Eco-Friendly Silver Wire Scroll Earrings

Eco-Friendly Silver Wire Scroll Earrings

Our Guest Writer Alix Leeds from The Little Red Hen Jewellery shares one of her favourite designs - giving you the chance to try it out for yourself! This is great for a beginner who hasn't done wire work before and to make it even easier to follow, you can read the full post here with images and top tips to follow along the way.

This tutorial uses Eco-Friendly sterling silver round wire, which is made from recycled scrap silver.

Step by step instructions

Measure 6cm of the silver wire, cut with pliers and then using your flat file, file a taper on one end about 10mm from the end of the wire.

Using your round nose pliers and create a small loop with the tapered end and turn once. Swap to your square nose pliers then gently grip the scroll and continue to turn until you have a scroll shape.

Gently bend the long end back on itself and using your round nosed pliers, make a small loop in the end.

Using a steel bench block and the flat face of a planishing hammer, hammer the wire to flatten the scroll. I like to angle the hammer to strike the wire with the side of the hammer, to create a texture which catches the light and really sparkles. Next, turn the scroll over and gently tap the reverse side to straighten the earrings.

Add some Sterling silver ear hooks and give them a polish! I polish my silver earrings in a barrel polisher, but you can also polish them using a silver or jewellery polishing cloth.

The tools you may need for this

Ball Pein Hammer

Steel Bench Block

Needle Files

Round nose pliers

Suggested books

The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques - Sara Withers

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Total price for all items: £4.66