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How to Make Pearl Fastener Jewelry | Basic Metalwork Tutorial by Judy Larson


Remember Judy Larson?  She is a wonderful instructor who has shared many of her free tutorials here on this blog.  She recently sent me this email : "This tutorial is something that has been on the back burner for several years. All the info and the photos were in a document, but I never did anything with it. Forced "isolation" is getting me to finish many things 😁"

"Anyway, I thought this was a great way for people to "get their feet wet" in basic metalsmithing without investing in a lot of equipment or having to take a class. If you can cut with scissors and use a hammer, you can make these pieces of jewelry."

What I found brilliant was the use of pearl snap fasteners like these.  They are typically used for Western clothing and come in a variety of colors. 

Judy removes the prongs so that the tops of the fasteners can be attached directly to the backs. The popper parts are not used. 

Glue is used in the final assembly.  Judy uses E-6000.  I recommend Super New Glue or the Starbond glues. My go to favorite is Starbond Medium but the Thick version is less likely to flow out of control. 




You can download Judy's free tutorial from Slideshare. Just click on the link below. Scroll down to the bottom to find the download button.  You can see the rest of Judy's past tutorials there too. 



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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM 

3 comments:

  1. I have also seen a few Swarovski snap fasteners that might be fun to use.

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  2. Lots of neat fasteners available as Sneaky Burrito says!

    Have bookmarked this to try when I get back in the studio.

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  3. That's thinking "off-the-cuff", huh?
    very interesting!

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