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Easy-Transfer Holographic Foils Earrings - Page two

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 13

Taking each of the little clay rectangles in turn, wrap them up around a wooden toothpick to make two little accent beads for the earrings. Twist the beads so they turn freely on the toothpick and then set aside ready for baking.

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 14

Leave the hearts and beads in place on the ceramic tile and bake in a pre-heated oven following the baking instructions for whatever clay you used. For Fimo Classic this will be around 30 minutes at 110 C / 230 F

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 15

Ok - the hearts and beads are baked! Let them cool and then varnish to protect the foil decoration. I like to varnish just the foil and leave the black border around the hearts matte. Notice I have taken the beads off the toothpicks and just propped them on the end for varnishing. They are stabbed into a blob of unbaked clay while they dry.

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 16

While the varnish is drying, we can talk tools and stuff. To make the earrings you will need some round and flat nosed pliers plus some wire cutters - I like flush cutters as they cut the wire neatly and don't leave little scratchy burs. You can use any type of wire, either sterling or plated. Finally you will need earring findings. I like to use Titanium as they are truly hypo-allergenic and look nice!

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph

Step 17

Cut a length of wire, about 12 cm should be enough. About two-thirds of the way down, form a large loop, working around the base of the jaws on the round-nose pliers.

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph

Step18

Open the loop a little and carefully thread on the baked heart. Hold the long tail-end of wire out perpendicular to the earring. Grab the loop securely with the pliers and then bend the remaining short tail-end of wire out at 90 degrees, ready to form a wrapped loop.

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 19

Wrap the short wire tightly around the long perpendicular wire, spiralling it around twice. You may prefer to hold the short wire with another pair of pliers to get a good grip and be able to pull it nice and tight. Finish the wrap on the backside of the earring for neatness.

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 20

Snip off the remaining wire at the back of the earring, cutting as close to the wrapped loop as possible. Be sure to cut the correct wire now - you want to trim the wire you were doing the wrapping with, not the wire you were doing the wrapping to!  Else - BOOM! - you've  seen the movies right?

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 21

Thread on one of the accent beads. Leave a small gap of a millimetre or two and then bend the remaining wire out at a 90 degree angle to one side. The gap is left to accommodate the spiralled wire as we finish the earring with a second wrapped loop

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph 

Step 22

Form a small loop at the bend in the wire, using the round nosed pliers. Wrap the tail end of the wire back around the earring below the hanging loop to secure, until the gap you left is filled. Finish the wrap at the back of the earring as before and trim away the leftover wire.

 

Holographic Earrings project by Emma Ralph

Step 23

All the remains now is to carefully open the loop on the Titanium earring finding and attach it to the earring, closing the loop securely after. And -  of course -  to complete the other earring in the pair.

Don't forget - if you make a pair of these earrings, or anything else using EJR Beads products, I would love to feature a photo of them in the Customer's Gallery!

 

 

 

 

Text & Images Emma Ralph 2005. May not be printed, distributed or reproduced electronically without the author's written permission.

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