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Hammered Hoops June 7, 2012

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I’ve wanted to try this style of hoop for a while now.  Today was the day. So I started with thick copper wire from the garage stash, maybe 12 gauge…flush cutting two  2 1/2 inch pieces. Annealed the wire with the micro-torch, so it was more malleable and bent them into U shapes. Then, the hammering for definition and texturing. Used one of my favorite tools to punch holes to hold the sterling silver ear wires (made from 20 gauge wire).  Punched more holes on the bottom edges to attach bronze fresh water coin pearls. Filed, sanded, and polished to a beautiful finish.

For some very clear, step by step directions, head over to Objects and Elements, and see the designs created by Linda.

I’ll definitely make more of these!

Deryn Mentock is offering an online class called Boho Bliss and it’s all about creating fabulous embellished hoop earrings…so popular right now.                                                       Here’s the link to her blog and a detailed description on her class:       http://somethingsublime.typepad.com/jewelry_works/bo.html

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2 Responses to “Hammered Hoops”

  1. Linda Says:

    What is your favorite tool to punch the holes.

  2. Hi, Linda,
    Here’s a link to the pliers on the Rio Grande site. http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Round-Hole-Punching-Pliers/112705?pos=1
    There are many other brands out there, this just happens to be the one I picked. Also, the description says maximum thickness is 24 gauge, but I know I’ve done successfully up to 20 gauge with the copper washers and wire. I did invest a bit more and got a baggie of 5 replacement punches. I also have the helicopter type screw down punch, but I find the pliers quicker and get a more accurate placement of the hole. Both are good options for a jewelry maker.

    Lynda


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