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Basic Wire Wrap Earrings Tutorial
Basic Wire Wrap Earrings: A tutorial that covers the basics of making your own wrapped headpins and eyepins.

Posted by Megan LaCore from United States • Published See Megan LaCore's 25 projects »
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  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here's all of our materials lined up and waiting for us.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 2
    Step 2

    Creating the headpin:

    I'm really big on NOT purchasing headpins, when I can make my own for most projects for much less expensive. If you figure you spend an average of 21 cents per 2 inch sterling silver headpin, you can save around 10 cents per pin by using the same 2 inches of sterling silver wire purchased 5 feet at a time. And that's assuming you use the full two inches of wire, which in most situations, you end up wasting when you use the pre-cut headpins.

    First, create a tiny loop at the very end of your wire.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 3
    Step 3

    Flatten this loop closed against itself with your needle nose pliers. You may need to start at the bend in the loop and work in towards the end to get it nice and tight. This is going to create the beginning of the spiral base that will be our headpin.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 4
    Step 4

    Grasping the flat area of the spiral with your needle nose pliers, continue the wire around until you are on the opposite side of the first end, which is now tucked neatly in the center.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 5
    Step 5

    Bring your pliers to the edge of the spiral, and bend the wire 90 degrees up from the base.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 6
    Step 6

    Flatten the wire across the center back of the spiral by squeezing it over with needle nose pliers.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 7
    Step 7

    Center the edge of your pliers across the back of the now-folded-over wire and the middle of the spiral. Bend up 90 degrees, so the wire is coming up out of the center of the spiral.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place your bottom bead onto your newly created headpin.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 9
    Step 9

    Grasp directly against the bead with your needle nose pliers, then bend the wire 90 degrees against the plier edge.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 10
    Step 10

    Grasp the wire about 1/8th of an inch (or somewhere around 2 millimeters) away from the bend with your round nose pliers.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 11
    Step 11

    Rotating your wrist toward the bead, begin to create the eye loop. Finish the loop by pushing the bead back toward your pliers.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 12
    Step 12

    Hold across the flat part of the eye loop with either your needle or flat nose pliers. This is going to put you in the position to begin wrapping your loop.

    Note: if you do not want to wrap your loops, this is where you cut your excess wire. However, I prefer the stability of wrapped loops on anything less than 18 gauge wire when working with sterling silver or gold-filled wire.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 13
    Step 13

    Begin wrapping your loop by bringing your wire around the shank of the eye. If you keep your head and eye pins attached to the mass of your wire while creating them as I do, you can use the remaining length of wire for stability and tension as you wrap your loops.

    Coil the wire a few times around, until there is very little space left between your coils and your bead. Be sure to leave a little space to push your wire end into.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cut the excess wire from the wrapped coil, pushing the flat back end of the wire as close to the coil as possible.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 15
    Step 15

    Tighten up your wrapped wire by pushing your wire end around and flat against the shank of your head pin with your needle nose pliers. Squeeze the cut end tight, tucking slightly into other wraps to avoid the sharp edge catching on anything.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 16
    Step 16

    Creating a wrapped eyepin:
    Begin by bending your wire 90 degrees, about an inch from the end.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 17
    Step 17

    Grasp a small distance from the bend, create your eye loop, and wrap loop as before. Cut away any extra wire.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 18
    Step 18

    Place your second contrasting bead onto the eyepin, keeping in mind that this will be your next section up from the bottom.
    I try to make a variation in shape or color here, and have an element that ties the top and bottom two beads together. In this case, I'm using similar blue tones, while keeping the bottom and top beads round. The square bead in the center picks up on these blue tones, but the shape adds interest. However, all in all the design elements are strictly up to you.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 19
    Step 19

    Create a bend next to the bead as before, placing your needle nose pliers directly against the bead and placing a 90 degree bend against the other edge.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 20
    Step 20

    Make an eye loop with your round-nosed pliers, being careful to keep the size of the loops as close to the same as possible. Don't wrap this loop until you attach it to the next link.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 21
    Step 21

    Before wrapping your loop, slide your previously wrapped headpin onto the eye. Then, grasp across the flat area of the eye loop, wrap end around shank of eye pin, cut your excess wire, and flatten your end.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 22
    Step 22

    (optional) Continue making links until you're happy with the length of your earring dangle. In this case, I created one more beaded eyepin.

    Repeat all steps to make a second identical earring.

  • How to make a pair of beaded earrings. Basic Wire Wrap Earrings - Step 23
    Step 23

    Open ear wire loop by twisting loop open, not pulling loop apart. This maintains the original shape of the loop, and makes it easier to get a tight closure.

    Hang earring body off ear wire loop. Twist loop shut tightly. Repeat for other earring, wear and enjoy!

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Vazquez
Vazquez · Newark, NJ, United States

nicely done, very clean and professional looking.

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carol v.
carol v.

Thank you You have done a great job step by step instructions i carnt wait to get started thanks again

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Rachel
Rachel · Kentucky, Kentucky, US

ooo lovely! thanks for the great tutorial, i might have to try this now!
;)

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Darling Niki
Darling Niki · Clearwater, FL, United States · 20 projects

I do the same thing about making my own headpins versus buying :-) Amazing tutorial. Great job and so beautiful too!!

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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · Edinburgh, GB · 665 projects

I've been wanting a tutorial like this for ages, I've even looked in books. You've done a fabulous job at explaining all the twists and turns. Thanks so much!

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meeshelle
meeshelle · Edmonton, Alberta, Canada · 20 projects

WOW, these are great!! I love your step by step instructions, they are very thorough and excellent!! I think i might try to make some of these for my mom and sister!!

thanks!!! :D

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