These earrings are so much fun to make and wear! The only material you need is wire! I used 18 gauge copper, but you could use any metal you like.
This tutorial will get you started with some very basic hammering. If you haven’t done it before, this is a great tutorial to start with. I also have a great tip for making your loops all the same!
Here we go!
Materials and Tools:
18 gauge copper wire
20 gauge copper wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Hammer and metal block to hammer on (not pictured)
Nylon covered pliers (optional)
Cut six pieces of the 18 gauge copper wire:
2 pieces of 3 1/2″
2 pieces of 2 1/2″
2 pieces of 1 1/2″
Note: You can definitely customize these earrings to your own taste and liking. If you prefer longer, cut longer wire; if you prefer shorter, cut shorter wire. You can also use different metal if you like.
HINT: Trim each side so they are flush cut. Use the flat side of the wire cutters to get the flush cut.
Use nylon pliers to straighten the wire. It’s probably actually easier to do this as you’re cutting the wire because you have more to hang on to.
You can also often accomplish this by just using your hands in the same way.
HINT: When you’re making loops in wire, it’s a great idea to mark on your round nose pliers where you will be wrapping. This is helpful when when making individual loops, so you can stay on track and also so you can make uniform loops.
You’ll see my pliers have two different spots marked. I’ll be using the mark close the the end to make smaller loops.
Grasp on of the wires at the end of the round nose pliers. Line it up the the mark you made. The end should be at the top, but not poking out. (You can run your finger over it to check.)
Roll your wrist and the pliers away from you as far as you can. Readjust the pliers and roll away again until the loop is complete.
You will end up with a “P.” Then use your round nose or chain nose pliers (whatever works for you) and make a bend in the wire, so that the loop is centered at the top of the wire.
Repeat this process for each of the wires you cut.
My favorite part!! Place each wire on a metal block or anvil and hammer it. For this, you can really use any hammer you have or want. Hammer until you’re happy with the the results.
Cut 2 pieces of 18 gauge wire to about 3″ long each. Flush cut them.
Bend each wire about in half. You can bend them around a marker or other round surface.
Follow step #3 – #5 and create a loop on one end of each wire. However, you’ll probably need to make the loop a little larger than the loops you made previously.
Bend the other end up a little at the other end.
Gently hammer the earring wires to help it keep it’s shape. (I used a nylon hammer for this because it makes the wire stronger, but doesn’t leave marks.)
Gently file the end of the earring wire (the part that will go into your ear.)
Open the loop of the earring wire.
Add each of the hammered wires to the earring wire, one at a time. Each earring wire gets one of each size, starting with the largest to the smallest.
Enjoy your new earrings!!
Ways you can customize these earrings:
Use a different metal, like silver, or even mix the metals!
Use different sizes, make your earrings longer or shorter.
Use all the same size of wires.
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I spent a lot — a lot — of years afraid of making mistakes and allowing that to keep me from creating art.
When I was in high school and college, music was my life. To me, it made sense. You practice really hard and then you could play a piece perfectly. Yes, I also did play the saxophone and yes, that did require some soul and some improvision, but to me, that was still just part of a formula. If I was in a jazz band and had a improvisional solo, I still knew what key to play in, what speed and what the general melody I was riffing on.
Art never felt that way to me.
I tried to take an art class in high school, but I quickly dropped it when I couldn’t do it perfectly. I didn’t know back then that it didn’t have to be perfect. I never had just painted or done a drawing for the fun of it, although I always wanted to be “good at drawing.”
Since I wouldn’t allow myself to make mistakes, I never made art.
When I finally started painting and then discovered acrylic paints, I realized that I am a painter and that I actually am a creative person. We all are, if we just allow ourselves to be.
Making jewelry is the same thing. Yes, there are certain skills and tools. You can follow patterns and instructions. But you will make mistakes. And mistakes will most certainly be the way that you discover a new technique or a new way of doing something.
Now, not all mistakes are going to be beautiful pieces of art. Sometimes it just turns into a giant mess and you should move on. (And take what you learned from that mess and make something amazing.)
But oftentimes, mistakes are exactly what you need to make your masterpiece. Figuring out when you embrace your mistakes and when to let them go is really the key to becoming a jewelry artist!
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