- 20- to 24-gauge round dead soft wire
Size of the wire depends on the size of the link you are going to make. The bigger the link, the thicker the wire.
- Chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers or 6-step Barrel Pliers
- 9mm Bail Making Pliers (or a matching cylindrical object such as a pen)
Diameter of the bail making pliers depends on the size of the link.
- Nylon jaw pliers (optional)
- Wire cutters
You can start working from the spool. Wrap the wire one and a half times around a 9mm jaw.
- Place round nose pliers (or 2mm jaw of 6-step pliers) outside of
the loop and just across the wire end as shown. Make a loop so it
looks like a figure-8.
Insert the 9mm jaw back in the loop and continue wrapping the wire until it is across a small loop.
- Repeat step 2 to make the second loop just across the first one.
- Cut the wire, leaving a 6" tail. Make a wrap close to the last small loop.
- Make 5-6 wraps on one side of the connector. These wraps do not
have to be close to each other. Just make sure that the distance between
the wraps is the same.
- Make 5-6 wraps on the other side as well.
- Bring the wire end to the first half; make one wrap close to the
small loop. Place the wire end between two wraps and cut the wire.
Using chain nose pliers, tack the end inside, making sure it does not
- Place the connector between the nylon jaw pliers and slightly flatten it (this step is optional).
Now you can attach this component to any other components and make your own beautiful earrings!