Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. Round and round we go, creating spirals, going around a straight wire with a bead at the end.
Merry Go Round Earrings
by Sonja Kiser
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Round and round we go, creating spirals, going around a straight wire with a bead at the end. I used a single 8mm Swarovski« crystal round bead, but a different size/shape bead could be used to give this earring a completely different look. This pair of earrings is approximately 3 inches in length. Also included are directions for making these earrings shorter, for those who enjoy smaller earrings.
Special Instructions: Make both earrings at the same time, working one step on one earring, and then the same step on the other.

Materials

22 Gauge Square Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-22SQH
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $10.50
  • Gold Club Price: $7.88
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8mm Siam 5000 Round Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 6
A13-90
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.57
  • Gold Club Price: $3.43
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Silver Filled Earwire w/ 2mm Ball 18mm - Pack of 10
S19-22
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $3.50
  • Gold Club Price: $2.63
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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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Round Nose Wire Plier
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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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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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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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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Marker -extra fine
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Instructions
Step 1
Using 22-gauge square half hard wire, straighten, clean, and cut a 12" piece for each earring. Mark three inches from the end of the wire. At this mark, bend the wire 90┬░, and make a wrapped loop. (If you want to make shorter earrings, shorten this 3" wire.) Do not cut the loop's wrap wire; leave it extended to the side.
Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Cutting 12 inch pieces into the 22-gauge square half hard wire, and making a wrapped loop.
Step 2
Slide an 8mm bead on the shorter wire. Using round nose pliers, make a small loop to hold the bead on and prevent any sharp edges.
Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding 8mm bead to wire.
Step 3
Using the long extended wire, beginning at the bottom, wrap the wire tightly around a round pencil, forming a spiral. Slide the pencil out of the wire.
Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Forming spiral with 22-gauge wire.
Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Forming spiral with 22-gauge wire.
Step 4
Grasp the end of the spiral with chain nose pliers and gently pull downward. Pull until the bottom of the spiral reaches the top of the bead.
Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Using chain nose pliers to pull spiral.
Step 5
Make a tiny loop, with chain nose pliers, at the end of the spiraled wire.
Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Looping the spiral wire.
Step 6
Now gently work the straight wire (with the bead) to the inside of the spiraled wire.
Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Working straight 22-gauge square half hard into the spiral wire.
Step 7
Curve the end of the spiraled wire, creating a circle that contains the wire with the bead inside the spirals.
Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Circling the 22-gauge wire and adding bead.
Step 8
Attach the wrapped loop to an ear wire.
Sonja Kiser's Merry Go Round Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding ear wire.