Unique Ear Wires: Make Earring Findings in Minutes

Tammy Jones editor Jewelry Making Daily  
Tammy Jones is the
editor of Jewelry Making Daily.

Karen Dougherty, author of Metal Style: 20 Jewelry Designs with Cold Join Techniques, shared these step-by-step instructions for creating uniquely shaped ear wires. Use them with your own earring designs or with her bonus riveted flower earring project.






1. Cut two 4" pieces of 20-gauge half-hard sterling silver wire for the earring findings. Bend a loop in one end.

2. Reposition your pliers and bend the wire in a figure-eight shape (without overlapping in the middle).

3. Reposition the pliers again and bend the straight tail end of the wire.


4. Use two pairs of chain-nose pliers to bend the first loop so it's perpendicular to the second loop. This will be the catch for earring wire.

5. Bend the tail around to form a loop. Grasp the end of the tail with the largest part of the chain-nose pliers and bend outward. This will help anchor the wire in place while it's worn.

6. Bend the end of the wire to tweak it into shape.


Tammy Jones

About Tammy Jones

I'm the editor of Jewelry Making Daily. I also have my own handmade jewelry business on Etsy, Southern Baubelles. I love working with metal clay, found objects, silver, copper, brass, enamel, resin, and genuine gemstones. I also enjoy knitting, paper crafts like card making and scrapbooking, cooking, traveling, the seashore, and snow!

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