Judy Freyer Thompson's Twister Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Riveting, Riveting Techniques, Wire Rivets, Drilling, Drill. These earrings will turn out different every time since the bronze wire has a mind of its own!  I am using 8-gauge copper and 18-gauge bright bronze, but you can mix it up by using an enameled wire to add a splash of color.
Twister Earrings
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Forging, Hole Punching, Riveting, Drilling
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
These earrings will turn out different every time since the bronze wire has a mind of its own! I am using 8-gauge copper and 18-gauge bright bronze, but you can mix it up by using an enameled wire to add a splash of color.

Materials

8 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-8D
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.61
  • Gold Club Price: $1.96
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18 Gauge Round Bronze Enameled Craft Wire - 21 ft
H5-I18-21FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 18.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.80
  • Gold Club Price: $4.35
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Sterling Silver Earwires 21mm w/ 1.5mm Bead - Pack of 2
K19-50
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.52
  • Gold Club Price: $1.89
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1/16” x 5/16” brass round head rivets
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 3.00 each
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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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Jewelers Saw with Adjustable Frame without Blade
G18-3
  • G18-3
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.97
  • Gold Club Price: $9.73
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2/0 Relentless Sawblade - Sold by the Dozen
SAW-400.05D
  • SAW-400.05D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.98
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Wire Jewelry Cushion Clamp - Pack of 1
G10-1
  • G10-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.95
  • Gold Club Price: $5.96
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6PC File Set
FIL-912.10
  • FIL-912.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $39.97
  • Gold Club Price: $29.98
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.98
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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V-Slot Bench Pin
BPN-105.10
  • BPN-105.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.97
  • Gold Club Price: $4.48
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Swivel Head Pin Vise
G5-1
  • G5-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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Auto Center Punch
PUN-430.00
  • PUN-430.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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1 1/2 Inch Mini Fixed Table Vise
G10-20
  • G10-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.27
  • Gold Club Price: $6.95
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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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3/32” nail set
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Diamond Coated 3/32 Drill Bits - Set of 6
G26-55
  • G26-55
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $38.97
  • Gold Club Price: $29.23
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Instructions
Step 1
Clean the copper wire using the 400 grit sandpaper, cut the wire in half using the jewelers saw or tubing cutter.

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Step 2
Rest the wire on the bench pin and using the metal file, file the ends of the wire flat.

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Step 3
Measure and mark 1" off one end of each wire, mark ½" off the opposite end.

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Step 4
Clamp one end of the wire using the quick clamp. Lay the wire on the steel bench block and flatten 1" of one end of each wire using the chasing hammer. Flip and hammer as necessary to make the paddles even.

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Step 5
Flatten the opposite end as in step 3. Rest the wire on the bench pin and use the flat needle file to round off the paddled ends.

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Step 6
Measure 1/8" off both ends of the ½" paddled ends.

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Step 7
Measure ¼" off both ends of the 1" flattened wire. Measure again ½" on one wire only.

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Step 8
Using the centering punch, make a divot at each mark.
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Step 9
Using the pin vise fitted with the #55 drill bit, drill all holes while resting the wire on the bench pin.

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Step 10
Secure the nail set in the bench vise. Install one rivet through on of the lower holes, trim the shank to 1/16" and set using the round side of the chasing hammer.

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Step 11
Working off the spool, use the bench block and chasing hammer to flatten approximately 3/8" off the end of the bronze wire.

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Step 12
Make a 8 mm loop in the flattened section of the bronze wire.

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Step 13
Wrap the loop around the copper wire and hold with the flat nose pliers.

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Step 14
Randomly wrap the bronze wire around the copper wire, making loops as desired.

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Step 15
Trim the wire and flatten the end as in step 10. Use the flat nose pliers to secure the ends.

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Step 16
Attach the ear wires.
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