Wire Wrapped Loop with a Pendant Earring

Give your ears a little bit of bling with these wire wrapped loop with a pendant 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. The bottom loop will connect to a jump ring, which you'll use to dangle a sparkling pendant. Once the loop is wrapped, it is completely closed and cannot be reopened.

These glamorous earrings were made with Indian Pink Swarovski Elements Crystal beads, Olivine Swarovski Elements Crystal pendants 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 pendants, 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.

Jump Rings

Jump rings are small rings of wire used to attach wire elements or charms to other elements. They can also be used as a catch for clasps such as lobster claw and S clasps. Open jump rings can be opened and re-closed with pliers.

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 90º 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 wire around the round nose pliers until it is pointing almost directly down.

Step 5

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

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

Bad wraps are too far away from each other or don’t sit perpendicular to the loop.

Step 9

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 10

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 11

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 12

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

Step 13

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 90º angle.

Step 14

Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire at the bend. Use the same spot on the plier jaws as you used in step 3 to make the loops the same size.

Step 15

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

Step 16

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

Step 17

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

Step 18

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.

Step 19

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

Step 20

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

Step 21

Using your fingers and a pair of chain nose pliers, hold the jump ring and open the jump ring by turning the pliers and pushing one side away from the other.

Step 22

Slide the jump ring through the crystal pendant and the unoccupied loop of the link.

Step 23

To close the jump ring, move the sides together in a back and forth wiggle motion. Slightly overlap the sides of the jump ring so there is tension when the two sides meet. Snap the two sides together to close the jump ring. The seam should be closed tightly.

Step 24

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 25

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

Step 26

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, back into its original position.

Step 27

Your ear wire is now securely attached. You have finished one earring! Repeat steps 1-26 to make the second earring. Congratulations! You have finished your wire wrapped earrings!

   

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