Punched Copper Earrings

Grab your scrap gold, copper, silver, and brass and get to work on these fantastic earrings!

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The possibilities are endless when creating this fantastic design. Construct the beads from gold, silver, copper, brass, or any combination thereof. You can texture, pattern, emboss, etch, or color the metal. Learn some basic fabrication, soldering, and measuring skills while creating a truly limitless design. If you’re looking for a project that will enhance your creative side, this is it!

Materials: One 22 gauge brass sheet, 1¼" x 2¾", three 22 gauge copper sheets, 1¾" x 3¼", and a recycled manila folder.

Tools: Torch, quench and pickle pot, copper tongs, white firebrick, and striker.

Originally Published: Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, October 2010

SKU: EP3904

Author/Speaker/Editor: Tom & Kay Benham

Format: eProject

Customer Reviews

Worked out ok! Review by Terri Fayle

I purchased this pattern about a month ago and didn't have a couple of important tools. I ended using someone else's rolling mill, but the hole punch I found inexpensively. So, off we went. It actually turned out awesome. It took a couple of practice runs at getting the holes to line up perfectly. The hardest part was using my punch to get the spot where the lines crossed exactly, this makes a big difference! Now that I've done this, I'd really like to know how to apply the process of determining the number of holes needed for a larger surface. I actually had to purchase and learn to use the Vernier Caliper for this process. Now I want to do more. I'm a beginner jewelry maker.

(Posted on 4/8/12)

Nice project but tool list incomplete Review by Lisa Collett

To make this project you need more tools than what's listed. You'll need a rolling mill or similar, a punch, rulers, scribes, some kind of dapping block or shaping surface, and hammers to name a few. You'll need solder and patina to get the look in the photo. I don't recommend this tutorial for the novice.

(Posted on 2/7/12)