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Metal clay pendulum triangle earrings

Construct earrings from carefully fitted panels

Dangling from handmade curvilinear ear wires, these earrings provide visual interest from several angles. Each triangular drop is constructed of textured front and back panels and three supporting side walls. You’ll use templates to cut the five panels that fit together to make each drop. Precise sanding and shaping ensure that you can securely join all the pieces using metal clay paste. To complete the project, you’ll make a wrapped-loop link that connects the drop to the ear wire. 

Read the first steps on making the metal clay panels below. For complete instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

Materials

  • Metal clay: 10g
  • Metal clay paste
  • Sterling silver wire:
    - 22-gauge (0.6mm), round, dead-soft, 6 in. (15.2cm)
    - 20-gauge (0.8mm), round, dead-soft, 4 in. (10.2cm)

Tools & supplies

  • Cardstock
  • Circle template
  • Olive oil or natural hand balm
  • Acrylic roller
  • Flexible Teflon sheet
  • 2 texture plates or stamps
  • Playing cards
  • Craft knife
  • Emery board
  • 2 paintbrushes: fine tip
  • Needle file: round
  • Kiln, kiln shelf
  • Finishing items (choose from):
    - Brass brush
    - Tumbler, steel shot, burnishing compound
    - Liver of sulfur
  • Pliers: chainnose, roundnose
  • Steel block
  • Hammer: planishing
  • Wooden dowel: 1⁄4-in. (6.5mm) diameter
  • Sandpaper: 600 grit 

Suppliers

Instructions
Metal clay pendulum triangle earrings figure 1
Figure 1
Metal clay pendulum triangle earrings figure 2
Figure 2
Metal clay panels

Make the templates. Draw an equilateral triangle on a piece of cardstock, making each side of the triangle 3⁄4 in. (19mm) long [Figure 1].

Use a circle template to give the triangle a symmetrical, slightly curved profile [Figure 2]. Cut the curved triangle template from the cardstock. This is the template for the earrings’ front and back panels.

Draw a 3⁄8 x 3⁄4-in. (9.5 x 19mm) rectangle on a piece of cardstock, and cut it out. This is the template for the earrings’ bottom panels.

Metal clay pendulum triangle earrings figure 3
Figure 3
Metal clay pendulum triangle earrings figure 4
Figure 4

Draw another 3⁄8 x 3⁄4-in. (9.5 x 19mm) rectangle on cardstock. Draw a 11⁄2-in. (38mm) vertical line bisecting the rectangle [Figure 3].

Draw a line to connect the bottom left corner of the rectangle to the top of the vertical line. Repeat to connect the lower right corner to the top of the vertical line [Figure 4].

Metal clay pendulum triangle earrings figure 5
Figure 5

Cut out the tapered rectangle [Figure 5]. This is the template for the earrings’ side panels.

Make the front and back panels. Lightly oil an acrylic roller, a flexible Teflon sheet, and two texture plates or texture stamps. Roll 10g of metal clay to 3 playing cards thick. Texture the clay with the plates or stamps. Use a craft knife and the curved triangle template to cut out four panels from the textured clay. Set the panels aside to dry completely.

Make the bottom panels. Using the 3⁄8 x 3⁄4-in. (9.5 x 19mm) template, cut two bottom panels from the clay. Set them aside to dry completely.

Metal clay pendulum triangle earrings 1
Photo 1

Make the side panels. Using the tapered rectangular template, cut four side panels from the clay. (I cut out two extra in case of breakage.) When the side panels are almost semi-dry, slightly bend each panel to follow the curve of the front and back panels [1]. Place the panels on their edges and allow them to dry completely.

For the remaining instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

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