Kristal Wick's Snowflake Inspired Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. I used a picture of snowflakes on a windshield as inspiration for these earrings.
Snowflake Inspired Earrings
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
I used a picture of snowflakes on a windshield as inspiration for these earrings. I liked using the darker wire to represent the gray of winter and a cluster of different blues to convey a feeling of icy cold. Using a wire jig is a quick and easy way to create bases for your earrings and experiment with different color pallets!

Materials

16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 10.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.13
  • Gold Club Price: $0.84
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Rose Gold Filled Head Pin (.020) 24GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
L8-11
  • Lesson Quantity: 20.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $6.02
  • Gold Club Price: $4.52
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4mm Aquamarine 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-56A
  • Lesson Quantity: 8.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.97
  • Gold Club Price: $1.48
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Blue Mabe Pearl 9 to 11mm - Pack of 1
A8-911B
  • Lesson Quantity: 8.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 8.00 each
  • Price: $6.47
  • Gold Club Price: $4.85
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White Mabe Pearl 9 to 11mm - Pack of 1
A8-911W
  • Lesson Quantity: 8.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 8.00 each
  • Price: $6.47
  • Gold Club Price: $4.85
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Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.030) 20ga. 9mm - Pack of 10
K11-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.30
  • Gold Club Price: $3.23
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Rose Gold Filled Hook Wire 19.5mm w/1.5mm Ball - Pack of 2
L19-15
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.86
  • Gold Club Price: $2.15
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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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Flat Face Chasing Hammer
HAM-161.00
  • HAM-161.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Steel Block--Deluxe Hardened Steel
DAP-525.50
  • DAP-525.50
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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Instructions
Step 1
*NOTE-I used pink wire in the photos for better contrast. These instructions are for one earring. Repeat for the 2nd earring.

Set up the wire jig as shown in picture.
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Step 2
Cut two pieces of 7" wire and starting at peg 1 (the top peg), wrap wire around peg 1 as shown in the picture with the working wire heading over to the left peg.
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Step 3
Wrap wire over and around peg 2 as shown in the picture, pulling the wire tightly.
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Step 4
Wrap wire over and around peg 3 as shown in the picture, pulling the wire tightly.
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Step 5
Wrap wire over and around peg 4 as shown in the picture, pulling the wire tightly.
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Step 6
Wrap wire over and around peg 5 as shown in the picture, pulling the wire tightly.
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Step 7
Wrap wire over and around peg 6 creating a closed loop as shown in picture, pulling the wire tightly.
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Step 8
Slide the earring base off the pegs and work harden with a hammer and block.
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Step 9
Create 12 dangles by slipping each bead onto a headpin and making a simple loop at the top of each component. I used a combination of pearls and crystals.
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Step 10
Slip all the dangles onto the jump ring and close the jump ring.
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Step 11
Connect the jump ring to the bottom loop on the earring base. Add an ear wire to the top loop.
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