Posts tagged ‘earrings’

June 3, 2011

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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June 1, 2011

Slacker

It’s Wednesday.  Three days into the week.

Oops. Who me?

While I’ve sort of slacked off with the blog—and taken an extra day on top of the long weekend—I do have something to show for it.

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I’ve been in Creation mode the past few days, as I’m preparing for my first trunk show this weekend.  I’ll be selling Ho`omaika`i jewelry as well as offering some of my guilt-free treats that day, so if you happen to be in town, stop by ReVive Boutique in the old Kahului Shopping Center from 3-5pm this Saturday!  [A portion of the proceeds will benefit Women Helping Women, Maui’s only domestic violence agency.]

I’m completely nervous about the show, and I’m totally unsure as to how many people will be showing up, so I’m just trying to create as many pieces as I can.  If need be, I can always take orders the day of. 

I’ve also been watching random movies on my computer and listening to new music while I create.  Here are the most recent:

  • Easy A Thumbs up
  • Despicable Me Thumbs up
  • The new Beastie Boys album: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two Thumbs up
  • The new Blue Scholars album: Cinemetropolis Thumbs up

I obviously should never be a critic because I like everything. But really, they’re all good! 

Aside from that, we attended my cousin’s gorgeous wedding this past weekend,248441_10150282807686041_680581040_9489572_2935548_n

[Yes, that’s a six-foot tall tropical ice sculpture.]

I’m still trying to decide whether or not I like my oats in bran form [I simply ground my steel cut oats before cooking],

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[The texture is much more softer, like Cream of Wheat.  I really like the dense nuttiness of the steel cut oats whole, though.]

and I realized that my absolute favorite gluten-free crackers, Nut Thins, are actually made of mostly white rice!  Lame!  I’ve been really focusing on cleaning up my nutrition, so white starches are out.  Which means Nut Thins are also out.  To replace the hole they’ve left, we’ve been snacking on these:

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Lucky for me, Lundberg makes a variety of different flavored rice cakes, and they’re all made with brown rice

Last but not least, I’ve been getting everything in order for our trip across the U.S. next week [we leave in t-minus 6 days!!].  In three weeks we’ll hit:

  • Oregon
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Washington state

That’s more states than I think I’ve been to date!  I’m—obviously—a small-town girl, so going into the city makes me a bit nervous [the first time I saw San Francisco I was literally scared stiff], but I’m super excited to explore and see what real city people are like.  Plus, we’ll be stopping to see tons of good friends while we’re out there!  If you’re in one of those cities, I’d love to get your input on places to go + maybe even meet up! 

I’m planning to do another tutorial-type post on simple wire-wrapping this week since I’ve been doing so much of it lately.  If you’re interested, let me know if there are any specific questions you’d like to have answered.  I can’t promise anything spectacular, but I’ll try my best!

Have a gorgeous day, everyone! 

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