Simply Elegant Long Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These long wire earrings curve elegantly toward the wearer’s face, and have a single bead for decoration.

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

They measure 76mm (3″) from top to bottom – although you can make yours shorter or longer.

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These long curving earrings are especially nice to wear for fancy or formal occasions.

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of 20 gauge round half-hard wire, each 159mm (6.25″) long.
    I’m using copper.
  • 2 beads with holes that will fit on your 20 gauge wire.
    I’m using sapphire colored faceted 8x6mm rondelle glass beads.
  • Wire cutter
  • Wire rounder / cup bur
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Sharpie marker – for marking your wires
  • Soup can – to use as a mandrel for curving your wires
  • Nylon, plastic, rubber, or rawhide hammer – for shaping your wire around the mandrel

How to Make Simply Elegant Long Earrings

Cut your 2 pieces of wire, each 159mm (6.25″) long:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - cutting the wire

We’ll use a cup bur / wire rounder to smooth and round the ends of your wire:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - using wire rounder to smooth wire ends

Now we’ll straighten the wire, using your nylon jawed pliers (or your fingers) to straighten each wire.

Hold one end of the wire firmly with your flat nose pliers, and pull the entire length of wire through the nylon jawed pliers (or your fingers), pulling the wire straight and tight as you do so:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - straightening wires

On each wire, use your Sharpie marker to make a mark 76mm (3″) from one end of your wire:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - measuring and marking the wire

Now we’ll make one earring at a time.

Use the widest part of your round nose pliers to grasp one of your wires, right on the mark you just drew on the wire:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Use your fingers to press the wire ends straight downward, making a smooth curve at the top of your wire:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Your wire should look like this, with one end slightly longer than the other:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Now it’s time to curve your wire around the mandrel (the soup can).

To make both earrings curve toward the wearer’s face, we’ll curve the wires around the mandrel in opposite directions, as shown in the photos below.

Lay your wire across the mandrel, noticing where the longer wire end is for the right ear and left ear in the photo below:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Holding the wire tightly around the mandrel, use your nylon, plastic, rubber, or rawhide hammer to shape your wire around the mandrel:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

. . . so that the wire looks like this:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Remove your wire from the mandrel, and see the curve in your wire that will make the finished earring curve toward the wearer’s face:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire curve

Now we’ll add the bead to your earwire:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - adding the bead

Slide the bead onto the longer end of your wire:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - adding the bead

We’ll make a little fold at the end of this wire end, to keep the bead in place.

Use the tips of your flat nose pliers to grasp the tip of the longer end of your wire:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Use your pliers to fold the wire end upward toward the bead:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Your wire should look like this:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Use the tips of your flat nose pliers to squash the folded wire end as tightly as you can:
Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Now your bead should stay nicely at the end of the wire – and now both wire ends should be about the same length:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg - shaping the wire

Your first earring is finished.

Make the second earring the same way, being careful to turn the wire the opposite way from the first earring when you curve it around the soup can.

Your finished Simply Elegant Long Earrings may look something like this:

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Simply Elegant Long Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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