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Balance Earrings

from Pam Preslar
(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Balance Earrings
Balance Earrings
Balance Earrings
Balance Earrings
Balance Earrings
Balance Earrings

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • How to make a wire spiral
  • Basic handling of wire and wire working tools.
  • How to make and infinity link or your own chain

Pattern Description:

I call these earrings "Balance" as they are really an exercise in making things balance. Each earring must balance AND the must balance against each other and be mirror image. No small feat but you will learn the techniques needed to pull this off. The tutorial will teach you how to create matched sides in terms of look and weight so that your earrings hang straight and match.

Full color photographs and textual descriptions are included for each step.
I cover many wire techniques that you can use in designs of your own in addition to this design.

I will cover how to weave the woven bar, make curly loops, make a decorative finding (headpin) and how to wrap a loop to attach to the bar. I also include step by step detail photos for creating your own ear wires to match your earrings.

The woven bar is covered in large wire full color so you can easily follow from the photos alone. Each photo also has accompanying text description.

I do not cover how to make spirals or infinity links. If you want to learn these technique please see my Wire Whimsy tutorial at http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/jewelry/necklace/wire-whimsy/45671.

See the matching pendant tutorial here the pendant uses the same woven bar as the earrings but a larger version. The pendant tutorial also covers some techniques not included in the earrings tutorial.

If you can make a bail you can also turn the earrings into a small pendant as shown in the last photo.

*Notes about the Materials and Tools*.
The chain should have links large enough to fit a 20 gauge wire through.
For the focal bead I used a 6mm bicone Swarovski crystal beads. You can use anything you like in place of this.
I weave the wire onto 20 gauge mandrels and replace the mandrels with the 21 gauge wire after I am done weaving. I find that I tend to mangle the base wires a bit while weaving and I want them to be nice and straight.
In place of mandrels you can use some hard wire or just harden your own dead soft wires. My mandrels are optional but some students prefer them.
You can check the listings for details posted for photos of the tools.

All of the tools listed can be found as listed below.Copy the links to your address bar to see the actual tools I used in the tutorial. This will give you more pictures of each tool and help you decide if you already have what you need.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/157263853/jewelry-making-pliers-deluxe-kit-6
Micro coiling pliers - one jaw round, the other jaw is flat (optional) https://www.etsy.com/listing/152505828/miniature-precision-coiler-jewelry
Bail making pliers (optional) https://www.etsy.com/listing/124176204/bail-making-pliers-looping-pliers-six
Ring clamp (optional) https://www.etsy.com/listing/152511689/ring-clamp-jewelry-making-tool
Wire Weaving Mandrels (optional) https://www.etsy.com/listing/152605901/mandrels-set-filed-ends-5-pieces

Materials:

  • 24" (30.5 cm) 21 gauge round dead soft wire
  • 6" (15.3 cm) 20 or 21 gauge,half hard round wire (for the ear wires)
  • 24" (61 cm) 26 gauge round dead soft wire
  • 2" (5.08 cm) fine chain
  • 2 6mm focal beads
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Flush wire cutter
  • Bent nose pliers (optional)
  • Micro coiling pliers (optional)
  • Bail making pliers (optional)
  • Ring clamp (optional)
  • Wire Weaving Mandrels (optional)


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