Unique Ear Wires: Make Earring Findings in Minutes

22 Mar 2011

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.

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on 9 Jan 2012 11:58 AM

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on 22 Jan 2012 3:11 PM

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