ECT TV Episode 49: Wire Work Earrings

ECT TV Episode 49

Today is Day 15 of Earrings Every Day Month here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials.  So I’m sharing an earring project with you today.

These earrings are pretty simple, but I think they’re elegant and fun.  There is a lot of room to customize them to your own taste and preferences as well.

Here’s the video tutorial:

Music credit:  “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Links I mention in the video:

Headpins

You can certainly use pre-made headpins or you can make your own.  I have a few tutorials:

Ornate Headpins

Open Spiral and Knotted Headpins

Infinity Headpins

Earring Wires

Again, you can use earring wires you purchase from the store or they’re pretty simple to make yourself.  I have a tutorial for earring wires here:

How to Make Earring Wires

Opening Jump Rings

If you need more help opening and closing jump rings properly, you can find the video here:

How to Open and Close Jump Rings

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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Tools and Materials:

  • 2 Beads of your choice *
  • 2 Head pins (either purchased or make your own with one of the tutorials above)
  • 6 4mm jump rings
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire – your choice of metal
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose or a second pair of pliers that are flat on the inside (such as chain nose)
  • Wire cutters

*Beads:  You can use any beads you like, but just keep in mind that with earrings you have to be careful of the weight so they don’t pull at your ears.

Step #1

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First we’ll make a bead dangle with the headpins and beads.

Slide a bead on a headpin and then hold the headpin just above the bead in round nose pliers.

Step #2

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Wrap the headpin around the barrel of the pliers creating a loop.

Step #3

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The loop is not straight over the bead, so you’ll need to straighten it.  There are a few ways to do this.

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I like to hold the loop in my chain nose pliers and while I wrap the loose wire around pull the loop up.  (It’s probably easier to understand in the video.)

Step #4

Complete the wraps and trim off any excess wire.

Repeat for the other bead and set the bead dangles aside.

Step #5

Cut 4 pieces of wire to about 2 and 1/2″ each.  Make sure each end is flush cut.

Step #6

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ECT TV Episode 49

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Hold one wire in the middle of the wire with round nose pliers and then form a loop in the middle.

Step #7

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Now form the wire into a U shape.  I put the loop back in the round nose pliers and form the U with my fingers, using pressure against the wire to form the curves.

Take this opportunity to make sure the ends are even.

Step #8

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Now we’ll form a loop on each end of the wire.  We want the loop to be facing in.

Hold the end of the wire in your round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers but not poking through.  It should be placed near the tip of your pliers.

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around the barrel of the pliers.  Go as far as your wrist will allow, readjust and then complete the loop.

Step #9

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Complete a loop on the other side.  Both loops should face in.

Then repeat the process to make a total of 4 identical wire pieces.

Step #11

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Place the pieces together to make sure the all of the shapes are the same and the loops meet up and make adjustments if necessary.

Step #12

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Now we’ll attach 2 pieces together.  Open a jump ring, place 2 coordinating loops into the jump ring and close the jump ring.  Repeat for the other side.

The repeat for the second pair of wire pieces.

To assistance with open and closing jump rings, see the video linked above.

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Step #13

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Attach a bead dangle to one loop using a jump ring.  Repeat for the second earring.

Step #14

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Add earring wires and you have completed earrings!

Additional resources:

New to working with wire and maybe found this challenging?  Check out my free Wire Workshop and make sure you sign up for my free 14 Day Intro to Jewelry Making eCourse (which also signs you up for my weekly newsletter!)

You may also love my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eBook or print book if you’re just starting.

If you make this project and share it on Instagram, use the hashtag #ECTTV and you can follow me here:  @KimberlieKohler

Or you can post a photo on my Facebook page.

Wire Wrapping For Beginners Day 5: Hoops with Bead Dangle

Hoop with Bead EarringsThis month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day.  I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!

Today is Day 5 and the project is Hoops with Bead Dangle Earrings.

Hoop with Bead EarringsI customized these with skull beads since it is October.  I also gave the hoops a hammered texture.

Hoop with Bead EarringsIf you want to create along with me, grab the Wire Wrapping For Beginners book.  (You can purchase and instantly download the e-version or get the print version shipped to you!)

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How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

This fun pendant is another variety the wire wrapped circle pendant that I have already shown you 2 versions of.  I love working with wire, and this tutorial will teach you some basic skills you’ll need to get started.

You can find the plain Wire Wrapped  Circle Pendant here.

Or the Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads here.

Skills that you will learn in this tutorial:

  • Basic wire wrapping of a circle.
  • Making a bead link.
  • Making a bead dangle.

Now onto How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles:

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Necklace

Materials and Tools:

  • 24 gauge wire, about 2 1/2 feet
  • 20 gauge wire, a short piece
  • Beads.  I used 4 smaller beads and one larger bead
  • Headpins, 1 for each of the dangle beads
  • A jump ring
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • 2 pairs of pliers, I used bent nose and needle nose
  • Something to wrap around – I used a ring mandrel, but you could use a highlighter or big marker or anything that’s the size you want your pendant to be.

Step #1

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Cut about 2 1/2 feet of wire.

Step #2

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Wrap the wire around your ring mandrel (or highlighter or whatever you’re using to wrap around) approximately 6 times.

Step #3

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Carefully remove the wire from the mandrel, holding the loops together so they don’t lose their shape.

On the end of the wire that is part of the loop (not the long end of the wire), I like to bent up so it’s easy to find.  Then wrap the long end of the wire around the loop wire, making sure to capture the other end in the wire.

Wrap around several times until it’s secure and you like how it looks.

Step #4

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Clip off the short end you bent up.

Hint: 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

If at any time your circles start to loose their shape, just slide it back on your ring mandrel.

Step #5

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Grasp the wire between the barrels of round nose pliers close to the circle.  Wrap the wire toward you, around the barrel of the round nose plier, between the pliers and the pendant.

Step #6

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

This will – no doubt – create a crooked loop on the top of your pendant.  Use pliers to straighten out the loop so it’s centered on the top of the pendant.

Step #7

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Hold the loop you just made with pliers and continue wrapping the wire around the loop in the same direction that you started with your first loop.

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #8

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Now we’re going to make the bead link for the focal bead of this piece.  Cut off a piece of 20 gauge wire.  (How long depends upon your bead size.)

Make a wire wrapped loop on one end, just like you did for the pendant.  Hold the wire in round nose pliers.

Step #9

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Bend the wire towards you.

Step #10

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Wrap around one barrel of the pliers and then around the wire one time.

Step #11

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Take the wire off the pliers.  Use your pliers to straighten the loop and make sure the first wrap is straight, too.

Step #13

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Hold the loop in pliers.  Continue to wrap a few times in the same direction of your first wrap.

Step #14

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Pull the wire off the pliers and trim any excess wire.

Step #15

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Slide the bead on and repeat for the loop on the other side.  Make sure the loops are going in the same direction.

Step #16

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Now we’re going to make bead dangles to hang from that focal bead.

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Step #17

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Begin to make a wire wrapped loop.  Wrap the head pin around the pliers and between the bead and pliers.

Do not complete a wrap!

Step #18

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Make sure your loop is straight.  Then place the bead dangle on one loop of the focal bead.

Step #19

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Then complete the wrap exactly as before.

I made 4 dangles for my pendant.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Step #20

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Attach the beads to the wire wrapped circle using a jump ring.

Step #21

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Put your pendant on your favorite chain or cord and it’s done!

I hope you like this tutorial!  Please leave any questions or comments below, or link to a photo of your creation!

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