Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial

by Rena Klingenberg.

Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can make these easy wire earrings from your wire scraps.

These easy wire earrings feature graceful curves that frame your face in a flattering way.

Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

They also have lots of wonderful swingy movement!

These earrings are an especially fab style with short hair or hair that’s pulled back, so all the wires can dance freely.

Supplies:

  • Round wire – anywhere from 16 to 20 gauge – soft or half-hard. (This is a good project for using wire from your scrap pile!)
     
    Although I used mixed metals in my earrings, they’re also lovely with just one metal.
     
    I used 16-gauge soft copper and brass:

    Brass and copper wire

  • Wire cutter (be sure to use a cutter that’s made for heavier gauges of wire, so you don’t ruin your best cutters).
  • Round nose pliers (again, be sure to use pliers that are made for heavier gauges of wire).
  • A file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone for smoothing off the wire ends.
  • Hammer and steel block (optional, but I think the hammering is part of what makes these earrings so fab!).
     
    You can also substitute another sturdy, smooth surface in place of the steel block.

    hammer and steel block

  • 2 jump rings.
  • 1 pair of earwires.
  • Flat-nose or chain-nose pliers for opening and closing the jump rings.

How to Make These
Face-Framing Wire Earrings:

Each earring needs three wire dangles – 1 short, 1 medium, and 1 long.

I used copper wire for my short and long dangles, and brass for my medium dangles.

Cut 2 wires of each size:

  • Short wires: 1.75″ (4.5 cm) long.
  • Medium wires: 2.5″ (7 cm) long.
  • Long wires: 3.25″ (8.3 cm) long.

I just let my wires keep the curve they had from being part of the coiled-up packaged wire.

But if your wires aren’t curved, you can shape them around a soup can or vitamin bottle to give them a gentle curve.

Your cut wires should look something like this:

Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use a cup bur, metal file, or knife-sharpening stone to smooth and round both ends of each wire:

Wire earring tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Cup bur shown at bottom; knife-sharpening stone shown at top.

We’re going to make a plain wire loop on one end of each wire.

Since we want all 6 loops to be the same size, we’re going to use a super-fine-tip Sharpie marker to mark a line on one jaw of our round nose pliers.

This line (shown on the top jaw of the pliers below) is where we’re going to place our wire for each loop we make in this project:

Mark your pliers for making wire loops

Now make a plain wire loop on one end of each wire.

(If you’re new to making plain loops, or if you struggle with making them, see my super easy 2-minute How to Make a Plain Wire Loop Video.)

Make a plain wire loop

Your wires should now look like this:

Six wires with round loops

Now hammer each piece of wire to flatten it to a nice shape.

You can do a bit of extra hammering on the straight ends, to give them a nicely rounded flare.

If your loops come open a bit during the hammering, simply use your pliers to close them again.

hammering wire jewelry

Hammering is optional in this project – but I really think it adds a lot to the finished look!

After hammering, your wires should look like this:

Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’re going to put our wire dangles on the jump rings.

Open both of your jump rings and hang one long dangle on each jump ring:

Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now hang your medium dangles on your jump rings – but place them so that they curve in the opposite direction from your long dangles:

Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Hang your short dangles on the jump rings – and place them so that they curve in the same direction as your long dangles:

Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now close your jump rings and hang them on your earwires:

Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I recommend wearing these earrings with the longest dangles curving around your face instead of away from it.

It’s a lovely, flattering look!

You can see me wearing these earrings in my Jewelry & Coffee video, Show People How to Wear Jewelry.

Face-Framing Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And here are the steel and copper ones I made for my sister’s birthday gift:

Face Framing 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 and Make 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. Love these swinging earrings, Rena. Your tutorials are always so visual and clear that all levels of jewelry makers would be successful. Thanks!

  2. Simple and so amazing! The color and direction variation make of this earrings a dynamic piece. Love them!

  3. These are great – I pinned them on one of my boards on Pinterest.

  4. Love the earrings in various colors. I’ve made very similar earrings in sterling for a while now, sometimes with three wires, sometimes with two. I’ve never started with curved wire, however – the curve always comes for me during the hammering. Do you do something to keep the curve under control?

  5. This are going on my “list” of things to create after Christmas! I need to restock at the gallery where I have my work and these would be a great addition!

    Thanks for sharing Rena!

  6. These are super cute!!! Gonna try some tonight.

  7. These are so simple and pretty. I’m bookmarking this page so that I remember to make these earrings as Christmas gifts next year. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration!

  8. These are so cool – it inspires me to try some earring making!

  9. Wow. Those are so cool! I love working with wire, but haven’t done it for awhile and I’ve never done anything this awesome. Thanks for creating such a brilliant tutorial. I’m definitely pinning this and, hopefully, coming back to it very soon!

    Thanks again!

  10. These re gorgeous!!! I love the colors! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

  11. Wow, what a beautiful design. I really adore the color contrast, and the tutorial is perfect. thanks, Rena!

  12. Thanks for sharing your lovely earrings. They are so pretty and unique…although I don’t think I could keep them safe from the little hands in my house!

  13. Pretty!

  14. These turned out great. I would buy thhese earrings if I saw them at a store.

  15. wow! very cool, great job!

  16. These are gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Bethany @ Whistle and Ivy

  17. These look great! Thank you for sharing them at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

    Marti

  18. Stunning!!! I want earrings like that!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  19. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your inspirational craft with our Crafty Showcase last week! You rock!

    We can’t wait for you to stop in and share more of your ideas with us. The Crafty Showcase is open from Friday midnight until Thursday noon!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  20. These are similar to an earring I wore yesterday but I love that yours are one of a kind and handmade. Such an easy to follow tutorial. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.
    p

  21. I used to have a pair of earrings like this that I adored, but I lost one. Thank you so much for such a well written tutorial, I am going to replace those pair of earrings in the near future!

  22. These are beautiful. You always make such beautiful jewelry.
    Debi and Charly

  23. Rena, oh, I AM soon going to take that hammer out and try your projects. So fun.

  24. These turned out perfectly and will make a great gift for my sister, whose Birthday is this week!
    ! I hammered, then burnished the wires in a tumbler before finishing. The irregular hammer marks and high polish achieved by burnishing really made them sparkle and dance in the light,
    Thank you for your inspiring ideas and advice, I discovered your site by chance and I’m delighted with your great advice and ideas on all aspects of jewellery business…it’s wonderful!

  25. Thank you for all your lovely comments on this earring project!

    Siobhan, I loved hearing how your earrings turned out! Also, I have to tell you that I too made a pair of these earrings for my sister’s birthday gift – earlier this month! :) Maybe I should re-name these “Sister Earrings”. :)

  26. These are adorable – can’t wait to give them a try!

  27. I made it. It came out good.

  28. Donna says:

    Rena I love these earrings. I made a few pairs for a outdoor show I had. I also wore these earrings that day. I never make more than 5 pair of anything for a show and I could have sold more easily.
    BTW one of my displays is a wire mesh trash can. I turn it upside down, place it on a cake plate that is on a turntable. The cake plate is to add heigth to the display, and the turntable ( or lazy susan) is so the whole trash can be used and easily veiwed by my customers. I get more comments on this particular display than on any of my others. I found this idea on your sight over a year ago.

  29. Rena, I made these and LOVE them. Talking about inexpensive materials! (I make my own jumprings and ear wires, thanks to you!)
    My neck is so short though, I ended up cutting all wires a little shorter because they were getting caught on my shoulder and clothing, and they worked out fine!
    Cannot thank you enough for all of the tutorials and inspiration you provide!

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