15.3.13

Herkimer Diamond Earrings + Jewelry Tips


I whipped out these little herkimer diamond and sterling silver earrings last week in my metal smithing class.  They are pretty simple to make, it's just the work hardening that takes awhile.  Work hardening is something you do to get your soft metal to stiffen up.  If you don't work harden these little sterling silver wires, they will bend all over the place if you even push them slightly.  So to work harden, you have to either just literally work with the wire a lot, bending slightly and shaping, pulling and pushing to get the crystals structures within the metal to dislocate and strengthen, or you have to hit the metal with a rubber mallet a lot to get those crystal structures to harden.

I'd love to share a little bit more about the process of jewelry making on my blog this year so I'll probably start at the very very basics, working with jump rings.  But just to give you a taste of the process of making earrings like these, the work hardening process was what took the longest for me on these little guys!  They will be available in the shop for Spring, but first up I'll be making a few for a friend's wedding :)  Do you have any specific questions about jewelry making?  I can't tell you exactly how I make what I make, that's called a trade secret.  It's very frowned upon to ask other designers how they make what they make.  Those emails are always very awkward.  It's also very frowned upon to ask a designer where they get their supplies.  Big no no.  But I can give you some basic tips and advice on jewelry making!  And with those tips, you can create your own pieces!


13 comments:

Shell KittyAndBuck said...

Wow, they are beautiful! At one stage in my life, I'd love to get into jewellery making - working with metals and stone. Very inspiring, Moorea.
xo

LittleMissL said...

They are beautiful & I'd wear them a lot I think, I have 'take a proper jewellery class' on my bucket list - one day, hopefully I will do it! x

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Chloe Moon said...

Herkimer diamond? Like as in the town in New York? I've been to those mines and yeah you can take home whatever you find, but how did you get them so shiny?! Or did you buy them already shiny because they are so beautiful!!

I would love to hear more about the jewelry making process!! You are so talented and you can see the honest work that goes into the pieces! It would be such a treat to hear! =)

Have a great weekend!!

Ergo-Blog

onetenzeroseven said...

Ooh, as you mention it I'd love to ask... how do you deal with 'those' emails about how you make stuff and where you get your supplies? I get it ALL the time and it makes me sad, but I don't want to be rude and flat out refuse. However it takes literally hours of my time to find my suppliers and I don't get paid for that time :(

Would really appreciate some advice. Thanks!!

Sophie | onetenzeroseven.com/blog

BUC said...

Hi Moorea!
I just want to warn you that herkimer diamonds are very powerfull. Hold a diamond herkimer during a long time can be very intense for you because it has a high frequency. It's the most powerfull crystal, the purest and can replace all the crystals. So if it was me, well, I will not made jewellery with it. Please take it very seriously because crystals influence is a reality. You can't use crystals without knowing all that specific knowledge. .I think that being conscious of what is beyond everything as much as we can be is important and obviously still curious of what is around us.
Sorry for my english, I'm french.
Have a beautiful day.

Alicia said...

I can't wait until these are in the shop! So cute!

Carissa said...

These are beautiful Moorea! I think jewelry basics is a wonderful thing to share with your readers. I've noticed when I talk to people about making jewelry (I make it too) they seem to be intimidated. I tell them that I had no formal training or even the proper jewelry tools for the longest time. You just have to try it, experiment, and learn to accept that not everything always works out perfect. You learn as you go much like any other craft.

Also--your studio is looking fantastic! I really need to get my space together and seeing yours and how wonderful it would be to create in it is inspiring. :)

Chelsea Shannon said...

Hi there! I'm a jewelry maker (though mostly just for fun and beer trades) and will definitely be staying tuned for tips :)

Kate said...

I've been thinking of dabbling in some jewelry making, so I was excited to read this post! Thanks for the etiquette tips.. I had no idea. I would love to see a post about the types of tools that you use for different types of jewelry!

Nicole said...

These are absolutely gorgeous and unique!!

Maxwell Handmade said...

I love these! Will you have something like them available in your shop soon?

Shannon Henszel said...

these are really lovely. I'd love to have a pair! Looking forward to seeing them in your shop!

Jessica B said...

I didn't know telling people where I get my supplies was frowned upon. I don't tell people how I make things though. I love Herkimer diamonds though. I don't like traditional diamonds, which makes me weird I guess. But I love uncut diamonds and Herkimer diamonds.