Framed Ombre Earrings

Framed Ombre Earrings

Supplies

Supplies

  • 18 gauge wire
  • 24 gauge wire
  • We used size 6 seed beads, but any bead can be used.
  • 1 pair of earwires

Tools

  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Ruler
  • Optional: Hammer

Directions

  1. Cut a 5 inch piece of 18 gauge wire. If you are using different sized beads than the size 6 seed beads: width of the amount of beads x 2 + length of the earrings x 2 + 1 or 2 inches extra for the loop.
  2. Turn a loop at one end.
  3. Gripping beneath the loop, bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.
  4. Measure 1/4″ (half the width of the beads) and bend again.
  5. Measure 1-1/2″ (the desired length of the earrings) and bend.
  6. Measure 1/2″ (the width of the beads) and bend.
  7. Measure 1-1/2″ again and bend.
  8. Measure 1/4″ and bend up.
  9. Use the tail to carefully wrap around the base of the loop and cut off the excess. Make sure to hold the frame firmly with your pliers while you wrap or the frame will become distorted.
  10. Optional: Hammer the frame for strength. This step is not necessary, but greatly increases the rigidity of the frame and keeps it from deforming.
  11. Cut a 4-5 inch piece of 24 gauge wire. This length is determined by the width of the frame, the number of rows you want, and about 1/4″ for each wrap.
  12. Wrap down 3 times around one side.
  13. String on 5 seed beads, and wrap up 3 times on the other side.
  14. String on another 5 seed beads and wrap 3 times on the other side.
  15. Continue for the remaining colors and rows.
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