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Free Pattern: French Hook Ear Wires
by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com
Wire Jewelry Free Pattern for July 18th, 2016
French Hook Ear Wires
by Judy Larson
Today we share another great pattern from our good friend Judy Larson! These simple and yet lovely French Hook Ear Wires are so versatile and look great with so many projects!
Make perfect ear wires every time with your 6 Step Barrel Pliers. The back wire is a bit longer than the average earwire so you do not have to worry about it slipping off your ear.
- 20 or 21 gauge half hard round wire Hint: If you only have dead soft wire, just twist it to harden it. Hammering will also harden it.
- Optional: Two 3mm round metal beads
- Flat nose pliers
- 6-Step barrel pliers
- Flush cutter
- Cup bur
- Optional: Hammer and bench block
Note: For the purposes of this tutorial, the 6 plier steps have been labeled in ascending order. These numbered steps will be referred to and where possible, mandrel sizes will be given as well. It is important to read through the directions before starting.
Step 1: Straighten and flush cut both ends of two 1-7/8″ pieces of 20 or 21 gauge wire for each pair of earrings.
Step 2: Make an eye on one end of each wire using Step 1 (or 3/32″ mandrel) of the 6 step barrel pliers.
Step 4: Slide a bead on each wire. Push the bead tightly to the eye. Holding the tip of the flat nose pliers tightly to the bead, make a 70 degree bend in each wire. Note: Decide if you want the eye hole to thread from side to side (shown) or front to back and place it in the pliers accordingly.
Step 6: Grip the earring tip between Step 5 and 6 of the 6 step barrel pliers. Make a slight bend in the tip using Step 6 (or scant 3/8″ mandrel).
Step 7: Use a cup bur to smooth the cut end of each earring.
Step 8: Optional: Lightly hammer the front of the earring curve.
Congratulations! You’ve made your first set of French Hook Ear Wires.
If you’d like to see more from Judy you can see her blog posts HERE!