CREATING STUD EARRINGS

 

Making stud earrings instead of dangles is easy with the right earring findings.  Now they make the wire stud already attached to a base plate. You no longer need extremely steady hands or the tool named third hand.

Start by cleaning the metal blanks that you want to add the studs to. Solder does not work with dirty metal.  I usually put mine into a pickle solution, but you can can use Dawn detergent with a scrubbie. It doesn’t need to be immaculate, just clean.

Lay them right side down on a surface you use for soldering. I use a screen on a tripod which allows me to solder from underneath. Put a dab of paste solder where you want the stud to be. Then place the finding into the solder. I don’t usually use paste solder, but the paste holds the finding stable. It doesn’t matter the hardness of the solder, but I use hard just to be safe. ( This is too much solder but note the stud is sitting in the solder on the base.)

Next you solder the two pieces together.  I use a small butane torch that you can pick up in the hardware store.  It’s the kind you use to make creme brûlée.

You don’t need to be scared, but follow the safety precautions. Once the metal is cherry red, you will see the solder flow. Don’t touch the metal.  IT’S HOT. Pick them up with tweezers and quench in water. (Love that hiss!).

Check to make sure the solder worked.  It’s better to come apart now rather when you’ve finished the earring. Don’t worry that the earring is discolored with firescale from being torched.  Just drop it into the pickle* or use Pennybrite. You can use your pliers to straighten the stud. Twist the stud to hardened it and you’re all done making the post.

Earrings are upside down here.  Firescale is worse on other side. Fire scale is the discoloration that occurs when metal is heated.

I now enamel the earrings.  You have to solder before enameling.  The heat from the soldering is too much for the enamel.

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