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Monday, November 8, 2010

12 Crafts of Christmas part 3 - Gift Idea - Wire Beaded Earrings

Do you need a nice, small gift for anyone on your list?  Or maybe you just want to add a little something extra to someones stocking.
Jewelry makes a great gift for just about any woman.
I'll show you how I made this pair of simple, yet classic earrings.
First things first, here is what you are going to need;
shiny wire
earring wires
beads of your choice
needle nose pliers (or jewelry making pliers)
wire cutters

Ok, here we go!
Cut your wire about 5 inches long. (err on the side of too long, you can always cut the wire down.)

About a third of the way from the top, bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.

Hold the wire at the corner you just made with your pliers and wrap the short piece of wire around the tip of your pliers.

Wrap it around as many times as it will go and then make sure the end of the wire is tucked on the inside so the wearer wont get scratched or poked.
Your wire should look like this.

Now put your chosen beads on the wire.

Aren't these wire wrapped beads the best!  I found them at my ever favorite Hobby Lobby.

Next, about a quarter inch from the top of the beads, bend another 90 degree angle
Slip on your earring wire. . .
 then bend down your wire as shown.
 Now, hold your earring right under the the earring wire, and wrap the remaining wire between the top of the beads and the bottom of the pliers
Once again, make sure you tuck in the end.

Now make another one, and you've got a pair of super cute earrings!
 Wouldn't these green ones be cute for Christmas?!
{I totally made a pair for myself!}
But these purple ones are also just as fab!

So, go ahead and give it a try. . . Its a quick craft, with a super result!  And the recipient of these I'm sure will love them!

Happy Christmas Crafting!!


Renee said...

Love these!!! Thanks for the great tutorial...off to Hobby Lobby to find some of those awesome wire wrapped beads!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Those are cute!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

These are so pretty and simple. Great gift idea. Love the green!

DANA said...

That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at my Strut Your Stuff Linky Party!

Make handmade said...

Love it. THanks for sharing

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