Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sterling Silver Circle Post Earrings, Handmade Wire Jewelry

Sterling Silver Circle Stud Earrings
Sterling Silver Circle Stud Earrings. Can you tell that I am still playing around with hammered wires with pierced hole? This simple stud earrings are actually quite fun to make, I had to give it some thought to stay put the wires tail from sliding out from the hole.

Definitely something worth my time exploring, can't wait to adapt this into some other jewelry designs. :)

Corra @ de Cor's Handmades

Monday, March 23, 2015

Swarovski Chaton Montees, 53200 Sew On Rhinestones, PP31 (3.9mm), SS16, Swarovski Sew On Chatons

Set of 12 Clear 4mm Swarovski Chaton Montees, 53200 Sew On Rhinestones, PP31 (3.9mm), SS16, Silver Plated Settings, Swarovski Sew On Chatons are now available in my Etsy store.

This listing is for a set of 12 genuine Swarovski Chaton Montees in the shade of "Clear" with silver plated settings. Size SS16.

All of my Swarovski Crystals are purchased in bulk and are hand mounted by me with silver plated and gold plated settings.

These are sew-on chatons with 4 holes.

I use these for almost all of my jewelry designs.

They are available in Gold Plated settings too.

Additional Information:
What is the difference between 53200 and 53201? They are both 4mm, only 53201 uses SS19 settings, which is slightly taller than 53200 (where the settings used are SS16). When you use 53201 to create jewelry or sew them on clothes, you will not notice any different when you are viewing from top, only when you view them from the sides, then the settings of the chaton montees will be more visible, which, might cause inconvenience for tiny art work.

Swarosvki Chaton Montees 53200 vs 53201:

Project uses 53200:
Swarovski 53200 in Silver Plated Settings
Swarovski 53200 in Gold Plated Setting
Project uses 53201:
Swarovski 53201 in Silver Plated Setting
Side view of Swarovski 53201

That's all for now.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Handmade Bridesmaid Earrings, Wire Wrapped Jewelry

I finally got around to blog about my handmade bridesmaid earrings! It is not overly sophisticated, though the design does require some tedious work.

I didn't have a drilling tool when I started this project, so I used my tiny filing tool to slowly "drill" a hole on the hammered sterling silver, then I decided that I really should be getting a drill set, but I am not ready for drill press, so I thought I'd settle for something manual.

While I was waiting for my Hand Twist Drill Set to arrive, I found a 1mm hand twist drill from one of the Daiso outlet near where I stay, what a twist... I swear I've looked up and down for it, from Ace Hardware, local craft stores and neighborhood hardware stores, no one carries it, no one! Ace hardware has a mini craft drill and 0.6mm is all it could drill, the store assistant tried to force the 1mm bit into it until I stopped her, she is obviously not as intelligent as I thought she is (-_-). So try Daiso if you are desperate, this tool saves a lot of my time!

I also got this 4 x 4" Rubber Bench Block to go with the Rubber Mallet to gently set the shape of my jewelry, a must have bench block if you haven't already have one.

And... this is the finished product, it is tricky to set the Swarovski Chaton Montees neatly as though it was soldered on,  and I am writing a detailed instruction on how to make this earrings, do check back for updates! :)

Thanks for viewing!

Corra @ de Cor's Handmades

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cold Connection Handmade Jewelry

I have been playing around with ideas of making cold connection jewelry and I must say I love it. :D The recent few commissioned pieces have adopted my new jewelry making preference (i.e. cold connection) and here's one of them. The initial idea was to have 3 stones connected, those stones are Swarovski 4mm Chaton Montees.

The above picture shows the 4mm Swarovski Chaton Montees being set onto the wires by utilizing very minimal frame area to deliver a tiny and neat outcome. 

Then the three stones idea didn't work out quite well (i will try again in the next attempt!), the finalized pieces have got 2 stones on each side of the earrings.

Let me know what you think!
Corra @ de Cor's Handmades

Monday, March 9, 2015

Crystal Flower, Free Wire Jewelry Tutorial

This tutorial is a tribute to the Handmade Wire Jewelry and Craft Community and strictly NOT FOR SALE. Instructions are for personal use only. Any attempt on reuse of this document’s text, pictures or any resources without the author's authorization is strictly prohibited.

You CAN teach the technique to others once you learn the technique; you CAN NOT use text nor pictures from this tutorial as teaching material to teach others. 

You CAN produce this Crystal Flower once you learned the techniques; you CAN NOT reproduce the EXACT Crystal Flower for sale, but you can make them as gift to your friends and family – you get the idea. You CAN create your own Crystal Flower with your own designs/colors/materials, by applying the techniques introduced in this tutorial for sale, but yourself must make it instead of your employees.

1.     Flush cutter
2.     Chain nose pliers
4.     Marker pen
5.     Ruler
Materials for ONE Crystal Flower:
1.     1 X 26ga Stamping Sterling Silver 10.8mm Scallop Blank
3.     2 X 6” of 30ga silver wires (note: you will have 4” of wastage for each wires, but 6” works best for me, you may cut a shorter wires but I would suggest not shorter than 4” each so that there’s room for your fingers to work.)
4.     One small piece of card
5.     Optional: 3m Micropore Surgical Tape 1/2" x 10 Yards with Dispenser  

Slide Show:


Tools and Materials:
Tools and Materials needed for this project.
Step 1: Punching holes on Sterling Silver Blanks
Draw two squares on to the blank. This is to help to determine where to punch the holes.  
The sheet metal puncher will probably leave a mark on your blanks so to avoid that, use a small piece (5mm X 5mm) of card to do the trick.
Get ready to punch through the card.
Punch through the card firmly.  
Leave the card on the puncher.
Position the tip of the puncher at the crossed point of two straight lines.
Punch through the Silver Stamping Blank firmly.
Overview of the sterling silver blank with a punched hole.
The small piece of card will fall off the puncher and this can complicate stuff so to make things easier, I use 3m Micropore Surgical Tape (1/2") to stay put the card, why 3M? Because I find that other tapes will leave some sticky leftover on my pliers and I don’t want that, I don’t have that issue with 3M’s product.
 Get ready to punch the rest of holes. 
Overview: Punch holes on the rest of crossed straight lines, you will have total of 8 holes on this metal blank. Don’t throw away those silver dust, collect and keep them, you may be able to trade it in for new silver if you accumulated lots of them. Step 2: Filing and Polising Sterling Silver Blanks
File the punched area to make them smooth, make sure they doesn’t cut/ catches the skins.
 All filed and smoothen.
Polish your silver stamping blanks to remove those lines. I use Shine Rite Silver Polish Polishing Cloth (8 X 5 Inches) to restore it’s shines before moving on to the next step. Step 3: Attaching Swarovski Chaton Montees onto the Sterling Silver Stamping Blanks
Get ready of your 4mm Swarovski Chaton Montees.
Pick up your 6” of 30ga wires, fold half, and thread it through the Chaton Montees as shown in the picture.

Hold the right wires with your non-dominant’s index and middle finger, bring the left wires go on top of the right wires, threat it through the holes via the exit of the right wires, and then bring the wires out via the initial exit of the left wires.
 Close up view.
Gently pull the left wires out and minimize the loop.  

Repeat the same process for the other set of holes.
  Overview: wires in tack now.
Orient the Chaton Montees as shown in the picture, we are going to work on those holes without threaded wires. Bring the left wires of to go on top of right wires, bring the wires back out through the same initial exit hole.
Overview: Rotate the Chaton Montees to have the un-threaded wires on top.
  Repeat the process of threading the wires.
  Now all holes have exiting wires, and 4 small loops. 
Place the Chaton Montees right at the center of the Silver Stamping Blank, thread all wires to the back of the Silver Stamping Blank via alternate hole.
Now we are going to attach the Chaton Montees onto the Silver Stamping Blanks. You may start at any Chaton Montees you want. Bring the wires to the front via the next hole on the right.  
Pull the wires out completely.
Thread the wires through the Chaton Montees’ hole as shown in the picture.   Tips: Point the wires-end upwards when threading it out from the hole while pressing the rest of wires down, otherwise threading the wires out could be quite challenging.
Gently pull the wires out.
The green circle area is where the previous step ends; red circle is where we are going to work on now.    NOTE: Always work diagonally to increase the chance of having the Chaton Montees to sit right at the center of the Silver Stamping Blanks.
  Chaton Montees is now attached onto the Silver Stamping Blanks.
 Side view.  
Now we have 4 sets of loops attaching the Chaton Montees, we are going to use all the wires to coil 3 times on the right wires of it’s left loop; you may start from any wires you want. To coil, bring the wires underneath the right wires of the left loop.
Coil 3 times.
IMPORTANT: When coiling, the wires on the left might get pulled out, making the loop bigger than it needs to be, so please remember to fix this by pulling the exiting wires of the hole before proceeding to the next coiling process.
 Go around to repeat the process, remember to pull the exiting wires before coiling onto the wires.
Trim away the excess wires with your flush cutter, or, waggle the wires to break (Here’s the video on how to break the wires naturally:
Project Completed. All yours now, go and make something beautiful and have fun! :)

Corra @ de Cor's Handmades