How to Wire-Wrap a Drop Earring

I got a request a few months back to do a tutorial on simple wire-wrapping for those new to jewelry-making.  I am so sorry it’s taken me so long to get to it, but here you go: how to wire-wrap a drop earring! 

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There are two main ways to connect an earring fixture to an earring hook.  The first and simplest method is to make a simple loop with round-nose pliers.  The end result is simple yet completely functional, as seen here:

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[I’m more than happy to do a tutorial on this method if anyone’s interested.]

The second method creates a more intricate and sturdy result by wrapping the wire around the earring stem a few times.  We’ll be focusing on this latter method today.  For simplicity, I made this pair of earrings with single beads, but you can add as many beads/fixtures to your earrings as you’d like. 

What you’ll need

  • 2 headpins
  • 2 earring hooks
  • beads
  • flat pliers
  • round pliers
  • wire cutters

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What To Do

1. Stack your bead[s] onto your head pin. 

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2. Place your round pliers flush to the bead and bend the head pin back to create a 90 degree angle.  This 90 degree angle is pivotal in creating a nicely wrapped piece.   

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3. Reposition your round pliers from a horizontal position to a vertical position. 

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4.  Start your loop by using your fingers [or flat pliers] to pull the wire up and over the pliers.

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5. Reposition the pliers once more to a horizontal position, and push the head pin all the way around to create a full circle.  Again, it’s very important to have the head pin form a 90 degree angle here.

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6. Take your flat pliers and hold the loop in place as you wrap the wire around the stem of the head pin a few times.  I focus on pulling the wire UP toward the loop to create the tightest, cleanest look. 

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7. Now wrap the wire down as close to the bead as you can possibly get and then use your wire cutters to pinch off any excess. 

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8. Using your flat pliers, reposition the loop to center, and voila!  You’ve got a wire-wrapped drop earring! 

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You can use this fundamental method to create many different types of earrings. 

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Happy creating!  I hope this answers some questions.  If you’re looking for more detail, or would like me to go over something else specifically, please leave a comment below.  I’d love to help in whatever way I can. 

If you’re interested, check out my other jewelry-making tutorial on how to wrap a briolette

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2 Comments to “How to Wire-Wrap a Drop Earring”

  1. those pink and gold leaf ones are gorgeous! love them. also, i will be responding to your fb message now that i’m home from work. :-)

  2. Simple and sweet! Great directions and photos. What a great little tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

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