a flat hammer to thin out the metal at each edge. Hammer a few times on one side then flip it over and hammer on the other side until each end is shaped like a paddle.
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Step 2
File any rough edges. Then use a texture hammer to impress a lot of texture being careful not to change the shapes too much by over-hammering.
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Step 3
Using a Sharpie, mark where you want the holes to go and punch (or drill) the holes. File any rough edges.
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Step 4
Apply patina to both wire pieces or use my "Cheater Patina" method to accentuate the texture:
https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_tips_techniques/Cheater-Patina_488.html
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Step 5
Using a piece of 22 gauge wire or headpin, slide a tiny metal bead and crystal on and make a messy wrapped loop at the top:
https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_tips_techniques/Wire-Wrapped-Loops_344.html
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Step 6
Add 5 jump rings to each wire piece.
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Step 7
Attach the crystal dangle to the bottom hole using a jump ring.
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Step 8
Attach ear wires to the top loops. Here's how to make your own ear wires:
https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_patterns_tutorials/Make-a-Perfect-Pair-of-Ear-Wires_322.html


Slide tiny metal beads onto your ear wire and you're ready to go!
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