How To Create Simple Wire Earrings | Katrina Anderson | Skillshare

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4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Part 1 Classic Hoop Earrings

    • 3. Part 2 Dainty Heart Studs

    • 4. Part 3 Two-Tone Dangle Earrings

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About This Class

In this class I will be showing you how to create three wire earring designs. We'll create the Classic Hoop, a pair of dainty Heart Studs, and Two-tone Dangle earrings. Whether this is your first time doing wire jewelry and you're not sure where to start, or you have wiring experience and are looking for something basic to refresh your skills, this class will show you step-by-step how to create three simple and lovely sets of earrings.

While it's not necessary to watch these videos in order, I would encourage you to do so especially if you are just beginning. The class begins with the simplest design, but each video showcases a different technique.

These designs will teach you basic wiring techniques such as

  • how to straighten wire
  • creating loops
  • wrapping on a mandrel
  • using pliers to create a shape
  • wrapping wire on wire
  • filing the cut ends of wire
  • attaching an ear wire

In each video, we will first cover the tools and materials you need for that particular set of earrings. Then we'll go over every step you need to take to create these beautiful and simple earrings. 

The tools that you need...

  • needle-nose pliers
  • flat-nose pliers
  • straightening pliers or plastic-covered pliers
  • flush/wire cutters
  • a ruler
  • a file
  • ring mandrels in sizes #2 and #10

And the materials...

  • 20 gauge wire
  • 22 gauge wire
  • one set of French hooks or ear wires

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Katrina Anderson

Like a Wildflower…beautiful, unique, timeless


Katrina Anderson loves making wire jewelry and enjoys sharing that passion with others. She began Katirose Creates as an outlet for her jewelry making and hopes that it will be an inspiration to you as well.

Follow along with Katrina and learn how to make jewelry that is "like a wildflower"! Beautiful, unique, and timeless.

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1. Intro: Hello folks. Katrina Anderson here. And this class, I'm going to be showing you how to create these three basic designs. We'll cover the tools and materials you need, and we'll go over each step for you to make these beautiful areas. Thanks for watching. I'll see you in the class. 2. Part 1 Classic Hoop Earrings: We're going to begin with the basic hoop earrings. Starting off our materials, we have 20 gauge brass wire in gold. The ring mandrel that we will be using is an half inch diameter, which is a size two ring. You can also use any round object from around the house, such as a sharpie or a makeup brush. Then we have a fingernail file to smooth down any rough edges on the end of our earrings. Next we have a ruler. And for these hoops which are in half inch diameter, we will need two and a quarter inches of wire. The length of y that you need depends on the size or diameter of the hoop you want to create. And now we're going to look at the players. First off, we have these needle nose pliers, which have a tapered shape, smaller at the tip, wider at the base. And we will use them to create these loops on the backs of the earrings. Next we have these wire cutters or snps, which are four, well, you know, cutting the wire. So lastly, if you have a multi-purpose tool, it will not only have the needle nose and wire cutter, but it also will have this flat edge. So if you have a multi-tool like this, you can actually make these earrings with only this one set of pyres. Alright, now that we have all of our supplies together, we can begin creating our hopes. And we're gonna do that by 0 length of wire and placing it on a ruler and cutting it at that two and a quarter inch mark. So we're going to hold it at two and a quarter inches and pinch it there and take our wire cutters and cut it flushing into our fingers where we are pinching it. With the wire cut to length. We're going to take our needle nose pliers and create a loop at one end of the wire. We're going to place the wire in the tip of our pliers about a quarter inch down from the end. And then give it a couple small twists to create a loop at the end of the wire. Then we want that loop to be directly over the long end of the wire. So we're going to pinch it in our pliers and give it a small twist. So that is centered up and down over that long end. Once we have the loop on one end, we're going to take the file and smooth the other end of the wire so that when we put it in our ear, we won't scratch the skin. With the end of the wire. Now filed smooth. We can shape the earring by placing it on the rain mandrel, holding it tightly wrapped the wire around a cylinder and press it into shape, making sure that both ends are flat against the mandrel. Once the wire is formed, will finish the hoop with our needle nose pliers. And Ben, that loop that we created at the beginning, back over itself so that it is slightly up and down. We want this to be a little more upright since it is the back of the earring and will be against the back of our ear. So that when we put the wire through our ear, it will slide into that loop. Then we will place it on the ring mandrel again to make sure that it is nice and round. And adjusting that back loop as necessary to make sure that it will fit nicely on our ear to where the hoops twist the wire to the side and put it on and then push the wire through the loop at the back. And there you have your first basic Hoop. Hoop and go where what you've created. Hopefully, that was super-simple. Stay tuned for the next video. 3. Part 2 Dainty Heart Studs: Welcome to the second video for these hearts stud earrings. The second set of areas that we will have making are these heart-shaped stud or posterior means. We will form the post and then wrap the opposite end of the wire into the heart shape. First step materials for these earrings. We have 20 gauge wire and I chose a tarnish resistance silver plated wire for these stats. Next we've got a ruler and we'll need 1.5 inches of wire for these hearts, which are about a quarter of an inch across, we have the fingernail file to smooth the ends of our wires so nothing is sharp. And the tools we will be using our wire straight news, the wire snips or cutters. And we will be shaping the earrings with the needle nose pliers. To begin creating our earrings, we're going to pull out a length of wire and straighten it out with our wire straight nurse to ensure it's nice and smooth. Next we will place it on the ruler. And for the earrings, which are a quarter of an inch across, we are going to measure an inch and a half of wire. We'll place it onto the ruler and holding it at an engineer half will pinch it with our fingers at the end. And then we will use our wire cutters and cut that off flush to our fingers. Once we have cut the wire, we will file both ends with our fingernail file so that the end of the post and the inside of the heart are both smooth and they won't snag on anything. As you file the wire, you can roll it between your thumb and finger to make sure that that wire is smoothed evenly. And then also test the tip of the wire against your fingertip to make sure that it is all smooth. With the tip smooth, we will now create the post, and these can be anywhere from three-eighths, 2.5 inch long. And I'm going to make these and half inch. So I'm going to hold it there at that measurement. And then using my nose pliers, I'm going to grasp it and turn the wire 90 degrees to create the shaft. Now that our wire is bent and the shaft has been created, we can now begin shaping the heart. And to do that, we will place the wire long ways in the pliers, about a quarter of an inch down from the tip and holding it there with the wire flush to the edge of the pliers. We will bend that long and around to about the center of the point of the heart, which will be directly underneath that shaft. With the first half of the heart made, we will hold the pyres right here at the point of the heart. And we won't bend that long. End back up to create the second half of the heart. And keep in mind as you bend that long end up that you want it to be at the same angle as the first edge of the heart. To finish shaping the heart, we're going to start at the tip of the wire. And with little tern, we're going to move the players along the wire, twisting it inwards towards the center of the heart. Now we have the other end in the center of the heart. You can see that this one is a little off-center. So I'll just bend the wire on both sides and tell it's the shape that I want it. The more often you make this design, the less adjusting you will have to do at the end, because you will have figured out just the right spots to turn and bend the wire so that that heart is perfectly shaped. On the flip side, sometimes those lop-sided hearts are pretty cute. So really the shape of the heart is up to you and how much you want to keep adjusting it. And another note, you can bend the wire in opposite directions when creating the heart so that the hearts are mirrored. Or as I did, you can take the wire and been those ends in the same direction so that the hearts match exactly. Great job on those hearts debts. I'll see you in the next video. 4. Part 3 Two-Tone Dangle Earrings: Wrapping these earrings with a smaller wire in a different color as acute touch of texture. For our third set of hearings, we are going to be using the 20 gauge brass wire again. And this is what we will be shaping the main hoop of the earring. The silver wire we use to wrap that hoop is 22 gauge to create a nice contrast and apparent viewers. To finish the earrings, we have our ruler to measure the wire. And we have a three quarter of an inch diameter ring mandrel, which is a size 10, which we will shape the earrings on, and also the fingernail file to smooth down any rough edges. All right, In pliers we are using the wire straight news again, our wire snips. We will be using the needle nose pliers and the flat nose pliers. To start off the earrings, we're going to pull out a length of wire and use the wire straight nerds and smooth that wire down so that our final earrings are nice and smooth and there are no bumps or kinks in the wire. We will be needing 3.5 inches of our 20 gauge wire. So we will place our wire on the ruler at that mark. And then holding it tightly at the end will pinch it with our fingers so that that measurement doesn't get lost. And we'll take the wire snips and cut it off flush against our fingers. And now with the 22 gauge wire, we're going to do the same thing and pull out a little bit of wire and use the wire straight and smooth at wire out. Before we place it on the ruler and cut the length that we need. We are going to need 2.5 inches of the 22 gauge wire. So we'll hold it on it. That Mark, as we did before, holiness tightly at the end and then cutting it flush with the wire cutters. Next, we're going to file the ends of both wires. It's definitely easier smoothing the wire as you go instead of trying to file around your design at the end. And don't forget to roll that wire in between your thumb and finger as you file it so that it is evenly smooth. With both in the wire filed. We're going to take the 22 gauge wire and bend in half, making ends meet and pinching where the wire comes together until the middle of it is tight and the wires are crossed. You're 22 gauge wire should look like this. And now we're going to take that 20 gauge gold wire and we're going to place the 22 gauge silver wire at the center of it. So we'll just slip that silver wire onto the gold wire. And then we go pull each side of the silverware in the opposite direction. So that is tightened up against the gold wire. With the silver wire attached to the gold wire. We are going to begin wrapping alternately either end of the silver wire around the gold wire. So I'll do one full rap on the one side and then one full rap on the opposite side. And as you go you'll want to push the wire towards itself where you just wrapped it so that there aren't any gaps in that grabbed part. Alternate wrapping left and right and pushing the wire against itself, tightening it as you go. Once we come to the end of the wire where we can no longer wrap it with our fingers. We will finish pressing it down using our flat nose pliers and gently squeezing that silver wire all the way flat against the gold. Just one last thing. Before we are finished with this ramp, we're going to use the flat nose pliers and squeeze the whole coil together so that there are no gaps in the rapt section. With the rap finished, we're going to create loops at both ends of the wire. These loops will be 90 degrees from each other. Using the needle nose pliers, we will place the wire into the pliers about a quarter of an inch down from the tip. And then give it a little twist. To create the. With this first loop made, we're going to turn the wire around. We're going to turn the wires. That first loop is pointing down. And then we're going to create a loop on this end, 90 degrees from that first loop. And the same manner as before. We will place the wire in the pyres a quarter of an inch from the tip and then give it a twist to create the loop. If you need to. At this point, you can hold one of those loops and twist each end in the opposite direction to make sure that they are exactly 90 degrees from each other. With the loops created, we will now shape the wire on the mandrel. You're going to place this loop on the ring mandrel. So that is facing the outside of the circle. And then we will wrap the wire tightly around the ring mandrel. The loops will meet and then cross at the top. And you want to make sure that that second loop is flat against the mandrel. Now that we have the wire shaped, we're going to open up this loop with our needle nose pliers and place it underneath that top loop. Simply insert the suppliers into that loop and gently pry it open just enough so that you can slip it over the wire underneath that top loop. And then close it again, making sure that it is nice and tight. With the circle created. We will adjust it to make sure that it is flat and round. Hole at the top and bottom of the earring in your fingers and gently twist it to make sure that it is flat for Emily, but gently press the wire and this bottom part where the wrap is probably will be a little bit flat. So you'll want to round it a little bit by pressing the top and bottom against each other to create a nice circle. Lastly, we'll attach the air wire using the needle nose pliers. We will open the loop on the ear wires by twisting it to the side. And now we can attach the erring. We want to make sure that the face of the erring is towards the front of the air wire. And then twist the loop on the ear wire closed. Subtly elegant and simply made congrats on completing the basic design series.