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This instructable will show you how to make your own foldformed earrings with some basic tools.  The possible designs are endless!  

Step 1: Tools Needed

You will need the following tools to complete this project:
1) circle template
2) marker
3) files 
4) 0.4-0.6mm thick piece of coper
5) hammers - rawhide & metal
6) shears
7) anvil or steel plate
8) hole punch for piercing metal, drill or dremel
9) torch, kiln or natural gas stove to anneal copper

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Hi great earrings. I have a question. Why do you have the copper covers on the jaws of your vice? I assume it is for protecting other metal that you may clamp with it! Thanks
Thanks for commenting and the jaws of my vice are textured (not smooth & flat). if I don't want to imprint the jaw pattern on the piece I'm working then I have to protect the piece. I used copper because I had it available and rubber is another common material to use. One of the rules I learned for jewelry work is to protect your piece from any accidental marks.
Thanks for your answer, it is as I had suspected. I think I need to cover mine, they are not smoothe either. Thanks again. CD
instead of cutting out a copper sheet, have you ever tried smashing some pennies?
No, I haven't tried that. The pennies might be a little thick for foldforming which generally uses thin pieces of copper because the folding provides a lot of stiffness. I'd love to see pictures if you try this technique with a penny.
That is what I was reminded of also. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing your hard work!
Thanks & glad you like them.
These ear rings remind me of precious sand dollars...So cool
Thanks for the compliment.
Very cool. I did some metalworking in college, annealing and rawhide mallets and the whole shebang, and this brought it all back. nicely done earings.
Thank you & maybe this will encourage you to try metalworking again.
Your earrings are beautiful ! !
Thank you.

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