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Geometric metal earrings

Broaden your metal horizons with this beginner mixed metal project

This project gives you the chance to punch, hammer, and stack, but you can decide how much of these layered metal earrings you want to make by hand. Some shortcuts include using patterned metal sheet and premade coin connectors. For affordability, stick with aluminum, brass, copper, or stainless steel. No matter what materials you use, you’ll start to see the possibilities in a simple piece of metal.

SUPPLIES

Filigree earrings

  • 24-gauge aluminum sheet
  • 2 15 mm filigree squares
  • 2 10 mm copper connectors
  • 2 5 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • hole-punch pliers
  • metal file
  • shears
  • texturing hammer (optional)

Disk earrings

  • 2 4 mm beads
  • 24-gauge metal sheet, in two styles
  • 2 in. (5 cm) 22- or 24-gauge wire
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • disk cutter
  • hole-punch pliers
  • metal file
  • dowel (optional)

Metal sheet from Metalliferous, metalliferous.com; Rings & Things, rings-things.com; Rio Grande, riogrande.com. Copper coin connectors from The Mystical Garden Path, stores.ebay.com/the-mystical-garden-path. Disk cutter from Otto Frei, ottofrei.com. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Filigree earrings

Geometric metal earrings e1
Step 1
Use shears to cut two triangles (about 30 mm) from a piece of aluminum sheet. If desired, use a hammer to texture the triangles. File the edges if necessary. Use hole-punch pliers to make a hole in each triangle.
Geometric metal earrings e2
Step 2
For each earring: Open a jump ring. Attach the corner of a filigree, a triangle, and one hole of a copper connector. Close the jump ring.
Geometric metal earrings e3
Step 3
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.
Disk earrings
Geometric metal earrings disk 1
Step 1
Insert a piece of metal sheet between the plates of a disk cutter. Place a punch in the coordinating hole in the plate.
Geometric metal earrings disk 2
Step 2
Keeping the metal sheet stable, hammer the punch until it goes through the sheet. Remove the disk and punch (Removing a punch, below). File the edges if necessary.
Geometric metal earrings disk 3
Step 3
Use hole-punch pliers to make a hole in the disk. Make a total of four disks, two each in different styles.
Geometric metal earrings disk 4
Step 4
For each earring: Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of wire. Make a large plain loop on one end. String a bead and make a plain loop perpendicular to the first.
Geometric metal earrings disk 5
Step 5
Open the large loop of the bead unit. Attach the disks and close the loop. Open the top loop and attach an earring wire. Close the loop.
how to remove a punch
How to remove a punch
If a punch gets stuck in the plates of the disk cutter, turn the plates upside down. Place a dowel in the hole where the punch is and hammer the dowel until the punch dislodges.
Tip!

Texturing tip

You can texture the metal sheet before or after you cut the shapes. If you texture the sheet before cutting, don’t file too aggressively (you could damage the pattern).

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