Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mama Needs Earwires Now!!

What do you do when you are in the middle of making something only to find out that you are missing an important component? That's what happened to me the other day when I got fired up about making some earrings for Valentine's Day. However, after I finished making the charms, I realized that I did not have any manufactured earwires on hand!!

Since I have a big problem with patience and didn't want to wait for the next supply order, I decided to make my own earwires. I usually don't do that because I like to put all of my effort in the earring's focal point. In this case it was the heart-shaped charms that I made for my Graphic Collection.


So in a few steps I had what I wanted. 1) loop one end of a 20 gauge wire, 2) wrap the wire around a round mandrel, 3) smooth the edges of the wire, 4) tap the wire again on mandrel to form, 5) bend tip of unlooped end to fasten and 6) enjoy the perfect hoop earwires. And they look great on the new Graphic Heart Earrings!!

10 comments:

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Pretty cool:) Nice to be able to make what you want without having to wait for it.

Giftbearer said...

I love the texture on your sheet metal!

The earwires came out really nicely too!

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Jeanne Selep said...

Hi Brooke!
I love the heart earrings. Hearts are one of my favorite shapes.

BlueTerracotta said...

The result is really nice, I especially love the textured hearts!

The_Frustrated_Writer said...

Pretty cool tutorial! I'm trying it myself. Thanks for sharing!

SatinDollCo said...

I hate when that happens but what a cool way to make them yourself. Now you'll never run out.

Be Jeweled By Candi said...

Just what I needed for today. I received some new beads yesterday and made some earrings only to find that I had no earwires. I am definitely going to try this today. Thanks for sharing.

sassyglassdesigns said...

Nice technique; thanks for sharing.

J. Leigh Designz said...

So the question is will you continue making them now that you did such a great job making them?

Ducking Little said...

What cute earrings! And what amazing planning to be making them a month ahead of time! Even men buying stuff for their girlfriends never seem to get their act together until the very, very last second..

And also very good tip for cheap earring hoop making. Those things can cost a packet if you buy them ready made.