DIY | Wire Links Earrings

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You can easily make your own ornamental links and earwires with this wire links board. First you place the studs on the board in the pattern you want to create, then you wind the wire around the studs.

This way you can form small, delicate links or large, impressive links with a lot of beads. In this blog post, we want to inspire you and help you to get started with your wire links board. The board is available in two versions: a a lower priced smaller one made of plastic and a larger one made of metal.

    

 

This type of flat-nose pliers with nylon jaws is a good choice because it prevents scratches on the jewellery parts you work on. The pliers can for example straighten out the wire when you are done with your ornamental link and have removed it from the board. 

 

Wire Link "Snake with Amethyst"

We used the following DIY components to make these earrings:

+ wire links board

+ jewellery glue

+ round-nose pliers

+ cutting pliers

+ chain-nose pliers

+ flat-nose pliers with nylon jaws
 

Place the studs as shown in the picture and start shaping the wire so it sits tightly around the studs.
 

Continue like this ... as shown in the picture ... until you have reached the last stud.

 

Remove the wire from the board.

 

Use round-nose pliers to shape a loop with the upper wire end.

 

Now you take the thin wire (0.4mm) and wind it around the thicker wire close to the narrow curve ... see picture.

 

Thread the bead with crystal on the thin wire and place the bead in the middle of the curve. Then you wind the wire around the other side of the curve. 

 

Cut off the excess wire at the loop and the crystal. After that, you decide how long you want the wire link to be and cut it to size.  

 

Once you have cut the wire link to size, you glue the end of the wire into the half-drilled amethyst bead.

 

Fasten the earwire to the loop.

 

Wire Link "Snake with Jasper"

We used the following DIY components to make these earrings:

+ wire links board

+ round-nose pliers

+ cutting pliers

+ chain-nose pliers

+ flat-nose pliers

+ flat-nose pliers with nylon jaws

 

Place the studs and bend the wire around the studs as shown in the picture.

 

Remove the wire from the board.

 

Shape a loop on each end of the wire with the help of round-nose pliers - and cut off the excess wire. 

 

Pull a headpin through the bead ... and shape a loop with windings over the bead. Insert the loop into the wire link loop. 

For step-by-step instructions please read our guide How to shape a loop over a pearl or bead

 

Chandelier Earrings with Swarovski Teardrops

We used the following DIY components to make these earrings:

+ wire links board

+ round-nose pliers

+ cutting pliers

+ chain-nose pliers

+ flat-nose pliers

+ flat-nose pliers with nylon jaws

 

First, you place the studs as shown in the picture.

 

Then you bend the wire around the studs as shown in the pictures...

 

... first on the left side ....

 

... then on the right side ....

 

... and all the way up. The finished wire link should look like this:

 

Remove the wire from the board.

 

Shape a loop with one end of the wire - and wind the other wire end a few times around it.. After that, you cut off the excess wire.

 

Fasten the Swarovski teartrops with the help of 4mm jumprings. Close the wire loops carefully with a pair of pliers. Once the loops close tightly, the teardrops stay in place.  

 

Wire Link "Hoop with Gemstones"

We used the following DIY components to make these earrings:

+ wire links board

+ round-nose pliers

+ cutting pliers

+ chain-nose pliers

+ flat-nose pliers with nylon jaws

 

Place the studs as shown in the picture. First you wind the wire around the little stud, after that around the large stud.

 

Remove the wire from the board. 

 

Then you start winding the thin wire around the hoop close to the loop.

 

Thread the first 3mm bead on the thin wire and wind it around the inner wire of the hoop. See picture.

 

Thread the next 2 beads and wind the wire in the same way.

Thread the next 2 beads ... Here in our example we have fastened all in all 5 beads. The amount of beads depends on the size of the finished hoop.

Wind the thin wire around both thick wires a few times - without adding a bead. After that, you wind the thin wire only around the outer thick wire.

 

Thread a 2mm tourmaline bead and place it on the outer side of the wire. Then you make a few windings.

 

Continue fastening beads around the hoop in the same way. 

 

You finish with 3-4 windings after the last bead.

 

Cut off the excess wire. Glue a 3mm locking bead onto the end of the wire of the hoop.

 

Turn the eyelet of the hoop, if necessary, so it hangs the right way.

 

Connect the earwire to the eyelet of the hoop.


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