Mint Spring's Ball and Chain Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. While I was undecorating my Christmas tree, a hook configuration came out of one of the glass balls, which made me think.
Ball and Chain Earrings
by Mint Spring
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
While I was undecorating my Christmas tree, a hook configuration came out of one of the glass balls, which made me think. This earring design is basically to share the "idea" of a stopper hidden within a bead. Think about using this idea when attaching larger beads to necklaces, while eliminating extra wraps previously needed for security. Change the size and style of beads and the spacers or bead caps used, vary the lengths of chain and have fun with this new "stopper" technique!

Materials

22 Gauge Square Half Hard 14/20 Gold Filled Wire
H4-22SQH
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.50 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.59
  • Gold Club Price: $1.94
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Gold Filled Cable Chain 1.0mm - 10 Feet
C4-119U
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $29.40
  • Gold Club Price: $22.05
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Gold Filled Bright Beads 8mm - Pack of 2
J9-329
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $4.48
  • Gold Club Price: $3.36
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Gold Filled Bright Beads 6mm - Pack of 5
J9-327
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $5.44
  • Gold Club Price: $4.08
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Gold Filled Ball & Coil Earwire 22mm - Pack of 2
J19-19
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.46
  • Gold Club Price: $1.85
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Gold Filled Corrugated Roundel 6mm - Pack of 5
J9-349
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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Gold Filled Saucer Beads Corrugated 8mm - Pack of 1
J9-368
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.67
  • Gold Club Price: $2.00
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
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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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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12 Inch Stainless Steel Ruler
G7-30
  • G7-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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Marker -extra fine
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Instructions
Step 1
Straighten, measure and cut the 22-gauge wire into two pieces, each 2 1/4" long; one piece for each earring. On each wire, measure and mark 1/2" from one end. At each mark, use round nose pliers to form a cotter pin or keyhole shape as shown.
Mint Spring's Ball and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Use round nose plier to form a keyhole shape on 22-gauge wire.
Step 2
Slide three pieces of chain into each loop.
Mint Spring's Ball and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding chain to the 22-gauge wire.
Step 3
Measure the length of wire at the short end of the keyhole shape. Trim it so that it will not extend above the top of the 8mm bead.
Mint Spring's Ball and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Trimming the 22-gauge wire.
Step 4
Hold the short end of the wire close to the main wire and slip on a spacer followed by the 8mm bead. Push the spacer and the bead tight to the loop. Add the next spacer, a 6mm bead, and the final spacer. Use the remaining wire at the top of the last spacer to form a simple loop. Attach this new component to your favorite ear wires or posts and make another to match it.
Mint Spring's Ball and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Finished pieces.