Intro: How to Make Africa Earrings
Ever wanted to bring back 80s-esque Africa Earrings? Or make a custom shape?
Here's how we made some simple contour earrings of Africa with just soft wire, pliers, some time & a careful eye!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies!
- Soft Wire
- Thumb Tacks
- Shape print-out
- Beads (in a later step - optional)
- Earring hooks
Step 2: Secure Your Image & Build a Jig
Tape your image/shape to a cardboard base. Identify the key outtermost and innermost points on the shape that you're trying to create. Minimalize!
Step 3: Bend Wire Around Jig
The soft wire is very malleable and can be manipulated by hand. Mold it around/weave it between the thumb tack jig to create the general shape. It helps to have an extra pair of hands to hold the tacks in place in the cardboard.
Step 4: Patience - Fine Tune the Shape!
Using your hands, tape & pliers, add the details in contour. This takes a LOT of pausing to look at the reference image, compare the two, tweak, pause, & tweak again!
Step 5: Decoration
You have 2 matching contours. Add beads or whatever decoration you'd like! We unfolded paper clips with pliers and used the wire to link a bead to the jewelry hook. Wrap stylistically & don't forget to leave loops for attachment.
Step 6: Add Final Touches & Workin Those Africa Earrings!
Add jewelry hooks - any kind you'd like. (Fish hook, closed hook, etc.)
Enjoy wearing your new earrings!