Four Fast and Fun Wire Earring Making Projects

Feb 4, 2013

I can't imagine a better way to learn about making wire jewelry than with a few fast and fabulous earring making projects. The best part about making earrings with wire is that you don't need a lot of beads, and you don't need to be a wire expert to create fun, flirty little earrings!

Earring making has never been something that comes easy for me, but I love wearing handmade earrings with my jewelry. But the more that I play with my wire and my wire jewelry making tools, the more ideas I get for earring making projects! Give your earring making projects a little boost with one of these four ideas:

earring-projects I have a confession to make: I collect cones. I hardly ever use them, except for when I have time to do a Viking knit project, but I love to buy them. I have cones made from glass, precious metal clay, ceramic, even a pair of gemstone cones that I scored at a gem and mineral show a couple of years ago. They look so pretty in their little drawer, but now I have something to do with them! Using easy wire wrapping techniques, I can use those cones for some fast and easy earring making projects!
earring-projects Another reason why I love earring making projects is that they offer easy introductions to new beading and jewelry-making techniques, like how to make wire spirals. If you have just one or two extra beads left over from a project, you can string them up and make them into fancy earrings with the addition of a simple wire spiral at the bottom!
earring-making Of course, if the idea of working with wire still intimidates you, then I recommend starting out with these easy wire wrapped beads. Show that wire who's boss! The great thing about these little wire beads is that there are no rules -- anything goes as you're wrapping the wire. Made with brass and copper, they add a rustic charm to any beaded jewelry design. Or try them in some brightly colored craft wire for a little extra whimsy.
earring-projects If you're ready to get adventurous with your wire earring making projects, I highly recommend the Dancing Spirals wire earring project. They're so delicate and much lighter than they look, and you'll get to practice your wire spiral technique. By the time you finish them, you'll feel like a wire wiz, and have a pretty pair of earrings, too!

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If you're already comfortable working with wire, I highly recommend that you check out one of Tammy Jones' latest blogs over on Jewelry Making Daily: She's put together six simple design elements that you can make with wire for truly outstanding, artistic wire earrings.

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Coiling wire is a technique that I'm only just starting to explore, but I can see a lot of potential for this, both with my earring making designs, and with my beaded jewelry designs. Making wire coils isn't really a difficult technique, if you know how to do it. Now you can learn from master wire jewelry artist, Kerry Bogert, in our new video, Wire Coiling Secrets.

Watch as Kerry demonstrates her easy-to-learn techniques for creating spectacular wire coils and uses them in beautiful wire jewelry projects. Pre-order your copy of Wire Coiling Secrets, or if you really can't wait to get started, Wire Coiling Secrets is also available as an instant download!

How do you like to make earrings with wire? Are you strictly a head pin and bead designer, or do you enjoy branching out and trying different jewelry-making techniques in your earring designs? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with us here on the Beading Daily blog!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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frostydog wrote
on Feb 4, 2013 7:43 AM

Jen, I love your cone earrings. Very nice! Why don't you do an article on using cones? It sure would be helpful to a stringing artist. thanks. Sandy Hatton, Lancaster, Pa.

on Feb 4, 2013 8:15 AM

Great suggestions.  This opens up so many possibilities.  I have some pieces for necklaces but didn't know what I would do for earrings to go with them.  The cone idea is perfect, Thanks    Jana Haverty, Portsmouth, VA

2ndChance wrote
on Feb 4, 2013 1:09 PM

I LOVE Wire..I love wrapping  and coiling and filigree.  One of the places I shop for supplies here in town, regularly has a sidewalk sale, where I have picked up different colored craft wire, and I've made some pretty funky things.  With or without beads, wire can be beautiful.

on Feb 4, 2013 2:59 PM

I opened an email from the Archeological Journal of America just after I read your Blogpost and found the most amazing photo of an ancient wire wrapped symbol of fertility and abundance. "the Royal Cemetery at Ur dates to the mid third millennium B.C.E. Among the tombs, that of Queen Puabi yielded many ornaments of gold, carnelian, and lapis."  You've got to see this... very exciting for a wire-wrapper, and readily copied. Here's a link to it: www.ajaonline.org/.../1497

RNMeyer wrote
on Feb 4, 2013 3:37 PM

I am one of those ninnies that is still stuck on headpins and bead designing. However, I would love to branch out. I loved Jen's article above telling us to "show that wire who's boss!" I think with that in mind I just might not be so intimidated any more. Thanks!

Robin, Santa Rosa, CA

Ricki Ayer wrote
on Feb 5, 2013 11:07 AM

I have been using cones for earrings for a couple of years and love all the different kings and sizes of cones and all the things that can be done using them for earrings.  I have sold several pairs and people really seem to like them.

I need to try some of your other suggestions - they look like fun!  Thanks for the post.

teariana wrote
on Feb 9, 2013 5:48 PM

The thing with beautiful cones is they are meant to be seen, so I like using them in projects where the clasp is front-showing. Unless you're a person who where their hair up. Earrings are also a great way to showpiece these beauties and as you almost always buy them in pairs they're just sitting there waiting to be joined to a pair of earrings.

A friend of mine gave me some old costume jewelry, much of it was unusable but there were a couple pair of mother of pearl earrings that had several tear shaped beads, I attached some of these along with small beads to head pins and placed sets of three in each cone. So out of two pair of earrings that were too much I have several that are just right.

lori darrell wrote
on Feb 12, 2013 3:56 PM

it reminds me of chainmail, dragons ajd racecars so i would call it "dragonster"