Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. Nearly all women enjoy having a pair of earrings that are versatile enough to wear every day.
Tri Circle Earrings
by Gene Sheridan
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Nearly all women enjoy having a pair of earrings that are versatile enough to wear every day. Using lightly twisted wires to "orbit" your favorite beads, gives these earrings an added sparkle. Make them using pearls or your favorite crystal beads. Warning: making these earrings can be addicting!

Materials

Gold Filled Hook Wire 20.5mm - Pack of 10
J19-70
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $13.40
  • Gold Club Price: $10.05
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Gold Filled Head Pin (027) 22GA 1 1/2 inch - Pack of 10
J8-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $6.00
  • Gold Club Price: $4.50
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Gold Filled Jump Rings Open (.040) 18ga (OD) 5mm Heavy (ID) 3.2mm - Pack of 10
J11-194
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $6.84
  • Gold Club Price: $5.13
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21 Gauge Square Half Hard 14/20 Gold Filled Wire
H4-21SQH
  • Lesson Quantity: 16.50 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 25FT
  • Price: $118.02
  • Gold Club Price: $88.51
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6mm Light Rose 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-115B
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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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 Pliers
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: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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3.6 Volt Automatic Wire Twister (Cordless Screwdriver)
G5-15
  • G5-15
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $42.97
  • Gold Club Price: $32.23
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Stainless Steel Ring Mandrel Sizes 1-15
G7-2
  • G7-2
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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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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Instructions
Step 1
Clean, measure and cut one 16-1/2 inch piece of 21-gauge square half hard wire. Use a pin vise or an automatic wire twister to put a "slight" twist in the entire length of wire. From each untwisted end, trim off 1/8 inch. From the twisted wire length, measure and cut two of each of the following lengths: 3-3/8 inches, 2-3/4 inches, and 2 inches. Separate one of each length into two piles, one pile for each earring.
Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding slight twist to 21-gauge square half hard wire.
Step 2
At each end of each twisted wire, use round nose pliers to create an "eye"; so both eyes on the same piece are made on the same plane as shown.
Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Using round nose pliers to create an eye on the piece.
Step 3
Keeping the eyes flat, individually bend each twisted wire into a complete circle by using a ring mandrel at the sizes of: 1, 5 and 9 respectively with different lengths of wire. The eyes on each completed circle should face one another.
Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Using a ring mandrel to bend the twisted wire into complete circles.
Step 4
Open the six 18-gauge 3mm ID jump rings. Using your bead choice and headpins, make two single bead charms, each with a wrapped loop top.
Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, 18-gauge jump rings.
Step 5
Assemble the earrings: begin by slipping 1 headpin charm onto 1 open jump ring. Next, slide the jump ring through both eyes of the smallest twisted circle, so the charm is hanging inside the circle. Firmly close the jump ring. Repeat process to begin the second earring.
Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding the charm to the jump rings.
Step 6
Slip a second jump ring, first through the first jump ring and then through both eyes of the middle-sized twisted circle. Firmly close this jump ring and repeat the process for the second earring.
Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding the larger jump rings, repeating the last step.
Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding the larger jump rings, repeating the last step.
Step 7
Finally, slide the third jump ring through the second jump ring and the eyes of the largest twisted circle. Firmly close this last jump ring and add an ear wire. Repeat for the second earring and enjoy!
Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Adding the third jump ring.
Step 8
As seen from the top, using a pearl charm:
Gene Sheridan's Tri Circle Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Finished view from the top.