Desert Rain Wire Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These earrings were inspired by the American Southwest, where you can sometimes see small isolated rainstorms on the horizon, dampening the desert with a few drops of rain.

Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is an easy wire project because it’s mostly free-form. The wire “rain” can even be made from scrap wire.

Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • A pair of earwires.
    I made these earwires from my Easy Fancy Earwires Tutorial:

    Earwires for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Size 6/0 seed beads – 1 bead for each wire “rain” dangle, in colors that look like water.
    I picked these translucent, iridescent turquoise beads out of a seed bead mix I bought years ago:

    Beads for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • 2 large jump rings (mine are 12mm size):

    Large jump rings for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Round soft or half-hard wire, 20-gauge – for your wire “rain” dangles.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Chain nose & flat nose pliers – to open and close the jump rings.
  • Sharpie pen for marking your pliers.

How to Make
Desert Rain Wire Earrings:

Let’s start by cutting the wire sticks for the rain that will dangle down from your jump rings.

For each earring, I used 5 wire sticks (for a total of 10 sticks for the pair of earrings). You may want to use more sticks for your earrings.

The longest stick I used for each earring is 2.5″ (64mm) long. I didn’t measure the rest – I just cut each a bit shorter than the last one:

Cutting wire for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now let’s mark your round nose pliers with a Sharpie pen, so you can make the top loop of each stick the same size:

Marking pliers for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can easily remove the Sharpie ink from your pliers later, using a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a scrap of paper towel.

Now we’ll start with our 5 straight wire sticks for each earring, and turn them into wavy streams of rain with a bead at the bottom of each.

Find your longest wire stick for the first earring.

Grasp the tip of this wire stick with your round nose pliers. The wire end should be on the Sharpie mark you made on your pliers:

Making a loop end for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now roll that wire end into a loop:

Making a loop end for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll center that loop over the rest of the wire stick.

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp your loop as shown below, and bend the neck of the wire loop gently until the loop is centered over your wire stick like a lollipop:

Making a loop end for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Making a loop end for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll start doing some fun freeform bending of the wire to give it a wavy, watery look.

Below the loop you just made in the wire, use your round nose pliers to make a freeform bend in the wire:

Making wavy wire sticks for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire might look something like this:

Making wavy wire sticks for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Keep bending your wire in random, freeform waves:

Making wavy wire sticks for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . until you have a straight end that’s just long enough for one of your beads and a small wire loop at the end:

Making wavy wire sticks for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String a bead at the bottom of your wire stick:

Adding a bead to a wavy wire stick for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And use the very tips of your round nose pliers to make a tiny loop at the end of the wire, below your bead:

Making an ending loop in wavy wire stick for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You don’t need to center this bottom loop like a lollipop; after making this tiny loop you’re done with this wire stick!

Now finish the remaining wire sticks – starting with a lollipop loop at the top, then random wavy wire below that, then a bead added to the bottom, and ending with a tiny loop.

Each wire stick can have its own unique wavy pattern.

Here are my 10 finished sticks of rain for my pair of earrings; I like making each one unique:

Finished wavy wire sticks for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When all of your wire sticks of rain are finished, it’s time to string them onto your jump rings.

So use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open your jump rings:

Open jump rings for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now let’s assemble one earring at a time.

String your longest stick for this earring onto the jump ring:

Putting the earring together - Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String the second-longest stick next to it:

Assembling earring for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String the third-longest stick on the other side of the longest stick:

Assembling earring for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String the fourth-longest stick on the other side of the second-longest stick:

Assembling earring for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And string the shortest stick on the other side of the third-longest stick:

Assembling earring for Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now string your earwire onto the jump ring:

Attach the earwire to Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut.

And your finished earring should look something like this:

Example - Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Assemble the second earring, and your finished earrings may look something like this:

Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Desert Rain Wire Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

 

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Comments

  1. These are so pretty! I love the pretty beads. I had to tweet it to the world.

  2. These look so great! I like the tip about making a mark with the Sharpie marker on the pliers. I only have some very thin wire, I need to get some heavier wire so I can make these!

  3. These are awesome. I can imagine them in different metals and beads. They are graceful and playful, just right for brightening up a rainy day!

  4. I love the colors and the hands on artisan feeling to these beautiful Desert Rain Earrings. Rena, you are something special !!! Thank you as always for sharing. 🙂
    Best Wishes,
    Jean

  5. Thank you for the lovely compliments! <3 🙂

  6. Phyllis C says:

    I LOVE these earrings!! What an awesome idea! Thanks Rena for sharing!

  7. Love, Love, Love at first sight. And, best of all, from your tutorial, I think I can make these !!
    Thank you, Rena !

  8. Rena, these are delightful and the possibilities are endless! Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorials.

  9. These are so cute! You’re tutorials are really fantastic and stand out among all the blogs I visit. Thanks for spending so much time so that other people can learn something new!

  10. I’m always so amazed by you! This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted.

  11. How pretty and such a great tutorial! I love the color.

  12. Awesome tutorial!!! I’ve never played around with jewelry making before, but I love your step by step!

  13. Jann Olson says:

    Wow, these really do look just like desert rain. Love them!

  14. So pretty!

  15. Very Pretty!! I would wear these!

  16. I used to makes things like this all the time when I was younger! I loved it! I might just have to dig out my beading stuff and make these because they are super cute!

  17. These are gorgeous and perfect for Fall.

  18. You are always so incredibly creative! I love these earrings!

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