by Deborah Kelly
Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry
6 each, 2 ½ inch long 20 gauge wire for base wires
1 each, 15 inch long 26 gauge wire for wrapping
2 each, 8 mm beads
2 each, beads matching or contrasting other beads 6-10 mm
2 each, earring hooks
round nose pliers
flat or chain nose pliers
Take one of the base wires and wrap the weaving wire around it 3 times.
Begin the weave about half way down the wire.
Place an other base wire next to the first and wrap the weaving wire around both wires twice.
Be careful to leave a weaving wire size gap between the two base wires.
Continue this pattern of wrapping three times around the first base wire and then twice around both base wires.
Do a total of 6 patterns.
End with wrapping the weaving wire around the first base wire 3 times.
Cut the weaving wire and smooth down with pliers.
Set the rest of the weaving wire aside.
Bend the wire with the 3 wraps up and slip a 8 mm bead on it.
Bend the weave around the bead. Before wrapping around the bead cut of the beginning tail on the wrapping wire and smooth with chain nose pliers.
Bend the two base wires on the top around the wire sticking up out of the bead.
Cut off the two base wires on the back of the earring and crimp them around the wire going thru the bead with your chain nose pliers.
Make a loop with your round nose pliers on the wire coming up thru the bead.
This is the loop the earring hook will attach to.
The loop should be parallel to the weave around the bead.
Cut off the extra wire and close the loop.
Gently bend the bottom wire in an attractive curve.
Make a loop on the end of the wire with round nose pliers.
Cut off the extra wire.
Take a third base wire and make a loop at one end with round nose pliers.
The wire should look like an eye pin.
Slip one of the contrasting or matching beads on the eye pin.
Bend the wire up and around the bead. Wrap around the base of the loop.
The wrap around the base of the loop does not have to be tight.
Cut off the excess wire.
Use pliers to make sure the end of the wire is against the wire wrapping around the bead.
This is the bead that dangles under the earring.
Open the loop on top of the dangle bead.
Insert the loop of the dangle bead into the loop on the bottom of the main part of the earring.
Make a 2nd earring like the first.
Put on ear wires.