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how to make wire earrings

how to make wire earrings

If you would like to try your hand at making wire jewelry, learning how to make wire earrings is a good place to start. Earrings are small and simple to make, require few materials, and can be worn right away – instant gratification! Earrings also make great and relatively inexpensive gifts. When just starting, it is best to use materials you can buy from craft stores: the generic, non-precious metal kind. This way, you can experiment all you like without spending too much money and worrying about whether the finished product will be fit to use. However, you might want to consider the choice of ear wires you use. This part loops through your ears so that the earring will hang from your ears. If your skin is sensitive, the metal may cause irritations and an allergic reaction. Ask for hypoallergenic wire if this is a concern. Surgical steel ear wire, inexpensive but of good quality, is a good choice. The tutorial below is for a very simple wire earring that you can make easily and wear proudly. It can also be mass-produced without much effort, once you know the process.



  1. The basic materials you need are a foot of 26 gauge artist wire, 2 ear wires, 2 small jumper rings, and various sized spare beads if you have them and want to use them (six small matching beads will work just fine). For tools, you need wire cutters, round nose pliers, a small mallet or hammer, a thin rubber sheet or a spare mouse pad, a marker or similar cylindrical object to use as a mandrel (where you wrap the wire around), and paper and pen.

  2. Using your pencil and paper, draw a figure “8” on a piece of paper. It should be 3 inches in height. If you are using beads, the width of the figure should be wide enough to accommodate 3 beads.

  3. Make sure your mandrel is the same size as the top loop of your figure “8”: put the bottom of the marker against the top of the figure “8” to see if it’s the same size. If not, find another cylindrical object that fits.

  4. Cut your artist wire into two pieces. Use the marker to mark a spot on the tip of your round nose pliers: this will serve as a guide for where to turn a loop in the wire, so that your loops are uniform in size. Take one of your cut wires, position one end on the mark in your round nose pliers, and twist around the nose tip so that the wire forms a small, closed loop.

  5. Put the wire down on your pattern so that the loop faces outward from the figure “8”, close to the spot where the lines intersect at the center, and following the outward stroke.

  6. At the spot where the figure “8” starts to curve into the loop, wrap your wire around the mandrel so that it curves according to the pattern you made. Follow the diagonal stroke of the figure “8” towards the bottom part, under the loop you made, and again use the mandrel to curve the wire into shape, back to the intersection, so that the figure “8” is completed. Do not cut the wire just yet.

  7. Repeat the entire procedure with the other piece of wire.

  8. Hammer your wires to strengthen it. To do this, lay the figure “8” wires down on a hard, smooth surface, like a smooth, non-texture tile. Make sure no part of the wire overlaps. Lay the rubber sheet or mouse pad over the wires. Hammer the wires a few times with uniform strength. Flip both over and do the same to the other side.

  9. Put one ear wire and one “8” wire into a jumper ring. Thread three beads into one “8” wire. Do the same to the other ear wire, jumper ring, “8” wire and beads.

  10. Make a loop on the other end of the “8”, using the same mark on the nose of the pliers, to the opposite direction of the first loop. Your earring should look like a big figure “8” with two very small loops facing outward from where the wires intersect. Get the loops as close to the center wire as possible. Do the same to the other earring.

Congratulations, your wire earrings are done! Now that you know how to make wire earrings, go experiment on other shapes, other looks, and other designs. Have fun making and using your own fashion accessories.

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