Citrus Wire Wrapped Earrings - Jewellery Making Tutorial
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Citrus Wire Wrapped Earrings - Jewellery Making Tutorial
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Citrus Wire Wrapped Earrings - Jewellery Making Tutorial
Designed by: Julie Dudley
Talented friend of Beads Direct Julie Dudley has created another wonderful design ♥ These fantastic citrus wire wrapped earrings are a perfect match for the Solar Orbit bracelet which Julie also designed. With a range of Craft wires to choose from, it's easy to change the colour of the wire and beads to your desired choice. Happy Wrapping!
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- Frozen™ Beads - 10mm in dark orange and neon, 6mm orange
- Craft Wire 0.8mm and 0.5mm gold coloured wire
- Circle earring base
- Pliers - flat nose, round nose, wire cutters
- Tape measure or ruler
Remember - our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream jewellery.
Designed by Julie Dudley - July 2022
Cut two pieces of the 0.8mm gold wire 6.5cm long. Use your thumb and forefinger to gently form each piece into an arch, as these components will sit inside the bottom of the circle frame.
We now need to create a loop approximately 4mm in diameter at each end of the wire, so think about the positioning in your pliers as to what size will be created, although they can be adjusted later before we start weaving.
Place the wire into your round nose pliers so that the tip is flush with nothing sticking out, (this helps to make a perfect loop) turn your wrist with your pliers in your dominant hand, whilst holding the wire in your opposite hand, and create a loop. Do the same at each end of the two pieces of wire. Check the curve of the wire to see if it fits the frame, and gently form with your thumb until you have a good fit.
The components you are about to make are to fit inside the top of the circle frame.
Cut two pieces of your 0.8mm gold wire 8.5cm long. Place one of the pieces back to your tape measure, and find the central point at approximately 4.2cm and hold in the tip of your pliers. Slide the wire down in-between your pliers keeping that central point in the middle. We need to make a loop approximately 6-7mm. Hold the wire tightly in the pliers and push each end of the wire over the nose of the pliers until the ends form a v shape. Repeat with the second wire and make sure both components look the same, and adjust slightly if needed.
Hold really tightly over the loop of one of the pieces you just created with your thumb and forefinger of your nondominant hand so it doesn't change its shape. Gently bend the wire on both sides by rubbing it over your thumb and forefinger of your opposite hand, to form the wire into an arch. Keep checking it against the inner top of the circle frame, to see if it will fit inside. Repeat with the second component. If you struggle to get both pieces to match, hold them both together in your round nose pliers, and form them together a bit at a time.
We need to make smaller loops at each end of the two components just formed, but at a narrower point in the pliers than before to create a 2-3mm loop. So hold the wire end of one of the pieces in your round nose pliers with the wire flush again as before and turn a loop. Repeat at each end, trying to use approximately the same place in your pliers so that the loops are the same size. Try them for fit inside the earring frames along with the two components we made in step one. They need to fit with a bit of a gap around them, as we need room for the weaving wires. Take your time to adjust them until they are similar in size and shape, and fit nicely, this will cause less problems later, although we will still be able to make slight adjustments later to the end loops after the weaving is completed.
Now we are creating the looped design at the bottom outer side of the earring frames. Cut two pieces of wire measuring 9cm in length. Find the centre point again with your round nose pliers (4.5cm) and slide the wire down in-between your pliers at that point. (We are creating a loop about 8-9mm in size, but this is approximate as long as the loops on both of these components match in size, the loop size itself is not too important). Push the wire ends over the top of your pliers again, so we can create a section similar to the main loop at the top, and so the two wire ends form a V.
Reposition your round nose pliers tight up against the top of that loop, so each nose of the pliers are at the bottom of the V. Begin to gently push one end of the wire under around the nose of your pliers, (You can't push it all the way around yet because the other nose is in the way) then gently push the other end of the wire underneath in the other direction. Take your pliers away, and reposition onto one of the loops you have just half created, and push that wire back up into the V shape. Reposition your pliers onto the other loop and push that wire end up to finish the V shape. If it doesn't quite look symmetrical, you can place both loops back onto your pliers and push the component down slightly to adjust. Repeat with the second piece of wire. Check both components against each other to see if they are similar.
Take one of the components you just made. Hold the three loops very tightly between your thumb and forefinger on your nondominant hand (so that the shape doesn't alter) Hold the very end of the piece of wire flush in the end of your round nose pliers, and create a loop by turning your wrist gently. Turn over your component and create another loop exactly the same as the last. Repeat with the two wire ends of your second component.
The two small loops on the sections you just made need to sit neatly against the earring frames for the weaving. So sit the double loops in the middle back onto your round nose pliers so they keep their shape, then gently bend the wire ends down with your thumb. Check against the earring frames and repeat with the second component and make sure both sets match as closely as possible.
Cut a length of your 0.4mm gold coloured wire at approximately 70cm in length. Take one of the earring frames and make sure that you have it with the best side to the front, (where the connector at the top is sitting on the flush side and on the reverse the metal is bent over the wire ends). Find approximately the mid point of the 0.4mm wire, by bringing the ends together. Place the central part of that wire behind the connector at the top of the earring frame, and squeeze it down so it is snug with the wire ends down over the front. Take hold of the right hand side 0.4mm wire and bring it down through the middle of the hoop, and back over the top, so it lies across the front of the frame again, ( It should look like two wires are wrapping the frame) and push the weave together with your finger. Bring the left hand 0.4mm wire gently down through the middle of the hoop, and over the top so it lies down across the front of the frame. Push the weave together as before.
Pick up one of the looped components that you created for the top, as you need to add it to the earring frame. Sit it over the two 0.4mm wires and hold it tight so it sits inside the frame. Loop the right hand wire and pull up gently through the middle, and down over the component and in-between top of the frame and pull through to the other side. ( We aren't feeding the wire through by the very tip of the wire, instead we are creating a small arch in the wire and pulling it through as it is less likely to kink the wire. Although if you do get kinks or bends in your weaving wire, correct it as soon as you notice so the wire doesn't break.) Bring the 0.4mm wire up through the middle again and down in-between the component and the frame, so the 0.4mm wire is now sitting at the back. Hold tightly onto the right hand side of the frame and component with your nondominant hand and bring that side of the 0.4mm wire up through the middle and down over the component and between frame. Then bring it back through the middle, and over the component and back down through the gap so the left hand wire sits at the back. Neaten the weaving on both sides with your finger.
Check that the component you just added is sitting nicely and adjust slightly if needed. Also we want the two loop ends to sit slightly further away from the frame than the section you have just woven, so gently push each end loop with your finger away from the frame slightly towards the centre. You may need to adjust this again a couple of times later, because as you are weaving it will want to pull back in to the frame.
Take the right hand 0.4mm wire and hold the opposite side firmly. (Your wire should be at the back) Take the wire over the top of the frame and down in-between the frame and the component. Do this again so you have two wraps and push them together. The 0.4mm wire should be sitting underneath again. Bring that wire back up through the middle, then over the lower component, then in-between the frame. Repeat so you have two wraps and your 0.4mm wire is at the back again. Push weaving together with your finger. Repeat step Twelve until you have woven all the way down the right hand side up to the small loop, with your last two wraps around the earring frame. Keep checking there is a slightly wider gap at the small loop end as you weave. Repeat this step on the left hand side.
Repeat steps 9-12 with your second earring frame and looped component.
Take one of the main frames (check that you have it with the best side to the front) and one of the components you made with two loops, that fits inside the bottom of the frame. Cut 60cm of 0.4mm gold coloured wire, and find approximately the Centre point of it as before. Hold onto the frame and the component with your nondominant hand. With the 0.4mm wires central point just underneath the centre of the frame and component, bring the wire up through the centre of the hoop and over both wires 3 times until both ends of the 0.4mm are facing south of the frame.
Bring the right hand side of the 0.4mm wire up into the middle, and bring it in between the 0.8mm component and the frame wire. Do this again until you have three wraps around the bottom right hand wire, and the wire end is pointing south of the frame again. Push the weave together with your fingers, and make sure that the weave and the component are still sitting centrally on the frame, and adjust if necessary.
Take the left hand side of the 0.4mm wire and loop it down between the 0.8mm component and the frame wire, and pull it through. Repeat until you have three loops and the 0.4mm wire is pointing south again. Push the weaving together with your finger and make sure that the weaving and component are sitting centrally on the frame and adjust if necessary.
Pick up one of the components you made with five loops and hold it firmly with your nondominant hand up towards the bottom of the frame. Take the right hand side of the 0.4mm wire and loop it up between the two looped component that sits inside and the frame as before, but when you bring it down take it over the piece of wire sticking out on the five loop component. Repeat by bringing the wire up between the top two sections of wire, and bringing it over the lower two until the 0.4 wire is over the lower two sections of wire three times and the wire is facing south again. Neaten your weave and check everything is central.
We now have to wrap three times around the left hand side of the lower two pieces. So take the left hand 0.4mm wire and bring it up over the new component and down between the two upper wires. Repeat until you have three wraps around the lower two sections. Push all of the weaving together centrally with your fingers.
We now need to wrap three times around just the central frame wire. We no longer need to add any weaving to the bottom component so we are just wrapping the upper and lower (frame) wires from now on. So bring the 0.4mm right hand Side wire up between the two wires as before and down over the front of the frame wire. Repeat until you have gone between the wires three times and the wire is pointing south of the frame. Neaten the weaving and check everything is sitting centrally. Don't worry if it isn't perfect, you can make slight adjustments now by pushing the two loop component over, or the section of weaving.
Now wrap three times around the left hand side frame wire, by bringing the 0.4mm wire between the lower connector and the main frame wire. Repeat until you have three wraps and the wire is pointing south of the frame. Push your weaving together to neaten up and check the positioning of all of the pieces and adjust if necessary.
Wrap around the right hand side of the frame and inner component three times and then around just the frame wire three times (as in steps 14 and 19) Repeat until you have five sections where you have wrapped both wires three times. Neaten with your fingers as you go. Whilst holding tightly onto the top of the frame adjust everything making sure it sits centrally.( If you can't fit five triple wraps onto both wires do not worry, you can just create four or less as long as you do the same on both sides).
Wrap around the left hand side of the frame and inner component three times and then around just the frame three times as in steps sixteen and twenty, until you have five sets of three wraps around both wires (or whatever fits) Adjust everything to sit centrally if necessary but hold onto the top of the frame firmly as you don't want it to move or change shape.
Take the bottom right hand 0.4mm wire and just keep wrapping around the lower frame wire until you have wrapped past the loop. Neaten the wires. Repeat on the left hand side.
Take the top right hand 0.4mm wire and wrap around the frame wire until it meets up with the lower wrapped wire. Keep a tight hold of the top of the frame as it may still move slightly as you work, and check everything is neat. Repeat on the left hand side. Cut all of the 0.4mm wire ends neatly at the back and squeeze down with your flat nose pliers so it looks neat and no sharp wires are protruding.
Repeat steps 14 to 24 with your other frame and components.
Cut two pieces of your 0.8mm wire 6cm in length. Take hold of one of the pieces in the tip of your round nose pliers so it is flush with nothing sticking beyond the nose of the pliers. Turn to create a loop. Take your flat nose pliers and hold onto the loop. Now using the flat nose pliers and the thumb of your opposite hand, turn your hand holding your pliers and push with your thumb on the other end of the wire, to create a spiral. Repeat with the second wire.
Hold onto one of the spirals in your flat nose pliers and bend the wire upwards. Repeat with the other spiralled wire.
Put one of your 10mm orange beads onto each wire headpin just created. Pick up one of the components in your round nose pliers and place right up close to the bead, and bend the wire 90 degrees away from you. Reposition your pliers at the top of that bend and bring the wire all the way over the nose of your pliers to create a loop.
Repeat step 28 with the other headpin and bead but bend the wire 90 degrees towards yourself instead of away, so you are creating a loop in the opposite direction.
Place each of the headpin loops over one of the large loops in the centre of each frame. You may need to open each loop slightly. Then holding your round nose pliers in your nondominant hand, take hold of the loop on the bead component. Using either your thumb on your other hand or your flat nose pliers, or a combination of both, wrap the wire around above the bead, and flatten down the end with your pliers. If there is slightly too much wire, cut off the end before flattening. Repeat with the second beaded headpin.
Cut two pieces of your 0.8mm gold plated wire 5cm long and use these pieces to repeat steps Twenty Six to Thirty, but this time you will add one of your 6mm orange beads onto each headpin instead, and place each beaded headpin loop onto one of the very bottom loops under the frame.
Attach gold plated shepherds hooks or earring findings of your choice to the centre connector at the top of your frames. Your citrus wire wrapped earrings are now complete and ready to wear.
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