Friday, 14 June 2013

Hammered Spiral Earrings

Really lightweight yet substansial looking earrings, and all you need is some nice wire, a few beads and earring hooks.

What you need:
  • 36cm Coloured (Not Covered) Wire 
  • 2 Earring Wires 
  • 2 x 6mm Beads 
  • 12 x Large Seed Beads

What you do:
  • Cut the wire into two x 18cm pieces. 
  • Using one piece and some long-nose pliers, form the end into a rough loop. 
  • Hand curl the wire into a rough coil, leaving a straight piece of approx 3cm.
  • Take a hammer and hammer the coil to get an interesting textured effect. (be careful when using plated wire as the plating can chip off if you hammer it too hard).
  • Thread on three small beads, pushing them to the bottom of the coil. 
  • Bend the wire immediately after the coil into a sharp right-angle, then thread on the larger bead followed by three small beads. 
  • Form a loop in the excess wire with some round-nose pliers and hook onto an earring wire. 
  • Repeat for the second earring.

© Sue Simmons / The Bead Shed / 2006

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