Drumstick Earrings and Ring


by Deborah Kelly





Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry




Materials Needed

  • 2 pieces of 22 gauge round wire 4 inches long

  • 1 piece of 22 gauge round wire 8 inches long

  • 1 piece of 28 gauge round wire 40 inches long

  • 2 4mm jump rings

  • 2 ear wires

  • 3 6mm beads


Tools need

  • Wire cutters

  • Round nose pliers

  • Flat or chain nose pliers

  • 6 step bail making pliers

  • Ring Mandrel





Instructions




Step 1

Take the 2 pieces of 4 inch long wire and bend them around the 7mm step of the bail making pliers (2nd largest one) in the middle of the wire.

Bend the ends of the wires our 90 degrees away from the pliers where they wires meet.

I like doing both wires at the same time to try to get the circle part the same.








Step 2

Take the 28 gauge wire and wrap one end around one of the bent wires just above the circle 3 times.

The long end of the 28 gauge wire should be on the side away from the circle in the wire.










Step 3

Next wrap the weaving wire (the 28 gauge wire) around both wires twice












Step 4

Repeat this pattern (3 wraps around the 1st wire then 2 wraps around both wires) 4 more times, for a total of 5 patterns.

End by wrapping the wire around the first base wire 3 times.

Cut the weaving wire off close and smooth with pliers.

Cut the little tail end of wire from the beginning of the weave close and smooth with pliers.








Step 5

Take the 28 gauge weaving wire and wrap it around one side of the circle part of the wire.

Make sure the wire is coming across the side determined to be the front (this weave looks the same on both sides)

Cut the tail end of the wire off close and smooth with pliers.









Step 6

Put on of the 6mm beads on the wire.

Wrap the wire around the other side of the bead 3 times making sure to keep the wire the bead is on taunt.

Cut the weaving wire off close and smooth end with pliers.










Step 7

Bend the wire above the weave to the front of the earring.













Step 8

Take the end of the wire just above the bend and bend it to the back around the smallest step of the bail making pliers.












Step 9

Cut off extra wire about 1/8 to ¼ inch from top of bend and use the bail making pliers to finish making the loop at the top of the earring.












Step 10

Put one of the jump rings thru the loop on the top of the earring.

Attach an ear wire to the jump ring.











Step 11

Repeat with the other 4 inch long wire to make the other earring.

Set aside.











Step 12

Take the 8 inch piece of wire and bend the center of it around the 7 mm step on the bail making.

Bend the ends of the wire out 90 degrees from the circle made with the bail making pliers Just like on the earrings.










Step 13

Wrap the weaving wire around one of the wires coming off the circle 3 times.

Wrap away from the circle in the wire.











Step 14

Wrap the weaving wire around both base wires coming off the circle twice.












Step 15

Repeat this pattern of 3 wraps around one base wire then 2 around both wires till the pattern is as long as needed for the ring.

When the weave is as long as needed wrap the weaving wire around the 1st base wire 3 times.

Cut off the weaving wire and smooth with pliers.

Cut of tail end of the weaving wire at the beginning of the weave and smooth with pliers.






Step 16

Use fingers or the bail making pliers to put a slight bend in the circle part of the ring where the bead goes.












Step 17

Cut the base wires off at the end of the weave about ¼ inch from the end of the weave.

Using either the smallest step on the bail making pliers or round nose pliers to bend up the ends.

Bend this end of the wire in the opposite direction of the slight bend in the circle.








Step 18

With the bend in the end of the wire facing up wrap the weave around the ring mandrel at a point slightly bigger then the the ring size desired.

Hook the bent end around the circle of the ring, coming up from what is not the inside of the ring to the outside.










Step 19

Take off the mandrel and close the loop on the end of the weave to finish making the shank of the ring.












Step 20

Take the last part of the weaving wire and wrap around one side of the circle, make sure the long part of the wire goes over the top of the circle.

Put the last bead on the weaving wire.

Wrap the weaving wire around the other side of the circle

Cut off all ends of the wire and smooth with pliers.








Done!














Deborah Kelly

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I grew up on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere Oregon. Met and married my Husband before going to OSU and getting a BS in Apparel Design in 2002. I started out making beaded jewelry in my early teen years. Both free hand and on a loom. Year after graduating I moved to MO and started making cosmetics and continued experimenting in soap making which I started in college. During my years in MO I started getting into baking and did events as a self employed concession stand vendor. I really did love my cotton candy machine. At events I did more then just cotton candy. I had a 2 head espresso machine, hot dog steamer, made hard candy to sell, and did 21 flavors of snow cones. While doing all of that I also learned to fix my own vehicles because when I did take them to a mechanic I had to fix them when I got them back. After our 3rd child was born in 2010 we lost our house and hit the road in an RV. One winter we ended up in Quartzsite AZ where I started making wire jewelry. Since then I have started designing wire jewelry, became an instructor at the gem club in Quartzsite. Started teaching independent jewelry making classes. Writing and selling tutorials for jewelry making. In the summer I am a property locator, photographer and videographer. I also spend my summer working on my own project to give back to the universe by making and giving away my jewelry because everyone needs something pretty.
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