February 2012: Joanna and Margaret Make Earrings

June 07, 2012

On Thursday 2nd February I was joined in the workshop by two ladies who are good friends. Both ladies have been before and wanted to spend the day doing something different together: so we focused on making earrings. After demonstrating various techniques, it was time to get started. Here are some images of the day.

Sample earrings, silver wire and books to get the workshop started.

Margaret annealed the silver then rolled it with fabric to give a lovely texture. Here she is cutting the strip into small squares to make the earrings.

Texture samples using the rolling mill, punches and hammers.

Joanna made lovely hoop earrings with a hammered texture, and did a brilliant job of soldering stops at the ends and adding the posts.

Margaret soldered 18k gold wire to the top of each earring, and then added the posts. Plenty of soldering practise!

And finally Joanna rolled a feather with silver to give a lovely subtle texture, cut out circles, domed them and made a lovely pair of earrings. The image doesn't do them justice!