Judy Larson's Triangle Shield Earrings, Pendant and Bail, Metalwork. Filing, Finishing, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Oxidizing Wire, Oxidizing, Antiquing Wire, Antiquing, Sawing, Saw, Wire Saw, Texturing. Today we feature another great sheet metal pattern from Judy Larson.
Triangle Shield Earrings, Pendant and Bail
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): Filing / Finishing, Hole Punching, Oxidizing / Antiquing, Sawing, Texturing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Today we feature another great sheet metal pattern from Judy Larson. This easy to make sheet metal project is a great addition to your sheet metal jewelry collection.

Soldering and riveting experience is necessary to make this project.

Materials

24 Gauge 0.020 Dead Soft Copper Sheet Metal - 6x6 Inch
MET-705.24
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.93
  • Gold Club Price: $5.20
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20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.41
  • Gold Club Price: $0.31
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Ear Wires Copper
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Tools

Pro Shear
SHR-544.00
  • SHR-544.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.95
  • Gold Club Price: $9.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
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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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • 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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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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5/8 Inch Double Rubber/Nylon Head Hammer - Pack of 1
G3-26
  • G3-26
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Dimple Pliers - 3mm (Green Handle)
PLR-726.30
  • PLR-726.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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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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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Nylon Bracelet Bending Plier
PLR-840.00
  • PLR-840.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $19.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.98
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Basic Soldering Kit
G15-4
  • G15-4
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $58.95
  • Gold Club Price: $44.21
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SANDING SPONGES ASST- 5PC- 1EA GRIT 100-400
ABR-600.90
  • ABR-600.90
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Marker -extra fine
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
  • CLN-584.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Sparex Number 2 Pickling Compound
SOL-802.10
  • SOL-802.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.95
  • Gold Club Price: $4.46
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WireJewelry Single Barrel Rotary Tumbler, Jewelry and Metal Polishing Kit, Includes 1 Pound of Jewelers Mix Shot and 8 Ounces of Shinebrite Burnishing Compound
G24-1-KITSS
  • G24-1-KITSS
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $149.95
  • Gold Club Price: $112.46
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Steel wool
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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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Instructions
Step 1
Copy the three triangle and one bail templates. You can find Judy's Jewelry Component Templates:

Judy's Jewelry Component Templates
Step 2
Transfer the designs to your sheet metal.
Step 3
Cut the triangles out using your preferred method for cutting sheet metal.
Step 4
File any sharp edges.
Step 5
Use a 1.5mm hole punch to make holes in the center top of each piece.
Step 6
Decide on the position of the design elements you want for your pieces. Use an ultra fine point permanent marker to draw these lines on the front of each piece. Mark the center line on the front and back of each piece.
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Step 7
Place each triangle shape on a bench block. Use the narrower side of the Mini TruStrike Sharp Designer Hammer to texture the lower edge of each triangle piece.
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Step 8
Use the larger side of the Mini TruStrike Embossing Hammer to texture the center area of each triangle piece.
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Step 9
The metal pieces will no longer be flat after texturing. Place each piece on a bench block and use a rubber or plastic mallet to flatten them.
Step 10
The first decorative dimple should be formed right on the center line. Place the indented cup side of the dimpling pliers on the FRONT side of the metal piece. The edge of the metal piece should be on the edge of the indented cup. When you close the jaws of the pliers, the hook portion should be just inside the edge of the metal piece right on the line on the BACK side of the piece.
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Step 11
To make each succeeding dimple along each side of the bail, place the edge of the indented side of the dimpling pliers jaw against the previous dimple. As in Step 10, the edge of the metal piece should be on the edge of the indented cup. When you close the jaws of the pliers, the hook portion should be just inside the edge of the metal piece.
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Step 12
Remove the marker lines from the pieces with an alcohol soaked pad.
Step 13
Cut nine 1/8″ pieces of 20 gauge wire. Lay them side by side on a fire brick. Use your torch to melt them into balls. Note: If you want all large metal balls used as decoration, use three 1/8″ pieces. If you would like slightly smaller metal balls, use two 1/8″ pieces.
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Step 14
After the balls have cooled, hold them with your chain nose pliers and un the back of the ball over the sandpaper. This will remove the fire scale and any bits of brick they may have picked up.
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Step 15
Solder the balls in place using your preferred method.
Step 16
Pickle the pieces to remove fire scale.
Step 17
Tumble the pieces in steel shot to shine them up or use 0000 steel wool to polish them.

Your pieces will look like these.
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Step 18
Optional: Use a nylon bracelet bending pliers to shape each triangle, being careful to not flatten the dimples.
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Step 19
Attach ear wires to the earrings and the bail to the pendant.
Step 20
You can leave your pieces bright and shiny or use liver of sulfur to patina them. Buff with 0000 steel wool to bring out the dimension of your texturing.


Congratulations! You've made your first Triangle Shield Earrings, Pendant and Bail.
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