A client came to me with a pair of larimar earrings she had in her personal jewelry stash. She hadn’t worn them in a while because she didn’t like the fact that they were so plain and she wasn’t fond of french hook earring wires either.
I was told to re-vamp the design and give them a makeover. I took them apart because honestly, whoever made these, didn’t do a great job. I made completely new bezels adorned with twisted wire, embellished them with some antiquing and gave them ball posts. They turned out so cute I think I will make more of these to add to my inventory.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
before and after larimar earrings
It’s earring making time again.
Since I am in tutorial mode, I decided to document the fabrication process so sit down, relax and enjoy the picture show.
Materials and some tools I used:
Easy silver solder
Flat and round nose pliers, flush cutters
Soldering station (torch, propane, oxygen, the works).
2 Swarovski 6mm channel set crystals
1. Cut 2 pieces of filigree wire to measure 3 3/8″ long with flush cutters.
2. File both edges flat to remove the grooves the flush cutter left behind.
3. With a ring mandrel set the center of the wire on the size 10 mark and bend wire so that the joints touch.
4. Flux, and “easy” solder the joint. Quench in water and Pickle.
5. Re-shape it with the mandrel and flat nose pliers. Give it a nice teardrop shape.
6. Make 3 coils for each earring turning the wire as snug as possible.
7. Now make 6 round jump rings. Close 4 that will be soldered into the earring and leave the remaining 2 open.
8. Solder the parts together and pickle.
9. Using a brass brush in a mandrel, carefully clean between the wires. Clean in the ultrasonic for 2 minutes.
10. Attach the stones using the remaining 2 jump rings… and voila!