Lampwork Bead and Wirework Earrings Project
About This Design
Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty: All Levels (with Basic Wire Wrapping Knowledge)
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $15-20 as shown.
These earrings are wonderfully fun, swingy and eye-catching. Make these using any lampwork glass bead and either silver or gold. I wanted to showcase some red and gold lapwork beads, so I chose to make this pair of earrings using 14kt gold-filled wire and components.
Want to make these earrings, or a variation for yourself? Let's get started!
Gather your supplies
- Two lampwork beads of your choice. Here I am using medium sized round red lampwork beads
- Two earring components of your choice. I am using leverbacks, but you can use french hooks or posts if you prefer. TIP: I use leverbacks on heavier or longer designs because they are more secure. If you use hooks, attach a rubber backer to them to keep from sliding forward out of ears!
- Gold-filled or Sterling silver wire for wrapping "wiggles"
- 2 headpins
- 2 daisy spacer beads
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Create lampwork bead components
Slide a daisy spacer and your lampwork glass beads onto a headpin, and make a basic loop. If you are not familiar with this technique, read How to Wire Wrap a Basic Loop.
Make wire wiggle components
Take a 5-6 inch length of your wire and straighten it with nylon jaw pliers. Make a wire wrapped loop on one end, and attach the lampwork bead component on that loop. Using your round nose pliers, begin to wrap the wire back and forth in a fun squiggle design. Make this as long, short, and wide as you like as a matter of design preference. My wiggles are about 1 inch long. At the other end, create a right angle bend with flat nose pliers, and create another wire wrapped loop. Squeeze the finished wiggle component gently with nylon jaw pliers to "harden" the wire a bit. While this isn't absolutely necessary, it makes the wire stiffer and stronger to hold the shape.
Repeat this for the second earring piece.
Attach to earrings
Now, use your flat nose pliers to attach the finished components to your earrings. That's it!