Rustic Winter Earrings by Mary Harding
I have been making a lot of earrings lately for the 2 local shops where I sell my jewelry. And I love to make ceramic charms and made quite a few of this little fir trees this month.
Since I enjoy tutorials so much I thought it would be fun to combine my current "obsessions" into a project to share. So here goes.
Rustic Winter Earrings Tutorial
2 Handmade ceramic fir tree charms by Mary Harding in my Etsy Shop
2 large copper washers ( about 1 inch in diameter) (Harbor Freight carries these, so does Rings and Things)
4 jump rings 9mm antique copper or brass
2 jump rings antique copper or brass 7mm
2 sterling silver earwires or copper if you wish.
Tools and Supplies
Ball Peen Hammer
Metal Bench block
Hand held metal hole punch size 1.25mm (Rio Grande has the heavy duty kind)
Chain nose and bent nose pliers
Steel Wool size 000
Liver of Sulphur
Sunshine Cloth or Soft cloth
Tissue or cotton rounds (cosmetic)
1. Use the ball peen hammer to pound and texture your copper washers
Pound them on a metal bench block. This is what they look like before you texture them.
Head of the ball peen hammer and the copper washer partially textured.
Completely textured copper washers. (they look gold in the photo but they really are copper)
2. Use the hand held hole punch to put a hole in the washer for attaching the earwires
TIP the copper will be thinner after you texture it and makes it easier to punch the holes with the hand punch
3. Patina your copper washers in a Liver of Sulphur solution made with a small chunk of liver of sulphur and some distilled water. It does not need to be heated to work. Be sure to wear rubber gloves or use a sieve to put them into the solution. Make sure you are working in a well ventilated area.
4. Use the 000 Steel Wool to rub off the patina until the desired effect is achieved.
This is how they will look after you use the Steel Wool. Amazing difference!!
5. Apply a small amount of Renaissance wax with a cosmetic cotton round or tissue paper to each of the copper rings and let them dry about 30 minutes.
and then the 7mm jump rings to the 9mm rings.
6. After the 30 minutes, the Renaissance wax has had a chance to harden, so you polish it with your Sunshine Cloth or a piece of soft fabric. It should keep that level of polish because of the wax.
7. Now attach the last 7 mm ring to your polished textured copper washers.
Using the 7mm jump ring already attached to your tree connect your assembly to the 9mm jump ring on the copper washer. See pic below.
8. Last of all attach the entire assembly to your earwire, close it, and your earrings are ready to wear.
An alternative is to make the same earrings smaller using a 3/4 inch diameter copper washer. You will use all the other supplies and directions to make them.
Happy First Day of Winter!!!