Introduction: ●HAMMERED COPPER LEAVES EARRINGS●
I made this pair of earrings with a scrap sheet of copper.
They take about an hour to make, but they are pretty easy.
Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED
-files, fine grain and rough grain;
-hammer (with one edge sharp);
-one sharp nail;
-paper and pencil;
-hard flat surface.
Step 2: CUT THE SHHET
Draw a leaves shape on a piece of paper, than surround it with a rectangular shape.
Cut that shape on the copper sheet.
!USE GLOWS AND BE CAREFUL!
Step 3: FOLD IN HALF
Put the copper rectangular piece in a vice, bend it in half with an hammer.
Transfer it on an hard surface and hammer flat in half.
Step 4: CUT IT IN a LEAVES SHAPE
Draw the leaves on the piece and cut it.
Step 5: FILE THE LEAVES
File down the leaves, especially on the bottom and top edges.
Step 6: HAMMER THE LEAVES
Hammer the leaves with the sharp part of the hammer.
-Start from the center part of the leaves and go up, then from the center down, perpendicular to the fold.
-Avoid to hammer the fold.
-As more you will hammer it as more the leaves will be twisted and have a texture when you will open it.
Step 7: ANNEALING
With the propane torch heat up your pieces for about a minute, than put them in cold water just to cool down.
Do it on a heat proof surface, far away from everything.
BE CAREFUL WITH THIS
Step 8: OPEN THE LEAVES
Open the leaves, been careful not to scratch them.
Step 9: ROUND ONE EDGE
File down again the sharp edges and round one edge of the leaves.
Step 10: POKE AN HOLE
Poke an hole with the nail and the hammer on the edge you just round up.
*(If you like you can polish the leaves, I did it a little bit to add shines. )
Step 11: ADD THE HOOKS
Add the earrings hooks directly in the hole or add some wire and beads if you like.
Step 12: DONE
Thanks for watching. And feel free to give any tips or advice.