One of my favorite mediums to work with when I'm designing jewelry is wire, since there's just a beautiful, delicate, and subtle nature to it. Plus, most of my clothes are such loud statement pieces anyways, that wearing statement jewelry with them would probably, most definitely, be overkill.
- Extremely thin silver wire (available at craft stores)
- Wire Cutters
- Jewelry pliers - round nose and flat nose
Cut a single circle loop from the main wire loops. I used giant wire cutters instead of the standard small jewelry ones, because silver wire is much sturdier and more difficult to cut than copper-based ones.
I used a silver wire because it's much safer for pierced ears (my ears are sensitive and react negatively to certain metals, but this varies from person to person). Make sure the wire you choose is thin enough to go through a pierced ear.
Grip one end of the wire loop with your flat-nose pliers (about a centimeter in; try to aim for the "width" of your earlobe), and make a sharp 90 degree angle by prying this portion upwards. This becomes the portion that goes through your ear.
Use a cylindrical object (I used the handle of my wire cutters) and bend the wire around it like so to create a "hill."
Using flat-nose pliers, grab where the loop lines up with the portion that goes through your ear and sharply bend the wire upwards so it forms a little "v", as shown in the above image.
Next, form another "hill" by bending the wire around a cylindrical object. You should have what looks like a rounded "M" (a.k.a. the tops of the heart).
There will be a long wire portion at the end of the "M". Around the halfway point (seen above), bend the wire upwards so that it forms the "V" of the bottom portion of the heart.
Where the wire "lines up" with the portion that goes through your ear, bend the wire at a 90 degree angle sideways. If you hold the heart straight down like this, <3 , the wire should be bent up in the air towards you.
Make a small loop by wrapping the wire around your round-nose pliers.
Cut off any excess wire with wire-cutters.
Repeat steps 1-9 to form the other earring, making sure to use finished earring as a "guide" for the other earring so they match up well.
And that's it! So simple, so elegant. To wear, simply slide the earring in, and secure it by placing the pointy bit into the small loop. Use the techniques shown here to branch into making other types of wire jewelry!
What do you think about wire jewelry? Would you do this DIY? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see the tutorials for? Let me know in the comments!