Introduction: Almond Shaped Ear Wires
These are an elongated, elegant ear wire. They're easy to modify, by using shorter or longer wires, changing the curve of the wire, or wrapping other wire or beads onto the front.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
-2 x 4" lengths of wire (total of 8"). I'm using 19g sterling. The most common sizes are 19g, 20g, and 21g. I also recommend using half-hard, or even full-hard wire. Hammering can often be skipped if you use hard or half-hard wire.
-chain nose pliers
-flush cutters (I prefer Tronex, but use what you have)
-round nosed pliers. I'm using Wubbers large round nose, which are quite a bit larger than regular round nose. If you use regular ones, you may have to adjust the size of your loop.
-a small bench block
-a small hammer with a polished surface, or a rawhide/plastic mallet
-a sharpie, to mark where to bend the wire
-a nail file
-something to use as a mandrel to shape the wires on. I found that the cap of a medicine bottle worked well. It's about 1.5", but doesn't have to be TOO exact.
Step 2: Mark the Center of the Wire
Use the ruler to mark the center of the wire. For me, it's 2".
Step 3: Shape the Wire on Your Mandrel
Use the mandrel (in my case, the lid to a pill bottle) to gently shape the wire, by holding the wire against the mandrel, and simply wrapping the wire firmly around the mandrel, as well as you can.
Step 4: Bend the Wire in Half
Grasp the wire right next to the mark that you made with the sharpie, as shown in the photo, and carefully bend the wire until you get a fish shape like in the photo.
Step 5: Adjust the Shape, If Desired
Use your fingers to very carefully adjust the wires so that it looks like this photo. I did this, because I thought the curve was a little sharp to look very the way I wanted it to. If I had a slightly larger mandrel to begin with, I may not have needed this step. And if you like the sharper curve, by all means, skip this step! ☺️
Step 6: Form the Hanging Loop
Grasp one of the ends of the wire with the round nose pliers, and form a loop. You can either form the loop to the inside, or the outside, of the curve of the wire. It's up to you, and what suits your earrings best.
Step 7: Hammer the Wire
Gently hammer the ear wire. I tend to hammer quite a bit on the loop side of the wire, because I like the look of the flattened wire. Or you can use hard wire, and not hammer at all.
Step 8: File the End of the Wire
Use the nail file to carefully smooth the end that goes through the ear lobe. You don't want anyone being injured by your jewelry!!!