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These whimsical barnyard-inspired earrings are fun and easy to make using a simple wire technique to create the feet.

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  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut a length of wire 5" long and bend it at a 90° angle, about 1" from the end.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 2
    Step 2

    Hold the flat nose pliers in the corner of the angle just created (on the long end) and bend the wire back around the outside of the jaw.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 3
    Step 3

    This will create the first claw.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat the last step to create 3 claws altogther.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 5
    Step 5

    Shape the claws by gently squeezing each one together at the base with the pliers. You want to make sure that the two outside claws are pointing slightly forward rather than out to the side.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 6
    Step 6

    Create the fourth claw with the shorter end of the wire.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 7
    Step 7

    This one points out the back.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 8
    Step 8

    After you've created the four claws, you're going to bend the two wires upwards. Start with the fourth claw. Hold the wire at the end of where you want the claw to finish and bend the wire upwards to create a leg.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 9
    Step 9

    It should look like this.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 10
    Step 10

    Do the same thing with the longer wire, trying to bend it as close to the fourth claw as you can.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now you have four claws and two upright wires which form the legs. Make a seond leg to match.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 12
    Step 12

    Once you've made two legs, you're ready to get started on the earrings.

    Thread the spacer bead over the two "prongs" of the leg.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 13
    Step 13

    Add an upturned beadcap, the chicken bead and a silver bicone.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 14
    Step 14

    Leave a small "neck" of wire above the bicone and create a loop.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 15
    Step 15

    Wrap the wire around the "neck" with the chain nose pliers and then trim off the excess wire.

  • How to make an earring. Barnyard Girls Earrings - Step 16
    Step 16

    Make a matching chicken component and then hook them onto the earring wires.

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