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Fold-over earrings

Foldover earrings
Botswana agate and jade cabochons cut by John Chickadel

The settings for these earrings are designed to highlight the individual stone. The metal that folds over the top of the stone provides all kinds of possibilities for interesting shapes. Texture it, patinate it, or leave it plain or shiny — all are great options for an extraordinary result. The stones in this project were cut to my specifications, but if you don’t know a lapidary, don’t worry. Any flat or slightly domed stone will work.

SUPPLIES 

  • Stones: flat or slightly domed, 2
  • Sterling silver sheet: 24-gauge (0.5 mm), amount determined by design
  • Sterling silver tubing: 2.57 mm diameter, heavy walled, amount determined by design
  • Sterling silver wire: 20-gauge (0.8 mm), 61⁄2 in. (16.5 cm)
  • Digital calipers
  • Paper
  • Texturing tools (optional)
  • Cyanoacrylate adhesive (superglue)
  • Acetone-based nail-polish remover
  • Patina (optional)
  • Muslin buffing wheel, tight weave, 16-ply with polishing compound; pink silicone polishing wheel for use with a flex shaft (optional)
  • Cotton manicure swab (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

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