Thursday, December 29, 2011

Melt Yourself a Pair of Sterling Silver Earrings!

By on Thursday, December 29, 2011 4 Comments

You can be forgiven if you thought this pair of funky silver earrings took a long time to make using sawing and texturing techniques.

But it's actually very quick to create if you follow Jeanette Caines of the Jewelry Arts Institute's video tutorial entitled Make Reticulated Sheet Earrings.

It's the sort of method that will gladden the hearts of closet pyromaniacs as you get to use a torch to literally melt yourself a pair of sterling silver earrings using a thin sheet of metal. 

The instructor also covers how to quickly solder the ear wire to the hoops as well as how to pickle or clean the metal with an acid solution afterwards.

(UPDATE : the video no longer exists.)

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4 comments:

  1. Wow...what a cool video Pearl! I'm going to have to give that a try, looks like fun.

    Thanks for sharing...
    Cheers

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  2. Alright, that looks fun! Would have to be gentle with the flame around the outside edges so that you don't melt right through the sides. Super fast and cool looking though. Will have to give that a try!

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  3. I like those earrings!

    I use a similar technique to make pendants, only I use lots and lots of scrap silver wire, and I pickle it with a solution of vinegar and salt -- which can take longer, but it works!

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  4. Things always look so easy when an expert demonstrates them. :)
    The earrings are incredible though and if I were about 30 years younger I'd seriously invest in a metal-smith course.

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