How to Make Beaded “Guitar String” Hoop Earrings

Wilton Vinck

I have been admiring the neat guitar string jewellery that retains popping up on line. As a jewelry maker, I would love to make my own. But regrettably, I absence the most very important component–the guitar strings. (Oh, what to do? Give up? Nope.) For this project, I switch Memory Wire and Spring Bracelets into my personal style of guitar-string earrings. It is simple, it is fun, and if I can do it, you can too! Study on to master how.

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The loop of most ear wires is parallel with the hook, which performs properly for appeal dangles. But for large hoop earrings, I like to twist the ear wire loop perpendicular to the ear hook. Modifying the path of the earring loop will enable the hoops to hang parallel to the aspect of your experience.

Listed here is a visual comparison of the ahead of-and-just after earring hooks the hook on the remaining is as is, and the earring hook on the suitable has an altered (twisted 90 degrees) loop.

Use significant-duty Memory Wire cutters to clip off a one loop of wire. The large-obligation wire cutters stand up to the wear and tear of chopping steel Memory Wire. Never use your regular facet cutters for the reason that the steel wire may permanently injury their slicing edge.

The minimize Memory Wire loop will be the foundation for a massive-hoop earring. As its name implies, Memory wire remembers its form this would make it the perfect product for this jewelry challenge.

The spring bracelet wire has two distinctive ends the blunt open spring conclude and the pointed conclude. The pointy stop suits snugly within the open conclude.

String the blunt end of the spring onto the coil of Memory Wire until eventually it butts up in opposition to the pointy stop. (You may want to use a next piece of wire to thrust the reduce wire coil into the spring.)

Use semi-flush side cutters to minimize off the excess spring where the Memory Wire coil finishes. To prevent compressing the open conclude of the spring, extend the spring and insert the cutter jaw, then slice the wire. A thoroughly clean blunt minimize will guarantee the spring finishes will continue to match together.

Now string beads on to the pointy conclude of the spring. Here is the beading pattern I made use of: two metal heishi beads, one particular black glass E-bead, one white glass E-bead, one yellow glass E-bead, 16 sea-eco-friendly E-beads, 1 yellow glass E-bead, one white glass E-bead, a person black glass E-bead, and two metallic heishi beads.

Measurement 6 E-beads have a bead hole ranging in dimension from 1.3 to 1.7mm, so some beads may not healthy the 1.4mm spring. To treatment the problem, use a bead reamer to enlarge the bead holes. Bead reamers have fine diamond-coated guidelines that file away the glass surface insert the reaming device in the bead hole and twist even though keeping the bead stationary. With E-beads, you can ream more than a single bead at a time, just be guaranteed to switch the positions of the beads to achieve even bead holes.

Beadalon Bead Reamer, Battery Operated

Even though bead reaming isn’t anyone’s preferred job, it is additional satisfying with Beadalon’s Battery-Operated Bead Reamer. The bead reamer is light-weight, arrives with two reaming ideas, and operates on two AA batteries (not included).

For most components, we recommend that you submerge the merchandise in a little total of drinking water and work alternately from the two sides of the bead. Submerging the item in a little bit of drinking water assists avoid dust and retains the bead interesting.
By doing the job from equally finishes of the bead, you can enlarge the gap to the sizing you will need.

Listed here is an alternate fabrication method! Do your most well-liked beads have scaled-down holes? Not a fan of bead reaming? Try out this, string the beads instantly on to the Memory Wire and then slash the spring bracelet to the size of the remaining wire hole.

Complete stringing the beads on the springy coil hoop, and then incorporate an earring hook.

To link the wire finishes, just “backspin” just before you screw the ends jointly. The spring ends remain with each other incredibly well, but if you are apprehensive about the spring coming apart, include a dot of glue at the joint and allow it to dry.

The springy coil is virtually seamless, but under near inspection, the sign up for spot is seen. To cover the link, slide the beads along the coil hoop until eventually they include the joint.

Just one beaded “guitar string” hoop earring done–perfect!

Repeat the ways to make the next earring.

“Pendleton Skies” Guitar-String Hoop Earrings by Rings & Things designer Mollie Valente.


Want to understand more about spring bracelets and the mystery of the “backspin”? Enjoy the Rings & Factors video clip ‘How to “Backspin” a Springy “Piano Wire” Bracelet’ showcasing Rings & Things designer Rita Hutchinson! Right here is a link to the movie: out?v=olrvXJH9nYM

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Edited to update hyperlinks 2/2022

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