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Tri-angle wire earrings

Make just three bends, add crystals, for instant accessories

Read the project instructions below, or click here for the free project PDF, which includes a design alternative using accent crystals.

 Materials

  • Pair of earrings 2 1⁄2 in. (64 mm)
  • 8–10 in. (20.3–25.4 cm) 16-gauge (1.3 mm) silver-plated or German wire, on the spool
  • 2 11 x 19 mm galactic crystals (Swarovski #5556, crystal copper)
  • Pair of ear wires
  • Flatnose or chainnose pliers
  • Nylon-jaw pliers
  • Flush cutters strong enough to cut 16-gauge (1.3 mm) wire
Tri angle wire earrings a
Step a
Tri angle wire earrings b
Step b

1. Cut a piece of 16-gauge wire from the spool where it makes one complete circle (a). Using nylon-jaw pliers and working with (not against) the curve of the wire, straighten the wire slightly to create an open circle shape (b).

Tip!
To make an identical pair of earrings, repeat each step twice rather than making one complete earring and then making the other.
Tri angle wire earrings c
Step c
Tri angle wire earrings d
Step d

2. Lay the circle shape on your work surface, and hold your flatnose or chainnose pliers horizontally (parallel to your work surface). With your pliers in this position, grasp the wire at the center, and make a right-angle bend so that one half of the wire is vertical and perpendicular to the other half (c).

3. Using flatnose pliers, continue making a U-bend at the center of the wire until the vertical half of the wire is once again horizontal and parallel to the other half (d).

4. Trim both ends of the wire evenly at a point that is 2–2 1⁄2 in. (51–64 mm) from the U-bend.

Tri angle wire earrings e
Step e
Tri angle wire earrings f
Step f

5. Lay the piece on its side on your work surface, and hold your flatnose pliers horizontally (parallel to your work surface). With your pliers in this position, grasp the end of the wire that is lying against your work surface (e), and make a right-angle bend toward the other end of the wire so that this end is vertical and perpendicular to the other.

6. Flip the piece, and repeat step 5 with the other end of the wire. Pull outward gently on each side of the piece so that the ends meet (f).

7. Once again pull gently on each side of the piece, and feed the ends of the wire into each side of an 11 x 19 mm galactic crystal.

8. Open the loop of an ear wire, and attach the U-bend. Close the loop.

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