How to Make Interchangable Wire Wrapped Earrings

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earring TutorialsThese versatile earrings are so much fun because you can change the dangles to suite your mood and outfit.  Or if you prefer, just use some 24 gauge wire between the loops and wrap them together so that the dangles are not removable.

Some things to note:  When you wear these earrings the dangles are relatively secure, however any vigorous movements or exercise can make you lose the dangles.  I was wearing these while doing some quick and vigorous cleaning and one of the dangles fell off.  Otherwise, they will be just fine.

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earring TutorialsMaterials and Tools:

  • 20 gauge wire
  • Carved Bone Skull Beads (B7517) from Happy Mango Beads
  • Earring wires (or you can make your own)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel or highlighter pen
  • Paintbrush or pen
  • Hammer and Steel block or anvil

Step #1

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earring TutorialsCut off 2 pieces of 8 inch wire.

Step #2

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialWrap the wire around a ring mandrel or highlighter pen so that the ends of the wire are equal.

Step #3

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialThen twist the wire.

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialStep #4

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialHold one end of the wire with round nose pliers and start to make a bend going in towards the middle.

Step #5

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialThen use a paintbrush or pen and start to make a large spiral.

Step #6

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialUsing your round nose pliers, continue to make the spiral until you end up with how you want it to look.  Then repeat for the other side and the other wire as well.

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialInterchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialStep #7

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialUsing a nylon hammer on a steel block or anvil, lightly hammer the wire to harden and strengthen it.

Step #8

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings tutorialMake 4 spiral headpins.  Or alternatively you can use purchased headpins.

Here’s video on how to make the headpins:

Step #9

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings TutorialUsing the skull beads and the spiral headpins, make bead dangles.

For more on how to make a bead dangle, see this video:

Step #10

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings TutorialSlide the beads around the spiral and onto the earrings.

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings TutorialStep #11

Interchangeable Wire Wrapped Earrings TutorialAdd pre-made earring wires or make your own.

How to make your own earring wires:

How to Make interchangeable wire wrapped earringsThen you can make other dangles so you can change out the beads OR make them permanent by wrapping the loops on each earring together!


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How to Make Beaded Hoop Earrings

Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialThis tutorial is for really versatile and fun beaded hoop earrings!

I used recycled glass beads, so I only beaded about halfway so the earrings wouldn’t be so heavy.  If you’re using lightweight beads you could bead the entire hoop.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialMaterials and Tools:

Step #1

Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialCut 2 pieces of the 20 gauge wire to 9 inches each.

Step #2

Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialSlide the beads on the wire.  Be mindful about how heavy the earrings will be.  The beads I used are glass, so I put 8 on each wire.  If your beads are lighter, you can obviously use more.

Step #3

Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialMake a teardrop shape and hold the wires where they cross.  The wire ends above my thumb are about 1 1/2″ each

Step #4

Beaded Hoop Earrings Tutorial

Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialGive the wire 2 twists while still holding the wires where they cross.

Step #5

Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialHold one of the loose ends with your round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the pliers to from a loop.

Step #6

Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialBeaded Hoop Earrings TutorialTake the loop of the round nose pliers and straighten it.  Then hold the loop with pliers and wrap 2 more times.

Step #7

Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialBeaded Hoop Earrings TutorialCut off any excess wire making a flush cut.  Make sure the end is not poking out.

Repeat for the other earring.

Step #8Beaded Hoop Earrings TutorialBeaded Hoop Earrings TutorialOpen an earring wire and place the loop in and close the earring wire.

Step #9

Beaded Hoop EarringsRepeat for the other earring and you’re done!

Beaded Hoop Earrings

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