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Autumn copper earrings

Copper’s earthy color makes it ideal for hammering, and it takes on a graceful patina.

Autumn copper wire earrings
For fall, my metal of choice is copper. It’s relatively soft and therefore easy to shape. To make symmetrical components, work with wires in pairs. If you have sensitive ears, accent copper dangles with gold or silver earring wires and coordinating bead caps or spacers.
Autumn copper wire earrings Step 1
1. Cut a 5-in. (13 cm) piece of 20-gauge wire. Center the wire on a mandrel. Pull the wire around the mandrel, forming an X. On each end, make a loop. 


  • 12 7 mm rondelles, 6  color D, 6 color E
  • 16 4 mm bicone crystals
    • 4 color A
    • 8 color B
    • 4 color C
  • 12 5 mm bead caps
  • 10 in. (25 cm) 20-gauge half-hard wire
  • 6 in. (15 cm) 22-gauge half-hard wire
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) chain, 2–3 mm links
  • 12 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • bench block or anvil
  • hammer
  • mandrel or other cylindrical object  
Autumn copper wire earrings Step 2
2. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Wrap it snugly around the X. Trim the excess wire and use chainnose pliers to tuck in the ends. On a bench block or anvil, hammer each side of the component. 
Autumn copper wire earrings Step 3

3. On a head pin, string a color A bicone crystal, a bead cap, a color D rondelle, and a color B bicone. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.

Make a second long bead unit, reversing the colors of the bicones and using a color E rondelle. Complete the wraps on this unit, wrapping over the top of the bicone. 

Autumn copper wire earrings Step 4
4. On a head pin, string a color C bicone crystal, a bead cap, and a color E rondelle. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make two short bead units. Make a third and a fourth short bead unit, using color B bicones and color D rondelles. Complete the wraps on these units, partially wrapping the tops of the rondelles.
Autumn copper wire earrings Step 5
5. Cut a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) piece of chain with an odd number of links. Attach a long bead unit to the center link. On each side of the long unit, skip one or two links and attach a short bead unit. Complete the wraps as you go.
Autumn copper wire earrings Step 6
6. Open each loop of the wire component. Attach an end link of the chain and a short bead unit to each loop. Close each loop.
Autumn copper wire earrings Step 7
7. Open the loop of an earring wire, and attach the dangle and a long bead unit. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first. 
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