Judy Larson's Maple Leaf Earrings, Metalwork. Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. I created my leaf template years ago.
Maple Leaf Earrings
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Beginner
I created my leaf template years ago. If I had made these earrings then, and wanted to recreate them now, there is NO WAY I would be able to remember exactly how I made them. That is why I take a few photos, make notes on metal, wire and tools, etc., to print out and put in a binder to refer back to later.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 7.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.81
  • Gold Club Price: $0.61
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24 Gauge 0.020 Dead Soft Copper Sheet Metal - 6x12 Inch
MET-705.24M
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $10.40
  • Gold Club Price: $7.80
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20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.49
  • Gold Club Price: $0.37
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Tools

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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Blazer ES-1000 Angled Head Micro Torch, Red
TRCH-1000
  • TRCH-1000
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $74.95
  • Gold Club Price: $56.21
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Copper Solder Paste, 1/2 ozt, Soft
SOL-824.10
  • SOL-824.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.95
  • Gold Club Price: $7.46
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Metal Cutting Shears
SHR-536.00
  • SHR-536.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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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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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: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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Instructions
Step 1:
Cut out and texture
In my article on Fall Leaves templates (https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_articles/Fall-Leaves-for-Your-Designs_363.html) I show you how to create the shapes for these earrings.
They can be textured with any texturing hammer.
Judy Larson's Maple Leaf Earrings - Cut out and texture, Metalwork, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, maple leaf earrings
Step 2:
Add embellishments
Cut 3½" of wire (oak leaf would need longer wire)

Make rounded bend on wire at 2"

Ball both wire ends trying to make both wires equal lengths

Make loop at bend using smallest step on 3 or 6 step pliers

Make mirror image curls and loops on both wires
Balls are 3/8" of 20 gauge wire cut in half and balled together with the torch.
Judy Larson's Maple Leaf Earrings - Add embellishments, Metalwork, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, maple leaf earrings
Step 3:
Solder
Use solder paste to attach the embellishments.

Pickle, rinse and dry.

Add ear wires to the loop in the vein wire.
Judy Larson's Maple Leaf Earrings - Solder, Metalwork, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, maple leaf earrings
Judy Larson's Maple Leaf Earrings - Solder, Metalwork, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, maple leaf earrings