February 26, 2013

Anvil-Tastic Earrings DIY

Filed under: Accessories,Art,DIY,Fashion,Jewelry — by twistedchic @ 2:04 am
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Have I mentioned how much I love my new anvil?  Once or twice?  Maybe?

I’ve been wanting to make some silver leaf earrings for a while, so after searching the internet for design inspiration… I finally made a new pair!

Before you start, you’ll need: an anvil, a chasing hammer, several types of pliers, files, snippers, the works!

The earrings themselves are made with a heavy gauge silver wire, and the beads are faceted rondelles.

Draw your design on a piece of paper (trust me you don’t want to skip this step)  Measure out two equal lengths of wire.  These were 4.5 inches.  Bend your wire to match the design you have drawn out.  Start with the part you don’t want the bead on (the end of the piece).  Gently file the ends of the wire to remove anything sharp or poke-y.  Repeat for other earrings.  Or don’t, if you like asymmetry, or are making a pendant.

This is what you should have right now.

This is what you should have right now.

Place your design on your anvil, with the top knot  just off the edge.  Start to hammer with the flat side, turning occasionally.  If you want some parts of your design to “flare out” a bit more, hammer those bits more often.


Sexy anvil close up!

This piece has been flattened, and I’ve just begun adding the texture with the rounded side of my hammer.  Your piece will curve a little as you hammer, and you can encourage that by gently rocking it as you hammer, if you like that sort of thing (no judgement!)

Once you are sure you like your finished design, add in your top bead, and secure with a top wrap.  Don’t worry if your earrings aren’t identical (they won’t be), because asymmetry is awesome!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd so are your new earrings!


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