Wire Wrapped Gold Square Earrings

We saw these earrings a while back and something about them spoke to us.  Don’t know if it is the messy wire wrap – the I am not even trying to look good and I do…kinda like California casual.  Or perhaps they remind us of the dream catchers we had hanging over our beds as a kid.  At any rate they are fun and easy!

aprox. 1 foot 22 gauge half hard gold filled wire (we used square wire but that is really up to you)
aprox. 3 feet 24 gauge dead soft gold filled wire (we used round)
chain nose pliers
round nose pliers
side cutters

1. Cut the foot of 22 gauge wire into two 6 inch pieces (each piece  will make one earring)
2. Aprox. 3/4 inch from the end of the wire turn a loop and wrap the wire around once or twice

3. Bend the wire in a 90 degrees and measure out 1/2 inch

4. Bend the wire another 90 degrees this time measuring out 1 inch segments.  Continue until you have creates your square frame.  Finish up with another wire wrap under the original one and cut off excess wire.

5. Cut your 24 gauge wire into two  1.5 foot pieces.  Put one aside for the second earring
6.  make a small hook at the very end of your piece of wire to start your wire wrap on the earring frame.  Once you have the wire attached wrap around the frame two or three times.

7. wrap your wire around the frame in the following pattern.  Don’t worry if your wraps look messy as you will be able to go back and fix them at the end of the project.  The only thing that you really need to worry about is pulling too tight on the frame which will cause it to loose its square shape.  (If you look at the picture at the top you will see that this is what we did to the one on the right)

Repeat the same process for the second earring.  If you like you can switch up the design for a bit of asymmetry.  This really is one of those it’s-not-supposed-to-be-perfect projects so just have fun!