In this quick tutorial, I’ll show you a neat trick for making perfectly matching earwires every time – make two of them together!
I’ll introduce you to a special pair of pliers that makes the job easier, but also teach you how to use an everyday household object if you’re not quite ready to invest in a specialty jewelry making tool for the job. You’ll also learn two techniques for smoothing the ends of your lovely handmade earwires!
Full list of supplies and more tips after the video!
TOOLS AND MATERIALS:
• 3 to 4 inches of half hard round wire, 22 or 21 gauge
• round nosed pliers
• chain nosed pliers
• flush cutters
• Wubber’s large bail making pliers OR a 1/4″ mandrel (wooden pencil, dowel rod, etc.*)
• wire rounder tool** OR metal file or nail file
* I don’t suggest using a pen or other plastic material because the metal will slip around like crazy and leave you very frustrated! Wood works well because it has just a bit of give (if you look closely, you’ll see my pencil has lots of grooves in it from making earwires) so that the metal gets a bit of ‘bite’ and doesn’t move so much while you’re trying to work with it. If you use a wooden pencil, make sure it is perfectly round for a nice smoothly curved earwire.
** Use a 1.8mm cup bur for wire gauges 16-21, or a 1.2mm cup bur for wire sized 22-26 gauge.
You can use a smaller or larger mandrel to make your earwires, but don’t forget to use a longer length of wire for a larger mandrel!
♦ For beginners, I recommend taking a look at How to Make Simple Wire Loops for help and trouble shooting with the loop-forming part of the tutorial, and How to Wire Wrap a Briolette will show you how I made the sweet little briolette drops used for this project.
See How to Make Diamond Shaped Earwires if you like the ones at the end of the video :)