February 29, 2012

DIY Tutorial: Handmade Earwires.

If you love making earrings, you always need ear-wires, right?
You can purchase commercial ear-wires almost at any craft store or on-line.
An average price for 1 pair of sterling silver hook ear-wires is $1.20, the av. price of 20-22ga sterling silver wire - $2.00/foot. To make 1 pair of ear-wires you will need 3"- 4" = $0.50- $0.65. Do you see a difference? Plus, you will have fun making them :)


OK, let's start!It's easy as 1-2-3!


Tools you will need:
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Dowel (Round pencil )
To make simple loop ear-wires (left on a photo), you will need two pieces of 20-22ga half hard wire 1 1/2" (4cm) each.
1. Make a loop with round nose pliers, so your wire piece looks like a "p" letter:
2. Bend the wire around the dowel as shown:
 3. Using  flat nose pliers, slightly bend the tip away from the loop, no more than ¼” from the end:

To make Ear-wires with a bead, (right on a photo), you will need two pieces of 20-22ga half hard wire 2" (5cm) each.
 1. Using round nose pliers, make a simple loop on one end of the wire, so your wire piece looks like an eye-pin now:
2. Slide a bead (3mm) and bend the wire at a 60 degree angle as shown. Note: the loop and the wire are on the same plane:
 3. Bend the wire around the dowel as shown:
 4. You may hammer the ear-wires slightly.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 
All your comments are highly appreciated :)

2 comments:

  1. I like tutorial! Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for sharing...

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