Red Satin Wire Wrapped Earrings
I made my Red Satin Bead Bracelet several years ago and it’s still one of my most popular projects. Since I have beads left from that bracelet it seemed natural that I should do something with them so I created this project. This simple set of earrings comes together with two pieces of teardrop shaped, flattened wire, one folded over the other. Added wrapping lends an attractive element without a lot of work. I originally found the red beads at my local JoAnns store. I don’t know if the stores still carry them but they do have a similar bead on their website. It’s only different in that it’s a bit flatter than the bead I used. It’s the same color and size. Another source is eBay. I saw a ¼ lb. mix of round and other shaped beads including the one I used. You can easily make this project in an evening.
step 1 - Cut two pieces of 18 gauge wire to measure 5” long. Cut two more pieces to measure 3.50”. Smooth the 5” wires around a one-inch round object then straighten the tails straight to form a teardrop shape wire. Smooth the 3.50” wires around a sharpie then straighten the tails into a tear drop shape. Hammer all the wires flat. Set aside the shorter wires.
step 18 - Attach an earring wire to the top loop.
Remove Sharpie marks form your pliers with Isopropyl Alcohol.
At Michaels Store
18 gauge round silver wire
24 gage round silver wire
jewelry pliers and cutters
jewelry bench block and chasing hammer
Joann’s or Ebay (see links at top of page)
red oval 17mm beads