Kristal Wick's Vintage Turquoise Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, How To Punch Holes, Hole Punching, Punch A Hole, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. I love the Boho look and mixing metals is an easy way to achieve the effect.
Vintage Turquoise Earrings
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Hole Punching, Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
I love the Boho look and mixing metals is an easy way to achieve the effect. I used copper wire, gunmetal balled head pins and antique bronze ear wires. I've also found combining copper and turquoise give the end result a slightly vintage feel.

Materials

16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 7.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.94
  • Gold Club Price: $0.70
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8mm Aquamarine 5301 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 6
A13-56C
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.67
  • Gold Club Price: $2.00
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African Turquoise 4mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-733
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.37
  • Gold Club Price: $5.53
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4mm copper crystals
  • Lesson Quantity: 8.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 8.00 each
4mm Topaz 5301 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-65A
  • Lesson Quantity: 8.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.97
  • Gold Club Price: $1.48
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Tools

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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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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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $19.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.98
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Mini Economy Double Horned Jewelers Anvil - Pack of 1
G17-1
  • G17-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.97
  • Gold Club Price: $16.48
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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: $13.97
  • Gold Club Price: $10.48
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Instructions
Step 1
Wrap the wire around a ring mandrel or any round shape you desire. I suggest you do both wires at the same time to ensure they match.
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Step 2
Using your flush cutter, cut each end of the wire to butt up against each other.

Go here for more information on flush cutting: https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_videos/Flush-Cutting_16.html
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Step 3
Before you begin work hardening the wire, carefully shape both wires to be the same shape. The samples have a slight oval shape to them instead of perfectly round. Hammer the wire to work harden and add texture, then flip over and repeat. Focus on hammering the ends more so they splay out like little paddles.
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Step 4
File any rough edges and carefully bend the edges to cross over each other. Using a permanent marker, make a mark in the middle of the wire ends. NOTE: Be sure the ends are wide enough for your hole punch to go through and leave enough metal framing the hole.
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Step 5
Punch a hole on the mark, making sure to go through both flattened ends. File and trim any rough edges.
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Step 6
Make 18 wrap loops using crystals and gemstones chips (9 per earring) and head pins (make your own or use balled headpins as in the sample).

See how to make wrapped loops here:
https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_videos/Perfect-Wrapped-Loop_13.html

See how to make balled head pins here:
https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_videos/Drawing-a-Bead-on-Silver-Wire_7.html
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Step 7
Using your flat and chain nose pliers, attach the dangles to the earring base with a jump ring. See how to make your own jump rings here:

https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_videos/Making-Jump-Rings_17.html
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Step 8
Repeat for all dangles. Add an ear wire (I slipped on a gemstone chip in the sample). See how to make an ear wire here:

https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_patterns_tutorials/Make-a-Perfect-Pair-of-Ear-Wires_322.html
Mix and match color pallets for a totally different look. Add shells, metal beads and other goodies for fun!

Creatively,

Kristal

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