|Before: Toy Wine Cups|
Bottom line: I have no idea where these little yellow wine goblets came from... but there are two of them. They match ...and we all agreed they would make fun, very cute earrings.
|After: Earrings by GeltDesigns.com|
2 matching toy wine goblets
20-gauge round wire in brass, copper, sterling silver, silver plate, silver colored or gold filled
Nylon jaw pliers
Chain nose pliers
Needle files (optional)
Round nose pliers or
|Gather your tools|
Ear wire jig or WigJig
Flex shaft and 19 gauge cup bur or wire rounder
Use your nylon jaw pliers to straighten and harden the 20-gauge round wire.
|Feed wire; make loop.|
Feed the wire through a plastic toy wine glass. Make a small loop at the end of the wire.
Make a loop at the top of the wine glass. Wrap the wire three times to secure the loop. Use a needle file or your chain nose pliers to file the end of the wire smooth.
Make a second wire wrapped loop at the end of the wire and connect the two loops together. Again, wrap the wire three times to secure the loop.
Place the second of the two wire wrapped loops on the ear wire jig. Wrap the wire to create the ear wire finding. Cut the wire at the peg.
Remove the ear wire from the jig. Bend the wire at the end of the finding so it is parallel with the loop.
Hit the ear wire with the plastic mallet to harden the wire and ensure it retains its shape when handled, used and worn. Adjust the wire with your pliers, if needed, to ensure the best shape for your finding.
|Make second earrings|
File the end of the ear wire so it is smooth and comfortable when worn.
Repeat to create matching earring.
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How to Straighten Wire
How to Measure Wire
How to Use a Wire Gauge
How to Make an Ear Wire Jig
How to Use a Flex Shaft to Make Jewelry
How to Smooth Sharp Wire Edges
"30-Minute Earrings: 60 Quick & Creative Projects for Jewelers"; Marthe Le Van; 2010.
"500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry (500 Series)"; Lark; 2007.
Day 73. Month 4. Jewelry from Found Objects. $ spent to date: 0
Found materials: toys
New Jewelry a Day.