Learn how to create your own Tornado Wrapped Earrings at home with this instructional tutorial. This four-page PDF jewelry tutorial illustrates step-by-step how to embellish a fine wire wrapping over a gemstone bead set on a headpin, which yields the illusion of implied motion. With a pair of wire-wrapped beaded headpins, we will bend them into the ‘Sheppard’s hook’ earring back shape, so both hooks are identical in shape and size using just a few simple hand tools; no electricity, soldering, or studio required.
Once you understand the Tornado-wrapping technique, I have included an additional two-page handout that reviews the tools and supplies needed to make your own headpins. Using 19-gauge Argentium silver wire and a common propane torch, this tutorial will take you step-by-step through a simple 3-second ‘teardropping’ process, which is followed by pickle-cleaning and steel-shot tumbling to create amazing headpins. This tutorial reveals the unique method that took me years to perfect, as I felt that the commercially available headpins did not aesthetically compliment my handcrafted beaded chain jewelry designs.
Please note that this listing is to purchase the digital PDF download only, and no physical supplies are included. The wire-wrapping tutorial is a slight derivative from the projects within my second published book: Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections, and the headpin tutorial is an abbreviated format of the detailed information that is covered in my fourth published book: Chain and Bead Jewelry Soldering Connections.
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Tools Needed for Tornado Wrapping: Chain-nose pliers, side-cutters, measuring tape, flat file, and an 8mm bending mandrel.
Tools Needed for Making Silver Headpins: Flat-nose pliers, side-cutters, propane torch, lighter, water bowl, Solderite board, digital calipers, pickle-cleaning solution, baking soda, and a rotary tumbler with steel shot.
Supplies Needed: AWG 19-gauge pre-made headpins at 2-inch (5cm) length or 19-gauge Argentium silver wire (specific length stated within), 24-gauge wire, and 6mm round beads.
To source correctly-sized jump rings and review my recommendations for quality hand tools and studio supplies, please visit my website at: www.davidchain.com/supplies
*Legal Copyright Notice: These digital PDF tutorials are sold expressly for individual and personal use only. Please do not post these PDF tutorials onto any website forums, blogs, or message boards. Furthermore, these digital PDF tutorials may not be used for teaching workshops, given away for free, or sold in any format. All jewelry designs, images, and text are the copyrighted intellectual property of Scott David Plumlee, and may not be used without express written permission. Thank you in advance for respecting my copyright.
Although I am protective of my copyright, I do allow individual artisans my permission to sell the finished jewelry design to clients or through consignment art galleries, all I would ask is that you list ‘Designed by: Scott David Plumlee, Handcrafted by: your name’. However, this permission to sell my original jewelry designs is limited to individual artisans who are handcrafting a limited quantity to support their hobby and does not allow for the bulk selling of machine-made, mass-produced replicas of my original jewelry designs.
Inspiring others with my passion for handcrafting beaded chain jewelry is the goal of this Etsy store, and I hope it encourages people to discover the quiet meditative practice of assembling jump rings and spark their curiosity to seek a creative adventure.
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