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How to Make Fold Formed Earrings

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How to Make Fold Formed Earrings

Fold forming is a versatile hammering technique for beginners and advanced metalsmiths alike. This freeform approach to jewelry design allows you to start simple and continue toward more complex folds. Here, I'm going to take you through making a pair of earrings with just one fold. I'm going to assume that you already know a few basics, like annealing, drilling, and polishing. These earrings will be asymmetrical. Each earring will be unique, but compliment one another. To begin the earrings, you are going to need some sterling silver discs, about 1 inch or 2.5 cm in diameter. They should be dead soft....

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Jewelry Making Tutorial: How to Make Jump Rings

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Jewelry Making Tutorial: How to Make Jump Rings

I make most of my own jump rings in my studio because I get just the right size and thickness for my project at hand. The humble jump ring is easy to overlook, yet much is asked of it in jewelry design. As a connection between design elements which allows for movement, its placement and proportion can make or break a jewelry project. The perfect jump ring, that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, is well worth the investment in time and effort. Here's how to make them. Start with a mandrel. I'm beginning with an old nail. I keep a selection...

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