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Playful wire earrings

Playful wire earrings

These whimsical earrings are simple to make and a great way to learn about working with wire. If you haven’t done much wire work before, start with an inexpensive material, such as copper or craft wire. Then move on to gold-filled or sterling, once you’re comfortable with the tools and techniques. Have fun following the templates drawn by our illustrator, Kellie Jaeger, or sketch a few figures of your own.

SUPPLIES

  • 18-gauge Wire (see templates for lengths) 
  • 18 in. (46 cm) 24-gauge Wire  
  • Assorted 2-3mm beads (optional)
  • G-S Hypo Cement (optional) 
  • Earring wires with loops
  • Tools: round- and chainnose pliers, ball-peen hammer, and anvil

INSTRUCTIONS

Playful wire earrings A
PHOTO a

1. Choose a template and cut the appropriate length of wire. Bend the wire about 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) from one end. 

2. Using the bend as your starting point, manipulate the wire into thedesired shape (PHOTO A). Begin at the red dot on the template and use your fingers and tools to recreate the curves and angles of the design. Avoid bending the wire back and forth at any one spot or it will weaken and break.

Playful wire earrings B
Photo b
3. Complete the figure by wrapping the wire tail around the 1 1⁄2-in. end several times (PHOTO B). 
 
Playful wire earrings C
Photo c

 

4. Keep the wraps close to the figure. With the 1 1⁄2-in. wire end, make a wrapped or plain loop above the wraps made in step 3 (PHOTO C). If you make a wrapped loop,continue wrapping until the two sets of wraps meet. Trim the excess wire. 

5. Once you have completed a figure, hammer it gently to harden the wire. 

6. To embellish the figure, string one or more beads on 24-gauge wire. Wrap one wire end tightly around the shaped wire, slide the bead or beads into position, and secure the remaining wire end with another few wraps. A drop of glue will hold the wraps in place. 

7. Open the loop on an earring wire and attach the earring loop. Make a second earring to match (or complement) the first.

Templates

Frog wire earrings template
Frog template
Dog wire earrings template
Dog template
Palm tree wire earrings template
Palm tree template
Fishbone wire earrings template
Fishbone template
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