In Easy Peasy Earwires Part 1 we reviewed required techniques, tools, materials and how to make the French Hook (your basic) earwire.
In this post we will expand your earwire repertoire by covering the following earwires:
First up, The C-shaped earwire, which is also known as the French Hoop earwire.
C-Shaped (or French Hoop) Earwire
To finish these up, use the cup burr to file down the tip of the earwire then use your mallet and bench block to harden the wire until it is no longer springy. Complete these last two steps the same way as for the french hook earwire we did in the earlier post.
Your second pair of earwires is now complete!
I prefer using the mallet over the hammer for these earwires, since it doesn’t have as well of a defined spot for your ear to rest. However, you should experiment to see what you prefer. This is such a graceful looking pair of earwires. In many ways it is easier than the french hook.
There is also a really simple technique to make a bunch of these at once. Instead of wrapping just two cut wires around your mandrel, coil a single wire numerous times around your mandrel and then cut your earwires from this coil.
After filing the tip with the cup burr or a metal file and hardening with your mallet or hammer just like we did in Part 1, you are done!
I made two different versions of this earwire. The first one, as shown in my post title picture, was really short. I thought it looked like a safety-pin. This might be cute for some projects, but the longer version is much more graceful. Experiment with different lengths to create a new look.
This V-shaped earwire is super easy!!!
Basic Hoop Earring
I like to hammer them flat. Not only does it make it all shiny but it will help prevent the wire from rotating. Just make sure to avoid hammering where it will rest on the ear.
Once I got these earwires down, so many projects opened up to me. I thought about all different shapes I could make with a different sized mandrel. You can also use these techniques to make unique findings. Your options are only limited by your creativity.
Pinterest is a great resource for finding some amazing ideas. I often find myself looking at Pinterest prior to making a project.
Who says the earwire is just for hanging your earring from? Make the earwire part of the art! Oh, the possibilities!
Click the above pictures for a link to the pinterest pin and the original links.
- Fusion Beads – This website has some great inspirational projects and tutorials.
- Pinterest – A great resource for jewelry makers to get inspired
Here’s one last look at what we covered plus a sneak peek at an upcoming project (top right – large O wrapped earwire):
I hope this inspires you to make your own earwires. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to post below or send me a private message through the email contact form.
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