5-Minute Hammered Wire Earrings

May 29, 2008

Each month, one of the magazine editors will share a free project with Beading Daily.  Today's guest editor is Denise Peck, editor in chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine and senior editor of Jewelry Artist. An editor by trade and a lifelong lover of jewelry, she was able to pursue both when she joined Lapidary Journal in 2004. Denise has a bench jeweler's certificate from Studio Jeweler's Ltd. Her first book with Interweave Press, Wire Style, is due out in August 2008. She's currently working on her second book..--Michelle Mach, Beading Daily editor.

5-Minute Jewelry

by Denise Peck, Step by Step Wire Jewelry

So you think you might want to broaden your jewelry-making skills or just switch gears for a bit and tackle a few wire techniques? I talk to lots of beaders at our shows who are intrigued at the thought of using more tools and venturing into the world of metal. The good news is that a lot of you already know some of the basics, like making a wire-wrapped loop on a head pin or finishing off an end cone with a piece of wire.

Here’s a little secret, though, for those of you who may not know this: you can make wire jewelry way faster than beaded jewelry!


Bead crochet bracelet by Denise Peck

For so many of us who work with tiny little seed beads, we end up doing it for the love of it. Not because there’s a future in selling our handiwork. In fact, rarely does it seem as though we could make money on bead creations, as it takes so many hours of our time. 
Not so with wire. You really can whip up a piece of jewelry in a matter of minutes. Additionally, wire is a very forgiving medium. If you make a wrong bend, you can usually just unbend it!  

5 Minute Earrings by Denise Peck

It's so much fun to design a pair of earrings or a bracelet that you'll finish within the hour that I decided to challenge myself—how about jewelry in 5 minutes? No kidding. Just imagine how many pieces you could churn out for your next craft show. Now there's a way to support your bead habit!

Project:  5 Minute Earrings by Denise Peck
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If you have a favorite quick design, I'd love to see them. (Send them to me at dpeck@interweave.com.) And if you have any questions or challenges while you're learning to work with wire, feel free to post your questions on the website.

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on May 30, 2008 12:58 PM

I will die if I don't learn where to find beads like the cubes in Denise Peck's bracelet, featured in this article.  Please, please, please, please (you may have my firstborn child, and any children born thereafter) please tell me!  It would just be cruel, not to!  Thanks so much...


Heron Moon Designworks


Denise Peck wrote
on May 31, 2008 6:35 PM

Hi Terri,

I got those beads at Metalliferous in NYC. It was about two years ago, and they're vintage. I hope they still have some for you!


DJadis wrote
on Jun 2, 2008 7:09 PM

I'm curious as to how the bracelet (bead crochet pictured in the newsletter) was done... it LOOKS like it was mounted on memory (or other) wire... but HOW???

Denise Peck wrote
on Jun 3, 2008 5:33 AM

Hi Donna,

It's actually German wire, about 16g. And I just pushed it through the center of the tube of bead crochet, added the end beads and turned a simple loop.


DebWAZ wrote
on Jun 4, 2008 2:07 PM


The title "5 minute Jewelry" is a LIE! <just kidding> We had one of my "famous" free classes in the store yesterday and after stringing a couple of bracelets and a necklace or two, the ladies fell in love with your 5-minute earrings on the last page of the Summer Step-by-Step Wire issue.

It took me longer to cut the wire and gather the tools and for the ladies to select their beads than it did to actually MAKE the earrings. I'm not much of a "wire person", so I was a little reluctant to try them, but the earrings were finished in about 3 minutes, and ALL of us were HOOKED! Each of the ladies used different beads, rather than the flowers you used and the finished earrings were so CUTE!

Thank you so much for such a great design. You made me a hero and two of my friends (aka customers) VERY happy!


AZ Bead Depot

on Jun 6, 2008 9:08 AM

Denise, you are so kind to reply!  I wish I could go to NYC, to Metalliferous.  I love their online catalog, but I think you have to visit the bins in their brick-and-mortar store, to find this type of thing.  Still, it's a tremendous inspiration, and a wonderful and unique design.  Thanks for sharing!  

(Totters off to see if she can duplicate the beads in polymer clay...)

Peace and hugs,


Heron Moon Designworks


Denise Peck wrote
on Jun 10, 2008 1:01 PM

Terri, what a fabulous idea to make the cube beads out of polymer! Post a picture when you've done it!

Deb, I'm so happy you had a good time with the 5-minute earrings in the Summer Preview issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry. Truly, they couldn't be simpler, could they?! 3 minutes?! That's great!