Finished Size

13A inches (4.5 cm) long

^ Materials_

2 dark blue freshwater pearls, 17-mm peanut

2 sterling silver 22-gauge, ball-end head pins, 2 inches (5.1 cm) long

24-gauge sterling silver sheet, at least 1V? x 2V? inches (3.8 x 6.4 cm)

12-inch (30.5 cm) length of 20-gauge sterling silver wire

Midnight blue permanent ink stamp pad (ink should be able to adhere to metal)

Water-based dimensional adhesive glaze

Isopropyl alcohol

Cotton balls

1. Wrap the 20-gauge wire around the dowel to make fjg# 1 two complete coils. Slide the coils oil the dowel, and cut the wire so you have two identical rings (figure l). Set the rings aside.

2. Cut the silver sheet into two 44 x 114-inch (1.9 x 3.2 cm) pieces, lake care not to scratch the metal as you handle it. Clean each piece with silver polish to remove any tarnish, ink, or other residue. File any sharp edges and round each corner slightly. Set the tags aside.

3. Put the paper on a flat, clean, level surface and place one of the tags on top. Press your stamp on the ink pad, and immediately press the inked stamp onto the tag. Be careful not to smear the design as you lift the stamp, hut if you do. simply moisten a cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol and wipe off the ink. Once the tag has dried, re-stamp. Let the ink dry for one hour.

4. Use the brush to apply a thick layer of glaze to the rag, covering the entire printed area. Dont let the glaze ooze over the tag's edge. Inspect the surface lor bubbles and eliminate any by poking them with a straight pin. Let it dry completely.

5. Use the marker ro make a small dot on the tag 2 mm from the top center.

6. Place the tag, plain side down, on the piece of wood. 11 you have a drill press available, set the drill into it (the press makes for precision drilling). Put on the safety glasses. Turn on the drill and lower the end ot the hit directly onto the dor, keeping the drill perpendicular to the tag. Once drilled through, file the back of the tag smooth. Set the tag aside.

7. Slip a pearl onto a head pin. Make a wrapped loop to secure the pearl. Set the pearl dangle aside.

8. Form a simple loop at one end of one of the rings. Use chain-nose pliers to bend the loop at a 90 angle perpendicular ro the wire.

Blueprint

Use chain-nose pliers to straighten fig. 2

the other end ol the wire lor Vh inch (1.6 cm) so it will fir through an earlobc. File any burrs. Use

your fingers to shape the car wire, allowing the straightened end to pass through the loop (figure 2).

10. Use the straightened end of the ear wire to string on the rag, back to front, and the pearl dangle. Close the ear wire.

11. Repeat steps 3 through 10 to make a second earring.

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