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Wired blossom earrings

Grow a garden of wirework earrings

Make a pair of flowering earrings with delicate petals, leaves, and a stem. I started with tourmaline; I picked out some gemstones, set them on a paper towel, and arranged them into little flowers. Then I just made a frame and wrapped the gems to it. These earrings are so cute and simple, and the design is so versatile, I’ve created a whole series of them!

SUPPLIES

Earrings

  • 10 5–7 mm briolettes
  • 1 yd. (91 cm) 28- or 30-gauge wire
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 20-gauge wire
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • hammer and bench block 

Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Wired blossom earrings Step 1
Step 1
To make a frame: Cut a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) piece of 20-gauge wire. On one end, use roundnose pliers to make a loop. Use your fingers to curve the wire as desired. If necessary, trim the excess wire.
Wired blossom earrings Step 2
Step 2
On a bench block, gently hammer the wire frame.
Wired blossom earrings Step 3
Step 3
Cut an 18-in. (46 cm) piece of 28- or 30-gauge wire. Bend one end to form a hook. Hook the wire below the loop of the frame and make a few wraps around the frame. Trim the hook end and use chainnose pliers to tuck it in.
Wired blossom earrings Step 4
Step 4
String a briolette and position it close to the frame. Make a few wraps around the frame and the briolette to secure it.
 
Wired blossom earrings Step 5
Step 5
Repeat step 4 to attach the remaining briolettes, wrapping the wire around the frame between the briolette clusters as desired. Make a few wraps around the bottom of the frame. Trim and tuck the excess wrapping wire.
Wired blossom earrings Step 6
Step 6
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring the mirror image of the first.
Tip!

Wrap it up

You can use pliers or your fingers to make tight wraps around the frame. To ensure even spacing between the wraps, use your fingers or chainnose pliers to gently snug the wraps before stringing each bead.

Petal placement

To eliminate guesswork later on, arrange clusters of briolettes on your work surface before attaching them to the frame.

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