Albina Manning's Orbital Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. A butane torch is the secret ingredient to keep these Orbital Earrings from spinning too far - but if your studio doesn't have a torch, or a heat proof surface to
Orbital Earrings
by Albina Manning
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
A butane torch is the secret ingredient to keep these Orbital Earrings from spinning too far - but if your studio doesn't have a torch, or a heat proof surface to "flame on," simply hammer or loop the ends for a similar effect.
Special Instructions: Make sure to take all safety precautions when using a torch, including having a heat-proof surface, good ventilation, and a fire extinguisher.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.95
  • Gold Club Price: $2.21
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Sterling Silver Eye Pin (.027) 22GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
K8-13
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $3.77
  • Gold Club Price: $2.83
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Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.030) 20ga. (OD) 4mm (ID) 2.53mm - Pack of 10
K11-27
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $1.71
  • Gold Club Price: $1.28
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Onyx 10mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-653
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.57
  • Gold Club Price: $5.68
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Sterling Silver Earwire w/ 2.5mm Ball - Round Wire 25mm - Pack of 2
K19-39
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $1.07
  • Gold Club Price: $0.80
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Tools

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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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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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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Wubbers X-Large Round Mandrel Pliers
G2-1304
  • G2-1304
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $35.97
  • Gold Club Price: $26.98
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Handy Flame Butane Torch
SOL-315.00
  • SOL-315.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Cross Locking Tweezers with Groove for Wire
TWZ-738.00
  • TWZ-738.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Ceramic Soldering Board 6in
SOL-465.10
  • SOL-465.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.57
  • Gold Club Price: $16.18
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Instructions
Step 1
Light the torch. Using the tweezers or long nose pliers, hold the end of 6" piece of wire and bring it into the flame. You will see the wire starts to form a ball as it melts. Lower the wire into the flame until you have desired size of the ball. Remove the wire from the fire and cool it on the heat proof surface.
Repeat this step on the other wire end. Make two wires with the balls on both ends.
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Step 2
Coil (wrap) the wire around the Sharpie (or other cylindrical object). The wire ends with balls have to be directed in the opposite directions as shown. I’ll name them "antennas"
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Albina Manning's Orbital Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Coil the wire around a sharpie.
Step 3
Slide an eye-pin into a 10mm bead. Using round nose pliers, make a loop on another end of a bead.
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Step 4
Open one of the loops. Put "the orbit" into the loop as shown. Close the loop.
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Step 5
Open the second loop and place the other side with "antennas" in. Close the loop.
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Step 6
Open 4mm jump ring. Slide the loop with "antennas" and an ear wire on. Close the jump ring.
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Step 7
Repeat steps 3-7 to finish the second earring.
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Step 8
Experiment with different sizes and colors of beads; make pendants using the same method.
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