Jennifer VanBenschoten's Wire Wrapped Post Earrings, . , , , Beads. I've always loved wearing post earrings, but I never thought I'd be able to make my own without a torch.
Wire Wrapped Post Earrings
by Jennifer VanBenschoten
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Filing / Finishing, Wrapping, Beading
  • Skill Level: Beginner
I've always loved wearing post earrings, but I never thought I'd be able to make my own without a torch. These super-simple wire wrapped post earrings use gemstone beads and are quick and easy to make. Coiling a little wire "nest" for each bead gives the look of casual elegance that make them easy to wear, too. Don't use beads larger than 8mm rounds for these earrings, or else they'll be too heavy to wear and might tug a bit uncomfortably on someone's earlobes.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18D
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  • Price: $2.45
  • Gold Club Price: $1.83
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African Turquoise 8mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-735
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  • Price: $9.47
  • Gold Club Price: $7.10
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Amethyst 8mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-9
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  • Price: $8.57
  • Gold Club Price: $6.43
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Bird's Eye Rhyolite 8mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-609
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  • Price: $6.67
  • Gold Club Price: $5.00
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Blue Crazy Lace Agate 8mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-611
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  • Price: $6.67
  • Gold Club Price: $5.00
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Blue Tiger Eye 8mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-103
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  • Price: $7.57
  • Gold Club Price: $5.68
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Carnelian 8mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-752
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  • Price: $7.37
  • Gold Club Price: $5.53
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Tools

Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
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  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
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  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
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  • Price: $32.95
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Ultra Flush Precision Cutter
PLR-470.00
  • PLR-470.00
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  • Price: $32.97
  • Gold Club Price: $24.73
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10 Piece Diamond Needle Files - 140mm X 3mm
G14-8
  • G14-8
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  • Price: $13.57
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut the 12 inches of wire into 2 pieces, 6 inches each. Using the flat nose pliers, make a bend in the wire about ½" inch from the end.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Wire Wrapped Post Earrings - , , , , , Beads, make a bend
Step 2
Grasp the wire in the round nose or combination pliers so that the bend points down. Wrap the working end of the wire around the tiny tip of the round nose pliers to start making a spiral.
Spiral the wire around for 3-5 repetitions, depending on how big your bead is. This will be the base that holds the bead.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Wire Wrapped Post Earrings - , , , , , Beads, spiral the wire
Step 3
When the spiral is big enough to form a "cap" for the bead, slide your bead down the wire and pull gently to spread the spiral into a tiny nest for the bead. Continue to wrap the wire around the bead, using your fingers to make an elegant messy pattern.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Wire Wrapped Post Earrings - , , , , , Beads, slip the bead onto the wire
Step 4
When you run out of wire, use the flat nose pliers or chain nose pliers to tuck in the wire end and smash it flat.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Wire Wrapped Post Earrings - , , , , , Beads, wrap the wire around the bead
Step 5
Trim the tip of the earring post with the flat side of the flush cutters. File the tip of the earring post smooth using the sandpaper or the metal file. Add a rubber stopper or butterfly post back.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Wire Wrapped Post Earrings - , , , , , Beads, post earrings