Judy Larson's Tiny Silver Charms part 1, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. These tiny charms can be used to dangle off chain bracelets or necklaces Here's the first few of number of designs I've done.
Tiny Silver Charms part 1
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Hole Punching, Texturing, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
These tiny charms can be used to dangle off chain bracelets or necklaces Here's the first few of number of designs I've done. Watch for additional tutorials on the others.

Materials

24 Gauge Dead Soft Argentium Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H19-24SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $199.42
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28 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium Wire .930 Silver Wire
H19-28H
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.43
  • Gold Club Price: $0.32
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20 gauge 2mm sterling jump rings
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
4mm Fine Silver Bezel Cup - Pack of 20
F9-01
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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6mm x 2mm daisy spacer
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
metal scraps
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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18 gauge round wire balled up
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
24 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-24H
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.05
  • Gold Club Price: $0.79
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Tools

Small Disc Cutter, 7 Pieces
DAP-400.10
  • DAP-400.10
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  • Price: $46.95
  • Gold Club Price: $35.21
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11 Piece Wood Dapping Set
DAP-160.00
  • DAP-160.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $64.97
  • Gold Club Price: $48.73
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1 1/2 Inch Steel Dapping Block
G17-3
  • G17-3
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.57
  • Gold Club Price: $12.43
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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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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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7 Holes Metal Punch Kit- 2.38mm to 7.14mm - Pack of 1 Kit
G15-8
  • G15-8
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $49.95
  • Gold Club Price: $37.46
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French Shears - Straight Shear with Spring
SHR-530.01
  • SHR-530.01
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  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $25.97
  • Gold Club Price: $19.48
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Xuron Sheer - Non Serrated
SHR-691.81
  • SHR-691.81
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.95
  • Gold Club Price: $18.71
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7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set with Stand
HAM-520.70
  • HAM-520.70
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $140.54
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4 Saw Frame with Tension Screw
SAW-334.00
  • SAW-334.00
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  • Price: $21.97
  • Gold Club Price: $16.48
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5/8 Inch Double Rubber/Nylon Head Hammer - Pack of 1
G3-26
  • G3-26
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $4.97
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Steel and Rubber Bench Block 4x4 Inches
G17-44
  • G17-44
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  • Price: $29.95
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Solderite Soldering Board 6 Inch by 12 Inch Soft
SOL-421.20
  • SOL-421.20
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  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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Basic Soldering Kit
G15-4
  • G15-4
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  • Price: $58.95
  • Gold Club Price: $44.21
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WireJewelry Professional Single Barrel Rotary Rock Tumbler with 3 Pound Capacity Drum
G24-1
  • G24-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $129.95
  • Gold Club Price: $97.46
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Stainless Steel Shot - 1 lb Bag
G24-4
  • G24-4
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $31.95
  • Gold Club Price: $23.96
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Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
  • CLN-584.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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NATURE'S TOUCH CITRIC PICKLE, 2LB PLASTIC JAR
CLN-163.00
  • CLN-163.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.95
  • Gold Club Price: $9.71
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10 Piece Diamond Needle Files - 140mm X 3mm
G14-8
  • G14-8
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $13.57
  • Gold Club Price: $10.18
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Instructions
Step 1
Read through the directions before starting any of the projects.

Optional: Texture the back side of the sheet metal if desired. A rolling mill texture sheet was used to texture one side of the sheet metal for some of the charms made here.
Pro Tip: 2mm jump rings are soldered to one or both sides of most charms to simulate an eyelet. This is optional and may not be wanted if the back of the charm is textured.
Step 2
Scale the design template up or down until the distance between the dots is 1".
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Step 3
Transfer the designs to the sheet metal. Hint: Put the designs through a Xyron sticker maker with a repositionable sticker cartridge. Attach the stickers to 22 or 24 gauge sheet metal scrap.
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Step 4
Cut out each design. The flower and heart will be the most difficult to cut with shears. A saw will make more accurate cuts. After each shape is cut out, remove the template sticker paper. Hint: Use the excess metal around the designs to make small dangle charms.
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Step 5
The pieces may be bent after cutting. Place them on a bench block and hammer them with a rubber mallet to flatten them.
Step 6
Close all the 2mm jump rings that will be used on all the charms.
Step 7
Use a 1.8mm hole punch to punch small metal dots in metal scrap to use as embellishments on some of the charms. Save all the hole punch dots from each charm to use as embellishments also. Place them on a bench block and lightly tap to make them flat.
The charms will be made in the order shown on the template.
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Step 8:
Pointed Teardrop
Place a small dab of medium paste solder towards the top more rounded end of the teardrop shape. Press a 2mm closed jump ring into the paste solder. Heat until the solder flows.
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Step 9
Punch a hole in the center of the jump ring with the 1.8mm hole punch.
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Step 10
Use an ultra fine point Sharpie to mark where holes will be punched. Punch several random holes with a 1.8mm hole punch. In Steps 10, 11, and 12 do not punch holes too close to the edge of the charm.
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Step 11
Punch several random holes with a 1.5mm hole punch.
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Step 12
Punch remaining holes with a 1.25mm hole punch.
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Step 13
Flatten the shape on a bench block with a rubber or plastic mallet. Use files and sanding pads to clean and refine the rough punched hole edges on the back.
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Step 14
Place a small amount of medium paste solder around the hole at the top of the teardrop on the back. Press a 2mm jump ring into the solder, centering it over the hole. Heat until the solder flows.
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Step 15
Clean and refine the teardrop edges of the charm with files and sanding pads. Make sure to slightly round the lower point so it doesn't catch on anything when worn.
Step 16:
Disc - two versions
Place a circle disc on a bench block. Use a Mini TruStrike Embossing Hammer to texture the edge of the circle. Turn the circle over, place it on a thin piece of plastic, and texture the edge. The plastic protects the texture on the other side. If desired, lightly texture the center of the circle on both sides with a Mini TruStrike Designer/Texture Hammer.
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Step 17:
Version A
Working on a Solderite board, decide on placement of a 2mm jump ring, three 1.8mm dots, and a 4mm bezel cup. When pleased with the placement, remove the jump ring. Place a small dab of medium paste solder where the jump ring will be placed. Press the jump ring into the solder. Remove the dots. Place small bits of medium paste solder in those spots and press the dots into it. Butter the back of the bezel cup with medium paste solder and press into place. Heat until the solder flows.
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Step 18
Punch a hole in the center of the jump ring with a 1.8mm hole punch.
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Step 19
Clean and refine the edges of the circle charm and the punched hole with files and sanding pads. Wait to set the stone until after the bracelet is made.
Step 20:
Version B
Cut two 5/16" discs from 24 or 26 gauge sheet metal. Dome them to the depth preferred.
Pro Tip: Stamp a design on the dome before doming.
Step 21
Run the domed discs across 320 grit sandpaper to flatten the backs.
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Step 22
Place a small dab of medium paste solder close the edge of the circle disc. Press a 2mm closed jump ring into the solder. Place medium paste solder around the inner edge of the underside of the domed disc. Press into place on the flat circle disc. Heat until the solder flows. IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the flat disc was textured, expanding air can escape from under the dome as the connection between the two pieces is not perfectly flush. If the flat disc is polished and perfectly flat, DO NOT solder a domed disc to it. The rapidly expanding heated air under the dome could cause the domed disc to pop off at a high velocity which could harm you.
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Step 23
Pickle, rinse, and dry the piece.
Step 24
Punch a hole in the center of the jump ring with a 1.8mm hole punch.
Step 25
Dig an impression in a magnesia soldering brick that will fit the dome attached to the disc. Place the dome in the impression. Place medium paste solder around the punched hole. Press a 2mm closed jump ring into the solder. Place medium paste solder around the inner edge of the underside of the domed disc. Press the domed disc into place on the flat circle disc. Heat until the solder flows.
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Step 26
Clean and refine the edges of the circle charm with files and sanding pads.
Step 27:
Long Rectangle-Walk Your Own Path
Use a 7 Holes Metal punch kit to cut two 1/8" discs and three 3/32" discs from scrap sheet. The discs will be dimpled. Flatten them on a bench block with a flat faced hammer. Use a 1.8mm hole punch pliers to cut as many dots as needed to fill the remaining spaces on the rectangle-four were used here.
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Step 28
Working on a Solderite board, decide on placement of a 2mm jump ring and the discs.
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Step 29
Remove the jump ring. Place a small dab of medium paste solder where the jump ring will be placed. Press the jump ring into the solder. Remove one disc at a time and place a small dot of medium paste solder in that spot. Press the disc into the solder. Repeat for all the discs. Heat until the solder flows.
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Step 30
Punch a hole in the center of the jump ring with a 1.8mm hole punch. Trim a bit metal from each corner. Round the corners with a file. Clean and refine the edges of the rectangle and the punched hole with files and sanding pads.
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Step 31:
Square - two versions
Version A - Fold a piece of 28 gauge round wire in half and twist it. Use soft jaw pliers to form the wire into a soft swirl that will fit within the square.
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Step 32
Place a dab of medium paste solder in one corner of the square. Press a 2mm closed jump ring into the solder.
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Step 33
Butter the back of the twisted wire piece with medium paste solder, extending all the way out onto the tail. Turn the piece over and press into place in the center of the square. Heat until the solder flows.
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Step 34
Punch a hole in the center of the jump ring with a 1.8mm hole punch. Trim a bit metal from each corner. Trim off the wire tail. Round the corners with a file. Clean and refine the edges of the square and the punched hole with files and sanding pads. Pay particular attention to the cut wire end.
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Step 35
Version B: Note: This charm should be made with a textured square.

Cut two 1/4" discs from 24 or 26 gauge sheet metal. Dome them to the depth you prefer. Cut six 1.8mm dots from scrap sheet with a 1.8mm hole punch. Flatten the dots. See Step 22 for directions and photos.
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Step 36
Run the domed discs across 320 grit sandpaper to flatten the backs.
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Step 37
Working on a Solderite board, place a dab of medium paste solder in one corner of the square. Press a 2mm closed jump ring into the solder. Place medium paste solder around the inner edge of the underside of the domed disc. Press into place on the square. Place small dots of medium paste solder at the three other corners. Press 1.8mm metal dots into the solder. Heat until the solder flows.
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Step 38
Pickle, rinse, and dry the piece.
Step 39
Punch a hole in the center of the jump ring with a 1.8mm hole punch.
Step 40
Dig an impression in the magnesia soldering brick that will fit the dome attached to the square. Place the dome in the impression. Place medium paste solder around the punched hole. Press a 2mm closed jump ring into the solder. Place medium paste solder around the inner edge of the underside of the domed disc. Press into place on the square. Heat until the solder flows.
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