New to jewelry making? This is a perfect starter project. Utilize old brooches or jewelry parts to create this stunning ring.
Vintage brooch or single earring
Gold ring shank with a flat pad
Fingernail file or sandpaper (optional)
Clamp or wire (optional)
What to Do:
1. With the clippers, remove any brooch backing, earring post, clip-on earring back, or jump rings on your vintage piece. Make sure there is a flat spot on the back of the vintage piece for gluing. If there isn’t one, make one with the fingernail file or sandpaper.
2. Add E-6000 glue to both the ring pad and the back of the vintage piece. Wait 10 minutes for the glue to begin curing and then put the two pieces together. For even more security, clamp or wire them together and let the glue dry overnight.
Geometric Hoop Earrings
A reinvention of the classic hoop earring, this design looks modern and edgy.
12 in/30.5 cm gold half-hard square wire, 20 gauge
Fingernail file or sandpaper
What to Do:
1. With the clippers, cut two 6-in-/15-cm-long pieces of the square wire.
2. With the round-nose pliers, grip one end of one wire piece 1/16 in/4 mm from the end and fold the wire back onto itself, creating a U-shape. This will become the catch. It will hold the part of wire that goes through your ear piercing in place.
3. With the chain-nose pliers, grip the wire about 2 in/5 cm down from the U-shape you just made, and bend the wire to the right at a 45-degree angle.
4. Now create the point at the bottom center of the earring. With the chain-nose pliers grip the wire 1/2 in/1 cm away from the previous bend, and bend the wire up and to the right to make a 90-degree angle.
5. With the chain-nose pliers, make a 45-degree angle in the wire 1/2 in/1 cm up from the point you just made. This bend will be symmetrical to the first bend.
6. Now make the post of the earring, which will pierce the ear, by bending the wire to fit under the U-shaped catch. With the chain-nose pliers, grip the wire 2 in/5 cm up from the previous bend, bend the wire toward the U at a 90-degree angle, and tuck it under the U-shaped catch.
7. Adjust the angles of the earring with your fingers as needed. If there are any kinks or uneven sections of wire, straighten them out by gently clamping down on the wire with chain-nose pliers.
8. Trim the post end of the wire so that there is at least a 1/8 in/3-mm section of wire beyond the U-shaped catch.
9. Use a fingernail file or sandpaper to taper and smooth this end of the wire so that the earring is comfortable in your earlobe.