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DIY & Technique: Simple Earrings

The DIY project for this week includes the steps for a wire wrapping techniques and you end up with some pretty, easy-to-wear earrings!
See the steps to these earrings and a basic wire wrapping technique after the jump!

I use all-in-one jewelry pliers, as you can see. So if you have this tool, you don't need separate wire cutters & round nose pliers. You can see the little round cut-out on the pliers - that is the wire cutter. The flat part above that is the wire stripper (also handy for pinching - which you would usually do with flat nose pliers).  If you are a beginning jewelry maker, an all-in-one is great. You can upgrade to individual tools later. Not pictured: earring wires. You'll see them later in the process.

Now your bead is prepped and ready to thread on a chain or earring wires. 
See how pretty that wire wrapping is? And so secure.
These earring wires are called 'kidney' earring wires or earring findings.
And voila! You're done. 

10 comments:

Your Plucky Picaroon February 28, 2012 at 7:09 AM  

I love this! Guess what all my girlfriends are getting as a "dash of green" for St. Pats this year?! Thanks for sharing.

Crissy February 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM  

So pretty! Too bad I'm so sucky at these.

Trish@CraftyMoods.com March 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM  

Very nice-it seems so easy with those round nose pliers!

elenor March 13, 2012 at 7:44 AM  

thank you for this nice tutorial. it is really very helpful for a beginner like me. now i feel confident to make suche earrings for me.

BiH,  May 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM  

These are beautiful, great choice of color.

Anonymous,  September 15, 2012 at 6:28 PM  

Thanks for sharing! I always have trouble with these, but your pictures have given me new hope. Will try again.

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