ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Bead Earrings

ECT TV Episode 53: Sided Drilled Beaded Earrings

Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll teach you how to wire wrap side drilled beads and then make a fun pair of earrings!

Here’s today’s video episode:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video, except in photos.

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 4 Beads.  I used beads from Michaels, but you can use any beads that are side drilled.
  • Earring wires or make your own earring wires
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Slide a bead on your 20 gauge wire.  Leave about 3″ of wire on each side of the bead and cut the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Center the bead on the wire.  Cross the wire over in the top, middle of the bead.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Twist the wire once.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

If your wires ended up being two different lengths, use the longer one for this step.  If they’re the same length, it doesn’t matter which wire you use.

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers just above the twist you made.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Wrap the wire toward you and around the pliers in between the twist and the pliers forming a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

The loop will probably be off center and you want it centered in the middle of the bead.  I straighten the loop by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and while I wrap the wire around one time I straighten the loop so it’s centered.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Now I switch hands and continue wrapping a few times with the first wire.

Then wrap around a few times with the other wire.  Go in the direction that the wire wants to go.

Keep your wraps close together and straight as possible.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Make sure your wire ends are not poking out using your chain nose pliers to make sure they’re pushed in.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Repeat for all 4 beads.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Open up earring wires and add the beads.  I added the longer bead first and the shorter one in the front.

Close the earring wires.

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

I hope you found this tutorial helpful!

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One thought on “ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Bead Earrings

  1. Kim, thanks for this! I have tried and tried to wrap side drilled beads and it looks horrible. Thought my wire was too thick, tried 22 24 even 26 ga, and that would break too easily.
    Imagine how much you had to try before doing it so well. Thanks again!

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