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Old 09-06-2015, 01:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Earring kits

I know, earrings are not pens and this is the penturning forum, but it's more akin to penturning than 'other things we make'!


Does anyone know if there is such a kit available anywhere? Or would the best way be to use a couple of key-ring kits and replace the actual ring part with earring hooks?
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Old 09-06-2015, 04:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The keychain kits would make for pretty hefty earrings .... I dunno bout that idea.

I'ld go for the beading mandrel kit (smaller 1/8th inch hole for your stock - available through PSI) and use screw-in findings that replicate jewelry sets ... Check local hardware stores for their specialty screws and knobs section for the right hardware. The rest is commonly available as parts and pieces through Amazon.com and other places.
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Old 09-06-2015, 05:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The mini-stylus kits come with a very short 7mm tube plus hardware similar to the top of what you've shown. Use a blind mandrel (like PSI's "Grabber" or a pin chunk) and you don't need a heavy metal tip of the bottom of the earrings...
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've used connectors similar to these with a loop from Rio Grande to make some. Just turn a 3mm tenon and epoxy in.

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Old 09-06-2015, 07:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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This was my first kick at the cat. You can get the metal findings at Michaels.

Used my smallest drill bit in the end. The little ring is kind of like a pin that I just glued in, then attached the earing hooks. These are amboyna.

My daughter scooped yhem, because they matched the ring I made her.
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If you have not already found this article --

Turned Jewellery - The Woodworkers Institute

it is a bit old -- but gets well to the basics and the ear rings are well shaped.

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I use this type of Eye Pin.

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