The Vintage Cookie

Saturday, May 26, 2012

World's Easiest Super Elegant Earrings

These are so easy you can make a pair every morning to coordinate with your outfit.

I made these with 22g wire, but 18g or 20g works well, too. You should match the visual weight of your dangles and the gauge your ears like.

Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Wire cutters
Fine emery board

2 beads you really like
2 headpins
2 pieces of 22g sterling silver wire, each about 3 3/4 inches long Instructions

1. Make the dangles. String beads on headpins, trim excess, leaving just enough to make a hanging loop. Use round nosed pliers to make a hanging loop. (Loop hint - the circumference of a loop is about 3x the diameter, so when you trim the headpin, leave a tail about 3x the length of the loop you plan to make.)
2. Make the elegant ear wires. Working with the curve in the wire from the spool, make a tiny loop on the end of each wire. Measure 2 inches up from loop. Using round nosed pliers, bend ear wire into "V" shape.
3. Open loop on each dangle using two pliers, hang each on an ear wire, and use two pliers to close the loop. 4. Use the emery board to smooth ends of ear wires.

 This design is very minimal, so be careful to keep your loops small and everything exactly the same on each earring.

If you plan to make a lot, you can use plated or sterling filled wire to save $$$. If you are feeling rich, use gold filled or vermeil. If your ears are tough, nickel free brass and copper can be very handsome.

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