Turquoise and Silver Feather Earrings

earrings measure 2" long

earrings measure 2" long

Inspired by dreamcatchers, these earrings forgo the webbing normally associated with authentic versions. But the elements of feathers, silver and turquoise beads lend a stylish, contemporary charm to the concept.  A little wire wrapping is all that’s required to assemble this project.  If you made the South By Southwest Drop Earrings, you can use up some of the leftover beads here. 

 

Directions

step 1 - Cut 22 gauge wire to measure 7.50”.  Insert the bead onto the wire at 4”. 

step 1 - Cut 22 gauge wire to measure 7.50”.  Insert the bead onto the wire at 4”. 

step 2 - With your fingers press the two wires up against the top of the bead.

step 2 - With your fingers press the two wires up against the top of the bead.

step 3 - Place Needle Nose pliers behind and pinch where the two wires intersect.  This will force both wires into an upright position.

step 3 - Place Needle Nose pliers behind and pinch where the two wires intersect.  This will force both wires into an upright position.

step 4 - Wrap the short wire around a 6mm round cylinder to form a loop.

step 4 - Wrap the short wire around a 6mm round cylinder to form a loop.

step 5 - Grasp the loop and long wire with Needle Nose Pliers and wrap the rest of the short wire around the loop working down toward the bead.   Wrap five times.  Cut off excess wire and smooth the edge with needle nose pliers. Set aside.

step 5 - Grasp the loop and long wire with Needle Nose Pliers and wrap the rest of the short wire around the loop working down toward the bead.   Wrap five times.  Cut off excess wire and smooth the edge with needle nose pliers. Set aside.

step 6 - Cut a new piece of wire to measure 7".  Allow a .50” tail and wrap the wire around the hoop 13 times working to the right of the hoop from the center.  Cut away excess wire and smooth the end. 

step 6 - Cut a new piece of wire to measure 7".  Allow a .50” tail and wrap the wire around the hoop 13 times working to the right of the hoop from the center.  Cut away excess wire and smooth the end. 

step 7 - Starting left of the right side wire, wrap the long wire connected to the bead, around the hoop 13 times catching the .50” tail wire (red line) in the wrap.  Cut off the excess long wire and smooth the end.

step 7 - Starting left of the right side wire, wrap the long wire connected to the bead, around the hoop 13 times catching the .50” tail wire (red line) in the wrap.  Cut off the excess long wire and smooth the end.

step 8 - With flat nose pliers, center the loop created in step 4.

step 8 - With flat nose pliers, center the loop created in step 4.

step 9 - Attach silver links from a chain to the feathers and insert the links into the loop, with one on each side of the bead.

step 9 - Attach silver links from a chain to the feathers and insert the links into the loop, with one on each side of the bead.

step 10 - Finish by adding an earring wire to the loop.

 


Supplies

At Amazon

  •  22 gauge round dead soft silver wire
  •  2 feather charms
  •  .25” long silver chain links - 2
  •  turquoise briolet beads (approx. .75” long)
  •  earring wires
  • jewelry pliers and cutters

Artbeads

  •  29mm jump ring - 2

Miscellaneous

  •  6mm round mandrel or other object

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