Simple Sterling Silver Wire Scroll Earrings Tutorial With Guest Writer Alix Leeds

Today we are thrilled to introduce you to our Guest Writer, Alix from The Little Red Hen Jewellery! The jewellery making community is something very special and we love to share your talent. Today Alix shows us a great step by step tutorial, showing us exactly how to make these stunning simple scroll earrings. 


Hi, I’m Alix from The Little Red Hen Jewellery and I’d love to show you a step by step guide on how to make a pair of simple scroll earrings using recycled sterling silver wire.

These sparkly scroll earrings are one of my favourite things to make. They’re lightweight for everyday, but have just enough of sparkle for evening wear too. I love using recycled silver in my jewellery designs.

Step 1 - Get your tools together

Below are the tools I used to make this project. 

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Step 2 - Measure and file

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.

Step 3 - Create the scroll

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

(You can cover the jaws of your pliers with masking tape to protect the wire from marks if you wish).

Step 4

Gently bend the long end back on itself and using your round nosed pliers, make a small loop in the end. The scroll should now look like the one in the photo below.

Step 5 - Texture with hammer

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.

Step 6 - Add the ear hooks

All that’s left is to add some Sterling silver ear hooks (I make my own from 0.8mm Sterling silver wire) 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.

And there you have it! A lovely, sparkly pair of Sterling silver wire scroll earrings.

Where can you find Alix from The Little Red Hen?

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