Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Pattern Wire Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. Using pattern wire is a really easy way to up your wire jewelry game! These earrings could be made with all different pattern wire for a different look.
Pattern Wire Earrings
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Hole Punching, Wrapping, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Using pattern wire is a really easy way to up your wire jewelry game! These earrings could be made with all different pattern wire for a different look.

Materials

Mirrored Lines Copper Pattern Wire - 3 Feet
H25-11A
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.29
  • Gold Club Price: $9.22
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Headpins copper, 2 inch 20- or 21-gauge
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
Blue Apatite 6mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-19
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.17
  • Gold Club Price: $11.38
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Sterling Silver Earwires 21.5mm w/ 1.5mm Bead - Pack of 2
K19-49
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.62
  • Gold Club Price: $1.22
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Tools

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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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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Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers
G2-1302
  • G2-1302
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $27.95
  • Gold Club Price: $20.96
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Euro Punch Plier 1.50mm
PLR-133.70
  • PLR-133.70
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Steel and Rubber Bench Block 4x4 Inches
G17-44
  • G17-44
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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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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Jumbo Max Flame Butane Torch
SOL-310.00
  • SOL-310.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $49.95
  • Gold Club Price: $37.46
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Charcoal Block, 5-1/2 Inches by 2-3/4 inches
SOL-480.00
  • SOL-480.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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10 Inch Straight Aviation Tin Snips - Pack of 1
G2-99
  • G2-99
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.57
  • Gold Club Price: $3.43
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Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
  • CLN-584.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut and anneal two three-inch pieces of flat wire. I find the wire to be quite strong and the annealing is a big help.
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Step 2
Pickle the wires to remove the fire scale. (This may take longer than expected). Then rinse and dry the wires.
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Step 3
Divide each piece into fourths and mark them on the right side of the wires. I found that even my fine tip markers made to wide a mark; therefore, I used a Micron pen. I marked the three-inch pieces at ¾, 1 ½, and 2 ¼ inches.
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Step 4
Bend each wire at a right angle on the middle mark over the edge of the bench block. Line up the piece straight across the bottom of the bench block so that both the line and the bend are straight. Gently hammer the bends.
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Step 5
Position the larger cylinder of the medium bale making pliers on the middle side of each remaining mark. Bend the pieces toward the inside.
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Step 6
Bend each end of the pieces over the larger part of the same pliers. Bend one end up and the other down.
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Step 7
Push the two sides together allowing the end going up to sit atop the other. You may need to use the flat pliers to straighten the pieces.
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Step 8
Punch a hole in the center of both pieces. I made a dent with the hole punch and then opened the pieces to make the holes through the dents.
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Step 9
Put a head pin through the holes from the bottom up. Add a small bead and make a wrapped loop. Attach the ear wires. Patina the earrings if you want.
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