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Stud Earrings

Jan 23, 2009
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Designer: Jeanette Blix Ryan
Published: January 23, 2009
Technique: Wirework

Using a great spiraling technique, Jeanette creates these dainty posted earrings with balled headpins at 18-gauge wire. Oxidize them with liver-of-sulfur to bring out some personality! This project is from Step by Step Wire Jewelry and will be free for a limited time.

About the designer: Jeanette Blix Ryan began making jewelry over three years ago working in several media. She currently teaches wireworking classes throughout the greater Washington DC metro area. To contact Jeanette, please visit her website at

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jeditrish wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 8:13 AM
wow, i really like this! so simple and so elegant
jeditrish wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 8:15 AM
i tried to download, but it wouldn't open the file for me to save. i just keep getting sent back to this page.
Capitolagirl wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 8:15 AM
Those are lovely! What a cool project!
Phiniki wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 8:23 AM
re:Stud Earrings where do you purchase "Liver-of-Sulfur:? Thank you for the great idea! phiniki
KraftyType wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 8:45 AM
"re:Stud Earrings where do you purchase "Liver-of-Sulfur:? Thank you for the great idea! phiniki" I know you can order it but I've also heard you can just put your project in a plastic zip type bag with a boiled egg yolk. Supposedly it takes longer but eggs are easy to find. I love these. I expect to be making several, they should be great gifts!
lilli4 wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 10:29 AM
Wasn't able to download. :(
Chakeeras wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 2:13 PM
Cool! I've been wanting to see how post earring were made!! Thank you much!! :D
on Jan 23, 2009 4:45 PM
I love these earrings! But the file cannot be opened. The error message says that the file is damaged or not correctly decoded.
Helen@148 wrote
on Jan 24, 2009 7:28 AM
I'm in the same boat~~I'm unable to download the file because it says the file is damaged. For those of you who were wondering about where to purchase Liver of Sulfur, I purchased mine from "Cool Tools". They seemed to have a better price than most web sellers. Go to Good luck!
Helen@148 wrote
on Jan 24, 2009 7:37 AM
Hey Everyone! I'm writing again to let you know that I just recently opened the file by telling it to "Open in a different window". It's one of the choices that is given to you when you click to download the file. Try it ~~ it worked for me. Thanks!
KimF@35 wrote
on Jan 25, 2009 12:08 PM
I believe you need to be "signed in" to download the file. Before I signed in, I got the error messages. After I signed in, the file was readily available. Good luck!
melanieb26 wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 1:30 PM
They look really good, I can't wait to try them. I just had a thought, I wonder if you could add a coloured bead to the centre by placing it on a headpin or in the centre of a thin gauge wire and wrapping both ends round the centre.
ergo wrote
on Jan 30, 2009 1:31 PM
Nagyon jó ötlet. Köszönöm!
Beadwitched wrote
on Feb 9, 2009 6:28 AM
To all those questions about LIVER of SULFUR, the boiled egg DOES work. It's also cheaper! Just boil an egg,(or boil a bunch for egg salad and keep one out!). Peel the shell off, cut in half, place in plastic bag. Place your silver item in and seal. It doesn't take too long for the silver to turn black. I've used this method several times.
MichaelaA wrote
on Feb 18, 2009 3:48 PM
Thanks a lot for this tutorial. It's appreciated.
on Feb 19, 2009 7:57 PM
WoW... I never thought I could make my own stud earrings! This is great! I have to get the right wire and I'll be trying it! Thank you so much for sharing you talent with us!
KandaceS wrote
on Mar 27, 2009 2:05 AM
Thanks a bunch for the detailed information about using an egg in place of the liver of sulfur.
Bijou5 wrote
on Jun 23, 2009 11:04 AM
Thanks for this project. Would love to embellish with beads. You mention making a loop at the bottom, but havent been able to create a good looking loop as I curve the wire around - I think the wire is too thick to create small, I'll try stringing a jump ring or a chain on the wire and use that to dangle beads. Any ideas on how to keep the ring\chain from moving around the spiral?
on Jun 26, 2009 9:14 PM
Hi, I will make a pair with a loop at bottom and photograph it and put on my website. I will try and have an image posted by Monday:) Thanks Jeanette Blix
mjanders wrote
on Apr 21, 2010 4:39 PM

I love these! So beautiful and simple, and the variations are endless. I'm having trouble finding ear nuts to fit the 18 gauge wire, though--all the ones I have already only fit 20 gauge wire. Suggestions?