Thursday, May 8, 2008

Earwire Tutorial

I've been making my own earwires for many years. What follows is a tutorial for a very simple style that is a great way to get started. As time allows, I will add tutorials for several other styles of earwires.

I start with 3" - 3 1/2" of 20 ga half-hard sterling silver wire. If this is your first time trying this, you might want to practice with copper wire before cutting the sterling! Hammer about 1/4" of the end of the wire flat using a chasing hammer and either an anvil or bench block.






Next, using your round nose pliers, make a small loop at the flattened end: Placing the round nose pliers just above this loop, make a bend in the opposite direction, as shown in the next 2 photos. In the 3rd photo below, you can see that I'm making the curve that will go through your ear. Here, I am using a size 13 aluminum knitting needle as a "jig". A Sharpie pen works well too.To finish the earwires, hammer both the top curve and the small curve at the bottom where your drops will go. This hardens the wire and dresses it up at the same time. Don't forget to file the ends and make a small bend in the end, if desired.



10 comments:

Artisan Wire Wrapped Jewelry said...

What a nice gift for your readers.

:-)

ccdesign said...

Vicki,
Your tutorial looks wonderful.
Easy to follow,
Cori

Cindy said...

Hello girl! I really enjoyed your tutorial as well as your blog. It's very nice. AKA Cthings.

Orion Designs said...

Thanks for commenting. It was fun to do and I'm planning several more styles to cover.

Deb @ Crysallis said...

awwww you my hero!! :)

This is such a great tut Vic!! :D Thank you so much for sharing!! XOXO

Studio Marcy - Marcy Lamberson said...

Loved reading this. You make me want to try it.
Marcy

Brenda said...

Great tutorial Vicki! Thank you for sharing this!
~Brenda

HJC Editor said...

Hi! Great tute! I will be linking at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/ in future post.

Thanks!
Jane
http://diylessons.org/
http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

Anonymous said...

Vicki, thank you for this tutorial. Can you say/show how you bend the wire around the mandrel? Mine came out just "U" shaped, while yours are beautifully curved and ready to go!

Orion Designs said...

Bend it further around the mandrel. It's as simple as that!