Earrings with Jeweler's Bronze Sheet, "Larimar" Gemstone Beads and Wirework
Amour de la Mer
-- Designer --
Jamie, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, ''larimar,'' sky blue, 16x12mm hand-cut pear (2 beads)
- Headpin, antiqued gold-plated brass, 3-inch, 21 gauge (2 headpins)
- Earwire, sterling silver-filled, 31mm straight kidney with open loop, 21 gauge (2 earwires)
- Wire, Zebra Wire, brass, gold color, round, 26 gauge
- Sheet, jeweler's bronze, half-hard with mirror finish, 6x6-inch square, 24 gauge
- Polishing paper, green, 400 grit, 5x5 inch square
- Needle files, carbon steel, 4 inches
- Stamp, Lisa Pavelka Signature Series, silicone, grey, 4-1/4x5-1/2 inch extra-deep finely detailed square with romance texture
- Hole punch pliers, EURO TOOL, 1.5x1.5mm square hole
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutter
Metal etching solution
Using flush-cutters, cut two 6-inch lengths of 26-gauge copper Zebra Wire™.
Using tin snips, cut two 0.5x1-inch rectangular pieces of 24-gauge brass sheet.
Using a ball peen hammer, flatten and texture the brass sheets. Use a file to remove burrs and roughness from the edge of the sheet and gently round the corners.
Ink the rubber stamp with permanent ink and press the brass sheets onto the stamp. Allow the ink to dry.
Burnish a piece of masking tape to the back of each of the brass sheet rectangles to prevent etching solution from seeping under the tape.
Float the brass sheet rectangles in a container of etching solution, suspending it from the container with the tape.
Note: For safety, wear protective eyewear and gloves when working with etching solution.
After a couple of hours, remove the sheet rectangles from the solution and dip it into water. Pour a little baking soda over the brass sheets and rub gently to neutralize the solution. Wash well with soap and water.
Punch one 1.5mm hole in the center of the 1/2 inch top edge starting 1/4 inch from the upper left corner. Repeat to punch one 1.5mm hole in the center of the 1/2 inch bottom edge starting 1/4 inch from the lower left corner. Repeat on the second etched brass sheet.
String one 16x12mm pear larimar bead onto the straight end of a 3-inch headpin. Using round-nose pliers create the loop leaving the excess wire. Attach the loop to the punched hole on the first etched brass sheet. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters finish the wire with a wrapped loop.
Pass the top punched hole on the first etched brass sheet onto the loop on the earwire. Using one 6-inch length of 26-gauge copper Zebra Wire, wrap the wire around the pinched area of the loop on the earwire for three to four wraps. Pass the wire around the front portion of the earwire and continue to tightly wrap the copper wire around the earwire for ¼ inch. Using flush-cutters, trim any excess wire.
Repeat steps 9 and 10 to create the second earring.
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