I like to figure out new ways to use a tool that I bought, and in this case it was the Round Ear Wire Jig by Artistic Wire. I picked up a bunch of these jigs from Hobby Lobby when they were on clearance. The jig looks like this:
I made a loop in a 4″ piece of 20 gauge wire with my round nose pliers and put it on the large metal peg, wrapped down between the small metal peg and the large circle peg, around the large circle peg and back up to the first loop. Like this:
I removed the wire from the jig and then made these variations:
Pretty neat! Below I describe how I made each pair so you can try it yourself. And you don’t really need a jig to do this, you can make a loop and wrap the wire around anything that you have handy.
For these simple earrings, I strung a spacer bead, a 6mm fire polished bead, and another spacer bead before wrapping the end around the base of the first loop a few times.
For the starfish earrings, I made a loop facing down to hang a charm with the end of the wire, then I wrapped the bottom of the shape with seed beads strung on 26 gauge wire. Lastly, I hung the starfish charm from the inside loop with a jump ring.
These earrings featured rows of seed beads. I wrapped the end of the wire to the base of the starting loop first to firm up the frame. Then I wrapped 26 gauge wire around the bottom side three times, strung on random seed beads, then wrapped the wire three times around the other side. Then I trimmed the excess wire from each side. I repeated this process five times to about half-way up the frame.
This last pair of earrings was made from leftover beads from a DIY bracelet kit that I picked up from Hobby Lobby. I strung about 17 white seed beads, 3 copper seed beads, 5 teal beads, 3 copper seed beads, and finished up with 17 white seed beads. Then I wrapped the end around the base of the top loop.
And here are the earrings with the matching bracelet:
I am sure that I will be playing with this jig a lot more to come up with more variations!