Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
October 5, 2010

Question:

I want to make my own French style ear wires. How long should the piece of wire be for each ear wire, and can you suggest an easy way to make the large loop the same size every time?

-Karen in Porterville, California

Answer:

Personally, for each basic French style ear wire, I use 2 inches of 21- or 20-gauge half hard round wire.

To make the loops the same size every time, I prefer to make them both at the same time, often using the larger step on 3-step round nose pliers to do so, or the smaller end of a pair of double barrel bail pliers.

To file off the burr on the end so it goes smoothly through an ear, I use an emery board; however, many other jewelry artists prefer different smoothing methods, as shown by Sonja Kiser in the video tip Removing Wire Burrs.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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