Usually we associated memory wire with bracelets and sometimes necklaces. I’ve made memory wire earrings before but in this project, I’m using it a little bit differently and I’m going to be breaking some of the rules.
I used a 4cm memory wire for this project. You could use a larger or smaller size – this will result in different shaped earrings.
- Memory Wire 4cm x5 loops
- Pearlised Glass Pearl 6mm - Royal Blue x4
- Jump Rings Round 4mm x 0.8mm – Silver x2
- Stainless Steel Ear Hooks Twist with Flat Back 21mm x 19mm - x1pair
- I used the tools from my Casual Comfort Tool Kit (round nose pliers, flat nose pliers). Here’s a link to individual tools that I could use if I didn’t use this tool kit.
- Memory Wire Cutters
- Chain Nose Pliers (x2)
For this tutorial I really do recommend that you watch the video as there’s a few little tricks that you need to see.
In the video I am only make one earring. When making a pair of earrings, I suggest that you make them both at the same time so that you get them exactly the same shape and size. Therefore, when I cut two pieces of wire, you will cut four, when I make two loops, you will make four.
Cut the Wire
You do need to use memory cutters when cutting memory wire. Memory wire is made from very hard stainless steel and will damage your standard flush cutters if you try to cut it with them.
Cut two pieces of wire at about one and a quarter wraps.
Shape the Wire
Put both of the pieces together, matching the ends. Place the flat nosed pliers at the bottom centre of the wire. Holding nice and firmly, use your thumb to bend the wire.
Trim the Wire
Holding both pieces together, trim one end of the wire to 1cm from where it crosses the other piece.
Make a Loop
Using the round nose pliers, make a loop in the end that you just trimmed using this technique.
Ensure the loop is centred on the wire (watch the video for my best tips on how to do this). Repeat for the other side. Manipulate the wire until the loops match.
Breaking the Rules #1
If you can’t close the loops, you can break the rules by giving the loop a little squeeze with your chain nose pliers. You would never do this with half hard wire, but you can get away with it when using memory wire if you are very gentle.
Thread the End Through the Loop
The mission here is thread the long end of the wire through the loop you have just made. I needed to give my end a little bend to make this happen.
Bend the Wire Up
Pushing the loop down to make room, bend the tail up opposite the lower bend. Repeat for the other piece so that you have two pieces exactly the same.
Add the Beads
Thread on one of the beads. Using the bead as leverage, make a right angled bend in the top of the wire where it comes out of the bead. Trim the wire to approximately 12mm from the bend.
One of the pieces will have the wire bent to the side like the picture below. The other piece will have the wire bent towards the front.
Measure the two bent ends against each other to ensure that they are still exactly the same.
Make the Top Loops
Using the round nose pliers make a loop in the end of the wire. The piece that has the bend to the side will have the round part of the loop facing the front. The piece that has the bend to the front will have the side of the loop facing the front.
Attach the Earwire
Open the loop of the ear hook and thread on the loop of the component that the round part of the loop faces the front.
Connect the Pieces
Open the jump ring using this technique.
Thread on the lower loop (where you threaded one wire through the other) of the component you just added the earhook to. Now thread on the loop of the lower component. Close the jump ring.
Breaking the Rules #2
The only way I could get everything to stay inside this tiny jump ring while I closed it was to squeeze the jump ring shut from the front to back. I would not normally recommend you do this but it was a quick way to get everything together. Watch the video for more information on how I did this.
This completes the earring. As I said above, you should have made both earrings at the same time so you should have a lovely pair of open wire earrings.
Here are links to some tutorials I have done for all of the techniques I used in making this project.
Jewellery I’m Wearing
The Necklace and Earrings I’m wearing in this video were from my Raspberry Drop Necklace tutorial.
The Bracelet is my orange and red wire wrapped bracelet.
Did you enjoy this tutorial? Did you have the same difficulty getting all that into that tiny jump ring as I did? Let me know below.
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