Animals Coming to Life

Hey friends, I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how my animal earrings are made. So I decided to make a whole blog post about it. Hope this answers all your questions!

 I design all the animals on my computer and print out sheets of them.

I design all the animals on my computer and print out sheets of them.

 I rubber cement the animals to sterling silver, and drill tiny holes for the eyes and ears.

I rubber cement the animals to sterling silver, and drill tiny holes for the eyes and ears.

 I cut out the eyes and ears by hand with my jewelers saw.

I cut out the eyes and ears by hand with my jewelers saw.

 It's way easier to cut out the tiny pieces when they're still in a big sheet.

It's way easier to cut out the tiny pieces when they're still in a big sheet.

 It's also easier to stamp on noses when they're all on the same sheet.

It's also easier to stamp on noses when they're all on the same sheet.

 Then I cut out all the critters.

Then I cut out all the critters.

 It's easier to stamp on whiskers after I cut them all out.

It's easier to stamp on whiskers after I cut them all out.

Look I made a GIF!

 Noses and whiskers are all stamped! (Also, I made all my own stamps for these critters, so bonus points for me)

Noses and whiskers are all stamped! (Also, I made all my own stamps for these critters, so bonus points for me)

 Next I file all the edges so they're not sharp and won't snag on your clothes or hair. Sorry I don't have an action shot of filing, but I promise it's not that exciting.

Next I file all the edges so they're not sharp and won't snag on your clothes or hair. Sorry I don't have an action shot of filing, but I promise it's not that exciting.

 I solder all the earring posts to the back of the animals. Sorry I don't have an action shot of soldering. It's actually pretty exciting and it's my favorite part.

I solder all the earring posts to the back of the animals. Sorry I don't have an action shot of soldering. It's actually pretty exciting and it's my favorite part.

 Then I clean off all the oxidation and flux from soldering in an acid solution called "pickle."

Then I clean off all the oxidation and flux from soldering in an acid solution called "pickle."

 I darken them with a patina called "liver of sulphur" that works really well on silver.

I darken them with a patina called "liver of sulphur" that works really well on silver.

 Then I sand off all the patina that's not recessed in the stamped parts.

Then I sand off all the patina that's not recessed in the stamped parts.

 I tumble all the animals in my magnetic pin finisher. It makes them shiny super fast.

I tumble all the animals in my magnetic pin finisher. It makes them shiny super fast.

 Nice and shiny after the tumbler.

Nice and shiny after the tumbler.

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 I put them on my earring cards. And yes, I did design and make the earring cards myself too.

I put them on my earring cards. And yes, I did design and make the earring cards myself too.

 And there you go! Animal earrings!

And there you go! Animal earrings!

Thanks for going on that journey with me. I love making animal jewelry so much. If you love it too, check out all my little friends here.