Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings, Wire Weaving. Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire. I've used a teardrop crystal in my design, but any 15mm teardrop bead, with a hole top to bottom, will work.
Woven Fairy Earrings
by Erika Pal
  • Category: Weaving
  • Technique(s): Weaving
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
I've used a teardrop crystal in my design, but any 15mm teardrop bead, with a hole top to bottom, will work.

Materials

15mm teardrop beads
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
20 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 22.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $2.08
  • Gold Club Price: $1.56
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28 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-28D
  • Lesson Quantity: 80.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
  • Price: $1.23
  • Gold Club Price: $0.92
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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 Plier
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: $14.97
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Instructions
Step 1
First we will make 1 earring. Cut an 8 inches (20 cm) long base wire of the 20ga (0.8 mm) wire. Insert the base wire into the hole of the bead, making sure that the center of the base wire is on the lower side of the bead, as shown with the arrow.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 2
Take the lower half of the base wire, bend it tightly around the right side of the bead, as shown with the arrow.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 3
At the point where the recently bent base wire end meets with the upper wire end, hold this one tight within the flat nose pliers, then bend it completely upwards, as shown with the arrow.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 4
Cut a 40 inches (100 cm) long weaving wire Of the 28ga (0.3 mm) wire. position the initial end of the weaving wire behind the base wires, close to the top of the bead, then coil it 50 times around both base wires, as tight as you can.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 5
Now wrap the weaving wire 2 times around the lower base wire (from this point of view).
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 6
Now wrap it once around both base wires. Let's call this weave 2-1 weave.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 7
Follow the same weaving steps until you make 25 rotations of the 2-1 weave, as tight as you can.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 8
At the initial part of the 2-1 weave, hold the base wires tight within the flat nose pliers, then bend them 90 degrees toward yourself.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 9
Now bend the woven wire ends completely downwards, bend them over the bead as shown here.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 10
A little bit below of the top of the wire structure, push the woven base wires slightly backwards, until they are positioned over the coiled part, as shown with the orange arrow. Bend the lower end of the woven part slightly to the right side direction, as shown with the green arrow
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 11
Now make 1 rotation of the 2-1 weave, wrapping the weaving wire once around both the base wire ends and the wire on the right side of the bead, to connect them.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 12
Make another 15 rotations of the 2-1 weave, as tight as you can.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 13
Bend the woven base wires all around the right side of the bead, then wrap the weaving wire once around both wire ends and the other wire below the bead, to connect them again.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 14
Now wrap the weaving wire 3 times around the lower base wire, then cut off the extra weaving wire end.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 15
Bend the upper wire end into a loop on the lower side of the bead, as shown on this picture.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 16
Cut off the extra wire end at the point shown with the arrow.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 17
With the help of the round nose pliers, bend the wire end inwards, making a smaller loop with it.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 18
Bend the lower wire end exactly in the same way as shown with the arrow.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 19
Repeat the same steps here as well: -cut off the extra wire end then bend it into a small loop, bending it outwards
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 20
Now let's repeat all the steps from the of this tutorial, to make the other earring. Cut another base wire of the same length (8 inches / 20 cm). This time we have to bend the wires and weave on the left side of the bead.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 21
Cut another weaving wire of the same length (40 inches / 100 cm), and repeat the same coiling and weaving steps:-50 coil around both base wires -25 rotations of the 2-1 weave, but this time wrap the weaving wire 2 times around the upper base wire, then once around both wires.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 22
This is a closer picture of the same weave but in the opposite way.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 23
Repeat the same bending and weaving steps as we did with the first earring, but this time bend the wires around the left side of the bead, as shown in this picture.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 24
Repeat the same bending steps with the wire ends, as we did with the first earring, bending them to the opposite directions.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 25
For the ear wires we will need 2 pieces of base wires of the 20ga (0.8 mm) wire, with the length of 3 inches ( 7.5 cm), each.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 26
Measure 1 inch (2.5 cm) on the left end of one base wire, at this point hold it tight within the center of the round nose pliers, as shown here.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 27
Bend both wire ends completely backwards.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 28
This is the result we must get.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 29
Insert the bent wire into the little space at the top of one earring, making sure that the short wire end is on the left side.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 30
Bend the wire ends slightly to the opposite directions, until they cross over each other, bending the shorter wire end over the longer wire end.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 31
At the point where the wire ends cross over each other, hold the longer wire end tight within the flat nose pliers, then bend it completely upwards.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 32
Hold both wire ends tight within the round nose pliers, then wrap the shorter wire end 2 times around the longer wire end, as tight as you can.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 33
Behind the longer base wire cut off the extra end of the shorter base wire, then pressure this one tight within the flat nose pliers, until it is completely closed.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 34
Above the recently wrapped part, hold the longer wire end tight within the center of the round nose pliers, as shown here.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 35
Now bend the wire end completely downwards behind the pliers, to complete the ear wire.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Step 36
Here's the finished earring.
Repeat exactly the same steps to make the ear wire for the second earring as well. Your beautiful Fairy earrings are ready.
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings
Erika Pal's Woven Fairy Earrings - , Wire Weaving, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, woven fairy earrings