Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Copper Wire Horse Earrings




Horses are a big part of my life.  I paint them, and I even craft them.  Let me clarify.  I craft earrings in a horse silhouette shape from some wire and beads.  If you would like to make a pair yourself, follow the step-by-step tutorial.

You will need:

20 gauge copper wire

E size seed beads in desired color

Copper ear wires

Wire cutter

Needle nosed pliers

1.     Cut two 5-inch pieces of 20 gauge copper wire.  Working on one earring at a time and using the needle nosed pliers tightly curl one end of the wire.  Stop when there is 3 inches of wire left.




2.     On the straight uncurled end of wire thread on six E beads.  Push the curl right up to the straight wire under the first seed bead to contain the beads.

3.     Right after the last bead you threaded, bend the wire to the right.  Leave 1/8” of wire and bend to the left.  Bend to the right again, go up another 1/8” and bend to the left.  (Ears made)  If they are misshapen use your needle nosed pliers to squeeze them together and adjust.


4.     Measure ½” down from the second ear and curve the nose.  Lightly squeeze to make an indentation in the wire about 1/8” from the nose under the jaw. (Muzzle)  Grab the tip end with the pliers and curl up to create the jaw line. Reshape the horse with your hands.





5.     Use the pliers to open up the ear wire and hook onto the back ear.  Squeeze the wire closed.



6.     Repeat the steps to make another earring checking occasionally to verify that the earrings are as uniform as possible.  When attaching the ear wire to the second earring be sure and turn the horse head so that they are facing in opposite directions.

16 comments:

  1. These are adorable! Thank you so much for joining our Linky Party! Love your tutorial!

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  2. I'm not sure that I could actually make these by myself but I might try because I love copper and I really love horses! Such a cute idea.

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  3. I don't know if I would be talented enough to make these myself, but I love them ;o)

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  4. These are adorable! Any Horse Lover would love them! I just bought some wire to make name bracelets but didnt consider earrings! They are "Fab"!!

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    1. Oh by the way...hopped over from craft scrappy link party
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  5. Love this! Visit you from Pam's Party!

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  6. I Love horses! I am making these for my mom for Mother's Day. Thanks so much for linking up to our Sunday Round Up.
    xoxo
    Heather
    New Follower

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  7. Thanks for sharing this great idea with us at The Sunday Round Up.
    Rose
    @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  8. So unique and different.. Love it! thanks for linking up at friday fun party.. :)

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  9. Thank you so much for linking up on Dare to Share. Kara picked you horse earrings as her favorite of the week. She really wants to make own earrings now. I will be posting the features shortly.

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  10. I am featuring you at our link party this sunday! Come by and grab a feature button.
    xoxo
    Heather
    www.HeatherlyLoves.com

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  12. Great work! copper wire is really so flexible to make these kinds of ear rings.

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  13. I am am making these for my sisters birthday, but without the earnings. Part

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    1. Glad you like them, enjoy the tutorial :-)

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