November 15, 2015

Lark's Knot Earrings

Materials and Tools:
  • 5 inches of 20 ga round dead soft wire
  • 5 mm Jump Rings, 20 ga - 2
  • 4mm Crystals/beads - 2
  • 1 pair ear wires
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Chasing hummer
  • Bench block

1. Straighten and cut a piece of 20 gauge wire, 2 1/2 inches (65mm) long.
2. Hold the wire with tip of the round nose pliers 7/8 inches (20mm) away from one end and make a loop, so there is a 90 degree angle.
3. Start making the second loop from another wire end, 1/8 inch away from the first loop.
4. While making the second loop, make sure that both wire ends are on the same side. The distance between these loops has to be about 1/16 inch.
You can have both ends the same length, or have one end shorter.

5.  Fold the both loops together, so the cross wire is outside. You may use two sets of pliers for folding. 
6. Hammer one wire end so it's flattened (I flattened the shortest wire).
7. Slide a crystal/bead on the longest wire and move it towards the knot. Hammer the wire end (watch for the bead, do not smash it.)
8. Open a jump-ring, slide through the two loops of the knot and add an ear wire. Close the ring.
Make the second earring in the same manner.

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