Accent Yourself Handcrafted Jewelry

My name is Barb Macy and this is my blog for Accent Yourself Handcrafted Jewelry. I work with sterling silver wire & sheet and enjoy using beads and sea glass in my work and really been enjoy chain maille projects. I gladly accept custom orders. I have a website for my jewelry at www.accentyourself.com.

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Location: Mequon, Wisconsin, United States

Sunday, March 30, 2008

How to Make Your Own Ear Wires

I recently posted that I'd add pics of how I make my own ear wires. Well here is a simple tutorial. By the way, it took me less time to make these ear wires than it did to complete this blog entry!

Materials & Tools Needed: round nose & chain nose pliers, flush cutters, 20 gauge sterling silver round wire, a round pen or pencil, tumbler or burr cup (optional).

1. First, cut round sterling silver wire into 1 3/4 - 2 inch pieces. Make sure all of your pieces are the same length.

2. Next, with your round nose pliers, make a loop at one end of a piece of wire. I make the look going against the natural curve of the wire. You might want to mark your round nose pliers at the point you make the loop for more consistency.

3. Using the pencil or pen as a guide, wrap the wire around making a hook. At this point, I go "with" the natural curve of the wire.

4. Make a small bend in the end of the wire with your chain nose pliers.
Tips:


* Practice on copper wire first. Don't waste your expensive sterling silver wire!

*After practicing on copper wire, decide what size you like and stick with it! It will help you become more consistent in making your own earwires.

* Use a file or burr cup to soften the ends and to get rid of sharp points.

* Tumble the batch for 20-30 minutes for added hardening & shine.

* I like using 20 gauge wire. I've found that the ear wires are more substantial and hold the little plastic ear wire keepers more securely.

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6 Comments:

Blogger alamodestuff said...

Thank you! That was really helpful!

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent information and great pics, thank you!

Leigh x englishvintagedreams

1:55 AM  
Blogger Rosebud Collection said...

Thank you for sharing your knowledge.. You are so sweet..

7:13 AM  
OpenID charaid55 said...

Great tut... thanks for sharing with us.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous beadinbythesea said...

Wow, just the information I was looking for! Thanks

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic but what is tumbling?

4:04 PM  

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