There is no reason to be overly intimidated with metalsmithing techniques. Perhaps it is the jewelry saw use which puts you off? Well, this video tutorial by John Ayr shows us how easy it is to use metal snips to cut out the shapes needed for a simple form folded pair of earrings.
It's a little blurry to see from the screen capture - I do wish instructors would include clear final project pictures - but the earrings are really nifty.
The thick copper foil strips are folded and cut out. The edges are then hammered with a cross peen hammer to get a frilly look. The shapes can be twisted or left leaf shaped.
The instructor uses a center punch to make the holes for the jump rings. Some clean up with a file might be necessary if there are some burs. Alternatively use a hole puncher.
Before You Go:
- How to Make a Stamped Ring Using a Metal Blank
- How to Make Copper Tubing Jewelry Tutorials
- How to Make Hammered Wire Strip Earrings
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