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Silver ringlet earrings

Like a mountain spring, these remarkably easy earrings just flow... and are refreshingly beautiful!

The spiral is a universally recognized design element. Throughout the world, prehistoric rock carvings and paintings stand as a testament to its power to continually inspire human creativity. With these earrings, simple coils of silver wire conjure up this ancient symbol while reinterpreting it in a thoroughly modern style.

SUPPLIES

  • Sterling silver wire
    • round, 18 gauge (1.0mm), dead soft, 3 ft. (91.4cm)
    • round, 20 gauge (0.8mm), dead soft, 6 in. (15.2cm)
  • Sterling silver jump rings: 16 gauge (1.3mm), 10mm outside diameter
  • Flush cutters
  • Pliers: chainnose, roundnose
  • Chasing or planishing hammer
  • Bench block
  • Bezel mandrel, 10mm-diameter rod, or stepped-roundnose pliers
  • Jeweler’s files or concave cutting bur (optional)
  • Liver of sulfur (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS

Lovely and delicate, these 1 x 2-in. (25.5 x 51mm) earrings will be finished and ready to accentuate the curve of your jawline within hours of your beginning this project.

Make a basic top loop. Cut two 1 1⁄2-in. (38mm) pieces of 18-gauge (1.0mm) sterling silver wire. Grip the wire’s tip with the base of your roundnose pliers (1⁄8 in. [3mm] jaw diameter). 
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Roll the wire to form a basic loop. Release the wire, and reposition the pliers to finish the loop.

all process photos by Lisa Niven Kelly.
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Position the pliers where the loop meets the stem. Gently squeeze at this spot while shifting the loop backward to center it on the wire.

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Measure 1⁄8 in. (3mm) from the base of the loop, grip the wire with the tip of your chainnose pliers, and bend the wire 90 degrees.

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This bend will make the stem of the wire perpendicular to the loop.

Repeat with the second piece of wire.

Make the coils in the short dangles. 
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To coil the wire stem so there is no hole at its center, grip the tip of the stem with the very tip of your chainnose pliers.

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Rotate the pliers to make a tiny U-shaped bend. 

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Release the pliers, and squeeze the bend closed.

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Reposition the pliers to grasp the bend horizontally near the pliers’ hinge.

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Rotate your pliers while pushing the stem with your fingers to form a coil. 
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Coil the stem to the 90-degree bend.
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