These paua shell diamond earrings are a lovely, wearable shape which use basic wirework techniques to create the popular geometric look.
Start by gluing the blue paua shell cabochon into the milled edge pendant setting using Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy glue, the glue we recommend to create super-fast, high strength, high quality bonds. It sets clear so is excellent for filling gaps and ideal for setting stones.
Prepare the glue by mixing equal amounts of the resin and hardener in a small dish. Use a fine point such as a cocktail stick to dab a bit of glue into the milled edge setting and gently place in the cabochon. Once mixed, the glue sets in 5 minutes so ensure your cabochon straight away. Gently place it down and leave it to set. For full instructions plus some hints and tips on mixing and application click here.
Cut your silver wire in half using the heavy duty side cutters. One piece for each earring. Then cut each piece for the diamonds using approximately one third for the smaller diamond leaving two thirds for the larger diamond. You can adjust these lengths to suit depending on how close you want the diamonds to sit. To shape your sterling silver wire, use snipe nose jewellery pliers to make a bend in the wire, then round nose jewellery pliers to create loops in the top of the diamond.
Using a sterling silver 3mm jump ring attach the milled edge pendant setting to the bottom of the diamond so it hangs in the center. Your earrings are now complete!
Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy - For super-fast, high strength, high quality bonds
Heavy duty side cutters - for use with stronger wires where normal jewellery side cutters could get marked
Side cutters - for cutting metal wire, headpins etc. with minimum effort
Flat nose pliers - for gripping wider surfaces, bending angles in sheet or wire and opening and closing jump rings or loops
Snipe nose pliers - for bending metal sheet and wire
Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers By Melissa Hunt
'The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques' by Sara Withers
'The Basics of Bead Stringing' by Debbie Kanan
'Beading Design' by Kim Glover
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