Flower Earrings

Dangling Earrings -- Sapphire or CZs Framed in Silver and Set in Lovely Flowers

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These earrings began with a request for a pair of earrings, earrings to include sapphires. While I feel great pressure from custom orders, I had worked with sapphires enough to know the earrings were possible.

I began making these earrings and discovered I liked them. So, I made a second pair using CZs instead of sapphires. This became my “practice pair” as I created the sapphire earrings.

Even though these flower earrings look simple and easy to make, that was not necessarily true.

In five steps outlined below, this course shows the process for how to make these earrings, which as usual you do not have to make. You make what you want, having learned some technique and perhaps gained some ideas from this course.

  1. Gemstones – I show you how to frame 4 mm faceted stones in silver clay. This is a good method for stones 3 mm and larger.
  2. Flowers – I cut out the flower in a way to not distort it, which is easy enough, and then I show you how I put a natural bend to the petals.
  3. Joining – I simply add the gemstone to the very fragile flower. And decorate it with Syringe Clay.
  4. Eyelets – How do you set an eyelet so that it looks nice in the end? You will see.
  5. Fire & Finish – Additional information is presented in this last section, such as a double tumble, usage of a few flexible shaft tools, and more.

Informally and along the way you may learn any of these.

  • How to construct as you create without detailed planning
  • How to know what construction step precedes and follows the next
  • How to leave your creations a little rough in the dry-clay stage only to fine finish them in the polishing stage
  • How to assure the earrings you are making are complementary mirror images
  • How patina does or does not darken stone

Your Instructor

Kris Kramer
Kris Kramer

Kris designs and makes fine and sterling silver, minuscule sculptures, pendants, earrings, charms, and rings. Her work features landscapes, wildlife, and tracks. Her main medium is precious metal clay.

Watch a three-minute video on the artist Kris Kramer on YouTube.

Kris is a PMC Senior Instructor certified by PMC Connection and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande.

In 2012 Kris “passed with distinction the certification review” by the Montana Arts Council, signaling that she has developed a sustainable business in art. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific business niche.

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Kris is currently teaching, maintaining her silver business, and working on submissions to the Metal Clay Masters Registry. She is listed as a Master in the Masters Registry, achieving Level 1 in 2017 and Level 2 in 2018.

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Class Curriculum

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