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Twirly Whirly Earrings


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It's difficult to think of a new shape for earrings but I think these are a little bit different from the usual dangling types. They look spectacular on and are easy and quick to make. They lend themselves to many variations of colour and the ear wire forms an integral part of the earring. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Making a wire frame Making a wrapped loop Handling long pieces of wire MATERIALS:3m (10ft) 0.4mm (26 gauge) soft round wire 60cm (24") of 0.8mm (20 gauge) round half-hard wire 20 3mm round metal beads 15 grams size 11 seed beads TOOLS:Soft jaw pliers Round nose pliers Wire cutters Flat jaw pliers Permanent marker Ruler Pencil or dowel Hammer and anvil SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 8cm/3"

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Martine Callaghan
Martine Callaghan
My passion for jewellery designing and making started 12 years ago with a silversmithing course and I have since embraced other techniques such as stringing, bead weaving, chain maille, resin but my true love is wirework in which I now specialize. I have contributed a monthly project to Beads & Beyond for the past 3 years, written numerous tutorials which I sell on my website and I am the author of The Absolute Beginner's Guide: Making Wire Jewellery (published by Kalmbach books) which teaches you in great detail all the basic techniques you need to become proficient at wirework. Don't forget to download my free tutorial about the basic tools you need to get started in wirework.