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Make Wire-Wrapped Drop Earrings With Unusual Tools

Using unconventional jewelry-making tools such as a knitting needle or drum stick can create simple yet unique wire frame shapes. This tutorial shows you how to make beautiful wire-wrapped drop earrings using four inches of wire and unusual tools.

Wire Wrapped Earrings DIY

Photos via Karen Roark of I Always Pick the Thimble

Here’s what you will need:

  • 4″ piece of 20-gauge wire
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Side-cutting pliers
  • Earwires
  • Charms and accent beads
  • Size 19 knitting needles or a drum stick
knitting needles and drum sticks for jewelry makingGranted, these may be considered unusual tools for the average jewelry maker, but they help create the teardrop shape of the earrings. So go ahead and ask your crafty knitting friend if you can borrow a size 19 knitting needle. Or raid your game closet and put those old Rock Band drum sticks to a new use. (That’s what I used!)

Making the earrings

Bend the wire gently

Step 1.

Pinching lightly, bend the wire gently around the drum stick to form a rounded shape. Try and bend the wire so when the wires cross, one end of the wire is longer than the other. 

Grasp both wires tightly

Step 2.

Using flat-nose pliers, grasp both wires tightly just below where the wires cross, making sure the longer wire is in front.

Grasp the shorter end of the wire

Step 3.

On the back side, grasp the shorter end of the wire with the round-nose pliers. Begin to bend this wire down and toward you.

Bending the shorter wire with your needle nose pliers

 

Step 4.

Stop and bend the longer wire out so it is straight, using your fingers. Now, continue bending the shorter wire with your needle-nose pliers down and toward the back.

Make a complete loop around the longer end of the wire

Step 5.

Continue to bend the wire up and all the way around, so it makes a complete loop around the longer end of the wire.

Trim off the unused portion of wire.

Step 6.

Using side cutters, trim off the unused portion of wire.

Hold the long end of the wire

Step 7.

Next, hold the long end of the wire with your round-nose pliers very close to the loop just made.  Hold the longer end of the wire with your opposite hand.

Bend the wire around your round-nose pliers

Step 8.

Bend the wire around your round-nose pliers, so the wire is parallel to the loop just made, to begin forming a smooth and smaller loop.

Continue pulling the wire down

Step 9.

Continue pulling the wire down and around the tips of the round nose pliers, crossing the wire behind the earring.

Cross the wire behind the earring Hold the smaller loop firmly with your flat-nose pliers

Step 10.

Next, hold the smaller loop firmly with your flat-nose pliers, so the wires cross in the front and the free end of the wire is coming from the back. Use the round-nose pliers to grasp the end of the wire and gently begin to bend this wire up and toward the front.

Continue bending this wire up and around the earring

Step 11.

Continue bending this wire up and around the earring.

Continue to bend down and toward the back

Step 12.

Continue to bend down and toward the back, making a full rotation around the earring.

Wrap the wire a second time

Step 13.

Finish by wrapping the wire a second time all the way around the earring.

Trim off the excess portion of the wire

Step 14.

Using side cutters, trim off the excess portion of the wire close to the wraps just made.

Pinch the end of the wire

Step 15.

Using flat-nose pliers, pinch the end of the wire so it is tight against the earring.

Attach an earwire

Step 16.

Using your round-nose pliers, open the bottom loop of an earwire and slide it onto the small loop of the earring.  Close the loop of the earwire. 

Attach a charm

Step 17.

Use a jump ring to attach a charm or add a colorful bead.

Wire Wrapped Earrings DIY

So if jewelry making is your only crafty thing, don’t be afraid to pester your knitting or drumming friends to borrow some “sticks.”  Just don’t forget to make them a pair to say thank you!

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8 Comments

Teresa Dalton

Thank you for a cute but simple wire frame. There are so many uses for this, the ideas are endless going through my head! I will definitely pass this on to some beginners that I know. This tutorial was so well written and extremely detailed! Perfect for those just beginning. Thanks again!

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Karen Roark

Thank you Teresa! I love making these too and it always surprises me how different they look when I make them out of gold or even antique gold wire. Glad you found the tutorial useful and thanks again!

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Susan Taylor

So, just to confirm…we actually need 8 inches of wire–4 inches for each earring?

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Jenn

Thank you for this tutorial! I have been wanting to make teardrop earrings for a while but wasn’t sure how. Can you give some guidance on how to make sure the hoops are the exact same size? Thanks again 🙂

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Karen Roark

Practice, practice, practice. I try and start with wires that are exactly the same length and bend them firmly around the needle or drum stick. I also try and make the first cross at the same location. Don’t worry too much about the length of the ends beyond the cross, because those will be cut off. I hope this helps! Good Luck!

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Jillian

What temper of wire do you use for the hoops? Half-hard?

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karen

Hi Jillian, I just used copper filled wire – I haven’t tried making these with sterling wire yet.

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