Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Findings, Clasps, Components. OMG! Okay, now that I have that out of my system, I can tell you about what I have created? Designed? Made up? I don't know what the word is.

A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire

by Susan LeGuyader
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Making Findings
  • Skill Level: Beginner
OMG! Okay, now that I have that out of my system, I can tell you about what I have created? Designed? Made up? I don't know what the word is. As I was making a clasp for a bracelet, I had a thought about ear wires. About wire embellishments and ear wire designs. When I looked up embellished ear wires, all additional design elements were at the bottom of the ear wire. What if the embellishment went up onto the earlobe?

Even thinking about it makes me excited still.

Below are some basic instructions, to get you started on making these fun, new style of ear wires your own. I really can't wait to see what you do.

Materials

20 Gauge Half Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20HRH
  • Lesson Quantity: 16.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $9.66
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Tools

Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Chain Nose Wire Pliers
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $16.97
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Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers
G2-1302
  • G2-1302
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  • Price: $27.95
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6 Step Barrel Plier - Pack of 1
G2-503
  • G2-503
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Instructions
Step 1:
Fleur-de-lis ear wires
Cut a length of wire, around 5". Use either chain nose or round nose pliers to make a loop and then coil it a couple of times. At the bottom of the coil, make a right angle. With bail making pliers or loop making pliers, make a loop about an inch from the bottom of the coil. Wrap the coiled end around the long length of the wire a couple of times. As you can see from Photo 3, the coil and the loop are on the same plane, you can also rotate the loop to be perpendicular to the coil. Finish with the rest of the ear wire making. The flourish should rest up and flat against the earlobe. For the second ear wire, make sure you wrap around the opposite direction.
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Fleur-de-lis ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Fleur-de-lis ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Fleur-de-lis ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Fleur-de-lis ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Fleur-de-lis ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Step 2:
Loops or Bubbles ear wires
Cut a length of wire, around 5". Use a small bail making pliers, 3mm diameter, and wrap the wire into 3 or more coils. Depending on the number of coils, you can make a bubble loop or with 5 loops you could make a daisy look. Spread the coils out into your desired shape.
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Loops or Bubbles ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Step 3:
Leaf ear wires
Cut a length of wire, around 6 or 7". Fold over a length of wire to make a tight folded end. Make sure the short end of the wire is long enough to make the shape and wrap around the longer wire. You'll spread the parallel wires apart (this makes the tapered point of the leaf) around the looping pliers. Make your loop as in the instructions above. Finish making your ear wire as usual.
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Leaf ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Leaf ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Leaf ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Step 4:
Tendril ear wires
Cut a length of wire, around 8". Using your round nose pliers, make difference side loops, angled to the left and right, into a meandering pattern. You can make this section as long or short as you like. How would it look long and going up the curve of your ear? As with the above instructions, make your loop and finish the ear wire as usual.
I find this new kind of ear wire so exciting. Decorating your ear, not just from the lobe down but up onto your earlobe and more. There are so many opportunities, what about soldering a tube set gemstone? It would give the look of two piercing, instead of one. I have too many things going on in my head. I need to get out to the studio.
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Tendril ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire
Susan LeGuyader's A New Twist on the Classic Ear Wire - Tendril ear wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Findings, Clasps, Components, a whole new ear wire