In this video, I walk you through step by step as I create a pair of beautiful beaded teardrop hoop earrings with wire.
First, you’ll learn how to make a sturdy teardrop shape wire frame for your earrings, then we’ll use a finer wire to fill them with beads to create a fun and flirty pair of colorful beaded earrings.
This wire wrapping tutorial is a little bit different from my other jewelry tutorial videos in that I didn’t know exactly what I was going to make when I sat down and started the camera – so you’ll see my design process from start to finish with lots of tweaks and troubleshooting tips along the way, as well as several design options as I play around with various beads before settling on the final earring design.
There is a little bit of chit-chat which is also different for me, but I hope that you’ll find this design process video helpful for learning to adapt when your original design ideas don’t go exactly as planned ❤️
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TOOLS AND MATERIALS:
- round nose pliers ($$$)
- bent chain nose pliers (similar)
- Xuron tweezer nose pliers
- Xuron flush cutters
- Tronex flush cutters ($$$)
- mandrel (I used an old prescription pill bottle, 1.25″ (32mm) diameter
WIRE AND OTHER MATERIALS:
- 20g half hard wire (for frame) – I used this wire
- 26g half hard wire (wrapping wire) – I used this wire
- ear wires – BUY: Amazon or Etsy
- ear wires – DIY
BEADS USED IN THIS DESIGN:
- Miyuki Delica size 11/0 DB 1576: Amazon OR Etsy
- Miyuki Delica size 11/0 DB 1228: Amazon OR Etsy
- Miyuki Delica size 11/0 DB 2133: Amazon OR Etsy
- Miyuki Delica size 11/0 DB 0920: Amazon OR Etsy
- Silver faceted nugget beads (Etsy)
- Czech glass dagger beads 3x10mm (Etsy)
OTHER BEADS SHOWN BUT NOT USED IN THE FINAL DESIGN:
- DB0878: Amazon OR Etsy
- 4mm fire polished “Sapphire A/B” (Etsy)
- 4mm fire polished “Aqua A/B” (Etsy)
- Aqua glass briolette drops (Etsy)
- Dark blue glass briolette drops (Etsy)
- Czech glass Aqua dagger beads 3x10mm (Etsy)
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Use only half-hard wire for the frame so it won’t bend out of shape as you work.
20 gauge half-hard wire is a great size for earrings because it’s sturdy without being heavy. For pendants you can use a slightly larger gauge (like 18g) if you want a chunkier look, though the 20g works well for pendants too.
This style will work in many sizes and shapes! Use a cylindrical mandrel for shapes with curves, or use chain nose pliers to make bends and form a square, rectangular, or any other shape with corners or angles.
Use a round (cylindrical) mandrel to form the teardrop shape. Don’t wrap the wire all the way around – use it to make a curve for the bottom of the teardrop shape and criss-cross the ends of the wire at the top to create the point.
Use a smaller mandrel for a smaller teardrop shape – for example: a glue stick, a magic marker, tube of mascara, etc.
Use flush cutters and chain nose pliers with super-fine tips for precision work with the fine wire. (See my suggested tools above).
Use a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes of beads to create an interesting pattern.
Play and have fun! There is a lot of room for creativity using this technique.
What did you think of this tutorial?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this type of video. I enjoyed creating it, but I know some people prefer shorter, more “get-to-the-point” type of tutorials. Was it helpful to see my process and mistakes, etc.? Or did you find it too long and drawn out? Leave a comment below; I appreciate your feedback!
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