These earrings are so cute plain, but also are a great frame to add wire wrapped beads or wire wrapped shapes.
Here’s the video tutorial:
(same as the video!)
Materials and Tools:
- 16 gauge half-hard round wire
- Earring Wires (or make your own, see ECT TV Episode 71)
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Mandrel (I used the round shape of the Beadsmith Mandrel 4X, but you can use anything round to form the shape)
- Chasing hammer and steel block
Form a hoop by wrapping the wire around your mandrel or other cylindrical object. Cut the wire leaving about 1/4 inch on each side past the point where the wire crosses.
Cut each end with a flush cut.
Make a loop on each end of the wire, both going away from the hoop.
Hammer the hoop with a chasing hammer being careful not to hammer the loops.
Hold the hoop with the loops facing away from you. Use chain nose pliers to twist the left loop up.
Carefully open the loop on the right side so it’s in a shape of a hook.
Place the left loop into the open hook. Then carefully close the hook.
Add earring wires and you’re done!
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