These breath-taking bead and wire earrings are colorful and vibrant, just like the woman who wears them. This wirework design is simple yet intricate, funky yet elegant. No one will ever guess these pretty beaded dangles are
two 6 1/4″ pieces of 20-gauge, round, soft wire for the frames
two 14″ pieces of 24-gauge, round, soft wire for coiling
16 to 20 beads about 6mm size with holes large enough to fit 20-gauge wire
small nylon jaw pliers
flat nose or chain nose pliers
mandrel, or other shaping tool for ear wires. (a pencil or marker is fine)
needle file, emery board, or cup burr for smoothing wire ends
1.) Hold the 20 gauge wire in your nondominant hand and start wrapping a 14″ section of 24 gauge wire about 1/2″ from the end. Make approximately 14-16 wrap.
2.) String a bead onto the 20 gauge wire.
3.) Go over the bead with the 24 gauge wire and wrap around the 20 gauge, down, around and back up.
4.) String another bead onto the wire and repeat the previous step until you have seven or eight beads. Wrap the 24 gauge wire the same number of times as you did at the start.
5.) With your fingers, gently bend the whole piece into a “U” shape and trim the excess 24 gauge wire. Pinch it with your chain or flat nose pliers.
6.) Cross the frame wires to create a teardrop shape at the top.
7.) Wrap the smaller section of 20 gauge wire around the longer piece once. Cut it close to the longer section of wire and pinch it with your pliers.
8.) Straighten the long wire and place it on your steel block. Carefully and lightly hammer the wire section with no coils or beads on it to harden the ear wire.
9.) The wire will curve. With your nylon jaw pliers, straighten it.
10.) String a bead onto the wire.
11.) Bend the wire 90 degrees with your thumb just over the bead.
12.) With a mandrel, pencil, marker, or other cylindrically shaped tool, curve the wire toward the front of the earring to create an open loop. Try to keep the small bend over the bead. This will hold it in place later.
13.) Trim the wire to approximately 1 1/4″.
14.) With the flat nose pliers, bend about 1/4″ slightly outward at the tip of the wire.
15.) File the end of the ear wire with a small file, emery board, or cup burr to smooth it and remove any sharp edges.
16.) Your earring is finished. Make the other earring. They should look something like this. These have been oxidized with Liver of Sulfur.