Patterned Wire Earrings Tutorial

Written by
Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Published on
September 1, 2021 1:01:00 AM PDT September 1, 2021 1:01:00 AM PDTst, September 1, 2021 1:01:00 AM PDT

Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue

 

Designer Tips

  • Measure, mark and cut patterned wire to desired length.
  • File ends smooth with slightly rounded corners, so the wire pieces match the curve of the disks.
  • Use nylon hammer and metal block to flatten pieces if needed.
  • Mark locations for rivet and eyelets on wire, and punch holes. Rivet size is 1/16" and eyelet size is 3/32".
  • Use these hole locations, to mark hole locations on the disks. Punch holes.
  • Optional: Antique if desired before assembling!
  • Match up holes sizes on disk and wire pieces, and set rivets and eyelets.
  • French hook ear wires with large 7mm loops allow the pieces to dangle freely. (limited availability.)
    If/when these large-loop French hooks are no longer available, you can create your own large-loop ear wire using French wires that have a straight leg (you can also add a bead color of your choice before creating the large loop), or use an 8-11mm jump ring to connect the ear wire to the eyelet. If you use a jump ring, you'll also need to use use chain-nose pliers (non-serrated flat-nose pliers) to twist the loop on the ear wire 90-degrees so the earrings face forward.

Free Technique Sheets & How-Tos

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 pkg of 100 [use 2] #69-920-01-2 Crafted Findings Brass Rivet, 1/16", Sample Pack, Short
  • 1 pkg of 120 [use 2] #69-952-01-2 Crafted Findings Brass Eyelet, 3/32", Assorted
  • 1 dozen [use 2] #44-499-0 Disk, Round, 25mm, 1 Side Scored
  • 1 each [cut two 25mm pieces] #47-499-12 EURO TOOL Copper Wire w/ Scroll Pattern, 16g (wire styles may vary)
  • 1 gross [use 2] #34-227-8 Stainless Steel Ear Wire, French Hook w/ 7mm Loop and Copper Plated Ball (Limited Availability)
 

Tools

  • #69-907 Crafted Findings 1/16" Long Reach Rivet Piercing/ Setting Tool
  • #69-911 Crafted Findings 3/32" Long Reach Eyelet Flaring Set
  • #69-912 Crafted Findings 3/32" Long Reach Piercing Set
  • #69-251-PL EURO TOOL File Handle, Plastic
  • #69-252-01-2 EURO TOOL Flat File, 6", #2 Cut
  • #69-341 Nylon Hammer
  • #69-230 EURO TOOL Shear, 7"
  • #69-123 EURO TOOL Combo Bench Block
  • Basic Jewelry Pliers (Round-nose or chain-nose) for adding ear wire.
 

Additional Supplies

  • Ruler
  • Sharpie, Extra Fine Point