Sunday, 2 November 2014
DIY Faux Paperclip Earrings
Today I've got a rather geeky accessory project to share with you; faux paperclip earrings! They may be stationery inspired but they're also subtle enough to wear with any outfit and would make a cute handmade gift for any writer friends.
The key to this project is making the most of the conical shape of round nose pliers, using the different thicknesses to create the classic paperclip spiral. It's a little bit tricky to put the process into words but hopefully the images below are easy to follow!
To create your own you will need: jewellery wire (I used 0.4 gauge sterling silver), flat and round nose pliers, wire cutters
1. Start by cutting a length of your wire, approx 2.5" should be enough to create the earring size shown
2. Approx. 0.5" from one end of the wire, curve around the largest part of your round nosed pliers, then take the other end of the wire and curve it around a smaller part of the pliers (as shown above)
3. Rotate again, making one final curve using the smallest part of the pliers (as shown below)
4. Finally, take the remaining part of the wire and bend it outwards to create the earring post and file any sharp edges if necessary
As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you liked this project don't forget to Pin it!
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