Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. .
Heart Earrings with Drops
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Materials

18 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.60
  • Gold Club Price: $1.95
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Amethyst 6mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-635
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.57
  • Gold Club Price: $5.68
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Sterling Silver Head Pin 24GA w/ 1.5mm Ball 2 inch - Pack of 10
K8-28
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $3.56
  • Gold Club Price: $2.67
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Sterling Silver Earwire w/ Ball & Coil 19.5mm - Pack of 2
K19-40
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $1.86
  • Gold Club Price: $1.40
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Tools

Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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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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6 Step Barrel Plier - Pack of 1
G2-503
  • G2-503
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.95
  • Gold Club Price: $14.21
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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: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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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 with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
  • G3-27
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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Marker -extra fine
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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
Pro Tip: It is important to read through the directions before starting. These directions are for one earring. Repeat the process for a second one. Straighten and cut a 3" piece of 18 gauge wire.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Straighten and cut 18 gauge wire.
Step 2
Pro Tip: For the purposes of this tutorial, the 6 plier steps have been labeled in ascending order. These numbered steps will be referred to and where possible, mandrel sizes will be given as well
Center the wire mark between the jaws of the 6 step pliers and bend it over step 1 (or 3/32" mandrel), crossing the wires to a not quite 90 degree angle.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Bend wires over the 6 step pliers.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Bend wires over the 6 step pliers.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Bend wires over the 6 step pliers.
Step 3
Grasp the very end of one side of the heart between the jaws of the pliers and make a 3/4 loop over step 6 (or scant 3/8" mandrel). Repeat on the other side.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Make a 3/4 loop.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Make a 3/4 loop.
Step 4
Use step 2 (or 1/8" mandrel) to make a curl in each partial loop. You may need to adjust the top of the heart to make it even (notice that the left loop of the heart here is a little higher than the right).
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Make a curl in each partial loop.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Make a curl in each partial loop.
Step 5
Hammer the upper outer curves until they have a flattened appearance. Use the ball end of the hammer to flatten the lower portion of the lower loop. After flattening those sections, adjust the heart so the top curls are touching. Then, lightly tap the front side once and back side once.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Flattening the curves.
Step 6
Use step 2 (or 1/8" mandrel) to make six jump rings with 18 gauge round wire.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Use 18 gauge round wire to make six jump rings.
Step 7
Use two flat nose pliers (or a flat and chain nose) to attach one jump ring to each side of the heart. Open another jump ring. Slide it through both jump rings on the heart and the loop on the earring finding. Close the jump ring.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding jump rings to the piece.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding jump rings to the piece.
Step 8
To attach a wire wrapped bead: After making the loop but before wrapping the neck, slide the headpin wire onto the lower heart loop. Finish the wrap and trim off the excess wire.
Judy Larson's Heart Earrings with Drops - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Add bead to lower heart loop.
Step 9
Congratulations! You've made your first set of Heart Earrings with Drops.
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