Inside Loop Earwires (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg

Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make these easy earwires for an extra touch of handmade style on your earrings.

Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

They feature a pretty, rounded hook and long stem – and the loop for hanging the dangle is rolled gracefully to the inside of the hook.

Here you can see how your earring dangle will hang from this earwire style:

Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And here are a pair of these Inside Loop Earwires in action in my Boho Steampunk Earrings Tutorial:

Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And here is the Inside Loop Earwire being worn in an ear piercing:

Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Round soft wire, 20 gauge – 2 pieces, each 65mm (2.56″) long.
    (I used copper wire.)
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur, wire rounder, or jewelry file – to round and smooth wire ends.
  • Sharpie pen or other similar-size object – to use as a mandrel.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • #0000 Steel wool – for final smoothing of earwire ends.
  • Optional but recommended: Jeweler’s steel block and nylon, plastic, or rawhide hammer for hammer-hardening your finished earwires.

How to Make
Inside Loop Earwires

Cut your 2 pieces of wire, each 65mm (2.56″) long:

Cutting wire for Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your cup bur, wire rounder, or jewelry file to round and smooth both ends of each wire:

Wire rounder - Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll work with just one of the wires, making one earwire at a time.

Starting with one end of your wire, wrap the wire around your Sharpie marker (or other mandrel), making one full loop:

Wrap wire around mandrel - Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Shaping wire for Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next, we’ll make the little loop.

Grasp the curved end of your wire, just below the tips of your round nose pliers:

Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now gently roll the wire end into a smooth loop:

Forming the loop for Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your flat nose pliers to grasp the straight end of your wire:

Shaping wire for Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make a small bend in the wire:

Shaping wire for Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Finished earwire - Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make the second earwire the same way you made the first one.

Then use a small piece of #0000 steel wool to do the final smoothing and polishing of your earwire ends – making sure there’s nothing but smooth surfaces to go through your ear piercings.

Optional but recommended:

Use your jeweler’s steel block and nylon, plastic, or rawhide hammer to hammer-harden your finished earwires.

Place your finished earwire on the steel block and pound every part of the wire; then turn the wire over and pound the other side.

Jeweler's Hammer and Steel Block - Rena Klingenberg

Your finished earwires should look like this:

Inside Loop Earwires - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Inside Loop Earwires - 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. PhyllisC says:

    Very nice, but I can’t quite figure how they would look in the ear πŸ™‚ Guess I will just have to make a pair and see – LOL!
    Thanks for the always great tutorials!

  2. I’d like to see that too Phyllisc. I’ve been trying to imagine it in my ear, but……

  3. How do you wear them? It would be nice to see a picture of how they are worn.

  4. Yes, what do they look like in your ear!!!

  5. Thank you, ladies, for letting me know I made these earwires look too mysterious! πŸ™‚ I’ve added 2 new photos to hopefully clarify how to use and wear these earwires.

    Please go up to the top of this page, and then scroll down to see the 3rd and 4th photos (the photos showing the earwires on finished earrings).

    If you still have any questions about these earwires or this project, please let me know! πŸ™‚

  6. I still don’t get it. Can you show someone actually wearing this earring please. Thank you so much! Joy

  7. Joy, I’ve just added a photo of the earring being worn. It took me a little bit to find a willing model for the photo. πŸ™‚

    Please see the 5th photo from the top of this page.

  8. Marilyn says:

    Rena, I love the way these wires look, they even seem to partially hide the through-the-ear portion. I think they will be easy for me to make as I have a spatial orientation problem & do everything backwards anyway! Your directions are great & I believe I can follow them without getting confused.
    Thanks!

  9. Phyllis C says:

    Oh Wow! Rena – They are VERY beautiful ( now that I can see what works!)
    Sorry I couldn’t “envision” it myself πŸ™‚
    You SO ROCK!

  10. Thank you for your kind words, Phyllis! I know sometimes it’s hard to picture how something works till you see it in action. πŸ™‚

  11. Thank you for sharing very detailed instructions on how to make these simple, yet elegant earwires. I’m a self taught “jeweler” and love to see you using inexpensive wires/itemes to make nice quality components.

  12. I think they are great, simple and cute. I love to make earrings and am always looking for something just a little different to try. Great site, Thanks for all the info and inspiration!

  13. Chessfairy says:

    This is a very lovely earwire! Thanks so much for this tute. It’s great, as always! I am very excited to see the Asymmetrical Steampunk/Boho Earrings that You made with this type of earwire. They are beautiful and imaginative! Thanks so much for sharing your time and expertise. =)

  14. Cheryl says:

    These earwires are so fun and easy to wear! This morning I made 5 pair, all in different colored wire. My favorite is the Rose Gold ones. I just love this style. Thank you!

  15. Cynthia Landrie says:

    So graceful and elegant! These would lend themselves to such beautiful earrings.

  16. Wow! These look great.

  17. totally cool I love this inside loop earwires! You have the best tutes!

  18. Great idea…thanks for the tip! I love the blue stone you chose for the first one.

  19. Great tutorial, I am going to have to try that one out. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Thanks so much for showing what the earring looks like through an ear. That really helped! For some of these earrings that have a different flair, I’d like to see more of what they look like on, by using a mannequin or a real person.

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