These beads are from Happy Mango Beads, my new favorite bead store!
- Wire *
- 2 Beads; I used 8mm round gemstones from Happy Mango Beads.
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Hammer (I used my nylon/rubber hammer)
- Steel block or anvil
- Optional: Nylon covered pliers
*A note on wire. I used 22 gauge wire because when I made my sample earring with 20 gauge I was having some troubles with it. However, 20 gauge is the standard for earring wires. If you are using 22 gauge wire, you will definitely not want to skip the hammering part to make your earrings stronger.
Also, make sure to flush cut each side with your wire cutters. (Use the flat side of the cutters.)
Using round nose pliers, hold the wire. The wire should be near the top, but not poking out through the pliers on top. You should be able to run your figures over it.
Twist your wrist away from yourself, forming a loop around the barrel of the pliers using your other hand. When you’ve twisted as far as you can, open the pliers and readjust, leaving the pliers in the loop. Complete the loop.
Just above the bead make a slight bend and then bend it back. This will hold the bead on.
Carefully hammer the top part of the wire now to strengthen it.
- Use different beads.
- Use more than just one bead (make sure to make your wire longer when starting.)
- Make the spirals bigger or smaller.
Are you going to make them? Let me know in the comments below!
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