In this tutorial you will learn to make these beautiful woven earrings. The weaving sweeps its way around the oval barrel bead and swirls to a finish at the bottom to resemble a fuchsia bud. You will use three methods of weaving, making this a great project to practice or learn new weaving skills. There are many variations possible with this design, including adding beads and charms align the weave to create a whimsical effect.
There is also a variation where the earrings have been embellished with leaf charms and beads for a more 3 dimensional effect.
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Cut a piece of 20-gauge wire 8" long.
Using the round-nose pliers, hold the wire in the centrer, bring each end of the wire tightly around the end of the pliers, forming a small loop.
Holding the loop with the chain-nose pliers, grasp one straight wire with the flat-nose pliers at the point where the wires cross, bend 90 degrees
Again holding the loop with the chain-nose pliers, bend the other wire 90 degrees so that the 2 wires sit parallel.
Pro Tip: Give the loop a squeeze with the flat-nose pliers to flatten.
Cut a piece of 32-gauge wire 23" long. Attach it to the thick wire by coiling 3 times (leaving a 1" tail to hold onto) to one of the wires just past the loop.
Notice how the thick wires spread as you push the thin wire down to the loop with your nail.
Bring the thin wire over the first thick wire and under the second.
Bring the thin wire over the second thick wire and under the first.
Continue weaving over and under. Every 4 - 6 turns push the weave towards the loop by sliding your thumb nail along the thick wire.
Pro Tip: You may find it easier to hold the loop with your pliers for this first bit.
Continue weaving until you have woven ¼" longer than your bead (approx ¾" - 1").
Coil one of the thick wires 8 times to secure the thin wire. Trim the thin wire and its tail. Tuck the ends in with the long nose pliers.
Hold the woven wire against the left hand side of the bead, so that the center of the bead is level with the center of the woven wire and gently bend to the contours of the bead.
Hold the loop with the flat-nose pliers and bend the loop 90 degrees inwards to the curve of the wire.
Cut a piece of 20-gauge wire 6" long. Using the round nose-pliers make a semi circle loop in one end.
Using the flat-nose pliers, squeeze the loop together to close it.
Add a 4mm silver bead, the loop on the woven wire and a barrel bead.
Pull the 2 thick wires from the woven section (one each side of the central wire) round over the top of the bead.
Hold the thick straight wire 1/10" from the top of the shaped thick wires, bend 45 degrees.
Hold the thick wire at the bend with the round-nose pliers and form a loop by bringing the thick wire round the top of the pliers.
Holding the loop with the flat-nose pliers, coil the thick wire around itself 3 times.
Be careful not to kink or bend the thick wires.
Pull the middle wire down against the bead, between the two woven wires.
Cut a piece of 32-gauge wire 50" long. Attach it to the outer thick wire that you did not coil earlier. Coil 8 times, leaving a 1" tail.
Push the coils up to the weaving with your nail.
Bring the thin wire over the first thick wire, under the middle one and over the outer wire.
Coil the outer wire once.
Bring the thin wire under the outer thick wire, over the middle one and under the next outer wire. Be careful that the central wire does not move out of line.
Coil the outer wire once.
Follow steps 23 - 26, pushing the weave together with your nail and keeping the thick wires close to the bead. Notice how the central wire is now held in place.
Continue weaving until you are just past the middle of the bead.
Gently pull the outer thick wire outwards and the inner one inwards to the silver bead, whilst holding the weaving in place.
Continue weaving, but this time only coil the outer thick wire. So bring the thin wire over the outer thick wire, under the middle one and over the inner thick wire.
Bring the thin wire under the inner thick wire, over the middle one and under the outer wire.
Coil the thick wire once and push the weave up with your nail. Make sure that the thick wires stay in shape.
Follow steps 30 - 32 until the weave on the inner wire is level with the top of the silver bead. Notice how the weave is beginning to slope.
Continue weaving, but this time miss out the middle thick wire. So take the thin wire under the inside thick wire and the middle wire and over the outer one.
Coil the outer thick wire once.
Bring the thin wire under the outer thick wire and the middle wire and over the inner one.
Follow steps 34 - 36 until the weave on the inner thick wire reaches the bottom of the loop. Notice how the centre wire is exposed.
Thread the thin wire through the loop and round the thick wire 4 or 5 times.
Coil the thin wire around the thick wire 5 times to secure.
Trim the thin wire and its tail and tuck the ends in with the long nose pliers.
Cut the outer thick wires to ½" from the weave.
Make 2 semi circle loops in the ends of the 2 outer wires using the round-nose pliers.
Pinch the loops together to close them using the flat nose pliers.
Holding the loop with the flat nose pliers, gently form a spiral by working the wire round.
Cut the central thick wire ½" from where it is exposed in the weave.
Add a 4mm silver bead and form a semi circle loop inwards with the round-nose pliers.
Pinch the loop together with the flat-nose pliers to close. Gently curve the thick wire inwards slightly.
Make the second earring by following steps 1 - 47 but make the weaving in the opposite direction. That is in step 11 shape the woven wire to the right hand side of the bead.
And bend the wires to the left.
Continue following the instructions until you have completed the second earring.
Open a jump ring, add the earring and ear wire. Close the jump ring.
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