Jewelry Making - Mod Earrings Free Tutorial

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Follow along as I make some unique modern earrings using only wire, beads, and a few tools.

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Jewelry Making - Mod Earrings Free Tutorial

  1. 1. Mod Earrings Tutorial Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved For more tutorials visit how-to-make- jewelry.com
  2. 2. Materials <ul><li>Two 4” Headpins </li></ul><ul><li>commercial or handmade sterling silver or gold-filled balled wire headpins </li></ul><ul><li>Two Beads </li></ul><ul><li>make sure your bead holes are large enough for your headpins to fit through </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. Tools <ul><li>Nylon jaw pliers </li></ul><ul><li>Round-nosed pliers </li></ul><ul><li>Flush cutters </li></ul><ul><li>Anvil or steel block </li></ul><ul><li>Rawhide hammer </li></ul><ul><li>Flat metal file </li></ul><ul><li>Jeweler's chasing hammer </li></ul><ul><li>Round mandrel of some sort (I use a round wooden box – see step 1) </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Step 1 </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Wrap your headpins around a round object to make them have a gentle curve. *Any object used in jewelry making as a rounded forming base is called a mandrel. In this project I'm using a wooden box I had lying around. You can use a tomato paste can, small jar, or commercial bracelet mandrel from a jeweler's supply. Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. <ul><li>Step 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Check your curves and make sure they match. </li></ul><ul><li>*If there are any kinks or bends in your headpins this is your last chance to straighten them out. If necessary, pull your headpins through the jaw of your nylon jaw pliers to straighten them. </li></ul>Mod Earrings Instructions Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. <ul><li>Step 3 </li></ul><ul><li>String your beads onto your headpins </li></ul>Mod Earrings Instructions Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  7. 7. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Step 4: </li></ul><ul><li>Grasp your headpin with your round-nosed pliers. </li></ul><ul><li>You want to make a large-ish rounded bend in the wire slightly off-centre on the headpin so that your earwire will hang longer in the back than the front. </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  8. 8. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Step 5: </li></ul><ul><li>Using your fingers, gently bend the wire around the largest part of your round-nosed pliers. </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  9. 9. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Your bent headpin should now look like this: </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Step 6: </li></ul><ul><li>Make your second earring </li></ul><ul><li>Tips: </li></ul><ul><li>I make the second match the first by holding both in the pliers at the same time, matching the beads together. </li></ul><ul><li>When I'm pretty sure I have the second wire grasped properly, I carefully remove the first from the pliers without disturbing my second headpin from its position. </li></ul><ul><li>Then I bend the second and double check that it matches. </li></ul><ul><li>If necessary, I adjust the bends with my fingers. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't worry yet about making the back part of your earring match- we'll trim the ends later. </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  11. 11. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Step 7: </li></ul><ul><li>Harden the wire into its new shape. </li></ul><ul><li>To do this, place your earring on an anvil or steel block, hold it firmly, and give it some good whacks with your rawhide hammer. </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  12. 12. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Step 7 continued </li></ul><ul><li>Tips: Hold the wire tight and hang the bead off the edge so you don't damage it. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't whack your bead with the hammer. </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  13. 13. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Step 8: </li></ul><ul><li>Using a metal hammer, tap the bend lightly and repeatedly until you like the look of it. </li></ul><ul><li>Using a metal hammer will flatten the wire where you strike it so be gentle. We're going for a slight flattening here. </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  14. 14. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Step 9: </li></ul><ul><li>Using your flush cutters, trim the back ends of your earrings so they match exactly. </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>Step 10: </li></ul><ul><li>Use your flat file to soften and round the ends of your earwires. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the ends of the wire are nice and smooth so they don't cause micro-tears in the earring wearer's earlobe holes. </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. Mod Earrings Instructions <ul><li>The finished earrings! </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s a variation using handmade oxidized headpins, then tumble-polishing in a child’s rock tumbler: </li></ul>Learn jewelry making at how-to-make- jewelry.com <ul><li>For more variations, view the next slide  </li></ul>
  17. 17. Mod Earrings - Variations Red Mod Pod Earrings (handmade oxidized sterling headpins, vintage czech glass pod beads) Beige Mod Pod Earrings (handmade oxidized sterling headpins, vintage czech glass pod beads) Lucky Honey Jade Earrings (handmade oxidized sterling headpins, honey jade faceted rondelles) For more free tutorials, tips, projects, and instructions click here: How-To-Make- Jewelry.com Questions about this tutorial? Contact Christine Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved
  18. 18. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Come visit me anytime at How-to-Make- Jewelry.com Copyright 2008 Christine Gierer All Rights Reserved Christine Gierer

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