Golden Bronze Ginkgo Earrings with Sophie Turlur-Chabanon

Make a beautiful pair of earrings in textured gold bronze clay with a decorative stone and a homemade loop of bronze wire and silk ribbon. For this project, you'll use bronze metal clay because it's perfect for beginners! It's not only affordable but very easy to work with. If you've been thinking of exploring the medium of metal clay, this class is the perfect place to start – you're sure to achieve success! Click here for the French version of this class.

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Material list for making the Ginkgo leaf
• Ginkgo leaf template OR translucent plastic + paper + marker + pencil + scissors
• 0.5 to 0.7 ounces Golden Bronze clay ready to use (brand: Meteor clay or Prometheus)
• airproof container with golden bronze slip (diluted clay)
• cellophane food wrapping film
• acrylic roller
• 2 non-stick work surfaces
• plastic frames of different thicknesses OR plastic rulers OR playing cards cut lengthwise
• olive oil
• demineralized water
• spatula
• toothpicks
• paintbrush
• cutter
• signature stamp (optional)
• 2 artificial stones able to withstand over 1472°F baking (round smooth corundum measuring 5 mm in diameter)
• a pair of tweezers
• small tile
• a piece of polar fleece

Sanding and Baking Material:
• 3M sanding sponges: red (fine and superfine), blue (ultrafine) and green (microfine)
• a dry paintbrush
• a sheet of paper
• an airproof pot to keep the sanding dusts
• a heat diffuser or simmer mat
• a domestic oven with a grill setting
high temperature kiln such as Prometheus or Paragon or Météor M40 cloud
• a stainless steel vessel
• coconut carbon
• a rubber block to set the pieces during the finishing steps (optional)
• a steel brush
• an agate point burnisher
• dry sanding paper 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500 grit (optional)

Material to create the earring loops :
• marker
• ruler
• bronze wire 19-gauge
• bronze wire 24-gauge
• cutting pliers
• flat-nose pliers
• round-nose pliers (optional)
• file
• 2–3 inches of silk ribbon
• scissors
• small glass jar
• ball peen hammer (optional)
• metal bench block (optional)
• jewelry insulating varnish (optional)

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Sophie Turlur-Chabanon

Sophie Turlur-Chabanon

Since her childhood, creating has always been a second nature for Sophie. She was initiated to multi-faceted techniques such as drawing, engraving, enameling, and mosaics.

In 2005, she handcrafted her first jewelry pieces by combining multi-colored beads and seeds. One year later, she discovered polymer clay which allowed her to make her own shapes, colors and imitations. In 2010, the discovery of metal clay was a real revelation. All her previous work and learned techniques in polymer clay were really useful to switch from one media to the other. In 2011, Sophie was certified in Senior Art Clay. ...
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