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Fused Spirals Earrings Tutorial
Created by: Rita Hutchinson
Lightly dome (dap)* the blank in dapping block.
Clean blank with penny brite and dry.
Apply counter enamel to back of blank. Fire** and allow to cool.
Clean opposite side of blank with penny brite and dry.
Apply even coating of enamel to front of blank. Fire and allow to cool.
Create a design stencil by punching paper.
Sift contrasting enamel color over paper stencil. Carefully remove stencil. (If you bump or screw up design, simply brush off remaining powder and try again.) Fire and allow to cool.
Cut 2 sets of chain at desired lengths. (Hint – string the last loop of chain on a headpin and hold horizontally in order to trim chain evenly).
Create beaded dangles*** on ball-end head pins and attach to chain lengths.
Open loop on earwire and directly attach enameled piece and two chain dangles.
Dapping (doming) the blanks adds a lot to this simple design, whether you enamel them or not. If you don't feel like investing in enameling tools, this design can easily be modified by using metal stamps instead, or simply hammer-texturing the blank with a ball-peen hammer or a texturing hammer before dapping it.
Links to Enameling Basics, Dapping (Doming) Basics, and Jewelry-Making Basics: