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Earrings created and photographed by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

I have to admit it, I have been bitten by the soldering bug. I took a class on soldering at the Bead and Button Show and have been in love ever since. The earrings above are some of my favorites. Here is what I used to make them.

1. Take a 1″glass slide and place on area of scrapbook paper you would like to have as your image. Trace around glass slide with Sharpie and cut out image.

2. Place image between two pieces of glass. Make sure there are no fingerprints on the inside of the glass. Trim any edges of the paper that may extend past the edges of the glass.

3. Cut a strip of copper tape. Wrap foil tape around the edges of the glass, keeping the glass image sandwich in the center of the tape. This is so the edges will be even on both sides.

4. Using fingers, press the edges of the tape down on either side of the glass. Use your finger nail to burnish the corners down. Take your bone folder and run over the tape to make sure the tape is secure. Do not press to hard with the bone folder, or you might crack the glass!

5. Brush flux on all of the copper tape.

6. Using your soldering iron, pick up a small amount of solder and run it along the top outer edge of the copper foil. Solder will adhere. Repeat for all sides. Use tweezers to move the earring pendant around, it will get hot!

7. When you are happy with the amount of solder, insert earring pendant in a third hand to keep it steady. Use tweezers to hold jump ring in place on top of pendant. Use soldering iron to melt the solder on either side of the jump ring. You will feel the jump ring “drop” into the solder.

8. Clean pendant with Pledge Multi-Surface and paper towel. I like this best because not only cleans the glass, it also shines the silver.

9. Repeat same process to make second earring pendant.

10. Attach second jump rings to earring pendants and then attach to leverback earring finding. Finished!

Looking forward to hearing what you think of the earrings and if you have ever wanted to try soldering.

If you have any questions about beading, or jewelry business marketing tips, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com and Beadphoria Boutique.