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Pearl earrings with wire-wrapped prongs

Edgy earrings hang from handmade hoop-posts

Pearls don’t have to be demure. Why not spotlight these lustrous beauties with edgy, gothic-inspired wire wrapping? I’ll let you in on a secret: The tapered clawlike prongs only appear to be clutching the pearls. Cleverly concealed head pins are actually doing the heavy lifting. To finish off the pieces, you can fabricate your own hoop-post findings using basic torch skills. Or, forgo the torch, and forge simple ear-wire hooks instead.

For instructions on how to make the earring components, click through the gallery below. To see the project PDF, which also includes instructions for making hoop-posts and patinating the wire capture, click here.

Materials

  • Sterling silver wire:
    - 18-gauge (1.0 mm), square, half-hard, 24–32 in. (61.0–81.3 cm)
    - 14-gauge (1.6 mm), round, half-hard, 5 in. (12.7 cm)
    - 20-gauge (0.8 mm), round, half-hard, 3 in. (76 mm)
  • Fine-silver wire: 24-gauge (0.5 mm), round, 36 in. (91.4 cm)
  • 2 pearls: 10 x 12 mm
  • 4 sterling silver head pins: 3 in. (76 mm)
  • 2 earring-back findings

Additional tools & supplies

  • Liver of sulfur (optional)
  • Polishing paper: 1200 grit
  • Scotch-Brite pad

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Instructions

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