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

MATERIALS:

-copper sheet;

-earrings hoops;

-beads (optional).

TOOLS:

-iron shears;

-files, fine grain and rough grain;

-propane torch;
-hammer (with one edge sharp);

-one sharp nail;

-vice;

-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

Done!!

Thanks for watching. And feel free to give any tips or advice.

Comments

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rgorman3 made it!(author)2014-08-03

Top notch Instructable and the first I've made for myself. Not as good as yours but I guess practice makes perfect ;) Thanks!

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-08-05

They look really cool, I like the shape! Thanks for posting the photos, I'm happy somebody made them!

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BrownDesign made it!(author)2014-05-15

I work also with copper a fair amount. I found that Permalac EF is a great acrylic sealer for maintaining patina or shine, if desired.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-05-15

Thanks for the tip!

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The_Black_Hole made it!(author)2014-05-02

yes with the dangling bead they look like "lady parts". but that's not nessisarily immature or even mean to say! it's art! And be it a leaf or lady parts or whatever you wana call it it's artistic and beautiful. (tho I'm Gunna go with lady parts lol)

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mysweetlife63 made it!(author)2014-04-06

I think these are beautiful. Thank you for the great instructions, and for sharing! Men are weird!

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-09

You are welcome!

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tpatten-scheinost made it!(author)2014-04-06

as a handcrafter of jewelry I must say BRAVO. and they look like leaves. dont see anything other than the way you've always seen them. WHT WOULD YOU PEOPLE WHO DID, SAY ANYTHING AT ALL? WHERE HAVE ALL THE NORMAL MEN GONE. gteat job. your a true craftsperson.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-06

Thanks a lot for the nice comment and support!

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tpatten-scheinost made it!(author)2014-04-06

sorry for all the errors...one should not type on phone keyboard without one's glasses. laughing at oneself.. er.. ah.. myself. lol

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Mindmapper1 made it!(author)2014-04-05

I think this is a great design, thank you for sharing. I think you also mean annealing not enamelling in step 7 as enabling involves fusing crushed glass to a metal surface.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-06

yes that's what I mean! I'm going to change it, thanks.

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shazni made it!(author)2014-04-04

I guess only men see it as something else :-).

Lovely work!

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-05

That's what I tough! Thanks!

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Housedog made it!(author)2014-04-04

I know I have an active imagination, but those look a lot less like leaves, and lot more like something else!

I'm a fan of the process, however I thought it odd that no one else has mentioned what appears rather obvious to me.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-04

Actually if you read few comment under Ibannerman did already

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bricobart made it!(author)2014-04-04

Nice work! What about the oxidation issue? Is there a way to coat them?

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beader1986 made it!(author)2014-04-04

you could use an acrylic clear coat spray or clear nail polish to keep them from oxidizing. The clear coat spray would be easiest just do it before you add the beads and ear wires so they don't get stuck.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-04

Thanks for the tip.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-04

Thanks! I have some pair for quite a wile now and they didn't really oxidize, when they will I may just give a fast polish again…Or a clear coat spray like Beader1986 suggested work pretty well too (also to preserve a patina , in the case you used one).

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ibannerman made it!(author)2014-04-04

Great work excellent craftsmanship but I think I'm a bit weird as they remind me of ladies parts lol .

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-04-03

I knew these were yours when I saw the main picture :D awesome work!

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-03

Thank you!

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Tarun+Upadhyaya made it!(author)2014-04-03

This is so beautiful :), great craftsmanship :). And I just loved your main picture. Thank you so much for sharing.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-03

Thanks a lot :)

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Abigail02 made it!(author)2014-04-03

Very pretty!

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marcellahella made it!(author)2014-04-03

Thanks!