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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Easy Peasy Earwires (Part 2)

In Easy Peasy Earwires Part 1 we reviewed required techniques, tools, materials and how to make the French Hook (your basic) earwire.

In this post we will expand your earwire repertoire by covering the following earwires:
  • C-shaped (or french hoop) earwire,
  • V-shaped earwire, and
  • Basic hoop earring
In addition, we'll also take a look at some inspirational projects and resources. Now let's get down to business. First up, The C-shaped earwire, which is also known as the French Hoop earwire.

C-Shaped (or French Hoop) Earwire

Use a larger mandrel

To make this earwire, use a larger mandrel then the pencil mandrel. I am using a round makeup tube. Experiment with different size mandrel for different styles of earwires.

Cut two even lengths of wire. You can create your p or lollipop eyepin either before or after bending the wire. I elected to do so beforehand but sometimes its easier to do it afterwards. I also did a lollipop eyepin, but I think the P eyepin actually turns out nicer.

Bend the two wires over the larger mandrel.

It will come off the mandrel looking like this.

Next, bend the tail end gently away from the eye with your chain-nose pliers.

Cut the excess wire from the tail end, making sure to cut them both at the same time to ensure that they are evenly cut.

To finish these up, use the cup burr to file down the tip of the earwire then use your mallet and bench block to harden the wire until it is no longer springy. Complete these last two steps the same way as for the french hook earwire we did in the earlier post.

Your second pair of earwires is now complete!

I prefer using the mallet over the hammer for these earwires, since it doesn't have as well of a defined spot for your ear to rest. However, you should experiment to see what you prefer. This is such a graceful looking pair of earwires. In many ways it is easier than the french hook.

There is also a really simple technique to make a bunch of these at once. Instead of wrapping just two cut wires around your mandrel, coil a single wire numerous times around your mandrel and then cut your earwires from this coil.

V-Shaped Earwire

Using your needle nose pliers, bend the wire in half.

Cut two even lengths of wire. Using your needle nose pliers, bend the wire in half.
Two graceful V shapes

You will now have two graceful V shapes.
Make P eyes on one of the earwires.

Make P or O eyes on one end of the earwires. I normally go with the O eyepin, but I really like how the P eyepin looks with this shape.
Cut the earwires at the same time.

Cut the ends of both earwires at the same time to make sure that they are even in length. Use the flat side of the cutters to ensure that the earwire has a flush cut.
Experiment with different lengths.Experiment with different lengths! The smaller one is the one featured in the title image. It looks like cute little safety pins while the longer ones are really graceful looking.

After filing the tip with the cup burr or a metal file and hardening with your mallet or hammer just like we did in Part 1, you are done!

I made two different versions of this earwire. The first one, as shown in my post title picture, was really short. I thought it looked like a safety-pin. This might be cute for some projects, but the longer version is much more graceful. Experiment with different lengths to create a new look.

This V-shaped earwire is super easy!!!

Basic Hoop Earring

Make two even eyepins.

Cut two even lengths of wire and make eyepins. Typically we make the eye parallel to the curve of the wire for earwires. This time you will want to make them perpendicular to the curve.
Wrap your eyepins around a mandrel.

Wrap your eyepins around a mandrel. Make sure to press the eye down to ensure a round shape.

Profile of hoop.

Here's a profile of how it looks now. Notice you can't see the eye pin from the side. That's because it is in line with the shape of the hoop.
Bend the wire where the wire overlaps the eye.

Bend the tail end of the wire right where the wire overlaps the eye.
Hoops in profile.

Here is how they look in profile now. Next cut the excess tail.
Hoop earrings

After hammering the earwire, they will most likely need to returned the mandrel to ensure roundness. Don't forget to file the ends. Here is how they look when completed.

This hoop earring can be worn plain or you can add charms to it. Alternatively, you can make a hook instead of an eye.

I like to hammer them flat. Not only does it make it all shiny but it will help prevent the wire from rotating. Just make sure to avoid hammering where it will rest on the ear.

Inspirational Projects

Once I got these earwires down, so many projects opened up to me. I thought about all different shapes I could make with a different sized mandrel. You can also use these techniques to make unique findings. Your options are only limited by your creativity.

Pinterest is a great resource for finding some amazing ideas. I often find myself looking at Pinterest prior to making a project. Here is my Jewelry Inspiration Board:

Who says the earwire is just for hanging your earring from? Make the earwire part of the art! Oh, the possibilities!
Long round earwire

Click the above pictures for a link to the pinterest pin and the original links.


Here's one last look at what we covered plus a sneak peek at an upcoming project (top right - large O wrapped earwire):

Easy Peasy Earwires (

I hope this inspires you to make your own earwires. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to post below.

So what do you think?

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  1. Wow! How Easy and Cute!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!!

    Jenna @

  2. Thank you for stopping by back! Haha! They really are easy!

  3. What a wonderful earwires tutorial. I love to make earrings and jewelry! You've done a great job with your pictures! I'm visiting from Pin Me Party, and I'll be pinning this!

  4. Thank you! I was really stressing over the pictures when I did these tutorials. I'm glad they are working out. :D

  5. I'm not at all crafty, but both of these tutorials look so straightforward! The step by step with photos makes all the difference.

  6. [...] The goal of this project was to come up with an earring that doesn’t take too much attention away from the earwire. I wanted a really simple earring to contrast with the more elaborate earwire I made in my Easy Peasy Earwires Part 2 tutorial. [...]

  7. I love the swirly ones at the bottom! This is going on my list of things I'll learn once the baby is just a bit older!

  8. Yay! I'm so glad I've inspired you! :D