How To Make Easy Textured Earrings

If you're a beginner in jewellery making, this is the perfect project to practice your metalwork and have some fun.

This simple 20-minute handmade jewellery project will allow you to experiment with wire, while also enjoy the many ways you can texturise metal. 

We hope you enjoy this step by step tutorial and it gives you some inspiration or your next project. Don't forget to tag us in your designs on social media and use the hashtag #Kernowcraft so we can see and share your designs! 

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Step 1: Measure Wire

Using metal jewellery cutters, cut the desired length of wire.

This project uses 0.8mm wire but this will depend on what length you would like the earrings.

Step 2: Hammer

Using a cross pein or ball pein hammer and a steel block hammer two-thirds of the wire. 

Hammer it flat until you have your desired look.

Step 3: Texturise

You can use sanding sticks chasing hammer, sanding paper, brass brush glass fibre scratch pen or texture wheels to do this.

Get experimenting and find what you like most!

Step 4: Bend The Wire

Once you have applied a texture, bend the wire around a pen. 

Tip: a sharpie pen is an ideal size for this!

Holding both the wires together and the ends flush with each other, bend them at the point where you finished texturizing the wire. Where you bend the wire will affect the length of the earring and the size of the section that will hold the earring in the ear.

Step 5: Bend Some More!

Once the wire has been bent into the ear wire shape, take a pair of nylon jawed pliers and bend the very end of the short length to a slight angle.

Step 6: Polish

Using a burr in either a hand tool or a hand drill, burr the ends of wire so that they are smooth.

This can also be done using sanding sticks or wet and dry papers.

Finish by polishing the earrings using either silicon polishers, Tripoli and rouge with soft mops or soft wheels. Both can be used with a hand tool or a hand drill - if you do not have this, polishing papers will provide a perfect polished finish too.

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