Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

gray agate leather earrings

Make these Gray Agate Leather Earrings with beautiful semi-precious beads, leather and metal stamping blanks. The different textures, shapes and sizes adds your own touch of style.
Step 1

Remove the jump ring from your circle blank and set aside.

Step 2
Tape your blank to a steel block and insert the ball pein head into the hammer handle.
Step 3
Strike your blank multiple times until you get the desired look and repeat for your second blank.
TIP: For a more even look, strike your blank several times, then turn the block and continue to strike. Do this until you have turned the block for one complete rotation.
Step 4
Punch a second hole in each blank, opposite from the pre-drilled hole, with the leather hole punch pliers.
Step 5
Now, make the ear wires, grab the wire about 1/8" [0.3175 cm] from the ball at the end of a headpin and roll it into a loop. Then, wrap the rest of the wire around the barrel of a large highlighter (or a ring mandrel) to shape. Bend the non-looped end at a slight angle.
Step 6
Slide a hammered blank onto the ear wire and move it to rest inside the loop. Close the loop around the top of the blank.
TIP: Make sure the hammered side of your blank is facing the right direction when it hangs from the ear wire.
Step 7
Cut two 2" [5.08 cm] pieces of leather lace.
Step 8
Turn the dial on the leather hole punch pliers to the center and punch a centered hole at each end of both leather pieces.
Step 9
Fold one leather piece in half; then take a jump ring you removed from your blanks in Step 1 and thread through the punch holes. Before you close the jump ring, thread a hammered blank through the hole opposite the ear wire and close the jump ring. Repeat with the second leather piece.
TIP: To open and close a jump ring, simply grasp the jump ring on both sides with chain nose pliers and twist the ring open, from side-to-side. Never pull the jump ring which can cause distortion.
Step 10
To make the bead link for the bottom of your earring, slide a bead onto a headpin. Bend the wire of the eye pin in a 90° angle just above the bead. Grasp the eye pin wire, about 3/8"-½" [0.95 cm-1.27 cm] from the bend, between the jaws of your round nose pliers. Rotate the pliers toward you, keeping a firm grip on the wire, until a small loop is formed.
Step 11
Open an oval jump ring and use it to attach the bead link to the fold at the bottom of the leather piece of your earring, Close the jump ring so the seam is on the inside of the leather piece.

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