Wednesday, October 14, 2009
For ear wires I use the half hard wire. Wire is sold hard, half hard or dead soft. If you have a lot of bending to do and the wire is thick (lower numbers) use dead soft. Hard wire is very spring like and harder to bend - it can also break if you bend it too much.
For a very simple french style ear wire - first cut two 1.5 to 2" pieces of wire and make a small loop around the tip of your round pliers on one end of each (see picture at right). This is where you will later attach your "drop". Now use a sharpie, dowel or pen to bend both pieces around - this forms the part that rests in your ear. I do them together so they match. Then take your flat pliers and bend the back end up slightly (apx. 1/8"). Now file the end that will go through the ear to make it smooth.
If you look through the Fire Mountain Gems or Rio Grande catalogs you can see the huge variety of shapes that are possible - you just have to get creative and find objects to shape your wire around! Have fun designing your own special ear wires!