|Before: Ballpoint pens|
|After: Pen cap earrings by GeltDesigns.com|
2 ballpoint pen caps
headpin or 20-gauge brass wire
ear wires or 22-gauge brass wire
|Gather your tools|
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Nylon jaw pliers
Steel bench blockRawhide mallet
|Cut off the tails of the pen caps|
|Make loop below pearl|
Measure 2 mm less than the length of the pen cap (about 2 inches) and make a second larger loop at the other end of the wire. Wrap the excess wire to secure the loop. Trim the excess wire with a wire cutter and file the ends of the wire until smooth using needle files.
Make a loop on another piece of wire. Secure the wire wrapped loop of the pearl drop to the loop of the second piece of wire. Feed the second wire through the top of the cone of the pen cap until the loop is at the very top of the cone. (Our pen cap had a hole at the top of the cone, but some do not and may need to be drilled).
Create a third loop on the outside of the cone. Wrap to secure the loop and hold the pearl dangle in place. Trim the excess wire. File the ends of the wire smooth with a needle file.
Note: Only the third loop will be visible on the finished earring, so take care that this third loop is round, well wrapped and as close to perfect as possible.
|Attach the ear wires|
Make the ear wires. Place the formed ear wires on the steel bench block and hammer with the rawhide mallet to harden the ear wires.
Attach the ear wires to the loop at the top of the cone.
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"101 Wire Earrings: Step-by-Step Projects and Techniques"; Denise Peck; 2009.
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Day 112. Month 5. Jewelry from Found Objects. $ spent: 0
Found materials: ballpoint pen caps
New Jewelry a Day.