Kristal Wick's Ombre Wire Resin Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. I love the flexibility of wire and resin.
Ombre Wire Resin Earrings
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
I love the flexibility of wire and resin. Using wire, you can create any framework shape for a jewelry piece and enhance it with a bit of resin. I suggest making both earrings at the same time so they match. It's also wise to have quite a few sets of earrings or other jewelry pieces ready for pouring - you only need a small amount of resin and you'll be surprised how far it goes! You don't want to toss any out because you had too few pieces to fill. More is always better!

Materials

16 Gauge Round Natural Enameled Craft Wire - 15 ft
H5-H16-15FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.00
  • Gold Club Price: $4.50
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Gold Filled Earwire w/ Coil Only 17.5mm - Pack of 10
J19-62
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.72
  • Gold Club Price: $5.79
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Silver Filled Earwire w/ Coil 16mm - Pack of 10
S19-24
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.76
  • Gold Club Price: $2.07
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16 Gauge Round Nickel Silver Craft Wire - 15 ft
H18-E16-15FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.00
  • Gold Club Price: $4.50
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resin
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Clear packing tape
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Micro beads
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Glitter
  • 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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Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers
G2-1302
  • G2-1302
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $22.38
  • Gold Club Price: $16.78
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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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Premium Steel Bench Block 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
G17-9
  • G17-9
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut a 6" length of wire and shape it around a ring mandrel or any size/shape you desire. Make one end longer than the other.
Kristal Wick's Ombre Wire Resin Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, ombre wire earrings
Step 2
Using the Wubbers pliers, wrap the short end around the smaller jaw to create the top loop.
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Step 3
Bend the loop up just a tad so it's centered on top of the circle with a slight "neck."
Kristal Wick's Ombre Wire Resin Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, ombre wire resin earrings
Step 4
"Messy wrap" the long wire end around the loop neck. Trim any excess wire.

Kristal Wick's Ombre Wire Resin Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, ombre resin wire earrings
Step 5
Hammer the circle flat with on a bench block with a chasing hammer. Tip the loop slightly forward so the circle is lying completely flat.
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Step 6
Cut a piece of clear packing tape and fold the ends up so you can pick it up. Place the earring on top of the tape with the loop at the top edge. Flip it upside down and burnish the tape to the wire using a bone folder or ruler). Make sure there are no gaps or the resin will leak out.
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Step 7
Pour out 3 separate containers of each colored bead/glitter. I use small shallow caps for these so they're easier to scoop out with a little spoon (the spoon I use in these images is actually my baby spoon!). The 2 lightest colors are Miyuki Rocaille beads (micro beads work well too) and the darkest color is extra fine glitter.
Kristal Wick's Ombre Wire Resin Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, ombre wire resin earrings
Step 8
Pour the resin according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Pour equal amounts of Part A (resin) and Part B (hardener). It's best to use a disposable mixing cup with measurement lines.
Pro Tip: My fave brand is Susan Lenart Kazmer's Ice Resin (Ranger). It cures super clear and doesn't yellow over time.
Kristal Wick's Ombre Wire Resin Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, ombre wire resin earrings
Step 9
Mix really well for 2 minutes. Don't worry about the bubbles, they'll disappear by the time the resin fully cures (24 hours). Let sit for a minute.
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Step 10
Using a toothpick, drip small amounts onto the tape inside the wire frame.
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Step 11
Add just enough resin to coat the bottom and using a toothpick, move resin into every nook and cranny.
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Step 12
Take a small scoop of the lightest color beads and sprinkle into the top portion of the earring.
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Step 13
Take a small scoop of the middle colored beads and sprinkle into the middle section of the earring.
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Step 14
Take a small small scoop of the darkest glitter and sprinkle into the bottom section of the earring.
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Step 15
Wait 20 minutes, using a toothpick, push any stray beads into the resin and clean off the edge of the wire. Place a small drop of resin where you wish to add a charm. I used a Vintaj dragonfly to symbolize change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization. Select a charm or token that has meaning to you! Lay the charm on top of the resin, be sure it's making contact with the resin so it sticks. Cure for 24 hours.
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Step 16
When fully cured, remove the tape.
Kristal Wick's Ombre Wire Resin Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, ombre wire resin earrings
Step 17
Add ear wires and wear!
Kristal Wick's Ombre Wire Resin Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, ombre wire resin earrings