Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Leaf and Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Leaf and Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These Leaf & Vine wire earrings give a lovely impression of tendrils and leaves.

Leaf and Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The earrings are designed to match my Leaf & Vine Wire Bracelet Tutorial, if you’d like to make a lovely, leafy jewelry set:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And of course these earrings are also enchanting on their own:

leaf-and-vine-filigree-wire-bracelet-tutorial-02-w

Supplies:

  • 20 gauge Artistic wire (or other craft wire); I used “Gunmetal” color.
    You’ll need 2 pieces of this wire, each 16cm (6.3″) long.

    Artistic wire used to make the Leaf & Vine Earrings

  • 2 Leaf-shaped beads. You could also use a flower-shaped or petal-shaped bead.
    My beads are Czech glass, about 12mm x 10mm.

    Czech glass leaf bead

  • A pair of earwires. If you want to use the same style of earwires I used, you can make your own with my Easy Fancy Earwires Tutorial.

    Easy Fancy Earwires Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Wire cutter.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • A single-serving size bottle of drinking water (you don’t need the water, just the bottle).

How to Make the
Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings:

Start by cutting your two pieces of 20 gauge Artistic wire, each 16cm long:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’ll make one earring at a time.

Use your round nose pliers to grasp one of your wires, 6cm (2.3″) from one end.

(You can see I’ve used a Sharpie marker to mark my pliers jaw so that when we make our loop in the next step, both earrings’ loops will be the same size):

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bring both wire ends upward until they cross over each other, so you’re forming a loop in your wire:
Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Grasp the wire loop with your flat nose pliers, and use your chain nose pliers to grasp the wire ends.

Gently turn the loop 2 or 3 times to create a few twists above the loop:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your loop with twists should look something like this:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And your wire should look like this:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now wrap the shorter end of your wire around the neck of your drinking-water bottle, to curve it into a nice arc:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll use the longer (straight) end of our wire to create a filigree “vine” with tendrils, growing organically around the curved end of our wire.

You can use your round nose pliers to make vine loops, and occasionally wrap your vine a couple of times around the curved wire.

There’s no planned pattern – we want it to look like the lovely randomness of Nature.

Here’s the beginning of my vine:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And here it is after a couple of wraps around the curved wire:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look something like this:
Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

After a couple more vine loops, we need to stop in order to leave enough wire below our vine loops for a leaf bead:
Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now string one of your leaf beads onto the straight end of your wire:
Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next we’ll make a tiny tendril loop below the leaf bead.

Using the tips of your round nose pliers, grasp the tip of the wire below your bead:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and use your pliers to turn the wire end into a small loop that looks like a vine end:
Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look something like this:
Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’re going to make a nice little curly vine end on the other end of our wire.

Using the tips of your round nose pliers, grasp the end of your curved wire and make a tiny hook shape, curling in the opposite direction of the wire’s main curve:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Move your pliers along the wire, making tiny curves, to create a small open spiral (if you’ve never made an open spiral, see my 3-minute video tutorial Make an Open Wire Spiral):

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look something like this:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to attach one of your earwires to the loop at the top of your vine:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And this earring is done!

Now it’s time to make the second earring.

Make the second earring curve in the opposite direction from the first earring.

Now when you wear the earrings, they’ll curve nicely to frame your face.

Your finished Leaf & Vine earrings should look something like this:

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Kathy Weaver says:

    These are simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing…I am going to try this with my polymer clay leaf beads!

  2. Thanks Rena.. those are just beautiful.. I am definitely going to make some of those… And your photos and instructions are excellent!!

  3. What a wonderful accompaniment to your vine bracelet! I do love your wire worK! These are perfect for fall, Rena.

  4. Thanks for all the lovely feedback on this project! :)

  5. This is great!!! Am planning on making some of these in the near future!!!

  6. I love these! So simple and pretty. Now to find some pretty glass or gemstone leaves!

  7. I just found your website through the American Bead Shows website.

    I am so glad I did!

    This is the first of your tutorials I have looked at, your step by steps and hints are so well done.

    Thanks for being here, I look forward to learning more.
    Alexis

  8. I would never be able to do this but you surely did a great job. They are beautiful.

  9. Gorgeous!!

  10. These are so delicate and pretty, Rena! Your tutorial is very well done. Thank you for sharing your art and technique! I love making jewelry, but don’t have a lot of time for it… pinning this for the future!

  11. What beautiful pair of earrings. Those directions and photos are really great, and I think I can actually make a pair with your excellent descriptions.

  12. These are so pretty!

  13. Wow, those earrings are so cool. I love the simpleness of them. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love your jewelry! What a wonderful blog teaching jewelry making and how generous of you to share your skill! I will be adding you to my blog roll!

  15. These are fabulous! I’ve pinned this tutorial to try out at some point, thank so much for sharing!

  16. amazing. they way you make wire seem so soft and whimsical is a true gift!

  17. I’m going to share this post with my daughter. I know she’ll love it!

  18. These are beautiful and your tutorial is amazing! Thank you for sharing it!

  19. This is something I would wear for sure! Love them! Thanks for sharing!

  20. These are beautiful! They reminded me of grape vines and would be a great gift for a wine lover.

  21. Susan Santoro says:

    These earrings are so lovely. It makes me we want to learn jewelry making. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Beautiful earrings! I love leaves and feathers in jewelry. I am pinning this!

  23. Thank you for the tutorial. These are really nice earrings! I love the free form of the wire.

  24. Hi Rena, thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous earrings tutorial! We have posted it on our Facebook wall! :-)

  25. I did the bracelet and added an small turquoise howlite elephant charm to the bracelet. I use copper for inside to shape the bracelet and artistic copper wire outside. How much could this bracelet cost?

  26. Thank you for all the kind comments! Maritza, your copper bracelet with howlite elephant sounds wonderful. I would use the jewelry pricing formula to get a ballpark figure for the price.

  27. Thanks for your help in pricing guide because I’m not pricing correctly. Thank you so much for your tips..

  28. These are beautiful! I don’t have much experience with wire, but am going to try these. Thank you so much for the great tutorial!

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