Hello and welcome to another Keepsake Crafts.net jewelry making video. Today we’re going
to take some very simple materials just these stone tear drops and some
wire. By shaping and hammering the wire and wrapping the teardrops we will end up with
a pair of very interesting earrings. So the
materials for these earrings a quite simple the first thing you need
is a pair of drops and these are these are tear drop shaped beads. These happen to be faceted, and were
generously sent along to me by House of Gems to use. And you’ll see the hole is drilled
across the top so these are called top drilled beads rather than the hole going
from the point down to the bottom. symmetrically. So there’s a special way of wrapping
these and I’ll show you how to do it. But you’ll need a pair of those, a
pair of ear wires and I have shown you in other
videos how to make your own ear wires. Today I’m using purchased ones. And then
just some wire. I have 26 gauge and 20-gauge jeweler’s bronze dead soft. You could also use half hard if that’s what you have, and you could vary the gauges slightly depending
on what you have. For tools you will need a hammer and this hammer has one domed end and
this is for hammering so that you don’t get the edge (you can see how it is domed) so that when you hammer the edge does not make marks in your wire. And then it has a rounded end for
giving that textured, hammered finish. You will also need a bench block or a little anvil to hammer on and then round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire
cutters, the usual ones, and also a cup burr. This is a little tool (it’s a
cup, you can see that) and it has diamond chips inside the cup which help file down our wire nice and smooth. Oh,
and by the way these are 10 by 15 millimeter teardrops. So the first step in making these
earrings is to cut yourself four inch piece of the 20 gauge wire and
then use the cup burr to make the ends smooth. Although you can’t see it so much when
it’s small it does make a difference when it’s hammered flat. And the thicker the gauge the wire the more
of a difference it makes to have a nice smooth rounded end. And next we’re going to start shaping
this wire into that hammered shape and I’m going to
place it in my round nose pliers (let me zoom in a little for you here) and then put it right at the very tip of my round nose pliers and I’m going to
make sure that I can’t feel any of the wire sticking out. So it’s just the very edge of that wire and then hold the
pliers (zoom out again for you) so that your hand is shaped
like this and that way it’s very easy to twist (yeah hold on to the wire) twist
your wrist and start a loop with that wire and then loosen the pliers and twist your wrist again and this is
how you get a nice loop without any straight bit and with a pretty tight loop. If you need
a tighter loop than this the best way to start is to actually fold it with chain nose pliers, but we don’t need
it real tight because we’re going to hammer it and when you hammer it it spreads out. Now once you started that loop it’s time to switch to chain nose
pliers. Chain nose pliers will not mar the wire
like round nose pliers because the round part will make divots. Although because we are going to hammer it it is not such a big deal. That’s just something good to know. So you hold that loop with your chain nose pliers and then just give the wire a bend. So you hold it, and bend, and then shift position keep turning it clockwise and bend and what we want to do is leave a bit of
a space. We’re not making a tightly coiled loop, because we’re going to hammer and when
you hammer wire its spreads. It get instead of being round it
becomes flat and that wire has to go somewhere so it gets thicker. So we don’t want a real tight coil, you want to leave a little space. And keep looping around, And what I found, I did a few sketches,
(yeah after you get it big enough you can actually just use your fingers like I
started doing there) I did a few sketches and what I found
from my sketches is that proportion wise it looks nice I thought it looked nicest to have this
bottom spiral to be just a little wider than the
widest part at the teardrop. It is going to widen out a little when
we hammer it. So I’m just going to keep going a little
bit more. And make it about the same width as
my teardrop. Once you have it to that point you can
grab your round nose pliers again and repeat what we did in the beginning making a
loop going in the opposite direction. Again, you shouldn’t be
able to feel it and then just twist your wrist. until you have a nice loop. And then use your chain nose pliers to start making a spiral. and then I definitely want a difference between
the top and the bottom and don’t want them same I want the top spiral to be smaller
than the bottom, so I just kind of spiral that one a little bit more. You can make this any shape you
want. You could make a very simple S shape you could make it
figure 8, you could make a heart shape. Think of all the
different shapes you could make and go for it! Practice. I did go ahead and
sketch this out on paper to begin with just to get an idea of what I thought
would look good proportionally and shape wise with
the teardrops I had. So once you have your basic shape made it’s time to use your chasing hammer. Now if you look at this chasing hammer from the side you see it’s curved out and that’s so that
you can hit your wire with this curved part and not hit it with these edges and make
dents in your wire. And that’s what we’re going to do. This will do two things. Of course, it will flatten it out. It will flatten it out but it will also
harden the wire. And I started out with dead soft wire, so if we want our pair of earring to hold its shape we definitely need to harden it some. It’s a molecular process that
actually happens in the wire when you hammer it it becomes harder. And think it also takes on a very interesting look rather than just plain round wire. And then if you want a
texture you can use this round part of the hammer and then you get this beaten metal look. And you can see how much
this wire coil has spread as I’ve hammered it. You don’t have to beat at it with the strength of Hercules, just light taps do the job. And when you are done if you want to reshape it a little bit,
I’m going to open this up a little up here so that the ear wire can get in. So I’ll just open it
up a little. And now you have this shape. The next step is to wrap our tearsdrops. And for that we’re going to use
the 26 gauge wire. and I’ve gone ahead and cut a really
long piece for this because I want to do a lot of interesting wraps. So I’ve cut an
18 inch long piece of 26 gauge wire and I’m going to pop it
through my teardrop and I’m going to put a little more than usual cuz I wanna
double loop so that it’s nice and strong I’m going to put about an inch (let me zoom in a little) I have an inch sticking out on the end here and then you
fold both wires up, with 26 gauge you can pretty
much do with your fingers it’s fine enough. Fold both wires up so that they’re parallel roughly and then bring both wires so they
criss-cross and that cross is right over the point of that teardrop and then depending on the gauge of the wire I’m
using my fingers but you could use chain nose pliers if you need to at that
point bend the wire up so that they are parallel
again. So you’ve got a little triangle shape above your tear drop shape of wire and now I’m going to its really from here on its
just the same as any other wire wrapped loop. I’m going to hold it right there at the
bend of the triangle with chain nose pliers And bend those at a ninety degree angle like that. I’m going to tuck in my round nose
pliers at about the two millimeter point which you can mark on your pliers. (I know where it is.) You are going to wrap both
wires over my round nose pliers to make a loop and then I’m going to
reposition and finish that loop. and then it’s just a matter you want to get that short end cuz it does kinda want to poke out. So we have the loop and we have this loooong wire. Now I like to hold it because this wire is so
fine it wants to spin and spin and spin. If you let it do that you
will break your wire just like you know bending wire constantly will break it so
I like to hold this bit with my fingers so that it won’t spin and I’m
going to take this very long tail the first thing I’m going to do is go down
around that triangle around the holes of that
bead and make sure they’re covered and then
just go ahead and let the wire it’ll fill in that space. That’s what I want and then I may go down a
little further and it always looks kind of interesting
to have one go up sharply maybe one come down sharply and then just fill in. This looks really great if you have
sterling silver wire or copper wire that you treat with a
liver of sulfur patina and then the darks are in all these crevices
and you can polish up the high points but you just keep wrapping that wire. It really adds a great deal of interest to this teardrop. And then the last step, well, second to last
step, the penultimate step, is to take your hammered spiral and I’m just going to use chain nose pliers and open it out a little. I’m going to slide these two loops around that spiral until they reach the bottom of the spiral and then flatten that again. You can see this is actually facing the
wrong way so I’m just going to hold on to it and give it a twist so that the bead, and you can actually shape these because they’re pretty fine gauge wire, shape them a little bit. And a last step is to open the loop of your ear wire with chain
nose pliers by just twisting it out and pop in the top of your hammered shape. So here’s another look at the earrings we made today. As you can see just little bit of wire wrapping,
hammering and texturing really makes quite a difference. Be thinking about the simple pieces of jewelry that you can enhance with wire and make yourself something special. Thanks so much for watching Keepsake Crafts videos. Up on the screen are two more videos you
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