Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. . Short pieces of thin chain pulled into cone findings make earrings with an eclectic look.

Cone and Chain Earrings

by Judy Larson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): General Education
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Short pieces of thin chain pulled into cone findings make earrings with an eclectic look. Change the style of cone, the earring finding, and style of chain for a whole different look. This is an earring style that can be repeated many different times with no two styles ever being alike.

Materials

Sterling Silver Bead Cone 12x4mm - Pack of 1
K9-119
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $3.78
  • Gold Club Price: $2.84
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Sterling Silver Bead Cone 6.5x3.5mm - Pack of 1
K9-120
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.06
  • Gold Club Price: $1.55
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Sterling Silver Chain Cable Knurled 2.6mm - 10 Feet
C8-101U
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $54.60
  • Gold Club Price: $40.95
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Sterling Silver Charm Flat Oval 9x6mm - Pack of 1
K1-31
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 4.00 each
  • Price: $2.31
  • Gold Club Price: $1.73
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Sterling Silver Name Tag w/ Ring Oval 5.5x10mm - Pack of 2
C8-116T
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $2.26
  • Gold Club Price: $1.70
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Sterling Silver Beads Bright 2mm - Pack of 25
K9-139
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.32
  • Gold Club Price: $1.74
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Sterling Silver Beads Bright 3mm - Pack of 25
K9-140
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.24
  • Gold Club Price: $2.43
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Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.030) 20ga. (OD) 4mm (ID) 2.53mm - Pack of 10
K11-27
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.55
  • Gold Club Price: $1.91
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Tools

WireJewelry - Essentials Jewelry Pliers Set with Case, Set of 5
G15-21
  • G15-21
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $124.95
  • Gold Club Price: $93.71
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Instructions
Step 1
Read through the tutorial before starting the project. Follow all safety precautions pertaining to the tools and supplies being used and the space you are working in.

22 gauge wire was used to make a hook that fits both the cones available on wirejewlery.com. The size wire can be larger if the top hole of the cone will accommodate two wires side by side, or smaller if the top hole in the cone will not fit two wires. The length to cut the wire depends upon what will be done with the wire above the cone. If decorative beads will be added to the wire above the cone, it should be cut longer. A longer wire could also be made into an integrated earring finding so one does not need to be added.

At one end of a 3" to 4" piece of wire, make a sharp bend ½" from the wire end. Pull the wire and hook through the cone. If needed, make the bend a little sharper so the hook end is a bit inside the cone. Remove the hook from the cone.
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Step 2
How many chains to thread on the hook depends on the interior diameter of the cone. Three chains used here are all that will fit inside the smaller of the two cones listed above.

Once the number of chains is determined, thread the wire hook back through the cone, pulling tightly to secure the chains and hook inside the cone. Don't worry about making a wire wrapped loop to secure the chains before threading them into the cone. The wire wrapping will not fit inside the cone but the chains will be very secure on the hook without it.
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Step 3
Trim off the wire hook tail as close to the top of the cone as possible.
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Step 4
Optional: Thread a silver bead that compliments the cone on the wire.
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Step 5
Start a wire wrapped loop. Decide on which earring finding best fits the design. Here, an inverted teardrop shield lever back was chosen because it carried through the shape of the cone. Because it has a closed loop, it had to be threaded on the earring loop before the wrap was completed.
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Step 6
If dangles are desired, it is best to attach them in odd numbers at different heights using jump rings that blend in size with the chain. Attach a dangle to the longest chain. The bottom of the next attached dangle should be across from the top of the first dangle. The third dangle is placed between the two.

Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Step 7
Cones do not have to be used to corral chains, but they are a nice touch. A jump ring works just as well to connect a few chains to earring findings.
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings
Step 8
Chains of different lengths, sizes, and designs add interest to any design.
Judy Larson's Cone and Chain Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, , cone and chain earrings