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Sterling Silver Swirl Earrings Part 2

In a previous project I showed how to make these swirl earrings using sterling silver 18 gauge round wire. At this point, they make up nicely as earrings. However, this next technique takes this design one step further so you can change the look of these earrings and also use these pieces to make bracelets or necklaces. Since you just change what you've already made up, you only need some pliers to make the alterations.

1. Take the swirl piece before you attach it to the ear hook as previously described in step 6 of last week's project.

2. Using your hand or pliers, gently squeeze the U shape of this shape together. The arrow in the drawing indicates where the best place is to hold onto the piece with either your hands or pliers.


3. Now use your hands and pliers at the same time to hold the piece so that your fingers are wrapped around the curls (left arrow) and your pliers are holding the loop (right arrow).

holding piece correctly

4. Now you are prepared to bend the piece in half. Using the pliers, bend the looped part away from you.

bending piece

Now it's up to you to decide what you can do next. Here are some ideas:
  • Hang it as is on an ear wire to make an earring.
  • Make an identical piece and *hook two pieces together. Again, add an ear hook for an earring.
  • Continue adding pieces to make a bracelet or necklace.

finished bent piece

*How to hook pieces together:

Slide the loop of one piece into the loop of another and then straighten.

finished bent piece

That's it!

These swirls look great just as simple earrings, but there are a lot more options when you take them a step further.

All graphics created by Tammy Powley.

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