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Butterfly Swirly Wire Earrings
by Elizabeth Schultz
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Lashing, Making Loops, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
These cute little butterflies will make your heart flutter!

Materials

20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 10.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.49
  • Gold Club Price: $0.37
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24 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-24D
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.27
  • Gold Club Price: $0.20
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28 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-28D
  • Lesson Quantity: 16.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $0.77
  • Gold Club Price: $0.57
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Sterling Silver Beads Corrugated 3mm - Pack of 25
K9-150
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.90
  • Gold Club Price: $2.93
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Sterling Silver Saucer Beads Corrugated 2mm - Pack of 10
K9-205
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.27
  • Gold Club Price: $9.20
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Sterling Silver Earwires Semi-Circle 23.5mm w/ 3mm Bead - Pack of 2
K19-64
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.72
  • Gold Club Price: $2.04
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Pliers
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 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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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: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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Instructions
Step 1
Take a 5" Segment of 20 gauge wire and create a small loop at one end with your round nose pliers.
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Step 2
Measure 5/8" from the top of the loop and mark with a sharpie.
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Step 3
Hold the wire at the sharpie mark with your round nose pliers and bend the wire up and backward following the direction of the swirl.
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Step 4
Measure from where the wires meet to 3/4" and mark with a sharpie.
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Step 5
Use your chain nose pliers to bend the wire almost in half.
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Step 6
Be sure to leave a slight gap to place a jump ring in later in the project.
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Step 7
Holding the tip of the wing with your chain nose pliers, begin to pull the wire downward and then out slightly while adding some curve to the wire with your thumb.
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Step 8
Hold the wire with your round nose pliers across from where the wires intersect.
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Step 9
Create a loop that faces inward with your round nose pliers.
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Step 10
Hold the bottom of the top wing with your chain nose pliers where the wires intersect.
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Step 11
Fold the wire in half like the tip of the wing, this time compressing the wire with your pliers.
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Step 12
Begin to curve the wire with your thumb.
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Step 13
Next, grab your round nose pliers and begin the swirl with a small loop.
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Step 14
Swirl the wire towards the body of the butterfly.
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Step 15
This is what the frame should look like so far.
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Step 16
Take the 8" segment of 28 gauge wire and run it through the body of the butterfly.
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Step 17
Wrap the wire around the outside frame a total of 3 times.
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Step 18
First string on the 2mm bead and secure it to the frame by wrapping it around the opposite side three times. Then wrap the wire around the outside frame again 3 times.
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Step 19
Now, string on the 3mm bead.
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Step 20
Secure the bead like the previous bead and wrap the wire around the outside frame 3 times.
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Step 21
Secure the next 3mm bead in the same fashion as steps 19 and 20.
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Step 22
Once all the wires have been secured, begin wrapping the bottom swirl and secure it to the body of the butterfly.
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Step 23
Once the swirl has been secured, begin wrapping the 28 gauge wire around the body of the butterfly.
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Step 24
To finish, simply wrap the wire 3 times around the frame.
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Step 25
Use your flush cutters to trim off the excess wire.
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Step 26
Tuck in the wire bur with your chain nose pliers.
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Step 27
Here's what the completed frame should look like.
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Step 28
Next, take your briolette bead and feed the 6" segment of 24 gauge wire through the top and bend the wire up, like so.
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Step 29
Wrap the shorter side of the wire around the longer wire about 2 times and trim off the shorter segment with your flush cutters.
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Step 30
Hold the top with your round nose pliers and create a loop over the top of the bead.
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Step 31
Begin wrapping the wire around the top and down towards the middle of the bead.
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Step 32
Once you've wrapped your way down, pull the wire up over the wrap.
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Step 33
Wrap the wire around the top loop 2 times.
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Step 34
Trim off the excess wire.
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Step 35
Tuck in the little bur at the end.
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Step 36
Here's what the wrapped bead should look like.
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Step 37
Next, take your 4mm jump rings and hang the bead from the bottom swirl of the butterfly.
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Step 38
Take the next jump ring and hang the butterfly at the tip of the wing.
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Step 39
Bend the antennae of the butterfly over the top of the wing just slightly.
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Step 40
To create the mirror image of the butterfly, follow the previous steps but reverse the direction of the wire.
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