Friday, March 6, 2015

DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings

Hey, y'all!  As I'm sure you've noticed, I've been all about jewelry making lately.  When the weather finally warms up, I'll be back to working on furniture makeovers and wall decor, but when it's cold, making jewelry is a great indoor craft.  This weekend I tried my hand at making wire jewelry.  The end result was a pair of Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings.  Once I figured out my technique, they were really easy to make.
DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings from pitterandglink.com
To make your own beaded wire earrings, you'll need a few basic jewelry-making supplies.
Supplies Needed for DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings from pitterandglink.com
Supplies:
  • 24 Gauge Wire
  • 20 Gauge Wire
  • Small Beads
  • Two Earring Hooks or Lever Back Earring Findings
  • Ruler
  • Round Nosed Pliers
  • Flat Nose or Needle Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutter (My other pliers cut wire.)
DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings: Step One pitterandglink.com
To begin making my earrings, I cut a length of 20 gauge wire.  (I didn't measure the wire that I cut, but I would guess it was 7 or 8 inches long.)  I used my round nose pliers to create a loop on the end of the wire.  I will admit that I am terrible at making loops with wire, and I don't think I ever make loops the same way twice.  For that reason, I encourage you to find someone else's blog post on how to make wire loops.  Maybe you can learn the correct way the first time and won't struggle like I do.  Once I created the loop, I began creating a long, skinny wire rectangle by using my pliers to bend a 90 degree angle in the wire.
DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings: Step Two pitterandglink.com
I measured 1/8" from my initial 90 degree angle and created another 90 degree angle in the opposite direction.  (See the picture above.)
DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings: Step Three pitterandglink.com
I used my ruler to measure 1 1/2" and again used my pliers to create another 90 degree angle.
DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings: Step Four pitterandglink.com
I used my pliers to bend the wire again 1/4" from the last bend.
DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings: Step Five pitterandglink.com
I measured 1 1/2" inches again and bent the wire into one last 90 degree angle.  I wrapped the excess wire above the rectangle that I created.
DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings: Beading Supplies pitterandglink.com
While the plain wire rectangle would make a pretty pair of earrings, I decided to add beads to mine using 24 gauge wire.
DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings: Step Six pitterandglink.com
I cut about five inches of the 24 gauge wire and twisted one end of it around the bottom of my wire rectangle.  I then threaded beads onto the wire.
DIY Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings: Step Seven pitterandglink.com
After I finished beading the wire, I wrapped the end around the top of the rectangle and cut off the excess.  I then repeated all the steps above to create a second beaded wire rectangle.  The last step to creating my earrings was adding a lever back earring finding to each beaded wire rectangle.  I would have preferred to use earring hooks instead, but I don't have any gold ones in my craft stash.  (That or I've hidden them from myself, which is very likely.)
These DIY Gold & White Beaded Earrings are so easy to make! pitterandglink.com
I think the finished earrings are unique and pretty.  I've been crushing on gold and white lately, so I'm loving the bead combo.
Gold & White Beaded Wire Earrings--Such an easy handmade jewelry project! pitterandglink.com
If I were to make the earrings again, I would practice my loop making skills a bit more.  (If you have an easy way to create wire loops, please share with me in the comments!)  I'd also shorten the distance between the wire loop and the top of the wire rectangles.  This was a learning process for me though, and I'm excited to make some more wire jewelry in the future.
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2 comments:

  1. Love this crazily!!! I never get tired of your creativity!!!
    XOXO

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  2. earrings are beautiful. I haven't worn gold in a long time. Will need to make me some of these. TFS!

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