Susan Barzacchini's Lotus Petal Fringe Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. Do you like an earring with swish and swing?  Do you like curves and straight lines in a piece?  These earrings have these elements that allow for interest and movement.
Lotus Petal Fringe Earrings
by Susan Barzacchini
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Do you like an earring with swish and swing? Do you like curves and straight lines in a piece? These earrings have these elements that allow for interest and movement. The fringe element provides the straight vertical lines while the body of the frame gives a sort of lotus petal appearance with its downward point and elliptical shape. I am drawn to styles of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Bohemian, hippy and Neoclassical. Much of the work that I do is an eclectic mix of these styles and these earrings reflect that fusion of styles. Although these earrings are 1 ¾ inch (~4cm) long and 1 (2.5cm) inch at its widest, they can be made smaller or larger depending on the size of your mandrel and center coin bead. They can also be made without the bead in the middle for an all metal earring in silver, copper or gold fill.
Please read all the instructions thoroughly before beginning. Feel free to contact me at sbarzacchini@aol.com if you have any questions through your process.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20D
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26 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-26D
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20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-20D
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Sterling Silver Earwires 21.5mm w/ 1.5mm Bead - Pack of 2
K19-49
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10mm coin beads
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Sterling Silver Beads Bright 2mm - Pack of 25
K9-139
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Tools

Wubbers Jumbo Round Mandrel Pliers
G2-1305
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13mm mandrel
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Chasing Hammer with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
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Premium Steel Bench Block 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
G17-9
  • G17-9
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Small Bail Making Pliers
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Baby Wubbers Flat Nose Pliers
G2-1136
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Chain Nose Wire Pliers
G2-508
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
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card stock
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Liver of Sulphur Gel, 2 Ounce Bottle
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WET/DRY PAPER 9 X 11 ASST- 20PC- 2EA GRIT 180-3000
ABR-500.90
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10X10 Inch Selvyt Gembright Polishing Cloth Red - Pack of 1
G9-63
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Instructions
Step 1:
The Outside Frame
Cut 40cm of 20gauge dead soft round wire.

Two helpful hints before beginning:
1. I recommend creating these earrings in copper to become more familiar with the instructions before advancing to silver. I use copper colored niobium ear wires with copper earrings, because they tend to be hypoallergenic.
2. Read all the instructions in this tutorial before beginning. Understanding the instructions before beginning makes the process go more smoothly if you know what is going to occur in the next step.
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Step 2
Fold the 40cm wire in half and pinch at the fold with flat nosed pliers so that the wires are parallel to each other.
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Step 3
Grab fold with the flat nose pliers and finger straighten the wire. Do not use nylon pliers, as they may harden the wire.

Pro Tip: The below steps are done with double the thickness of wire so that both earrings are created equally and evenly. This is why you have folded this 40cm of wire in half.
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Step 4
Make a mark with the permanent marker at 8cm from the unfolded ends of the wires.
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Step 5
Here I am showing you the bail making pliers that I use for this project. You can also use a 2mm dowel rod/mandrel if you don't have a bail making pliers.

These bail making pliers are 1.5mm on the small side and 2mm on the large side.
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Step 6
Using the large (2mm) side of the bail making pliers, grab both of the wires at the mark you just drew and make a crossing loop as shown in this photo. This is double thickness of wire since you folded the wire in half. This loop will be the top of the earring where the earring hook will hang.
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Step 7
Press the loop you just made firmly against the 7/8 " (21mm) large dowel rod with your fingers and curve the long folded side of the double thickness wire a little more than half around the dowel rod. Make sure that the wire is flush against the dowel when forming.
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Step 8
Make a mark on the double thickness wire with your permanent marker at the halfway-point directly across from the loop. It is important that your mark is centered directly across from the loop to make sure that the earring is symmetrical.

See how I hold the wire with my fingers so that it remains close to the dowel before making my mark.
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Step 9
Remove the dowel rod and using your flat nose or chain nose pliers make a bend at about a 100 degree angle.
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Step 10
Cut off fold at about 1mm from end to separate wires.
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Step 11
You can see here how both earrings are now the same shape. Folding wire and creating both frames simultaneously is how I make most of my earrings so that they have a nice balanced appearance.
From this step forward you will repeat all steps for each earring.
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Step 12
Using your chain nose pliers, create a deeper bend in each earring where you created your first bend at the halfway mark.
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Step 13
Gently, open up the bend by pulling on the straight wire with one hand and supporting your curved wire with your other fingers from your other hand.
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Step 14
Continue to shape the wire around the 21mm mandrel to create a full circle.

See how the bend now makes a peak.
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Step 15
Wrap the end of the wire that you just wrapped around the 21mm dowel rod in front and around the base of the 2mm loop you made at the top.
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Step 16
Continue to wrap until you have 1 ¼ full wrap around the base of the 2mm loop.
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Step 17
Trim excess wire. Do not cut long wire.
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Step 18
This is what your earring should look like so far.

The cut end is to the back of the upper loop.
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Step 19:
Inside Circle Frame
Flip the earring over to the back.

Grab the end of the remaining straight 20g wire.
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Step 20
Press the ½" (13mm) medium dowel against the inside of the outer frame just below the 2mm loop.

Form your straight wire around the dowel counterclockwise.
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Step 21
Form a complete circle around the medium dowel rod and pull firmly.
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Step 22
Wrap the wire end around the base of the 2mm loop once on top of the previous wrap.
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Step 23
Trim off the excess wire. Make sure both wires are cut off at about the same place at the back of your earring. You wouldn't want to see a cut wire end at the front of the earring.

This is the appearance of the front of the completed outside and inside frame.
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Step 24
This is a top view of the earring.

Here you can see how those cut wires are on the back of the frame and how the wraps are stacked.

Note how the two frames have a little bit of a gap between them from this view.
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Step 25
Using your flat nose pliers slightly pinch the two frames together so that they are in line and not spread apart.
Now the frames are more in-line.
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Step 26
The elliptical shape is made by pinching the point and the top loop while pulling down on the bottom of the inside frame. This requires steady firm pressure at all three points. Start soft with the pressure and then put more pressure until you have the desired shape.

Try to make both earrings the same shape with the same amount of pressure.
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Step 27
This is the shape that I went with. The shape of your earring may be a little more elliptical or more round.
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Step 28
Using the metal bench block and hammer, slightly hammer the outside and inside frame to give it some strength and to harden the wire.

It is important that the top wrap and 2mm loop hangs off of the metal bench block while doing this, as this part will distort if hammered.
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Step 29
This is what both of my earring frames look like after being formed, pinched and hammered.

They would be nice as dangle earrings just as they are.
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Step 30:
Bottom Dangle Loops
Cut 9cm of 20g round dead soft wire for the inside loops. Straighten the wire.


Pro Tip: You will be making five loops on this wire. The first and last two loops will be 1.5mm and the center loop will be 2mm.
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Step 31
Grasp the end of the 20 gauge wire in the jaws of the bail plier making sure the end is within the jaw.
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Step 32
Make one and a quarter turn by winding the wire around the small 1.5mm bail jaw.
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Step 33
Place the 1.5mm jaw directly next to the loop you just made.
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Step 34
Bring the wire up and over the 1.5mm jaw and make a full circle. Note: You will need to shift your pliers a little when making the circles, because the previous circle will get in the way.


Pro Tip: This is not a motion of the wrist turning the pliers, but is the other hand wrapping the wire around the 1.5mm jaw.
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Step 35
Put the large 2mm jaw next to the loop you just made and wrap the wire around this jaw one full turn
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Step 36
Put the 1.5mm jaw next to the 2mm circle.

Bring the wire up and over the 1.5mm jaw and make a full circle.
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Step 37
Put the 1.5mm jaw next to the last 1.5mm circle you just made.

Wrap the wire up and around the 1.5mm jaw one and a ¼ turns just as you did with the first circle.

See how the bottoms of the circles are lined up. This is the goal.
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Step 38
Cut the wire end off.

Here is the finished loop piece.
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Step 39
The loops need to conform to the inside circle, so they are bent upward a little by pushing thumbs into the wire on either side of the bottom of the loop piece. It is important that the loops be facing downward for this to work.
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Step 40
This is what it looks like after being bent slightly upward. There might need to be adjustments made after seeing if the loops fit below the inside frame circle.
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Step 41
This is where you want to put your loops after creating them to see how they fit around the bottom of the small inside frame circle.

My loops need to be turned upward a little bit more so that the end loops meet the circle edge a little better.
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Step 42
Here the loops fit nicely around the outside of the inside frame circle.
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Step 43:
Loops Created with dowel rod instead of bail pliers
Loops Created with dowel rod instead of bail pliers
Example of How to Make Loops Without Bail Pliers
(example only: this will not be used in this piece)
Note: Do not do this step unless you don't have bail pliers.

In the event you do not have bail making pliers, a 2mm or 1.5mm dowel or mandrel can be used. Here I show the process (in copper) of how to use the mandrel in place of the bail making pliers.

Wrap the end of the wire around the shaft of the mandrel 1 ¼ turns.




Place the mandrel next to the loop you just created.

Bring the wire end up and around the mandrel one full turn.

Remove the mandrel and repeat the process for a total of 5 loops. With this process there is not the middle larger loop as you have with the bail pliers, but this is really not noticeable in the finished design.
The loop pieces are placed side by side to demonstrate the difference in the two techniques. For the purpose of this tutorial I will not be using the copper loops.
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Step 44:
Fringe
The fringe is the straight pieces of wire that dangle off of the loop piece that was just created. By following the technique outlined below, the fringe can be made fairly evenly. I achieved this method by trial and error out of necessity. It works every time!!

Start off by cutting 31cm of 20g round dead soft wire. You will be creating the fringe for both earrings with this length of wire.
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Step 45
Finger straighten the wire. The wire needs to be as straight as possible.

In the next steps we will be flush cutting the wire to create the fringe. Before beginning this step I demonstrate the difference between flush and non-flush wire cutting directly below.
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Step 46
Flush part wire cutters towards wire length Example of flush cut. Note how level the cut appears
Recessed (non-flush) part of wire cutters towards wire length. Example of non-flush cut from recessed part of wire cutters leave wire with a pinched end.
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Step 47
Now to cut the ten piece of fringe wire. This will be enough fringe for both earrings.

After finger straightening, the wire needs to be cut into ten 2.5cm sections. Both ends of each of the ten sections need to be flush cut as shown in the above example. I have allowed a little extra wire in the measurements for snipping off the pinched non-flush ends on each section of the ten 2.5cm lengths.

Notice how my cutters in this photo show the flush side of the cutters to the left of the 2.5cm on the ruler.

Here I have those ten lengths with flush cut ends on each piece.
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Step 48
Using the bail pliers with the small 1.5mm jaw, make a simple loop at the end of each of the ten lengths.

Note: If you don't have bail pliers use your round nose pliers but be sure to mark the pliers to assure that all ten pieces of wire length have the same size loop. (no worries about the mark staying on permanently, even permanent marker can be rubbed off by vigorously rubbing with the thumb)
Here is what each piece should look like.
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Step 49
To assure that each loop is nice and flat, use the flat nose plier to close each loop in this manner.
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Step 50
This step is optional, but gives a nice look to the fringe. It is called breaking the neck of the loop. Read the next few steps ahead to see if you want this look for your fringe.

Slip the tip of your chain nose pliers into the loop.
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Step 51
Pull the pliers straight back to put a bend in the wire at the base of the loop.
Because this movement is bending the base of the loop back it will also open the loop a bit. This is fixed in the step below.
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Step 52
Reinsert the 1.5mm jaw of the bail pliers, or your marked round nose pliers, back into the loop and reclose the loop.
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Step 53
Hammer only the loop gently to harden it and make it a little stronger.
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Step 54
The loop opens slightly after hammering.
Reinsert the pliers once again to close that loop.
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Step 55
This is done to all ten pieces of 2.5cm wire.
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Step 56
As promised above, I have a technique to share with you how to make your fringe even. This involves making a fringe "station" out of cardstock and some copper wire.

Start by making this "fringe station" out of a 15cm length of 20g round dead soft copper wire.

Finger straighten the wire as straight as you can get the copper wire.
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Step 57
Make a loop at one end of the copper wire. This loop can be made with either the large barrel jaw of the bail pliers or can be made with the round nose pliers. The loop keeps the fringe from falling off the wire.
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Step 58
Making sure that wire is as straight as possible is important. I grab one end of the wire with my chain nose and the other end with the loop with the flat nose and pull the pliers away from each other. This is a good technique for straightening and slightly hardening short lengths of wire. Use a good deal of strength when doing this.

Set the wire aside while you make the curtain for the wire to hang in the next steps.
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Step 59
Trifold heavy cardstock paper that is 8 ½ X 4" (22X10cm).

Bring both of the long (8 ½") ends of the cardstock to the middle until the ends meet at the center.
Crease the folds.
Grab the ends of the edges and pinch them together. You will be making a "V" cut at the top of the pinched area.
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Step 60
Cut that "V" about a half inch (1.5cm) from the end and about a half inch (1.5cm) deep.
It will look like this when the "V"s are cut.
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Step 61
The "V" slots can now hold the wire with the loop at one end. I drew a smiling face on the cardstock so that you can gauge the depth of the cardstock.
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Step 62
Insert all ten of the fringe pieces onto the copper wire.
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Step 63
Now, make a loop at the other end of the copper wire so that the fringe doesn't fall off the wire.

I have tried keeping one end loop-free, but the fringe slip off frequently. Trust me on this one; you will want that second loop on the copper wire.
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Step 64
While the wires are hanging on the copper wire separate them into a group of four, four and two. While they are hanging in those groups you will mark the wires with the permanent marker as follows:
1. Mark four fringe wires 4mm from the cut end.
2. Mark four fringe wires 2mm from the cut end.
3. Leave two fringe wires unmarked.
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Step 65
Flush cut each wire where you have marked it. Here I show the 4mm marked fringe wire being cut with the flush side of the wire cutters.
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Step 66
Once the fringe wires are cut they will look like this.

Note: These ten pieces of fringe are for BOTH pairs of earrings. Since it is important to create symmetry I make the fringe for both together.
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Step 67
Put all wires, except the two uncut fringe wires to the left of the left folded section.
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Step 68
Unloop the right side of the copper wire and remove the two uncut longest fringe wires.

Note: The reason for putting the other fringe wires on the other side of the fold near the left loop is so that they don't accidently fall off when you are removing the uncut fringe wires.
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Step 69
Put the loop back into the right side of the copper wire that you just opened up.
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Step 70
Slide the next longest four fringe wires to the middle of the cardstock and leave the shortest fringe wires to the left of the fold near the left loop.
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Step 71
Put a 2mm large hole metal bead onto the longest fringe wire and slide the bead down to the loop.

Repeat for the other longest fringe.
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Step 72
Using your steel bench block, hammer about 2mm from the end of the longest fringe wire. You want to hammer hard enough to make the bottom of the wire spread out so that the bead doesn't fall off. Make sure that you don't hammer the bead or the loop. Here I show how the bead and the loop are hanging off of the end of the steel bench block so that they will not be inadvertently hammered.

Repeat for all the other pieces of fringe wire.
Important: Make all the ends flat at about the same length so that all the beads fall at the same area on the wire, which is about 2mm from the end.
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Step 73
It helps to put the fringe onto groups when putting together the earrings. The group to the left is the shortest.
The group of fringe to the middle is the middle length and the group to the right is the longest fringe.

All the beads are resting at about the same place on the wire on each group of wires. That is because I hammered consistently about 2mm from the ends of each wire.
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Step 74:
Wire Wrapping
Cut 25cm of 26g round dead soft wire. (Each earring will require 25cm, so you will need a total of 50cm of 26g wire for both earrings.)


Fold the 25cm of 26g wire in half.
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Step 75
Put the loops you made earlier at the bottom of the inner circular frame.
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Step 76
Insert the left side of the 26g wire through the middle loop and then behind the circle frame. Bring the right side of the 26g wire through the inner circle frame.

I use purple highlights during wire weaving to show you which wire we are working with for a particular step.
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Step 77
Bring the ends upward to "catch" the middle loop snug to the circle frame.
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Step 78
Bring the right side of the 26g wire up and over the circle frame and forward.

This 26g wire will secure the loop piece with the circle frame and it is important to be sure that the loop piece remains against the bottom of that circle and NOT overlapping each other.
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Step 79
Bring the right side of the 26g wire between the middle and next loop.
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Step 80
Pull that wire tight upward and behind the circle frame.
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Step 81
Bring the wire up and into the next loop from the front.
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Step 82
Pull the wire tight and to the back.

Again, make sure that the frame and the loop piece are flush against each other and not overlapping as you are doing your wire weaving.
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Step 83
The last loop is pulled out a little bit to allow for the wire to go between the last two loops. If there is already a nice gap between these loops this step is not necessary.
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Step 84
Bring the wire forward and between the last two small loops on the right.
Bring the wire to the back.
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Step 85
Using the chain nose pliers, put the last loop back into position since the wire is now securely in place.
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Step 86
Bring the wire up and in front and through the last loop on the right side and pull to the back.
Bring the wire up and in front.
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Step 87
Coil the wire twice onto the circle frame.
Coil one more time for a total of three coils on the circle frame next to the loop piece.
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Step 88
Now to wrap the left side of the loop piece.

Pull the left side of the 26g wire down fairly tight.
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Step 89
Bring the wire up and between the large center loop and the next loop. Pull wire to the back.
Insert the wire into the next loop from behind.
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Step 90
Pull the wire back and pull tightly; making sure that the loop piece is flush against the circle frame.
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Step 91
Bring the wire forward and between the last two loops. Like with the right side, if needed, use the chain nose pliers to open up the loop a little.
Pull the wire towards the back.
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Step 92
Insert the wire into the last loop from behind.
Wrap around the last loop and the circle frame.
Pull the wire back.
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Step 93
Coil onto the circle frame next to the last loop.
Coil a 2nd coil onto the circle frame.
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Step 94
Coil the last and third coil onto the circle frame.

There!! The wire weaving is complete. I like to use my chain nose pliers to squeeze the weave together gently.

At this point you can cut the excess 26g wire from both the left and right sides. I keep them on to have something to hold on to for my patina dip.
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Step 95:
Attaching the Fringe
Open each of the ten fringe loops with the chain nose pliers by swinging the loop to the side.
Put the longest fringe piece onto the center large loop with the opening to the back.
Hold the piece of fringe wire slightly forward while the loop is closed with the chain nose pliers the opposite way it was opened by swinging it back in place.

I find that when holding the fringe from the front that closing the loop is easiest from behind as illustrated in this photo.
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Step 96
After closing the loop I make sure the loop is flush with the rest of the fringe wire by compressing the loop to the wire with my chain nose pliers.
Notice how the fringe hangs straight from that loop and overlaps the frame point.
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Step 97
Here is the middle size four pieces of fringe. You will need two for each earring.

Pull two pieces of fringe off of the copper wire.
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Step 98
Insert the middle size piece of fringe into the right loop next to the center large loop.
Close the fringe loop from behind as was done with the first long piece of fringe.
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Step 99
Repeat for the left loop with the middle size fringe.
Just two more to go!!
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Step 100
Here is the shortest fringe wire. Two are needed for each earring.
Insert the shortest fringe wire to the last two loops as you attached the other pieces of fringe.
Here the entire fringe is in place.
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Step 101
Open the ear wire from the side using the chain nose pliers and insert the ear wire onto the top 2mm loop. Close ear wire loop.
Hang the earrings so that the earring can be visualized for straightness and symmetry. If a fringe wire is not straight or something is off, use the flat nose pliers to gently straighten or fix the earring.
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Step 102:
Patina
Prepare the liver of sulfur patina in a warm water bath and dip both earrings into the patina solution.

If dipping silver wire, leave the earrings in the solution for about two minutes and pull them out to check for desired results. Re-dip for longer if needed. I prefer a dark gunmetal appearance to silver wire.

If dipping copper earrings into the patina it is left in the solution for about 30 seconds and then pulled out to check for desired results. Copper grabs liver of sulfur patina more readily than silver.

Dip the remaining 30cm of 26g round dead soft wire into the patina until the desired appearance is achieved.
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Step 103
Rinse and wash the earrings and 26g wire that was just patinaed, dry and rub the earring surface and wire with 0000 steel wool. This is a very fine steel wool.
Pro Tip: When using the steel wool on the 26g wire I grab the wire with the steel wool wrapped around the wire and run the wire through the wool.
Pro Tip: Use rubber gloves to prevent little bits of steel wool from imbedding into your finger tips and to protect your skin from residual liver of sulfur.
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Step 104
Here is the earring after liver of sulfur patina and rubbing with the 0000 steel wool.
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Step 105
Cut both ends of the 26g wire with a flush wire cutter.
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Step 106:
Adding the Coin Bead
Cut a 15cm length of the patinaed 26g wire.

Put the coin bead onto the 26g wire so that middle of the bead is right at 6cm of the 15cm length of wire.

Note: Some beads do not work well in a patina solution. Pearls, turquoise and some shellacked Red Creek jasper do not do well. The patina will alter the nacre (iridescent) layer of pearls rendering it dull in appearance. It is for this reason why I patina the wire and earring and then add the bead as the last step.
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Step 107
Here the bead is at 6cm.

Fold the longer right side 26g wire over the top of the bead.
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Step 108
Insert that wire into the left side of the coin bead hole.

This will create a wire line across the surface of the bead.
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Step 109
Pull the wire end through to the other side of the hole.
Here is a top view of the bead.
Pull both ends of 26g wire tight

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Step 110
Put the coin bead with the wire on it snug against the inside circle frame from behind and facing front. The bead front is the side without the wire showing.
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Step 111
Coil down the right side of the circle frame toward the loop piece with the right side of the bead wire that is attached to the bead.
Here is the first coil.
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Step 112
Continue to coil downward until the coil meets or is near the loop weave.
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Step 113
Coil the 26g bead wire downward, towards the loop piece, onto the left side of the circle frame
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Step 114
Trim off the excess 26g wire.

Using the steel wool polish the 26g wire on the coils just made if needed.
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Step 115
Flip the earring over to the back.

Make a zigzag appearance to the wire on the back with the thin tip of the chain nose pliers. This is done by grabbing the wire with the pliers and twisting downward at about a 50 degree angle.
This is the first zig of the zigzag.
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Step 116
Continue to zig and zag across the wire with the pliers by repeating the process for each twist.

Polish entire earring with a polishing cloth.
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Step 117
Again, hang the earring and evaluate it for symmetry.

Repeat all steps for the second earring.

Enjoy and much thanks to you for your interest in this tutorial.
Susan (Wiredlotus.com)
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