Luxury Pearl & Ruby Gold Hoop Earrings
These elegant gold hoop earrings just ooze luxury! Featuring pearls and sparkling ruby drops, alongside our 9ct gold earstuds. A perfect project if you want to make high-end earrings yourself that you can wear time and time again.
This shopping list includes more pearls than you need for these earrings, so why not use the remaining beads to make a matching necklace!
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
1. Start by wire wrapping the briolette bead. Use side cutters to cut your 0.3mm wire to length - we recommend a length of wire approx 15-20cm for wire wrapping briolettes.
2. Slip the briolette onto the wire around 3-4cm down. Ensure one side of the wire is longer than the other - pinch both ends of wire together at the top of the briolette to form a triangle shape, making sure the briolette is central.
3. Hold both sides of the wire with round nose pliers and bend the longer length to a right angle. At this point, work halfway up the plier nose to ensure you allow yourself enough room for a good wrap. If necessary, trim any access wire on the short side with side cutters.
4. Use round nose pliers to form a loop with the longer side of the wire by bending it to a right angle and wrapping it around the tip of the pliers.
5. Hold the loop flat between the tips of snipe nose pliers and take the long end of wire and use your fingers to tightly wrap it around the stem of the wires - begin at the base and work downwards.
6. Use snipe nose pliers to gently squeeze the coil together and continue to wrap upwards until you reach the top of the bead. Once you're happy with the wrap, use side cutters to trim excess wire and squeeze the end into the coil for a neat finish.
Click here for step by step instructions with photos of how to wire wrap a briolette.
7. Use a pair of snipe or flat nose pliers to twist open a jump ring and attach to the loop of the briolette bead, then twist closed.
8. Next cut approx 6cm of wire and use round nose pliers to form a loop about 2cm down from one end and then create a tight neat coil with the wire by wrapping the shorter end around itself.
For a detailed step by step instruction including clear photographs to help you learn the technique click here.
9. Next, thread three pearls, the jump ring attached to the ruby briolette and another 3 pearls onto the wire.
10. After threading, leave enough wire on the other end (about 2cm) to complete the necklace by using the same wire wrapping technique.
11. Manipulate the wire to form a curve that will attach from the loop of the earstud to the earring scroll.
12. Twist open 2 jump rings and attach one to either end of the pearl/briolette bar, then attach the loop of the earring to one jump ring and the loop of the earring scroll to the other.
13. Repeat these steps for another earring and your design is complete!
SUGGESTED TOOLS FOR THIS PROJECT
Pair of snipe nose pliers or flat nose pliers
You may like to get our pack of pliers & side cutters which is an economical way of buying all the pliers you will need for every project!
CUSTOMISE YOUR KIT
Make the design your own by using your favourite jewellery supplies
How to wire wrap a briolette bead
Read our wire wrapping advice pages with tutorials
JEWELLERY MAKING BOOKS
The Basics of Bead Stringing by Debbie Kanan
Beading Design by Kim Glover
Kernowcraft's jewellery making kits are aimed to inspire you - therefore the step by step instructions are available online only with a shopping list, where you can easily customise the design to suit you. We recommend printing or bookmarking this page ready to follow.
The suggested products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that gemstones are natural and hand cut stocks can vary, so do use your own common sense as to the compatibility of each item when making.
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