In this quick video, I am going to show you how to make your own earring wires from ball head pins.
I’m using sterling silver pins for a couple of reasons:
Sterling silver tends to be kind to sensitive skin. That is not to say that sterling silver is non-allergenic. If you know that your skin is sensitive to sterling silver, you can also use gold head pins (with gold, the higher the karat weight, the softer the metal will be; so 18 k gold will be a good choice for this project)
Sterling silver is a very soft metal, and therefore incredibly easy with which to work!
You Will Need:
~Head pins (I’m using 1 1/2” 24 gauge pins; you can use a longer pin with a thicker gauge if you prefer)
~Needle nose pliers
Now, let’s get started:
With the narrowest point of your pliers (the very end), place the pliers against the ball. Gently bend the wire back to where it touches the wire to form a loop.
Then, just above the ball (on the “back” of the wire), using the widest part of your pliers, gently bend the wire in the opposite direction that the ball is facing. Continue to bend the wire until the curve is long enough to fit through your piercing (or what your design requires).
Lastly, attach your charm!
With this information, you’ll save money on jewelry-making supplies, and you’ll never run out of earring wires!