Using Leftovers
by Judy Larson
These cute snowflake earrings were made using a combination of the leftover Argenteum gauge scrap sheet from one of the Snowflake Christmas Ornaments from 2022 and the Negative Space tropical leaf earring tutorial. They are a good reason to never throw away scrap, and to always be thinking ahead-which I almost never do-lol!
Instructions
With three Grandchildren to make ornaments for, I needed nine snowflakes for the design. Unfortunately, I did not plan ahead when cutting out the first three snowflakes so did not leave the outside of the shape in one piece. But, as luck would have it, I finally came to my senses and made sure the last six were usable.

The snowflake ornament template for these earrings measures 1.5" from tip to tip. After cutting the 24 gauge outlines apart, the snowflake outlines and a 2.5mm ID 22 gauge jump ring were each soldered to a 26 gauge textured background using easy paste solder.
Judy Larson's Using Leftovers - , General Education, , using scrap
Judy Larson's Using Leftovers - , General Education, , using scraps
Judy Larson's Using Leftovers - , General Education, , scraps
A 1/16" to 3/32" border was left after sawing away excess metal, just as with the Negative Space Earrings. Filing and refining the edge and a quick tumble were all that was needed. Since these earrings were for a friend, I checked with her before adding patina. Yes, they were a very pretty bright silver after tumbling, but most of the snowflake shape was not very visible, so patina won. It is interesting how something flat in nature, like all snowflakes, can sometimes benefit from a bit of dimension when made of metal. They were fine flat, but just a bit of doming and the snowflake shape shows up better from all angles.
Judy Larson's Using Leftovers - , General Education, , scraps
Judy Larson's Using Leftovers - , General Education, , scraps

Materials

24 Gauge Dead Soft Argentium Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H19-24SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1 Inch
  • Price: $41.83
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Tools

Basic Sawing Kit
G15-7
  • G15-7
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  • Price: $34.95
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education