Judy Freyer Thompson's Ribbon Heart Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Riveting, Riveting Techniques, Wire Rivets, Drilling, Drill. Thinking along the same lines as making ribbon wire using a pasta machine, now try your hammer at making some ribbon wire with a flat face chasing hammer on a steel bench block.
Ribbon Heart Earrings
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Hole Punching, Riveting, Drilling
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Thinking along the same lines as making ribbon wire using a pasta machine, now try your hammer at making some ribbon wire with a flat face chasing hammer on a steel bench block. In this project you'll learn how to make a simple bail that will be riveted on to copper for a cute pair of earrings.

Materials

Copper Funky Heart, 24 Gauge, 1-3/4 by 1-1/4 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-535.05
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.97
  • Gold Club Price: $4.48
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12 Gauge Silver Enameled Aluminum Wire - 40FT
H14-V12-40FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.75
  • Gold Club Price: $5.06
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Silver Filled Headpins 24GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
S8-15
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.17
  • Gold Club Price: $0.88
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0-80 brass hex head microbolts with nuts
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
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Sterling Silver Beads Bright 6mm - Pack of 10
K9-145
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.47
  • Gold Club Price: $3.35
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Tools

Ultimate wire-pliers Set
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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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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Wire Jewelry Cushion Clamp - Pack of 1
G10-1
  • G10-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.95
  • Gold Club Price: $5.96
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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: $19.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.98
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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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Euro Punch Pliers--Round - Small--1.25mm
PLR-133.60
  • PLR-133.60
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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Euro Tool Metal Hole Punch Pliers, 1.8 Millimeters
PLR-133.50
  • PLR-133.50
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Digital Calipers With Stone Holder by Euro Tool
GAU-179.00
  • GAU-179.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $39.97
  • Gold Club Price: $29.98
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Wood Dapping Block with 2 Punches
DAP-128.00
  • DAP-128.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.97
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut the wire into (2) 3" pieces. Hold one wire with the cushion clamp and lay it on the steel bench block. Starting from one end, carefully flatten the wire. When you reach center, re-position the cushion clamp and continue until the wire is approximately 3.5mm wide when measured with the digital caliper.
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Step 2
Measure center on the wires and punch a hole using the 1.25 mm punch.

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Step 3
Wrap each wire around the base of the round-nose pliers.

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Step 4
Using your fingers, manipulate the wires to form them into a ribbon shape, overlapping the tails.
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Step 5
Using the 1.25 mm punch pliers, punch a hole where the wires cross, as shown, on the aluminum wires. Enlarge the holes using the 1.8mm punch.
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Step 6
Thread a microbolt through the holes, and trim the tails of the ribbon at opposite angles using the wire cutters.
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Step 7
File the cut ends using a flat file.
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Step 8
Locate a mounting hole ΒΌ" off the center on the heart shapes. Punch using the 1.8mm punch.

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Step 9
Attach the ribbon to the heart using a microbolt and nut.
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Step 10
Tighten using the chain nose and half round pliers. Trim the shank of the bolt.
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Step 11
Lay the heart on a steel bench block and set the shank using the ball side of the chasing hammer. Repeat with other heart.
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Step 12
To add some dimension, lay one heart at a time in the largest depression of the dapping block and lightly dap it into a concave form.
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Step 13
Thread the head pins through the hole in the center of the ribbon and slide on a bead. Using a 12 mm mandrel or mandrel pliers, form the ear wire.
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