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DIY Figure Eight Wire Earrings
This figure eight wire form is easy to make and is a great base for your next pair of handmade earrings!
Hey friends! I've got an easy project to share with you today. These figure eight earrings whip up in just minutes, and you can form perfect circles by using a jig. You can configure the Artistic Wire Thing-A-Ma-Jig to create most any shape you can imagine, and this project is the perfect way to get started.
Here's what you'll need:
- Artistic Wire Deluxe Thing-A-Ma-Jig
- 12 inches Artistic Wire Tinned Copper Wire - 14 Gauge
- Wire Cutters
- Chain or Bent Nose Pliers
- Round Nose Pliers
- Earring Wires
- Jewelry Head Pins
- 4mm Beads
- 4mm Jump Rings
Position a large peg and small mandrel so that they are your wire's width apart on the board. Wrap your wire fully around the peg as shown above.
Next, wrap your wire around the mandrel in a figure-eight shape. But the time you reach the center, there will be several layers of wire. This is fine for now.
Remove your wire form from the jig, and eliminate the extra layers of wire by trimming the wires at the place where they intersect. This will form just two loops - one large and one small.
Flatten your wire form, adding an earring wire to the smaller loop before cinching it closed with pliers.
This step is optional, but it adds more color and personality! Create a beaded charm ply threading a 4mm bead onto a jewelry head pin. Grasp the pin with your round nosed pliers as close to the bead as possible, and wrap the wire around the side of your pliers.
Then, wrap the excess wire around the base of the loop you just formed, between the bead and the loop. Cut off any excess wire with wire cutters.
Finally, attach the bead charm to the wire form in the center using a small jump ring, so that it hangs in the center of the lower loop.
This is just one way that you can use wire to create any design you can imagine! Hope you enjoyed this quick jewelry project and I will see you soon - happy crafting!