When I began making jewelry, I used store-bought earring hooks… It was fine but once I started using metal as my main material, I thought about making my own earring hooks! “Since I am working with metal, I should be able to make my own” was my thought!
People often ask how I started working with metal or how did I learn to silver solder? I have some background in metal. I was fortunate enough to have taken a Metal & Jewelry class one semester while at SUNY College at Brockport studying art. It was a great class & we had a wonderful instructor! I learned a lot about working with metal but one thing we didn’t learn, was how to make earring hooks! As far as that goes, I taught myself! It takes practice and some patience but for my work, I feel it is worth it.
If you’re looking for a more cohesive design or just want to make your own earring hooks, check out my photos. I recommend using 18 or 20 Gauge wire. Both are a medium gauge.
For jewelry making purposes, wire often comes in a range of gauges from 10 to 28Gauge.
**The smaller the gauge, the thicker the wire, the higher the gauge, the thinner the wire**
Material and Tools:
- First step is to measure the length of your desired wire, about 1 3/4″ is a good length to avoid wasting metal.
- Then cut two pieces the same length using your wire cutters.
- Next using your Bail Making Pliers, curve both pieces around one cylinder of the Bail Making Pliers to create a U shape. It’s ok if one side is shorter than the other!
- Now using fine grit Metal Sandpaper, sand the ends of both pieces smooth. If you have a tumbler you can use that too. Then using your Needle Nose Pliers, form a small circle on the shorter side of the U to create an attachment place (for where you’ll hang your earring design from later on).
- Using your Bail Making pliers you can create a slight curve to the other side of your earrings where they go thru the ear… This helps keep them in place when you wear them. **This step is isn’t necessary to do, just personal preference.**
- Now… you have two earring hooks, for 1 pair of earrings! You can make more than one pair at a time as I often do.
There are various styles of earring hooks but this is the most common and useful in most designs! Go practice and have fun!
- I’ve hand-formed and hammered these sterling silver earrings and hooks for a classic design!
Betsy Murray ~Sunshine On Water~
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