Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling. Ever wondered how to make your own professional looking ear wires? This project shows you how.
Coiled Ear Wires
by Abby Hook
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Coiling
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Ever wondered how to make your own professional looking ear wires? This project shows you how. One of the advantages of this design is that you can co-ordinate the ear wire with your earring design, by using a matching bead. It is also a great way to use up some of those off cuts of 20 and 28 gauge wires!

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.66
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28 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-28D
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.40
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Sterling Silver Beads Bright 2mm - Pack of 25
K9-139
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.43
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
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  • Price: $32.95
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Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $9.97
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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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Wire Rounder Set, 3 pieces
G14-20
  • G14-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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Premium Double Horn Anvil
G17-8
  • G17-8
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  • Price: $18.97
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Chasing Hammer with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
  • G3-27
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Instructions
Step 1:
Preparation
Since I use these ear wires to use up 28-gauge wire off cuts, I tend to prepare the coils first, winding lengths of wire and then chopping the coils into the desired length.
As a rule, you will use 1" of 28-gauge wire per 7 coils, when wrapping around 20-gauge wire.

Take a piece of 28-gauge wire (the off cut I am using here is 6" long). You can either use an off cut of 20-gauge wire as a mandrel, or cut a new piece 2" long (which can be used for the actual ear wire later). Coil the 28-gauge wire around the 20-gauge wire, leaving a 1" tail (use this to hold the wire in place whilst coiling). Keep the 28-gauge wire at a 90° angle to the 20-gauge wire at all times to ensure your coiling is straight and neat.

Every 5 or 6 coils slide your thumb nail along the 20 gauge wire pushing the coils tightly against each other (whilst holding the 1" tail against the thick wire with the other hand).
Continue coiling until you have used all the 28-gauge wire.

Note:- You will have approx ½" of 28-gauge wire either end which you will not be able to use as it becomes kinked where you have been holding it.
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Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Preparation, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coil the wire
Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Preparation, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, coil the wire
Step 2:
Prepare the coils
Trim the wire ends and slide the coils from the 20-gauge wire.

Cut the length of coils into sections of approx 7 coils each.
Notice how the ends of the wire stick out a little. These will be tidied up when we put them on the ear wire.
I made 6 sections of coil from my piece of wire, enough for 3 pairs of ear wires.
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Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Prepare the coils, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, cut into small coils
Step 3:
Begin to form the ear wire
Cut 2 pieces of 20-gauge wire, each measuring 2" long. Straighten the wire and form a round loop on one end of each piece. (see simple ear wires).
Then grasp the loop with the chain nose pliers so that the straight wire points in the same direction as the jaw of the pliers.
Grasp the straight wire with the flat nose pliers, just above the loop and bend upwards 90°.

Repeat with the second ear wire.
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Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Begin to form the ear wire, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, grasp the loop with pliers
Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Begin to form the ear wire, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, straighten the loop
Step 4:
Add the beads and coils
Thread 1 x 2mm bead and one of the coils onto each ear wire.


Pro Tip: Tip: - The coils may be a little tight. If you twist them as you slide them, they will go onto the wire a lot easier.
Tuck the ends of the thin wire in by grasping with the chain nose pliers as shown and twisting the pliers in the same direction as the wire is coiled, crimping the thin wire against the thicker wire.

Note: - When you run your fingers over the wire you should not be able to feel the ends, if you can, repeat the action.
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Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Add the beads and coils, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, tuck in the ends
Step 5:
Shape the ear wire
Grasp the ear wire just above the coiled wire with the flat nose pliers and bend 45° in the opposite direction to the opening of the loop.
Then grasp the straight wire with the thickest part of the round nose pliers and bend the wire round the jaw, forming a hook.
Repeat on the other ear wire.
Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Shape the ear wire, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, bend the wire
Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Shape the ear wire, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, form a hook
Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Shape the ear wire, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, make a hook
Step 6:
Final stage
Grasp the end of the straight wire with the flat nose pliers, using the full width of the jaw. Bend upwards 45°. File/sand the ends so that there are no sharp edges.

Check the wires, they should be straight and in line, if not, give them a squeeze with the nylon jaw pliers.
To add an extra detail, you could hammer the curve of the ear wire slightly. This also adds strength to the finished piece.

You have finished!
Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Final stage, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, bend the tips
Abby Hook's Coiled Ear Wires - Final stage, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, finished ear wires