rockhammer-earrings

Earlier this year I was asked if I could make an extra long pair of my Rockhammer earrings. These were a leaving present for someone from her work colleagues.

On the day I started making them, we had a visiting photographer, Ben Boswell at Manor Oaks Studios. Ben took photos of my work in progress. I had already textured some Argentium silver ready to begin the earrings.

I began by drilling two holes in the piece of Argentium, while it was still flat. This is an Archimedes drill.

1-drilling

II used a piercing saw to cut out the individual leaf shapes for the earrings.

2-sawing

3-sawing

Next I filed the edges

4-filing

then sanded them smooth, using wet and dry paper in my pendant drill

5-sanding

The shaping was begun using an anticlastic raising stake, and a mallet.

6-shaping

Annealing the Argentium part way through the shaping, to make it malleable again after work hardening7-annealing

I work down each ‘valley’ on the stake to make the curve deeper until I am happy with it8-shaping

Once I am happy with the curvature, I twist each piece, remembering to make them curl in opposite directions!9-twisting

The first one is done, now to make the other one 10-one-leaf

Making a coil of jump rings, to hang the earrings 11-coiling

Sawing the coil into individual rings12-sawing

Attaching a jump ring. This was then soldered, and hung from an ear wire which I had already made. Then I polished the earrings using a brass brush and soapy water, to give a soft satiny finish.13-adding-jump-ring

Having Ben photographing each stage made me realise just how much goes into a pair of earrings. At first I felt a bit self conscious about being photographed, but after a while I just got into my making zone and almost forgot he was there.

Oh and the recipient was very happy with her present!

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