Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hoop Swirl Earring Tutorial feauting Designer Dana James

Guest blog writer Dana James of Dana's Jewelry Designs has graciously written a tutorial for her gorgeous Hoop Swirl Charm Earrings.
These earrings are the ones I won on her blog giveaway. They are stunning and i know you will enjoy making them!

Thanks to Christina for inviting me to do a guest spot on her blog. I wracked my brains trying to think of something original to write about and obviously I couldn’t think of any good article worthy tidbits, but I did have time to write a tutorial for you. I hope you enjoy it.

Hoop Swirl Charm Earrings

What you need:

  • 20 gauge sterling silver of 14 kt gold filled wire (hard)

  • 1” wood dowel or something similar in size

  • Wire cutters

  • Round nose pliers

  • Needle Nose pliers (not pictured)

  • Jewelers hammer

  • Stainless steel block or anvil

  • Sterling silver headpins (at least 6)

  • Various gemstones, pearls, crystals to use as charms (4-8mm)

  • Jewelers metal file

  • Ruler (not pictured)

Instructions for earrings:

  1. Cut two lengths of wire 3” each.

  2. Wrap the wire as shown around the dowel to get the hoop shape.

  3. Curl wire on one end under as shown to make a curly cue.

  4. Wrap the second wire and curl as you did the first trying to be consistent with the first one you made.

  5. Match them up to make sure they look similar.

  6. Trim any extra wire on the opposite side of the hoop.

  7. Lightly hammer earrings laying them flat on the anvil so that they keep their shape.

  8. File rough edges on the open end.

Instructions for charms (you will be making 3 pair):

  1. Choose 3 sets of beads that coordinate.

  2. Thread each bead on a headpin.

  3. Make a wrapped loop at the top of each bead with the wire using your round nose pliers.

To use, thread one set of beads on one earring hoop making sure that they so not slide off the curl end and repeat with the other. Mix and match other beads if you like. This is a great way to use up some of those left over odd beads from other projects.


Judy said...

hi, you visited my blog today and asked me to email you the cupcake wrapper template but you didn't leave an email address. please email me for it at: jlong10@gmail.com. thanks

Duni said...

Thanks for sharing this! The earrings are so pretty :)

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