Wire Wrapped Loop with a Charm Earring

Add a charming accent to your jewelry by making your own wire wrapped loop with a charm earrings! You'll create a looped link that features a distinctive wrapped embellishment at each end. The top loop of the link will connect directly to your ear wire while the bottom loop will be used to dangle a fun charm. Once the loop is wrapped, it is completely closed and cannot be reopened.

These delightful earrings were made with Indian Pink Swarovski Elements Crystal beads, antique silver plated pewter charms 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 and pewter charms, 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.

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

To begin your earrings, 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 90° angle.

Step 2

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 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

Pivot the round nose pliers so that one jaw is above the loop.

Step 6

Continue pulling the wire around until the loop is complete.

Step 7

Grasp the loop with the chain nose pliers, and grip the wire with your fingers.

Step 8

Wrap the short end of the wire two or three times around the long wire. Position each wire wrap close to the previous wrap. Take it slow until you get the hang of it.

Step 9

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

Step 10

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.

Step 11

String one 8mm Indian pink round crystal onto the wire.

Step 12

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. Make it about as long as the wrapped area on the other side of the bead. Using the tips of the chain nose pliers, grasp the wire directly above the bead. With a finger, bend the wire to a 90° angle.

Step 13

Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire at the bend. This loop will need to be large enough to fit a teardrop pendant, so make it at least 1/4-3/8” from the tips of the plier jaws. The loop should be at least 1/8” (3mm) in diameter or slightly larger.

Step 14

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

Step 15

Pivot the round nose pliers so that one jaw is above the loop.

Step 16

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

Step 17

Slide the charm onto the wire.

Step 18

Slide the charm all the way into the loop. You may need to open the loop slightly where it crosses over itself. Once the pendant is strung into the loop, push the wires back together at the base of the loop to close it again.

Step 19

Hold across the loop with chain nose pliers and wrap the wire down to the bead, being careful not to catch the charm in the pliers while holding the loop.

Step 20

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

Step 21

Using the chain nose pliers, tuck the wire in so the end doesn’t stick out. The dangle component of the earring is complete.

Step 22

To finish the earring, 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 23

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

Step 24

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.

Step 25

Your ear wire is now securely attached. You have finished one earring! Repeat steps 1-24 to make the second earring. Congratulations! You have finished your wire wrapped earrings!

         

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