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Wire-wrapped Ear Hooks

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Make these great ear hooks while learning some patterned wire-wrapping skills!  Using thin wire to wrap parts together is a key element to many elaborate wire-wrapped projects.  This ear hook project is meant to get you started with the art-form.  I will share my tips for great looking wraps and have done my best to design the approach to creating the earrings in a fashion that allows for as much ease of wrapping as possible.  Previous experience with forming swirls will be helpful, as the wrapping is time-consuming.

Discipline:  Wire-working

Working with precious/semi-precious wire to form jewelry components.

Level:  Advanced (***)

Not only are you learning to wire-wrap with a decorative pattern, you will also be forming matching open swirls.  Please have previous exposure to forming swirls before taking this class!

Where?

Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.

When?

This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $60/person. E-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Project Materials: (A kit will be available in class for $5.)

  • 24″ of 24 ga dead soft sterling silver wire
  • 6″ of 20 ga half hard sterling silver wire
  • 5″ of 18 ga dead soft sterling silver wire

Tools:  (inquire about renting tools if you are not equipped)

  • Jewelry grade file(s) – (needle files are fine for this)
  • Flush cutter
  • Sharpie marker (ultra fine point)
  • Ruler
  • Chain-nose jewelry pliers
  • Flat-nose jewelry pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Step pliers (Beadsmith # PL48)
  • Pin vise fitted with a 1.3mm (20ga)  and 1.7mm (18ga) cup bur
  • Bur life or other lubricant
  • Embossing hammer
  • Steel block and silencing pad
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Sanding sponges/Steel wool (#00)/Polishing pad
  • Magnifying glasses – most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.