Long Wire Wrapped Loop Earring

You're sure to get noticed wearing these playful wire wrapped earrings! Each loop that you create using the wire wrapping technique will feature a small yet distinctive wrapped embellishment. You'll connect the links that you create with your beads as you go along, making a flexible chain that dangles from the ear wire. Once the loop is wrapped, it is completely closed and cannot be reopened.

These glittering earrings were made with Lime, Olivine and Denim Blue Swarovski Elements Crystal beads and silver plated base metal ear wires. If you prefer to use different colors when you make these earrings, feel free to customize the pattern as desired and truly make it your own! Our beginning beading designs are meant to be a springboard for your creativity, so let your imagination go wild!
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Round Nose Pliers

Round nose pliers have smooth, tapered, conical jaws that are used to create loops with wire. The conical nose enables you to shape the wire around it to create perfect circles.

Chain Nose Pliers

Chain nose pliers have smooth, tapered, flat jaws for gripping, bending and manipulating wire. The tapered nose is ideal for reaching small spaces and maneuvering wire with precision.

Wire Cutters

Wire cutters have sharp blades that will cut wire with a close, flush cut. The flat side of the cutters should be closest to where you want to cut. Using the tips of the cutters will help you make a more precise cut.

Beads

These earrings were made with a colorful mix of Swarovski Elements beads, but you can personalize the earrings with different colors, shapes or materials of your choosing! When choosing alternate beads, be sure to check that the hole is drilled straight through the center of the bead. Beads with off-center holes will not sit correctly on the wire.

Head Pins

Head pins are straight pieces of wire with a flat, round or decorative end. Slide one or more beads onto a head pin. The head keeps the beads from sliding off. Head pins come in different gauges (usually 20-26 gauge) and lengths.

Wire

Whether you are linking beads with wrapped loops or making your own bails and headpins, wire is a jewelry-making basic. Gauge is the most common measurement of wire thickness used in the U.S. The smaller the gauge, the thicker the wire. Wire can be made from an array of precious metals and base metals and comes in a a wide variety of gauges.

Ear Wires

An ear wire is the wire hook that goes through a pierced earlobe. You can dangle beads, charms, chain and more from ear wires by attaching them to the loop at the bottom of the ear wires. Ear wires are available in an array of precious metals and base metals, and come in a wide variety of shapes and styles.

Step 1

You will start building the earring from the bottom up. String one 5mm denim blue bicone onto one head pin.

Step 2

Grasp the wire directly above the bead with the tip of the chain nose pliers. The wire wraps will sit in the space between the top of the bead and the loop. Make sure that this space is not too big.

Step 3

Using the tips of the chain nose pliers, grasp the wire directly above the bead. With a finger, bend the wire to a 90º angle.

Step 4

You will use round nose pliers to make the loops. When you use round nose pliers, work close to the tips of the pliers to create a small loop. Work close to the handles of the pliers to create a large loop. The diagram gives you an idea of the size of the loop depending on where it is formed on the plier jaws.

Step 5

Using round nose pliers, grasp the shorter end of the wire at the bend.

Step 6

Pull the wire around the round nose pliers until it is pointing almost directly down.

Step 7

Open the round nose pliers and pivot them so that one jaw is above the loop, then close the jaws again.

Step 8

Continue pulling the wire around the jaw of the pliers until the loop is complete.

Step 9

To begin wrapping the loop, hold across the loop with chain nose pliers.

Step 10

Hold the open loop with the chain nose pliers, and wrap the short wire around the long wire about three times until it is next to the bead. Position each wire wrap close to the previous wrap. Take it slow until you get the hang of it.

Step 11

If the wraps are not close together or don’t line up neatly underneath the loop, keep practicing. Your wraps should be spaced close together like the ones shown on the right.

Step 12

Cut off the excess wire as close to the bead as possible with the wire cutters. To get the closest cut, the flat part of the wire cutters should be close to the wrapped wire. Also, using the tips of the cutters will help make a more precise cut.

Step 13

Using the chain nose pliers, tuck the wire in so the end doesn’t stick out. Tucking the wire simply means giving the wrap a little squeeze so the end of the wire lays next to the other wraps. You have completed a dangle for the earring!

Step 14

To create your first link, cut a 4 inch piece of wire. Grasp the wire 1 1/2 inches from one end with chain nose pliers. Bend the wire to a 90º angle.

Step 15

Using round nose pliers, grasp the shorter end of the wire at the bend.

Step 16

Pull the wire around the round nose pliers until it is pointing almost directly down.

Step 17

Open the round nose pliers and pivot them so that one jaw is above the loop, then close the jaws again.

Step 18

Continue pulling the wire around the jaw of the pliers until the loop is complete. Do not wrap the loop yet!

Step 19

To attach the link to the dangle, slide the short wire of the open loop through the loop of the dangle completed in step 13.

Step 20

Slide the closed loop of the head pin along the wire until it sits inside the open loop you are making.

Step 21

Hold the open loop with the chain nose pliers, and wrap the short wire around the long wire about three times. Position each wire wrap close to the previous wrap.

Step 22

Cut off the excess wire as close to the wrap as possible with the wire cutters.

Step 23

Using the chain nose pliers, tuck the wire in so the end doesn’t stick out.

Step 24

String one 5mm olivine bicone crystal onto the wire.

Step 25

Using the tips of the chain nose pliers, grasp the wire directly above the bead. With a finger, bend the wire to a 90º angle.

Step 26

Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire at the bend. Use the same spot on the plier jaws as you used in step 15 to make the loops the same size.

Step 27

Pull the wire around the round nose pliers until it is pointing almost directly down.

Step 28

Continue pulling the wire around the jaw of the pliers until the loop is complete.

Step 29

Hold the open loop with the chain nose pliers, and wrap the short wire around the long wire about three times. Position each wire wrap close to the previous wrap.

Step 30

Cut off the excess wire as close to the bead as possible with the wire cutters.

Step 31

Using the chain nose pliers, tuck the wire in so the end doesn’t stick out.

Step 32

You have completed the second link of the earring!

Step 33

Begin the last link by cutting one four inch piece of wire. Repeat steps 14-18 to make a loop.

Step 34

Connect the unused loop from the previous bead unit to this open loop (see steps 19-20).

Step 35

Repeat steps 21-23 to finish wrapping the loop.

Step 36

String one 5mm lime bicone onto the open end of the wire.

Step 37

Repeat steps 25-31 to form and wrap the second loop of this wire wrapped link.

Step 38

Grasp the side of the loop of the ear wire with your chain nose pliers. Open the ear wire by bending one side towards you.

Step 39

Slide the open loop of the ear wire into the loop of the wire wrapped dangle.

Step 40

To close the ear wire, grasp the open side of the ear wire loop with your chain nose pliers and bend it away from you. Make sure the end of the wire touches the side of the loop and is completely and securely closed.

Step 41

Your ear wire is now securely attached. You have finished one earring! Repeat steps 1-40 to make the second earring. Congratulations! You have finished your wire wrapped earrings!

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