Earrings are always a nice gift, especially if they are hand-made.
These earrings are ideal as Christmas gifts, but neutral enough to wear all year round.
Even better, once you've got the materials, they only take ten minutes or so to produce the finished pair.
Step 1: Materials and tools
Silver-plated copper wire (I used 0.8mm thick wire, which is easily sourced at your favourite online auction website, but you could use any reasonably-soft metallic wire. Just remember that non-coated copper can turn skin green).
Silver-plated "fish hook" ear wires (I also purchased these online. Strangely, it proved far cheaper to buy a pack of five pairs than a single pair. Hundreds were even cheaper. You could use any ear-fixing you like, but I wanted the dangle effect).
Narrow-nosed pliers (I used my Leatherman, but specialist jewellery pliers are available quite cheaply).
A sharp pencil (If you're going to make lots of these, I would recommend sharpening a dowel, since the pencil "lead" can be snapped off quite easily).