How to Use Ear Wires for Jewelry Making - HarperCrown

How to Use Ear Wires for Jewelry Making
By: Leslie H.

Ear wires are key for making earrings. They are the part of the earring that goes through the pierced ear and can be made from a variety of materials, including gold-filled and sterling silver. Understanding how to use ear wires effectively can elevate your jewelry-making skills and allow you to create custom, professional-looking earrings.


Fish Hooks: Probably the most common type, fish hook ear wires have a simple, curve that goes through the ear, often ending in a small coil or ball.

Lever Backs: These ear wires offer more security with a lever that opens and closes to secure the earring in place. They're ideal for heavier earrings or for those who prefer extra assurance that their earrings won't fall out.

Stud Posts: While not technically ear wires, stud posts can be used with a loop or jump ring to hang designs below the earlobe. They come with a backing to secure them in place.

Kidney Wires: Named for their shape, kidney wires have a latching mechanism that makes them more secure than fish hooks but easier to use than lever backs.

Hoop Wires: These are small hoops that can open to allow dangles or beads to be added before being closed up again.
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When selecting ear wires, consider the material not only for its aesthetic but also for its hypoallergenic properties. Sterling silver and gold-filled ear wires are popular for their beauty and less likely to cause reactions for those with sensitive skin. Nickel-free options are also important to consider for those with allergies.


To start making earrings, you’ll need some basic tools and materials:

Ear Wires: Choose based on your design and comfort preference from the above types of ear wires.

Pliers: Round-nose, flat-nose, and wire-cutting pliers will help you work the wire and open or close loops.

Charms, Beads, or Findings:
These will form the decorative part of your earring and will be the center of your design. 
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Jump Rings: These small rings will help you attach your beads or charms to the ear wires if needed.
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Step 1. Open the Loop: Use your flat-nose pliers to gently open the loop at the bottom of the ear wire. It's important to twist the loop open rather than pulling it apart to maintain its shape.

Step 2. Attach the Charm: Hook the charm onto the ear wire's loop.

Step 3. Close the Loop: Carefully close the loop on the ear wire, ensuring it's fully secured to prevent the charm from slipping off.


When making a pair of earrings, ensure both are as identical as possible. This includes the length of dangles and the size of beads. Use high-quality ear wires to not only elevate the look of your earrings but also ensure they are durable and comfortable for the wearer. Working with small components can be difficult. Practice makes perfect. 


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