Torch Work Earrings
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Torch Work Earrings

Hard core jewelry designers this project is for you! Fire up that torch, these earrings are burning to be made.

Designed by Mary Feliciano.

Here's what you'll need:

Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Bead Landing™ Torch
  • Bead Landing™ Soldering Pad
  • Bead Landing™ Third Hand
  • Bead Landing™ Power Punch Tool
  • Bead Landing ™ “V” Slot Bench Pin
  • Bead Landing™ Disc Cutter
  • Bead Landing™ Ball Peen Hammer
  • Bead Landing ™ Texture Hammer
  • Bead Landing™ Wooden Dapping Block
  • Bead Landing™ Metal Punch
  • Bead Landing™ Anvil, Mini
  • Bead Landing™ Sheets – Copper
  • Bead Landing™ Metal Shears
  • Bead Landing™ Long Nose Pliers
  • Bead Landing™ Ear Wires – Cooper
  • Bead Landing™ Jump Rings – Cooper
  • Bead Landing™ Needle File Set, Mini
  • Bead Landing™ Bent Nose Tweezers
  • Jeweler's Saw and Blade
  • Quenching Pan
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Cloth or Paper Towel
  • Goggles
 

Project Instructions

Transfer the template by cutting and tracing it on the copper metal sheet.

Cut out metal sheet to follow the pattern lines. Use the metal shears to cut out the outside lines. Punch one hole in the middle-most part of shape using the power punch tool without touching the inner lines. Insert a saw blade through the hole and proceed to cut out the inner lines using the saw and blade. Remove saw and blade. File edges of metal shape using the flat mini needle file.

Take another copper metal sheet and insert through the disc cutter ½" slot. Hammer tool down to create a ½" circle. Make two circles.

Using a Sharpie mark a dot on the cut out diamond shape and the two circles, then place on a charcoal block or a soldering block with marked side up. Press to light up the torch and fire up the shapes until the Sharpie dot disappears. Turn the torch off. Carefully pick up each heated metal piece with tweezers and quench in water. Dry the metals with cloth or paper towel.

Take one ½" metal circle and place on the dapping block, then hammer down to form a slight concave curve on the circle. Repeat using the second circle. Punch out one hole in the middle-most part of the two circles using the power punch tool.

Place diamond shape on the mini anvil. Hold the piece with long nose pliers while hammering down with the texture hammer. Turn the piece upside down and continue to texture the opposite side. Punch one hole on the narrowest point of the piece using the power punch.

Take one medium size open jump ring and insert diamond shape from the hole and one ear wire. Close jump ring.

Take two concave circles, cup together, then insert one open large jump ring through the hole on both circles. Close jump ring.

Connect the concave circles to the diamond shape earring with one large jump ring.

Repeat steps to make the second earring.

Tips

Warning: This project includes torch work. This must be conducted in a well ventilated space. Safety gear must be worn, such as face mask and goggles, at all times when using the torch. Always quench the metal in water before handling after the torch work!