Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. These easy to make earrings can also be made with twisted square wire for a sparkly look or round gold or gold twisted square wire.
Double Pretzel Earrings
by Carol Gilbard Praissman
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
These easy to make earrings can also be made with twisted square wire for a sparkly look or round gold or gold twisted square wire. There is an enormous amount of movement in these earrings & they catch a lot of positive attention! To see more from Carol you can visit her Etsy store HERE!

Materials

12 mm Flat briolette crystals, top drilled
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
18 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 18.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $16.84
  • Gold Club Price: $12.63
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26 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-26D
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.64
  • Gold Club Price: $0.48
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Sterling Silver Hook Earwire 21mm - Pack of 2
K19-86
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $0.97
  • Gold Club Price: $0.73
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Tools

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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Premium Jump Ring Mandrels - Set of 2
G7-50
  • G7-50
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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Stainless Steel Ring Mandrel Sizes 1-15
G7-2
  • G7-2
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $19.44
  • Gold Club Price: $14.58
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4.5 Inch Needle Nose Ergonomic Mini Plier - Pack of 1
G2-151
  • G2-151
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.97
  • Gold Club Price: $5.23
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6 1/2 Inch Bail Making Pliers
G2-18
  • G2-18
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.78
  • Gold Club Price: $9.58
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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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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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Instructions
Step 1
Cut (4) 3" pieces of 18 gauge round half-hard wire. (Figure A)
Step 2
Cut and shape your (4) 5mm jump rings. Set aside.
Step 3
Using a ring mandrel (or an empty lipstick container) shape 3" wire to match so that the wire is open at the top with rounded sides. (Figure B)
Step 4
Shape into small points on top & bottom like a lemon or almond. (Figure C)
Step 5
Pressing fingers on opposite sides of lemon-shaped wire, make into fish shape with 1/2" on each side like a tail of a fish. (Figure D)
Step 6
With needle nose pliers in junction of "tail", bend front portion of wire 1/2" from
end back toward the side it came from. Do this to both "tails."
Pro Tip: Position bail making pliers in top of bend to keep rounded form. Continue to bend until wire end meets side. (Figure E shows one done.
The end point should end up being about 1/2 the way to the bottom. (Figure F)
Step 7
Using chain nose pliers, shape right & left sides of pretzel ends so that they don't stick out of "pretzel."
Step 8
Make other 3 "pretzels.
Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Different figures for previous steps.
Step 9
Place the "pretzels" as shown in Figure G below.
Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Pretzels being put together.
Step 10
Add the jump rings to the "pretzels" as shown in Figure H below
Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Add jump rings to pretzels.
Step 11
Cut the 2" piece of 26 gauge wire in half making (2) 1" pieces. Place the 1" pieces of wire through each of the brioletes.
Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Cutting 26 gauge wire and adding to brioletes.
Step 12
Make sure the wire with the briolette is aligned with the bottom of the "Pretzel". Do 5 wraps on each side. The wire should end up being a smooth coil. Trim any remaining gauge 26 wire closely.
Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Wrapping the pieces together.
Step 13
Add ear wires & you're done!
Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Add ear wires.
Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Add ear wires.
Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Add ear wires.
Step 14
Pro Tip: Alternative Design: See how twisting the wire & pulling down the center of the "pretzel" makes these into hearts? Add a lampworked bead or crystal for some additional excitement!
Carol Gilbard Praissman's Double Pretzel Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Alternative design.