Making your own earwires is totally easy, and adds an extra bit of character to your handmade jewellery. This is the first in (hopefully) a series of tutorials that will share a bit of what i’ve figured out through trial and error, and through reading mags / books on jewellery making…
- sterling silver wire (preferably) or craft wire if you’re just learning. 20 gauge is the best for ear wires, but 22 will suffice (and is sometimes even better for people with sensitive ears / small piercings)
- needle nose pliers
- flush cutter
- hammer & anvil (or hammer and something hard to hammer on)
- a thick pen / ring mandrel
Now, cut two lengths of wire – you’ll learn to ‘guess’ the length depending on the style of ear wire you want to make, but for our purposes, 2in (5cm) will do. Trim both ends so that you get a good square cut – you don’t want any sharp bits!
You can skip the hammering stage completely if you use hard or half-hard wire, but I like the contouring look, and getting out some frustration by hammering!
- it’s cheaper than buying them made
- you add an extra ‘handmade’ element to your jewellery – nice to include in your item description
- you gain some extra jewellers ‘cred’ – you’re actually hand-making your jewellery as opposed to just assembling it!
- it’s really fun, and you have control over your ear wire style – you can make them as simple or as ornate as you like – some of mine have little swirls, others have a double curl at the front, and it adds to the style of the earrings i’m making.