Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. These pretty earrings showcase a beautiful Czech glass bead.
Floating Bead Earrings
by Kimberly Newman
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Findings, Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
These pretty earrings showcase a beautiful Czech glass bead. I love these beads! But you could use a favorite bead of yours too!

Materials

10mm Czech glass beads
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 10.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.22
  • Gold Club Price: $1.67
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Sterling Silver Earwire w/ Ball & Coil 19.5mm - Pack of 2
K19-40
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.10
  • Gold Club Price: $1.58
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Or 2 Beads of your choice
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Tools

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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Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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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: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Chasing Hammer - Flat Faced with Polished Wooden Handle - Pack of 1
G3-13
  • G3-13
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.98
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Instructions
Step 1
Measure and cut 2 pieces of wire 3 inches long and 2 pieces of wire 1 inch long.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, cut wire
Step 2
Using round-nose pliers, make a simple loop on one end of each of the 3 inch wires. Make a second loop by placing the round-nose pliers above the loop and bending the wire back over the top of the pliers.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, second loop
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, complete the loop
Step 3
Remove the loops from the pliers and with your hands, make a bend like a candy cane as shown in the photo.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, create a bend like a candy cane
Step 4
Using a Sharpie Marker, wrap the bottom of the wire around the marker.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, bend around a Sharpie
Step 5
Using round-nose pliers, make a loop on the tail of the large loop.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, make a small loop
Step 6
On the steel block, hammer the outer edge of the large loop.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, work harden the bend
Step 7
Take one of the 1 inch pieces of wire and hammer the tip to flatten slightly. Slide the bead onto the 1 inch piece.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, hammer flat
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, slide on the bead
Step 8
Place the earring component around the bead so the flattened wire extends past the frame.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, add bead
Step 9
Use round-nose pliers to bend the end of the hammered 1 inch piece into a small loop.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, bend around the frame
Step 10
Use chain-nose pliers to press down the small loop onto the earring frame.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, pinch the end of the wire
Step 11
Trim the wire on the opposite side leaving 3/16 of an inch. Being careful not to hit your thumb or the bead, place the wire on the outer edge of your steel block and hammer the end flat.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, flatten
Step 12
Trim any excess wire to just the length you need to wrap the frame. Use chain-nose pliers to finish securing to the frame.
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, trim the wire
Kimberly Newman's Floating Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, secure to the frame
Step 13
Repeat all the steps to make a second earring and add ear wires to complete.