I started on a new earring design the other day and thought I would try to take some photos of the process. Some of them turned out better than others. :)
So first I draw my design on the sterling silver sheet. In this case the outer shape was pretty simple, so I just wanted to get them both cut out first without worrying too much about the design.
Using the first one I had cut out, I traced the outline for doing a second one. Using a jeweler's saw, I cut that one out as well.
So now that I have both earring blanks, I cut out the portion of both to create the posts of the earrings.
Now it's time to drill the holes. In each space that needs to be removed, I use a flexshaft to pierce a tiny hole. I like to tape the piece down on a scrap piece of wood to keep it stable. I usually dip my bit into the pro-cut in the photo, which helps maintain the life of your bit, lubricates, and makes the hole easier to pierce.
So now that I have my holes drilled, I remove the blade of my saw from the upper portion of the saw frame and thread the blade through the hole.
After re-fastening the blade to the frame, I saw out the portion that needs to be removed. You might notice I changed my design from what I had drawn at the beginning. :)
I repeat the process to pierce out all of the pieces of the design. I then draw the design on the second piece and do it again.
Here I have both cut out. You maybe can't tell, but the one on the left has had some initial sanding done. You can see that the edges don't look quite as raw and sharp as the one on the right.
Here's my helper, Lars. Stay tuned for their trip to the tumbler.