Midnight Crimson Gold Wrap Earrings

Finished Size 10” x 11” x 3”
 

Shining gold wire plays off the luscious, satiny, seemingly suede like finish of these extraordinary beads.  Intense with color and slightly oval in shape, they have an unusually smooth feel that begs to be touched.  These danglers move freely with the slightest motion and refuse to be ignored.  Measuring 1.5” from top to bottom, this project is deceptively easy to create.  

Directions

step 1 - Cut a piece of 18 gauge gold wire 8” long.  Fold in half and insert the two ends into the bead. 

step 1 - Cut a piece of 18 gauge gold wire 8” long.  Fold in half and insert the two ends into the bead. 

step 2 - Bend the looped end of the wire to a 45 degree angle 1/14” from the loop.

step 2 - Bend the looped end of the wire to a 45 degree angle 1/14” from the loop.

step 3 - Push the loop over the bead to shape the wire to match the oval bead.

step 3 - Push the loop over the bead to shape the wire to match the oval bead.

step 4 - Remove the bead from the wire.

step 4 - Remove the bead from the wire.

step 5 - Cut a 14” piece of 24 gauge wire.  Wrap it around, the two center stems joining them together.

step 5 - Cut a 14” piece of 24 gauge wire.  Wrap it around, the two center stems joining them together.

step 6 - Wrap the wire, working around the oval until it is completely covered.  Trim the excess 24 gauge wire and smooth the ends.

step 6 - Wrap the wire, working around the oval until it is completely covered.  Trim the excess 24 gauge wire and smooth the ends.

step 7 - Slide the bead back onto the two stems.

step 7 - Slide the bead back onto the two stems.

step 8 - Insert one of the stems under the wire-wrapped oval and push the oval up to surround the bead.

step 8 - Insert one of the stems under the wire-wrapped oval and push the oval up to surround the bead.

step 9 - One stem should extend up in front of the wrapped wire and one should extend behind.

step 9 - One stem should extend up in front of the wrapped wire and one should extend behind.

step 10 - Wrap a small length of 18 gauge wire around a thin round object, like a fine knitting needle, four times.  Slip the coil off the object.  Bend the excess into a 90 degree angle.  Leave a 1.25 tail and trim the ends.

step 10 - Wrap a small length of 18 gauge wire around a thin round object, like a fine knitting needle, four times.  Slip the coil off the object.  Bend the excess into a 90 degree angle.  Leave a 1.25 tail and trim the ends.

step 11 - Slide the coil over the two wire stems.  Make a loop in the tail of the coil using round nose pliers.

step 11 - Slide the coil over the two wire stems.  Make a loop in the tail of the coil using round nose pliers.

step 12 - Before closing the loop insert the end through the earring wire of your choice.  Close the loop and trim the excess wire.

step 12 - Before closing the loop insert the end through the earring wire of your choice.  Close the loop and trim the excess wire.

step 13 - To complete the earring roll both 1.25” stems into spirals and bend them down toward the top of the oval.  Start the spirals with the very tip of round nose pliers.  Grasp the small circle in a pair of flat nose pliers and smooth the wire around the circle working in small increments.  Release the pliers and reposition the circle then grasp again and smooth the wire.  Continue until you have the size spiral you want.

step 13 - To complete the earring roll both 1.25” stems into spirals and bend them down toward the top of the oval.  Start the spirals with the very tip of round nose pliers.  Grasp the small circle in a pair of flat nose pliers and smooth the wire around the circle working in small increments.  Release the pliers and reposition the circle then grasp again and smooth the wire.  Continue until you have the size spiral you want.



Supplies

At Michaels

  • 24 Gauge Gold Artistic Wire
  • 18 Gauge Gold Artistic Wire
  • Bead Landing Crimson beads 1” long
  • round nose jewelry pliers
  • flat nose pliers
  • wire cutters

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