Linked Drop Earrings

So you want to get creative, and take the skills you're learning even further....... you're definitely in the right place!

Whilst these earrings are fabulous in their own right, it’s not the earrings that I want you to pay attention to, but the simple linking mechanisms we’ll be teaching you.  These can be incorporated into limitless designs, from linking bezel or prong settings (which you’ll learn about soon too), to linking saw pierced elements.  You can even get creative with making your own chain links.  This really is a super important skill to get to grips with! I’m not going to lie to you, this is going to be reasonably stressful – jump rings will melt, and jump rings will fall off, but with a little practice and patience, I promise you, you’ll be glad you persevered.

In this class, you'll get to...

  • Gain confidence with more advanced soldering operations
  • Learn how to make jump rings
  • Use files to create 3D form
  • Understand balance when it comes to design
  • Create unique textures using saw blades and files
  • Understand when to use different grades of solder
  • Solder ear studs in place easily, every time
  • Learn how to apply and remove patina to really bring out the details
Handmade silver earrings
How to solder jump rings
How to solder jump rings

Why we created this class: Small scale soldering can be tricky, but the key is in the set up (you probably know the heartache of having a jump ring pop off right at the last minute, right?). In this class we're going to guide you through the process of getting perfect small scale solder joins step by step, it's not complicated at all - but it will take a little practice.

Linked Drop Earrings
Linked Drop Earrings
prong set pendant sale

Practice makes perfect! We included 3 design options within the class, but this is one of those classes where you can really get creative with as you combine it with other techniques. Think about linking stone settings, incorporating saw piercing, and linking in a horizontal rather than just a vertical fashion.

As a Metalsmith Academy member, not only do you get access to this class and all our online jewellery making classes, you'll also have access to so much more including...

Express Bites

We are listening to what you’re struggling with and making videos and handouts to help you with exactly that – our stalking skills are on point!

Template Packs

If you’re feeling a little lost for inspiration, have no fear, we have templates galore for you to use however you like – zero credit required!

Tips and Tricks Library

Solutions to the problems causing you drama! Not only do we share our tips and tricks, but you can upload and share too!

Creative Kickstarters

Every two months we’ll be releasing a brand new challenge! But what’s a challenge without some ass kicking prizes? (Seriously, think GRS MicroBlock and you’re in the right ballpark).

Student Roadmap

A firm favourite with our current members, you’ll never have to worry about where to start or what’s next again. Everything is laid out in a logical step by step process.

Community Support

If you’re feeling down on the motivation front, don’t worry! Our supportive community forums, with members from all over the world, are here to help.

Supplier Discounts

Gesswein, Otto Frei, Durston Tools, Pepe USA and SC Studios…. just some of the suppliers giving our members exclusive discounts.

Direct Help

Every morning Lucy and Vennice are over in the forums helping solve your dramas, and have a good gossip over coffee.

Join monthly for only $47 per month, or save on two months’ membership fees by joining annually for $470 per year. You’re free to cancel your subscription at any time, and it’s entirely drama-free to do so!

We love to give you everything you need to get up and running in our classes, so we're always sure to provide tonnes of inspiration for you.

We want more than that though! You know what makes our hearts the happiest? When we see our students getting to grips with finding their own inspiration and developing their own unique styles. But I understand how hard it is to know where to start when it comes to getting inspired: creative block kicks in, and two hours later you’re just staring at a blank page.

I promise you though, it’s just about knowing HOW to look. Inspiration really is everywhere, and we want to show you just how easy it can be to find. So to help do just that, we put together this free e-Book just for you.

Jewelry design, how to find inspiration

What our Metalsmith Academy members are saying

5 stars all the way, looks a bit suspect right? Just to make sure, I’d suggest Google reviews too!

Jewellery making tools

A note on tools

The list can go on and on for tool requirements depending on your budget, and we will include a variety of possibilities in our downloadable handouts and during the tutorials. However, we want to make our projects available to everyone irrespective of budget so for the most part we will try not to get too flashy with the essential tools.  Please note that in our course materials we give you lots of options in terms of tools, so we strongly recommend watching the course videos before going out on any crazy shopping sprees.

Want to learn more about the tools you really need to get started metalsmithing?

Join monthly for only $47 per month, or save on two months’ membership fees by joining annually for $470 per year. You’re free to cancel your subscription at any time, and it’s entirely drama-free to do so!

Frequently Asked Questions

As many times as you like as long as your subscription is active

Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a basic tool list above, and the course contains detailed tool handouts together with product codes for all tools used during the class.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide a specific answer to that questions.  It depends on the tools you decide to purchase and the quality.  We try to include as many options as possible in our classes so that student’s can make choices based on their budget, but we will be honest, tools are not cheap.

The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.

Absolutely you can!  It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.

If you do want that little extra support, don’t worry at all – that is one of the main reasons why we launched our membership.  Lucy, Vennice and the team will be active in the forums daily to help with any problems you might be having with the classes.

This class is a little more advanced, we recommend starting out with the saw pierced pendant class as a first step into metalsmithing.

Unfortunately not at this stage, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.

Free resources for jewellers and metalsmiths

learn how to make your own jewellery making tools

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Free jewelry making book

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