Freeform Wire Earrings
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by HEATHER SAXON of Hotwired Beads
These gorgeous freeform wire earrings were created by Heather Saxon of Hotwired Beads, who generously supplied this tutorial. Thanks, Heather!
Step One: Create the Desired Length
Holding the two 24 gauge wires in your left hand, with about 1" (2cm) tails, loop around a size 11 (3mm) knitting needle. Start by turning the needle away from you, capturing the tails under the wire coil. Continue twisting as evenly as possible, keeping wires slightly apart until you reach the desired length.
Step Two: Make it the Right Width
Working in the same manner, wind the wire back down to your starting point and continue up and down the 'bead' length until it is as thick as you want it. Try to make sure the beads don't 'taper off' at each end.
Step Three: Finish the Bead
Finish the bead with several tight coils around the knitting needle, flush to the bead end. Flush cut carefully and give the bead a squeeze from each end with flat nose pliers.
Step Four: Make the Coil
WOTWS (working off the wire spool/supply), slide a bead onto 20 gauge wire and with the end of your round nose pliers coil the wire three times to make a tiny uniform coil. Finish with the cut end flush against the wire coil bead.
Step Five: Turn it Into an Earring
Holding the bead firmly down on this coil, cut wire leaving a 2" (5cm) tail and form a single eye loop. Insert it through the loop of earring wire and twist wire snugly around the neck of the formed eye pin.
Step Six: Repeat!
Since this is a pair of earrings, make sure you prepare two matching beads in whatever length, width or colour that appeals to you. ;)
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