Project for the Holidays

So Jenny asked how I made the swirl earrings that accompanied my previous posting.


If you have some free time over the holidays, here is the project. I have made it twice more, once with a combination of copper and White Bronze, and once with a combination of copper, bronze, and the new Quick-fire Steel XT.

But before I turn you loose with the project, here are a few announcements:

1. A workshop in Sierra Madre, California, was added to my schedule. The dates are June 2-3, 2012. Contact: at MASSC.

2. The “architectural” intensive at my studio is full. Next intensive is in March. Next year’s workshops will combine architectural designs with patterns of color, as shown in the photo below.

Architectural Rings

3. Because of a scheduling conflict, Holly Gage’s teaching engagement at my studio will only include the workshop “Jewelry that Rocks.” The dates are February 13-14.

Green-Red CD Necklace

Now for the project.

Swirls Copper WB


1. Make a disk for your extruder with a square hole, 3×3 mm. You can also use a circular hole of about the same size.

2. Make the stack and extrude it.


3. With your fingers taper the end of the cane (the one that came out of the extruder first). Coil the cane around itself. If you used a circular hole, flatten the coil now.

4. Repeat step 2. Coil the cane in the opposite direction. Do not get tempted to extrude one long cane for both earrings!

5. After drying, sand one or both sides of the coil until the pattern shows. If the earring becomes too thin, add a copper backing layer.

6. Sand the earrings into shape and size with a nail polisher.

7. Fire.

Have fun!

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