Tropic Fern Earrings

PROJECT E8016
Designer: Alexandra Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
These colorful earrings feature Vintaj circle frames embossed using the Vintaj BIGkick machine. They are brushed with coral patina, providing a vibrant backdrop for jade green fern fronds.
Instructions
By following the instructions below, you will make one earring. Repeat all instructions to make the second earring. In addition to the materials listed, you will also need some paper towels.
  1. Please watch the video: How to Use the Vintaj BIGkick Machine to Etch and Emboss Metal Stampings. Using what you have learned in the video, take your circle frame and place it into the Vintaj Dragonfly Pond DecoEmboss Die. Position the die onto the BIGkick machine to get your desired stamping and run it through, as shown in the video.
  2. Once you are satisfied with your embossed stamping, prepare a clean work space to begin painting your circle frame with patina. Using your paint brush, cover the surface of your circle frame with coral patina. Quickly use a paper towel to gently wipe off some of the patina to reveal the embossed design underneath. Be sure to rinse your paint brush after use.
  3. Use the side of your Vintaj Relief Block and buff the raised areas of your stamping to show off the detail. Then let the patina dry for 15 minutes.
  4. Next, take one of your fern charms and use your paint brush to cover the surface with jade patina. Again use a paper towel to gently wipe off the desired amount of patina, let dry for 15 minutes, and rinse your paint brush.
  5. Once all of your patina has dried, use your paint brush to apply a coat of Patina Glaze to each piece. Again let dry for 15 minutes. Apply Glaze to both sides of each piece.
  6. Now you are ready to assemble your earring. Using pliers, open the loop of your earring hook the same way you would open a jump ring and slide on your fern charm, facing forward. Then slide on your circle frame stamping with the painted side facing forward (see photo for reference). Close the loop. All done!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • PND-7787 - Vintaj Natural Brass Circle Frame Pierced Stamping 34mm (2)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-6621 - Vintaj Vogue Earring Components, French Ear Wire 20x10mm, 6 Pieces, Raw Brass
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • PND-7254 - Vintaj Natural Brass Fastenables Fern Curving Left Leaf Charms 30x12mm (2)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-0400 - Vintaj Patina, Opaque Permanent Ink For Metal, 0.5 Ounce, Coral
    Project uses 1 bottle. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-9065 - Vintaj Patina Opaque Permanent Ink - Jade Green - 0.5 Ounce Bottle
    Project uses 1 bottle. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-9090 - Vintaj Mini Glaze - Metal Sealer And Patina Extender - 0.5 Ounce Bottle
    Project uses 1 bottle. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-1200 - Sizzix BIGkick Die Cut Machine - Vintaj Special Edition - Cut, Emboss, And Etch!
  • XTL-2222 - Vintaj Metal Relief Block For Filing, Buffing & Sanding
  • XTL-1207 - Vintaj DecoEmboss Die For Sizzix Bigkick Machine - Dragonfly Pond
  • XTL-5514 - Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
  • XTL-880 - ICE Resin, Angled Paint Brushes for ICED Enamels & Paper Sealant, 6 Pack
Additional Information
Theme Vintage Look, Spring
Ingredients PND-7787, FEA-6621, PND-7254, XTL-0400, XTL-9065, XTL-9090,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
Vintaj Natural Brass Circle Frame Pierced Stamping 34mm (2)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$2.89 / Package | SKU: PND-7787
Vintaj Vogue Earring Components, French Ear Wire 20x10mm, 6 Pieces, Raw Brass
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 6 Pieces.
$2.99 / Package | SKU: FEA-6621
Vintaj Natural Brass Fastenables Fern Curving Left Leaf Charms 30x12mm (2)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$2.25 / Package | SKU: PND-7254
Vintaj Patina, Opaque Permanent Ink For Metal, 0.5 Ounce, Coral
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Bottle.
$7.55 / Package | SKU: XTL-0400
Vintaj Patina Opaque Permanent Ink - Jade Green - 0.5 Ounce Bottle
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Bottle.
$5.19 / Package | SKU: XTL-9065
Vintaj Mini Glaze - Metal Sealer And Patina Extender - 0.5 Ounce Bottle
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Bottle.
$4.75 / Package | SKU: XTL-9090
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Vintaj Metal Relief Block For Filing, Buffing & Sanding
Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
$7.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-5514
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose

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