Beaded Staff Wire Earrings
Silver wire and pretty beads make quick, easy earrings. A perfect gift for any fashionista!
Designed by Marie Vetrano, courtesy of Darice®.
- Earring Jig
- Wire, 20 Ga. (8 yd. pkg.) - Silver
- Metallic 6/0 E Beads, 4mm - Purple
- Flat Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Round Nose Pliers
Cut four 6" sections of 20 ga wire and set aside.
Choose earring style on the jig and place in the lid.
Place wire end in small hole at end of pattern on jig, follow the guide and wrap wire around plastic forms-go around at least 2 of the earring forms. Remove wire and use wire cutters to separate the earring forms and trim any excess. Use rubber jaw pliers to flatten and adjust shapes.
Stylized wire staff symbol:
Insert a small and medium peg into the Thing a Ma Jig™. (Pegs should be in the same vertical row, small peg at top and medium peg 6 rows down.)
Loop a wire around the small peg and then down around the medium peg one and a half times.
Remove wire from pegs, and trim excess wire from top and bottom loops. Repeat with another 6" section of wire. *Use larger wire remnant sections to make beaded eye pins.
Using round nose pliers, grasp the end of the wire end on the larger loop and curl wire to form a smaller loop inside the outer loop.
Use rubber jaw pliers to flatten and adjust shape. Attach smaller loop to an earring.
Take a 1" section of wire, loop one end with round nose pliers and string with two E beads.
Bend wire close to last bead, trim wire, leaving about ¼" remaining. Use round nose pliers to loop wire. Slide beaded pin onto the wire end of the staff symbol.
Repeat the last two steps to make the remaining earring.
Using the Thing-a-Ma-JIG™ makes creating the wire shapes easier. Make sure to have a pair of side cutters, round nose pliers and a pair of flat nose pliers on hand. Refer to photo and diagrams often for project ideas