Learn how to create your own elegant Argentium sterling silver earrings! We’ll start with learning how to skillfully use the torch and pliers to craft your own earwires, and build on those skills to make, fuse, and planish jump rings to create the dangling circles for the earrings. If time permits, you can create additional sizes of jump rings to add more hoops to your earrings.
We’ll use copper for practice and then make your earrings with Argentium sterling silver. Argentium is not only tarnish-resistant, it also makes creating earrings easy because you can use the torch to fuse rather than solder joints together.
We’ll cover many fundamental jewelry-making techniques including picking the right plier for the job, filing, flex shaft operation, wire straightening, sawing, planishing, air-acetylene torch use, and polishing on a rotary machine. These skills are the foundation of many jewelry projects so you’re sure to use what you learn here in future projects, in addition to leaving class with a beautiful new pair of earrings that you’ve created!
This class is also a great foundation to prepare you for taking the Tool Training Class so you can be tested and certified to use the Artisan’s Asylum Jewelry Shop on your own as a member.
Materials included in class price (copper wire and Argentium sterling silver wire).
For safety purposes hair must be tied back, no loose clothing, and closed-toe shoes are a must. Wear an apron to protect your clothing if you have one, and bring a notebook if you like to take notes.
Please note this class will not run with fewer than 2 students.