Red Satin Wire Wrapped Earrings

Earrings measure 2.25”

Earrings measure 2.25”

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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 I recently found almost identical ones at Fire Mountain Gems. (See the link in supplies at the bottom of this page.) The only difference between the JoAnns bead and the Fire Mountain bead that I can see is that it’s a bit flatter than the bead I used. At lease that’s the way it appears in the photo. It’s the same color, finish, and size. You can easily make this project in an evening.

Directions

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 2 -Using a Sharpie, mark the center of the 5” wires. On the left and right, mark the stems at 1 1/8” from the center bottom.

step 2 -Using a Sharpie, mark the center of the 5” wires. On the left and right, mark the stems at 1 1/8” from the center bottom.

step 3 - Place the wire flat on the work surface. Align a ruler on the wire’s marks.

step 3 - Place the wire flat on the work surface. Align a ruler on the wire’s marks.

step 4 - Fold the stems forward over the ruler.

step 4 - Fold the stems forward over the ruler.

step 5 - Hold the wire with flat nose pliers over the center mark and pinch the folds closer together. There should be approximately 3/8” in between them.

step 5 - Hold the wire with flat nose pliers over the center mark and pinch the folds closer together. There should be approximately 3/8” in between them.

step 6 - Make a mark 5/8” down from the fold. Use flat nose pliers to create a 90 degree angle in the right stem.

step 6 - Make a mark 5/8” down from the fold. Use flat nose pliers to create a 90 degree angle in the right stem.

step 7 - Create an angle on the left wire and trim both leaving a 3/8” space between them.

step 7 - Create an angle on the left wire and trim both leaving a 3/8” space between them.

step 8 - Align the wires in the bead holes and squeeze the wires toward the center.

step 8 - Align the wires in the bead holes and squeeze the wires toward the center.

step 9 - Overlap the 3.50” stems to create a one inch deep teardrop shape.

step 9 - Overlap the 3.50” stems to create a one inch deep teardrop shape.

step 10 - With flat nose plies, bend the left tail down into a 90 degree angle.

step 10 - With flat nose plies, bend the left tail down into a 90 degree angle.

step 11 - Wrap the tail around the right stem twice and cut off excess. Smooth the wire end.

step 11 - Wrap the tail around the right stem twice and cut off excess. Smooth the wire end.

step 12 - With round nose pliers, create a round loop in the right tail. Cut off excess and smooth the wire end.

step 12 - With round nose pliers, create a round loop in the right tail. Cut off excess and smooth the wire end.

step 13 - Slip the bottom of the smaller teardrop wire into the fold of the larger one, so the larger one is suspended.

step 13 - Slip the bottom of the smaller teardrop wire into the fold of the larger one, so the larger one is suspended.

step 14 - Cut a 15” piece of 24 gauge wire. Place the center of it on the front of the small oval center under the tail wrap you created in step 11.

step 14 - Cut a 15” piece of 24 gauge wire. Place the center of it on the front of the small oval center under the tail wrap you created in step 11.

step 15 - Wrap the wires to the back then bring them to the front. Wrap the left wire around the flat wire six times.

step 15 - Wrap the wires to the back then bring them to the front. Wrap the left wire around the flat wire six times.

step 16 - Wrap the right wire around the flat wire six times. Cross the wires in the center.

step 16 - Wrap the right wire around the flat wire six times. Cross the wires in the center.

step 17 - Bring the wires to the back and wrap each side six times. Again, cross the wires in the center then wrap each side down to the folds in the suspended oval. Bring the wires forward from the back and wrap the folds twice. Cut away excess and smooth the wire ends.

step 17 - Bring the wires to the back and wrap each side six times. Again, cross the wires in the center then wrap each side down to the folds in the suspended oval. Bring the wires forward from the back and wrap the folds twice. Cut away excess and smooth the wire ends.

step 18 - Attach an earring wire to the top loop.

Tips

Remove Sharpie marks form your pliers with Isopropyl Alcohol.



Supplies

At Michaels Store

  • 18 gauge round silver wire

  • 24 gage round silver wire

  • earring wires

  • Sharpie

  • ruler

At Amazon

  • jewelry pliers and cutters

  • jewelry bench block and chasing hammer

Fire Mountain Gems


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