Ages ago, while on a retail therapy run, back before the whole world went haywire, I encountered some spectacular beads at Michaels. I knew these round druzy beads were destined for an extremely unique piece that’ll totally showcase their beauty with a modern, very little base. But the truth is, the pair I initially made needed to be remade due to the fact that it simply wasn’t there. So I made it, remade it, and after that remade the do-over and got my ideal pair of DIY metal earrings.
The cool thing about this easy jewelry craft is that it’s a really basic, novice skill-building project. You’ll learn:
How to finish off completions of your wire jewelry to smooth them out.
How to hammer jewelry 2 ways
How to work with softer more rare-earth elements without nicking them.
Plus, a bit about precious metals and which ones you might want to pick for your jobs.
Which wire and wire density should you use for your DIY metal earrings?
When working metal into shapes beyond easy wrapping, I absolutely advise sticking to valuable– “real”- metals.
It doesn’t need to be very pricey.
While I often use sterling silver, I usually work with copper because of how affordable it is. I also like copper– so much so that I have a complete tutorial on copper jewelry making from scratch.
If you’re simply starting out, and still learning, I advise you utilize copper (unless you’re totally without a budget plan. Then utilize platinum … )
If you enjoy silver, it’s the next in line for affordability.
Non-precious metals and “crafting wires” aren’t ideal for tasks like this. Even the “dead soft” weights are quite hard, you’ll likely expose an unsightly core, and they simply do not adhere to your needs …
My preferred part of making wire jewelry is the capability to make it do what I desire. When the wire acts like your young child and has its own way, it’s just not enjoyable.
Keep in mind: the greater the gauge, the thinner the wire. When making a functional earring hook (or ear wire) you want something with the perfect balance: strong adequate to hold its shape, however thin adequate to not bother your ear.
How to make DIY stick earrings:
- Cut a piece of wire to size. To identify size, figure out how long you want it, double that, and include about a centimeter. Cut one piece for each earring. Submit the ends smoothly.
- Position your wire end on your steel block. Flatten about 1.5 cm. at the end utilizing the ball side of the ball peen hammer. Completion will naturally look round– and it’ll taper. Don’t attempt to flatten the entire thing evenly. As you hammer, you’ll discover that your wire curves up. Merely flip it over and continue. Your wire might break if you overwork it, so when you’re happy with how it looks, stop.
- Add your primary ornamental bead. The expanded bottom needs to stop it in place. The bead might review the leading portion of your hammered section a little. Don’t fret about this– as long as the bead positioning is even on both your earrings.
- You can add a decorative spacer bead if you want. In my case, it wasn’t simply ornamental. The hole on the spacer is smaller than the hole on the main bead, suggesting I need to hammerless in the next step to hold it in place.
- Use the flat side of your ball peen hammer to work harden and somewhat flatten the main front part of your earring. To do this, you’ll wish to place your earring on the bench block so that the beaded portion sits off the block and the wire sits on the block. I accidentally bent one while hammering, but hey, excellence is overrated– isn’t it?
- Nylon jaw pliers avoid you from nicking your wire. Use these to curve your main wire at roughly the midway point.
- The earring is easier to put on if you bend back the idea (at the part where you’d put it in your ear) a little. I likewise like to gently hammer the ear wire part with the flat side of the hammer to work harden it.