Sonja Kiser's Tassel Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. The herringbone design has been around for some time.
Tassel Earrings
by Sonja Kiser
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
The herringbone design has been around for some time. By combining a simple herringbone wrapped bead with chain, "bling" happens! With every little movement these earrings catch the light causing lots of sparkle. Feel free to express your own creativity when making this design. Try using different types and colors of beads and change the metal to generate new looks that suit your personal style.
Special Instructions: Make both earrings at the same time, working one step on one earring and then the same step on the other.

Materials

24 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-24D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 25FT
  • Price: $14.28
  • Gold Club Price: $10.71
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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 Cable Chain Oval 4.6x3.2mm - 10 Feet
C10-324U
  • Lesson Quantity: 11.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $27.97
  • Gold Club Price: $20.98
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Silver Filled Earwire w/ 3mm Ball & Coil 20mm - Pack of 10
S19-26
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $3.40
  • Gold Club Price: $2.55
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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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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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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
Straighten, measure and then cut two 16-inch pieces of 24g round soft wire. From one end of each wire, measure down 2-inches and mark. Working with both wires as though they were one, use flat-nose pliers to make a 90° angle (bending both wires at same time).
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Step 2
Working with one wire at a time, at the bend just created, make a wrapped loop. Use the tail to continue wrapping down the stem approximately seven wrapped turns, to measure 3/8-inch under the loop. Trim wire and tuck in the end.
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Step 3
Put an 8mm round bead on the long wire. From the bottom of the bead, measure down the wire 3/8" and make a 90° bend (opposite the wrapped loop end).
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Step 4
At the 3/8" bend, use round nose pliers to make a loop. Do not wrap it in yet!
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Step 5
Cut 10 pieces of small chain 1" in length (five pieces per earring). Thread 5 pieces of chain onto the loop. Wrap the loop closed, being careful not to catch the chain in the wraps. Do not cut this wire!
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Step 6
Hold the bead and bring the remaining wire up along the side of the bead, around to the end, opposite of the chain wraps just made. Weave the wire around the front and then to the back, and back to the front, making a complete circle, ending with the wire headed down the other side of the bead. Turn the work upside down; repeat these procedures to add additional weaves.
Pro Tip: Need a Herringbone Weave refresher? Take a look back at the Herringbone Bracelet!
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Step 7
Continue weaving until there are 4 or 5 complete weaves around the bead. Check to make sure the number of weaves on each side of the bead is the same. Wrap the wire a couple of times around the loop to secure, trim and tuck in end.
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Step 8
Attach to ear wires.
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