Back to Basics - making simple earwires

A free video tutorial teaching you how to make simple earwires that are easy to adapt to your own design

About the Tutorial

You've spent hours making the perfect stone settings, sawing the loveliest shapes, adding gold foil or beautiful textures, all to create your new favourite pair of earrings - so don't go spoiling them with shop bought earwires!

There, I've said it now..... your handcrafted earrings deserve better than shop bought earwires.

But, don't fret, earwires are easy to make and once you've learnt the basic techniques by watching this video you'll be able to make them in a beautiful variety of shapes and sizes to perfectly match your earrings.

This video class is just one in a collection of free tutorials. You can enrol on each one individually or enrol on the whole bundle so that you don't miss out on new classes!

You will need:

0.8mm sterling silver round wire

Equipment: (all the jewellery making kit listed here can be used for many different projects)
Small round mandrel e.g. pen barrel, knitting needle or purpose made mandrel
Planishing hammer
Bench block and leather cushion (or folded tea towel!)
Flat needle file
Round nosed pliers
Flat nosed pliers
Nylon jaw pliers
Wire cutters

Course Curriculum

Joanne Tinley

Tutor and Founder of The Jeweller's Bench

The Jeweller's Bench is run by Joanne Tinley. She has been making her own jewellery for as long as she can remember and left her first career as a school teacher to set up business as a  jewellery designer and tutor nearly 20 years ago. She is
self-taught and like many people started with wire and beads. Learning how to solder, however, opened up a whole new world of jewellery making,  one that she is keen to share!