Judy Freyer Thompson's Elegant Earrings Take One, . , . Working with aluminum wire is delightfully easy as the wire is soft.
Elegant Earrings Take One
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Texturing, Drilling
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Working with aluminum wire is delightfully easy as the wire is soft. This simple earring is stepped up a notch with the addition of a glitzy bead! So easy, but so elegant!

Materials

12 Gauge Silver Enameled Aluminum Wire - 40FT
H14-V12-40FT
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  • Price: $7.50
  • Gold Club Price: $5.63
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Sterling Silver Earwires 23mm w/Coil - Pack of 2
K19-53
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Tools

Deluxe V-Slot Bench Pin with Clamp
BPN-105.00
  • BPN-105.00
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer
HAM-161.00
  • HAM-161.00
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Ultimate wire-pliers Set
G15-20
  • G15-20
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  • Price: $170.72
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6PC File Set
FIL-912.10
  • FIL-912.10
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Swivel-Headed Pin Vise
PIN-220.00
  • PIN-220.00
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Variable Speed Rotary Tool with Flexible Shaft
G26-51
  • G26-51
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
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Wubbers X-Large Round Mandrel Pliers
G2-1304
  • G2-1304
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Wire Jewelry Cushion Clamp - Pack of 1
G10-1
  • G10-1
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Euro Punch Plier 1.50mm
PLR-133.70
  • PLR-133.70
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut two lengths of aluminum wire 5" long using the wire cutters from the Ultimate Wire Pliers Set. Center the wires on the large end of the Wubbers and bend in half.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Elegant Earrings Take One - , , , , bend the wire in half
Step 2
Using the cushion clamp to hold the wires, lay one wire at a time on the steel bench block and hammer lightly with the round end of the chasing hammer, adding dimension and work hardening.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Elegant Earrings Take One - , , , , texture with a hammer
Step 3
Slide your chosen beads onto the wires.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Elegant Earrings Take One - , , , , slide the bead onto the wire
Step 4
Lay one wire at a time on the steel bench block and hammer the ends into a paddle shape, approximately 3/8" of an inch off the end. Be careful to keep the beads away from the hammer.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Elegant Earrings Take One - , , , , hammer the ends into paddles
Step 5
Rest the paddled ends on the bench pin and gently round the edges using the flat file. Be careful when filing, aluminum is soft and you could quickly remove more material than intended!
Judy Freyer Thompson's Elegant Earrings Take One - , , , , file the ends
Step 6
Secure the drill bit in the pin vise and drill one hole in the center of each paddle. Using the 600 grit sandpaper, clean up the drilled holes and smooth the paddles.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Elegant Earrings Take One - , , , , drill the holes
Judy Freyer Thompson's Elegant Earrings Take One - , , , , sand the holes
Step 7
Attach purchased or handmade ear wires by crossing the ends so the holes meet. I added a crystal to each handmade ear wire to glam up these earrings even more!
Judy Freyer Thompson's Elegant Earrings Take One - , , , , elegant earrings