Bubbly wire earrings

Dangle framed teardrops from fancy handmade earring wires

Aluminum wire is perfect for earrings. It’s lightweight and soft enough to texturize with a hammer, but sturdy enough to hold its shape. It comes in a variety of colors, is available at craft stores, and is inexpensive. It’s my miracle metal. 

SUPPLIES

Earrings

  • 2 24 mm flat teardrop beads, top drilled
  • 12 3–6 mm beads 
  • 10 in. (25 cm) 16-gauge wire
  • 52 in. (1.3 m) 20- or 22-gauge wire
  • 12 in. (30 cm) 24-gauge wire
  • 12 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pins 
  • Chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • Diagonal wire cutters
  • Hammer and bench block
  • Metal file or emery board
  • 4, 6, 7, and 8 mm mandrels or a wire jig and pegs

Set of jump ring mandrels from Beadalon, beadalon.com for store locations. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. To make an earring wire: On a head pin, string a bead and make a plain loop. Make six bead units.

2. Cut a 12-in. (30 cm) piece of 20- or 22-gauge wire. Make a small loop on one end. Pull the wire around a 7 mm mandrel to form a circle. Pull the wire around a 6 mm mandrel in the opposite direction to form another circle.

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3. Pull the wire around a 4 mm mandrel to form a circle. Pull the wire around your roundnose pliers in the opposite direction to form another circle.

4. Pull the wire around the 4 mm mandrel to form a circle. Pull the wire around the 7 mm mandrel in the opposite direction to form another circle. 

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5. Pull the wire around your roundnose pliers in the opposite direction to form a circle. On a bench block, lightly hammer each side. Place the bottom of the piece against a 6 mm mandrel. Pull the wire halfway around the mandrel toward the top of the piece.

6. Place the top of the piece against an 8 mm mandrel. Pull the wire halfway around the mandrel toward the bottom of the piece. Trim the wire slightly below the bottom of the piece. Use chainnose pliers to bend the tip upward. Hammer the earring wire and file the end.

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7. Open the loop of a bead unit (How-Tos) and attach a circle. Close the loop. Attach the remaining bead units to circles as desired.

8. To make the frame: Cut a 5-in. (13 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire. Wrap it around a teardrop bead.

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9. Trim one end to 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm). Use roundnose pliers to make a loop. Hammer the frame.

10. Cut a 6-in. (15 cm) piece of 24-gauge wire. Center the bead on the wire. Wrap each end around the frame three or four times. Trim the excess wire and tuck the ends.

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11. Cut a 14-in. (36 cm) piece of 20- or 22-gauge wire. Starting at the loop, wrap the wire around the frame until you’ve covered the top third of the bead. Trim the excess wire and tuck the ends.

12. String the frame’s loop on the earring wire. Make a second earring the mirror image of the first.

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