Kristal Wick's Simple Textured Metal Earrings, Metalwork. How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Texturing. This project is for all levels.
Simple Textured Metal Earrings
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): Hole Punching, Texturing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This project is for all levels. I made the top piece with a commercial copper blank (quick and inexpensive) and the heart with metal clay. Once you learn the technique you can mix and match metal blanks, cut your own metal shapes or make them from scratch with metal clay!

Materials

Copper Circle, 24 Gauge, 1/2 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-500.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.86
  • Gold Club Price: $2.14
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Silver Filled Jump Rings Open (.025) 22ga 5mm - Pack of 25
S11-16
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.25
  • Gold Club Price: $1.69
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Gold Filled Hook Wire 20.75mm - Pack of 10
J19-71
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.87
  • Gold Club Price: $5.15
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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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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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Sterling Silver Chain Cable chain oxidized 3mm - 10 Feet
C8-150U
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $65.87
  • Gold Club Price: $49.40
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Gold Filled Charm Puffed Star 8mm - Pack of 1
J1-91
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.89
  • Gold Club Price: $1.42
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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 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: $11.98
  • Gold Club Price: $8.98
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Professional Texturing Hammer With 12 Faces
HAM-480.00
  • HAM-480.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $47.97
  • Gold Club Price: $35.98
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Crosshatch / Stars Texturing Hammer
HAM-460.03
  • HAM-460.03
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $19.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.98
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6 Piece Assorted File Set with Wooden Handle
G14-7
  • G14-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.57
  • Gold Club Price: $4.18
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Premium Double Horn Anvil
G17-8
  • G17-8
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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Instructions
Step 1
You can use any metal blank for this project. Some will come with holes already in them. If you have metal blanks without holes, punch a hole in the top and bottom of both metal blanks. File any rough edges particularly near the holes.
Kristal Wick's Simple Textured Metal Earrings - , Metalwork, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Texturing, simple textured metal earrings
Step 2
Using a texture hammer and anvil, hammer the front of each blank until you are pleased with the texture. File any rough edges.
Kristal Wick's Simple Textured Metal Earrings - , Metalwork, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Texturing, simple textured metal earrings
Step 3
Patina both blanks by coloring the entire piece with a Sharpie pen. Wait for it to dry and polish the blanks using polishing pads leaving dark ink in all the nooks and crannies.
You can also patina the pieces using a traditional liver of sulfur patina method: https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_tips_techniques/How-to-Use-Liver-of-Sulfur_37.html
Kristal Wick's Simple Textured Metal Earrings - , Metalwork, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Texturing, simple textured metal earrings
Step 4
Attach any charm to the bottom metal blank hole using a jump ring (or make your own jump rings). I made these cute little heart charms out of bronze metal clay. Cut 3 pieces of chain for each earring the same length (I used ¬Ĺ inch pieces).
Kristal Wick's Simple Textured Metal Earrings - , Metalwork, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Texturing, simple textured metal earrings
Step 5
Finish up by opening the loop on the ear wire. Insert 3 chains and top hole of the metal blank. Close the ear wire loop and slide a couple of beads onto the ear wire. Repeat for the other earring.
Kristal Wick's Simple Textured Metal Earrings - , Metalwork, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Texturing, simple textured metal earrings