Kristal Wick's Lake Minnetonka Wire and Bead Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Beads. This project was inspired by my favorite Lake Minnetonka.

Lake Minnetonka Wire and Bead Earrings

by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Beading
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This project was inspired by my favorite Lake Minnetonka. I used 20-gauge wire for these earrings but you could make them with 18- or 19-gauge if you want stronger earrings. Just make sure your seed beads holes are large enough to fit onto the wire. Once you make your first pair, you'll realize the color pallets are endless. The project is very customizable-make them as short or long as you desire.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 10.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.50
  • Gold Club Price: $0.37
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*Size 11 Delicas
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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20 X 15 Inch Padded Work Mat
MAT-620.00
  • MAT-620.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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BALLPEIN HAMMER SUPREME- 8OZ
HAM-430.18
  • HAM-430.18
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.95
  • Gold Club Price: $9.71
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Wire Rounder Set, 3 pieces
G14-20
  • G14-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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CLEAR SAFETY GLASSES
GLS-120.40
  • GLS-120.40
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.95
  • Gold Club Price: $3.71
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Instructions
Step 1
Using a flush cutter, cut two 5" pieces of wire and hammer the ends of each wire to create a paddle. Hammer the wire 3-4 times and then flip the wire over and repeat.

Kristal Wick's Lake Minnetonka Wire and Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Beads, hammer the end of your wire
Step 2
Using your finger, gently shape a slight curve in both wires.
Kristal Wick's Lake Minnetonka Wire and Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Beads, shape the ear wire
Step 3
Load beads onto the wires (I used size 11 Delicas).
Kristal Wick's Lake Minnetonka Wire and Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Beads, string the beads onto the wire
Step 4
Using the round-nose pliers, make a bend ΒΌ" above the beads. Smooth out the ends of the wires using the wire rounder making sure there are no sharp edges to irritate your ear lobe.
Kristal Wick's Lake Minnetonka Wire and Bead Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Beads, bend the wire over pliers