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
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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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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.

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 11: Hardware Bunch Earrings

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 11:  Hardware Bunch Earrings

Today is Day 10 of Earrings Every Day Month and I’m sharing the earrings I’m making each day as we go along!

If you didn’t get in to sign up for the challenge, you can still participate just by making a pair of earrings each day!

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 11:  Hardware Bunch Earrings

Today is another day of hardware earrings, but in a different way.  I love the idea of a bunching things and making earrings (as you can tell from my Bunch Earrings and these Hardware Bunch Earrings.)

I used washers that remind me of little suns.

Have you made your Day 11 earrings yet?

You can see my previous earrings for Earrings Every Day Month at these links:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 10

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 10

Today is Day 10 of Earrings Every Day Month and I’m sharing the earrings I’m making each day as we go along!

If you didn’t get in to sign up for the challenge, you can still participate just by making a pair of earrings each day!

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 10:  Hardware Earrings

Today is a very dreary day where I live, but we’re getting some much needed rain, so you’ll have to excuse the dreary photos.

Today’s prompt is hardware earrings and I made these from some washers.  I don’t know a lot about what different hardware is called, so I don’t exactly know what this hardware is.  But I do love the shape and the industrial feel of these earrings.

Have you made your Day 10 earrings yet?

You can see my previous earrings for Earrings Every Day Month at these links:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

ECT TV Episode 48: Earrings (Introduction to Earrings Every Day Month!)

ECT TV Episode 48: Earrings

Today is the first day of Earrings Every Day Month!  (Held every September here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials)

So today’s episode is dedicated to earrings and is an introduction to Earrings Every Day Month if you’re participating in the free version.  (You can click here to learn about the premium version, Earrings eCourse)

In this episode you’ll learn what tools, materials and findings are important for making earrings.

Watch the video episode:

I wrote a big post about getting ready for Earrings Every Day Month that covers what’s in this episode a few days ago.  It’s also a great introduction to what you need to make earrings any day.  Click here for that post if you prefer reading.

Here are some of the links I mention in this episode:

Earring Wires:

How to Make Earring Wires

Headpins:

Ornate Headpins

Open Spiral and Knotted Headpins

Infinity Headpins

Bead Dangle Earrings Step-by-Step:

How to Earrings

How to Make EarringsMaterials and Tools:

  • Beads *
  • 2 Headpins – 2″ 20 gauge (or whatever you have)
  • 2 Earring wires (or see link above to learn how to make your own)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Another pair of pliers – another pair of chain nose, bent nose pliers or you can use your round nose pliers

*Beads:  You need 2 matching beads or more.  I used the beads I noted above plus 2 seed beads on each earring.  Just make sure that the beads aren’t too heavy and pull on your ears.

Step #1

How to Make EarringsSlide one seed bead onto a headpin and then add several of the disc beads.

The easiest way to use these disc beads for earrings is to pull a stack of them between your fingers and keep them in a stack.  Then slide them onto the head pin.

Obviously alternatively you can use any single bead you like (like I did in the video.)

How to Make EarringsStep #2

How to Make EarringsAdd a second seed bead on the other side if you’re using seed beads.

Step #3

How to Make EarringsHold the headpin in the round nose pliers, just slightly above the seed bead (approximately the length of a seed bead.)

Step #4

How to Make EarringsHow to Make EarringsBend the wire around the barrel of the pliers and in between the pliers and the beads like seen in the photo.

Straighten the loop so it’s centered above the beads.  I show you 2 ways to do this in the video.

Step #5

How to Make EarringsHold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Then continue wrapping the wire using another pair of pliers.  Wrap at least a few times.  Cut off any excess.

Make sure the wires are straight and snug.  Make sure the end is not sticking out.  (I give a tip in the video on how to do that!)

Step #6

How to Make EarringsHow to Make EarringsOpen the earring wire.  Make sure to open it while maintaining the circle.  Do not pull the circle open out sideways.

Step #7

How to Make EarringsPut the loop from the dangle in the open loop and close the earring wire.

Step #8

How to EarringsRepeat for the other earring.

Dangle Earrings

I showed a few samples, but here are a few more earrings that you can use for inspiration now that you have the basic technique!

Have fun!

Earrings Every Day Month

If you see this the day it goes live, you still can get in for Earrings Every Day Month!

If you would like daily earrings tutorials or want to learn more about it, click here.

Getting Ready for Earrings Every Day Month

Earrings Every Day Month

Are you ready for Earrings Every Day Month?  It starts in a week on September 1st!

To be successful at a daily challenge, I find it’s helpful to be prepared ahead of time.

For this particular challenge (Earrings Every Day Month, that is) that means gathering up the tools and materials you’ll be using every day into one convenient location.  It doesn’t matter if you have a dedicated workspace or not for your jewelry making, you can still gather up your earring making supplies into one convenient kit so they’re ready each and every day.

So what do you need?

Earring Supplies and Tools

The exact materials and tools you’ll need will depend on what earrings you’re making, but there are some general things you can have on hand so you can easily make a pair of earrings at any time.  Certainly you don’t need to have all of these items for every pair of earrings.

Tools for Making Earrings

Tools:

The tools you will use over and over again for making earrings and, in fact, these are the 3 basic tools you’ll need for wire wrapping any jewelry, are:

  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers

And if you’re going to be opening a lot of jump rings, I suggest bent nose pliers as well.

If you’re making your own earring wires, you’ll need a jewelry file, wire rounder or burr cup as well.

Materials:

Earring Supplies and Tools

Beads

You definitely do not need beads for all earrings, but you’ll certainly want some beads around for a lot of earrings.  If you’ve been making jewelry, you probably already have all the beads you need for this challenge, but you might want to pick up a couple of new strands.

If you’re new to jewelry making, the thing to remember is you don’t have to get a bunch of beads all at once.  You’ll purchase a strand and not use the entire strand and eventually you’ll have a collection.

My favorite place to get beads is Happy Mango Beads because of their unique choices.  I also love going to thrift stores and seeing what I can find to take apart.  You can also check out your local bead store or craft stores that sell beads.

Earring Supplies and Tools

Wire

If you’re going to make your own earring wires, you’ll need 20 gauge, half-hard round wire in the metal of your choice.

And I use a lot of 20 gauge half-hard round wire for most of my wire wrapping in earrings beyond earring wires as well.  You can also use it to make your own headpins as well.

If you’re new to jewelry making, I would suggest trying a less expensive wire (i.e. not sterling silver) to get started until you get comfortable.

A note about artistic wire:  It’s typically silver plated or coated copper.  Often it doesn’t state a hardness (like half-hard) but it works similarly to half-hard in my experience.  If you have metal sensitivities, you will not want to use this for earring wires.  Either practice on it and when you’re comfortable make your own earring wires with sterling silver or just purchase pre-made earring wires.

Other Materials:

You may want some other fun materials as we go along like chain or buttons.

Earring Findings:

Plain Earring Wires

Earring Wires:

Since we’ll be making earrings every day, it makes sense to have a bunch of earring wires on hand.  You can make these yourself or you can purchase them already made for you.  (Either way is perfectly fine, but they really are easy to make yourself, so why not give it a try?)

Making your own earring wires is great, too because if you’re working on an earring design and realize that you don’t have any earring wires it’s so easy to just whip up a pair quickly.

Earring Supplies and Tools

Headpins:

This is another supply you can purchase made for you already, but you can add a lot of personality to your earring designs if you make them yourself.  Also, when you make them yourself they’re more versatile.

Here are some free tutorials I’ve done for different decorative headpins:

Ornate headpin

Open Spiral and Knotted Headpins

Infinity Headpin

Note:  If you’re taking Earrings eCourse (the premium version of Earrings Every Day Month in which you get a tutorial every single day), I’ll be showing you how to make different earrings and part of that will sometimes be different headpins, depending on the design.

how to properly open and close jump rings

Jump Rings:

You can make these yourself ahead of time, but I rarely make mine.  I typically purchase them.

Learn how to properly open and close jump rings if you don’t already know how.

Earring Supplies and Tools

Other Earring Findings:

There are other findings like chandelier findings that you might want to have on hand.  Of course, you may want to make your own shapes as well.

Upcycled Ruler Junker Earrings

Charms:

Charms can be super cute on earrings or even be the complete earring.  You can make your own bead dangles to use as charms, make your own charms or have pre-made charms on hand.

Other Considerations for Earrings:

I love using upcycled and repurposed items in my jewelry making and that goes for earrings as well!

The main thing you have to take into consideration is the weight.  Your earrings cannot be too heavy.  If you’re making earrings for yourself, you know how heavy the earrings can be for you to still be comfortable.  If you’re making earrings for someone else, err on the side of being light.

Every Day Challenges and Not Getting Burned Out or Feeling Defeated:

If you’ve ever participated in an every day challenge, you may have gotten to a certain point and given up.  I know I have.

Remember:  a few pairs of earrings is better than none.  You do not have to “keep up” and if you “get behind” don’t let it bring you down.  You can simply jump back in at any point and make more earrings.

Maybe once a day is too much for you, but you can do once a week.  Perhaps you want to make a few pair a week.  Maybe you want to make 5 pair in a day and then none the rest of the week.  Any way that works for you is completely fine!  Even if you make just 1 pair of earrings this month!

Earrings Every Day Month:

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If you would like the structure of an earring tutorial every single day (and you get to keep access to all those tutorials and return back to them again and again) check out the Earrings eCourse that goes right along with Earrings Every Day Month.

Sharing Your Work:

I would love to see what you’re making!  There are 2 main places I’ll be looking for it:

  • My Facebook page.  You can add a little description saying that these are your Day 3 earrings from Earrings Every Day Month (EEDM) or something like that and upload a photo.
  • Instagram.  You can follow me at @KimberlieKohler.  (I’m just getting started on IG and would love to connect with you there!)

I hope that helps you get ready for Earrings Every Day Month!  I’m so excited to get started!

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