Make these show-stopping earrings for a musicloving friend! The delicate crystal
bead dangles add the perfect subtle sparkle to this earring design, and the hammered texture takes them from boring to brilliant. Release some stress by hammering out these gorgeous earrings!
two ear wires
two head pins
two crystal beads
two 7-inch pieces 22-gauge craft wire
chain nose pliers
round nose pliers
bench block or jeweler’s anvil
1.) To make bead dangle, slide a crystal bead onto a head pin. Grasp wire with chain nose pliers where it exits bead; bend wire into 90degree angle. Grasp angle with round nose pliers and start to form a loop. Reposition round nose pliers and complete loop.Use wire cutters to cut off excess wire where wires cross. Repeat to make second bead dangle.
2.) Use round nose pliers to start a small loop in one piece of the wire. Continue coiling wire around loop to make a spiral. Stop when 1 ½ inches of wire remain uncoiled.
3.) Use round nose pliers to make a small loop with remaining end of the wire, facing loop in opposite direction so you have an “S” shape.
4.) Use flat part of hammer to gently pound spiral on bench block or anvil until wire is flattened. If desired, pound
on both sides with rounded part of hammer to give texture. Repeat with other 7-inch piece of wire.
5.) Attach a bead dangle outer loop of each larger spiral. Attach ear wires to outer loop of each smaller spiral.