Sonja Kiser's Cluster Earrings, Classic Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. A simpler variation of an earring design by Dale Cougar Armstrong, use a combination of wire and beads to create a unique pair of earrings.
Cluster Earrings
by Sonja Kiser
  • Category: Classic
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Making Spirals, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
A simpler variation of an earring design by Dale Cougar Armstrong, use a combination of wire and beads to create a unique pair of earrings. The jewelry artist will be using wraps, wrapped loops and rosettes to create these attractive. By simply changing the color of the wire and/or beads, or even types of beads, you'll enjoy the versatility of this design. Technique: Involved Components

Special Instructions: Make both earrings at the same time, working one step on one earring and then the same step on the other.

Materials

21 Gauge Square Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-21SQH
  • Lesson Quantity: 30.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $8.02
  • Gold Club Price: $6.02
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Dragon Blood Jasper 6mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-142
  • Lesson Quantity: 24.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.67
  • Gold Club Price: $4.25
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Tools

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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Swivel Head Pin Vise
G5-1
  • G5-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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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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4.5 Inch Round Nose Pliers
G2-12
  • G2-12
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.98
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6.5 Inch Long Flat Nose Pliers - Pack of 1
G2-74
  • G2-74
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.87
  • Gold Club Price: $7.40
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6-1/2 Inch Chain Nose Pliers
G2-70
  • G2-70
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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Instructions
Step 1
Using 21g square 1/2 hard wire, straighten, clean and then measure and cut the following lengths: 6 pieces each 3½-inches in length and 2 pieces each 3-inches long. Bundle and tape two groups of 3 1/2 " pieces, then measure and mark 1 1/2 inch from one end of each earring bundle.
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Step 2
Use a 3-inch wire and flat nose pliers to begin and then wrap from the mark toward the longer end on each earring bundle, 4 times to show. Do not cut this wrap wire.
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Step 3
Twist this wire with a pin vise or leave it untwisted, and trim it to ¾-inch long. Use chain-nose and flat nose pliers to rosette, and place it on front of the wrap just made.
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Step 4
Remove the tape from the short end on each bundle. This will be the top part of the earring dangle. Slightly fan the wires apart and place a 6 mm bead on the middle wire. Make a wrapped loop at the top of this center wire, immediately above the added bead.
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Step 5
se a pin vise to twist the remaining two wires on each side of the bead. Then trim each twisted wire to 3/4 inch long and rosette each wire up, on the right and left, to lie just above the top of the bead
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Step 6
Next, remove the remaining tape and bend the two outside wires away from the center wire, horizontally.
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Step 7
On each earring, on both of these horizontal wires, measure and mark 3/8-inch from center. Place flat nose pliers at the ⅜-inch mark, and bend the wire down at a 90° angle. Repeat on each of the outer wires.
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Step 8
On the bottom middle wire, thread on five 6 mm beads. Immediately after the last bead, measure ½-inch and trim off the rest. Use this ½-inch to make a rosette immediately under the last bead, securing all of the beads in place.
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Step 9
On each of the angled, outside wires, thread on three 6 mm beads, placing them so they will lie between the beads in the middle row, (refer to picture). Immediately after the third bead on each wire, measure and then trim the wire to ½ inch below the last bead. Rosette each end wire up and toward the center. Attach to your favorite ear wires or posts and enjoy!
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