Judy Larson's Nine Ladies Dancing Earrings, Holiday Designs. Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. Can you imagine the balls during the time this song came about?  How excited would a young woman be going to her first ball in a beautiful new dress.

Nine Ladies Dancing Earrings

by Judy Larson
  • Category: Holiday Designs
  • Technique(s): Texturing, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Can you imagine the balls during the time this song came about? How excited would a young woman be going to her first ball in a beautiful new dress. Can't you just see her being swept around the dance floor by a handsome "Lord a Leaping"? 

Materials

24 Gauge Dead Soft Argentium Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H19-24SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1 Inch
  • Price: $48.95
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Sterling Silver Earwires 14.5mm w/2mm Bead - Pack of 2
K19-46
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.10
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20 gauge 2.5mm jump ring
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
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Tools

7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set with Stand
HAM-520.70
  • HAM-520.70
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  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $140.54
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Euro Tool Metal Hole Punch Pliers, 1.8 Millimeters
PLR-133.50
  • PLR-133.50
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WET/DRY PAPER 9 X 11 ASST- 20PC- 2EA GRIT 180-3000
ABR-500.90
  • ABR-500.90
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GROBET FILE - BARRETTE CUT 4, 6"
FIL-31.031
  • FIL-31.031
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Instructions
Step 1
Template Designs 

The first template, 2½" x 6", contains the designs that are to be cut out and assembled. The second template, also 2½" x 6",  contains size and shape approximations for those designs requiring a backing, except for number 4, which is a charm disc that could be cut out and number 3, an alternate French Hens design. The numbers on the designs in both templates refer to the day in the song and in the tutorials. 
Because any texturing will distort the metal design, it is best to texture the 24 gauge Argentium sheet metal before cutting out the design. Any texture will work, simple or fancy, so long as you like it. Textured sheet metal is available and is a great alternative to doing the texturing yourself. Anneal and flatten metal you texture before continuing. 
Judy Larson's Nine Ladies Dancing Earrings - , Holiday Designs, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, templates
Judy Larson's Nine Ladies Dancing Earrings - , Holiday Designs, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, templates
Judy Larson's Nine Ladies Dancing Earrings - , Holiday Designs, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, nine ladies dancing earrings
Step 2
Once the metal is flattened, glue the templates to it. Cut out the designs.  Remove the paper templates.  File and refine the edges of each piece.   
Step 3
Optional: 1.5mm or 1.8mm holes can be punched in each piece where they connect at the "waist" as well as the top of each "bodice" where the dresses will be attached to ear wires. If the look of eyelets is desired, do not punch the holes yet. Place the textured pieces right side up on a soldering block. Place a dot of medium paste where holes would be punched. Press a closed 22 gauge 2mm ID jump ring into each dot of paste solder.   
Judy Larson's Nine Ladies Dancing Earrings - , Holiday Designs, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, nine ladies dancing earrings
Step 4
Heat the dress pieces with a butane torch until the solder flows. Pickle, rinse, and dry the pieces. Punch holes inside the jump rings with a 1.5mm or 1.8mm hole punch. 
Connect a bodice to each skirt with a 20 gauge 2.5mm ID jump ring. 
Judy Larson's Nine Ladies Dancing Earrings - , Holiday Designs, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, nine ladies dancing earrings
Step 5
If a bit of extra dimension is desired, use a bracelet bending pliers to gently curve the skirt.   
Tumble the assemblies for several hours.   
Patina the pieces if desired. The earrings shown have added patina. 
Attach ear wires.  

ANOTHER IDEA: Do you have fine chain scraps? Hang as many pieces of chain as possible at the bottom of a rectangle. The chains will shimmy when the earrings are worn, as the fringe on a flapper dress might have when dancing! 
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