Simple Wire Earrings
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Simple Wire Earrings
Simple Wire Earrings Instructions: Make these beautiful wire earrings using a few tools and simple jewelry making techniques.
Visitor Rodi submitted a picture of her lovely creation she calls Namaste Gardens. Made of copper wire and oxidized, the bead dangle is a great added touch. You can make these in no time - about 10 minutes if not oxidized. Enjoy!Jewelry Making Supplies
10 inches (25.4 cm) of wire (your choice of copper, silver, brass, etc.)
2 shepard's hook earwires in a metal to match wire (I used niobium earwires)
2 one inch (2.5 cm) headpins in a metal to match wire
2 4mm or 6mm round beads
1 cylindrical object (about 1 inch (2.5 cm) smaller in circumference than cut lengths of wire in Step 1) (I'm using an empty Airborne&;reg container, which has a circumference of about 4 inches (10.1 cm).)Jewelry Making Tools
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
A finished hoop is about 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) in width and 1 1/4 inches (3.1 cm) in length.Helpful Tips:
(1) To ensure better matched hoops, make them both at the same time.
(2) To make larger hoops, cut longer wire and use a cyclindrical object that has a circumference about 1 inch (2.5 cm) smaller than the cut wire. To make smaller hoops, cut the wire shorter.Step 1
Make the Hoop (Steps 1 - 5).
Cut two 5 inch (12.7 cm) lengths of wire.
Straighten the wire (you can use your fingers).Step 2
Place and align the two wires side by side on your work surface.Step 3
Center the cyclindrical object on top of the wires and fold the wires around it leaving the ends of the wires straight (see photo 2A).Step
Take the wires off the cyclindrical object and place them on your work surface (see photo 2B).
For each hoop, on the wire end that faces to the right use round nose pliers and make a simple wire loop that folds back onto the wire and sits on top of it (see photo 3).Step 5
For each hoop, on the wire end that faces to the left use round nose pliers and make a simple wire loop that folds underneath the wire and sits slightly away from it (see photo 3).Step 6
Harden the hoops to help them better hold their shape by placing them on a steel block and lightly hammer them with a rubber mallot.Step 7
Add a patina: Darken the hoops and head pins with liver of sulphur or other darkening agent.Step 8
Make a bead dangle: Slide the 4mm or 6mm bead onto the head pin. Using the round nose pliers, make a simlpe wire loop on the end of the head pin.
Make a second bead dangle.Step 9
Slide the loop of the bead dangle onto the bottom loop of one the hoops. Use chain nose pliers to close the loop on the hoop.
Repeat for the second hoop.Step 10
Using chain nose pliers, open the loop on the purchased earwire. Insert it through the top loop of your handcrafted hoop.
Close the loop on the earwire.
Repeat for the second hoop.
You're done. . .Enjoy your wonderful creation and see Photo 4 for more inspiration when you want to make wire wrapped earrings.
Photos 1 and 4 provided by jewelry artist. Visit Rodi and see more of her gorgeous wirework jewelry.
(Instructions and photos 2 and 3 by making-beaded-jewelry.com)