Elizabeth Schultz's Wire Celtic Tree Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. .
Wire Celtic Tree Earrings
by Elizabeth Schultz
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
CelticTree Earrings - Create these earrings using minimal materials and tools in very little time! You'll even learn to create your own paddle headpins or you can even use different charms and beads to dangle from the tree to create one of a kind earrings!

Materials

18 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 20.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $3.38
  • Gold Club Price: $2.53
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20 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.50
  • Gold Club Price: $0.37
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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: $2.28
  • Gold Club Price: $1.71
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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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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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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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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: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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Instructions
Step 1
Create a small loop at the end of one 10" segment of 18 gauge wire.
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Step 2
Use your round nose pliers like a mandrel to create another loop directed up towards the top loop and then over through the middle of the piece.
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Step 3
Do the same on the opposite side.
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Step 4
(Optional) Lightly hammer the loops flat. This will help the wire retain its shape as well as add dimension.
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Step 5
Again, place the round nose pliers on the wire you intend to bend a little off to the side of the previous top loop.
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Step 6
Repeat the last step on the opposite side.
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Step 7
(Optional) Hammer the loops you just created.

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Step 8
Continue steps 5-7 until you have 4 outer loops on either side that gradually gets wider towards the bottom.
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Step 9
Next, use your round-nose pliers to create a swirl at the bottom of the tree.

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Step 10
(Optional) Hammer the swirl for added dimension and/or texture.

Elizabeth Schultz's Wire Celtic Tree Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire celtic tree earrings
Step 11
(Optional) VERY lightly hammer the entire tree to flatten it slightly.
Elizabeth Schultz's Wire Celtic Tree Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire celtic tree earrings
Step 12
Here's what your tree should look like at this point.
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Step 13
(Optional) Now, take a 3" segment of 20 gauge wire and hammer the end flat to create a paddle. **Note: You can use headpins instead of following the next few steps.
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Step 14
Use a file to soften the edges of the paddle.
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Step 15
Next, string on your beads. 2mm at the bottom, 4mm at the center and 6mm on top.
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Step 16
Place your round-nose pliers at the top of the beads. Bend the wire at about 45 degrees to the side.
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Step 17
Use your round nose pliers to create a loop at the top.
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Step 18
Wrap the excess wire around the top part of the wire until it reaches the bead.
Elizabeth Schultz's Wire Celtic Tree Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, wire celtic tree earrings
Step 19
Cut off the excess with your flush cutters.
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Step 20
Tuck the wire with your chain-nose pliers.
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Step 21
Here's what your dangle should look like. Feel free to make your own or use a different kind of charm or bead!
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Step 22
Hang the beaded dangle from the spiral at the end of the tree.
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Step 23
Gently use your chain-nose pliers to tighten the swirl so that the dangle doesn't come loose.
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Step 24
And here is the finished tree! Just repeat all the steps above to create a matching earring!

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