Yesterday I posted some earrings and talked a little about the ear wires that have become my favorite "flavor of the month"! I have pasted the tips I got from Boot~C over at Mama's Got to Doodle in response to my Bead Soup comment.
"as to my earwires? a sharpie(basic reg, not the skinny point kind they are a little skinnier) is what I use to wrap my wire around,tightly,until I have about an inch of coils. when I clip wire & let go it loosens up to the round size you saw on the wire.file the edge the goes in the ear, & turn the loop w/ your pliers for the earring charm. the loop can be turned to the outside(orig tute called for this) but I like it turned under.I keep a coil handy & clip off wires as I need them. I think Ornamenta is where I saw it "
I did try to dig up the original tutorial on Ornamentea but I didn't see anything that looked similar in their archived section.
So I decided to add a few pictures to show you my process.
The secret weapon ;)
I used 20 gauge German style wire.
Coil the wire.
Snip and put a loop on one end.
If you like, you can use a mandrel and make larger sizes (I have found that I like to use a slightly larger size depending on the size of the bead).
Add your bead of choice!
While I was in the tutorial mode I took enough pictures to do two more styles of ear wire. Check back over the next couple days for these babies as well as the Hammered Drop using Artistic Wire I mentioned earlier in this post. Click on the images for the full size view.
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