I adore the look of hammered jewelry – and since it seems like it’s gaining popularity these days, I decided to make some boho-chic copper handmade earrings for myself, and I so love how it turned out!
- Darice 16 Gauge Copper Wire
- Darice 26 Gauge Craft Wire
- Darice Fish Hook Earrings
- Darice Jump Rings
- Darice Venezia Rondelle Crystal Beads
- Dangle Stone Beads
- Hammer, Bench Block or Anvil
- Wire Cutters
- Flat Nose & Round Nose Pliers
Step 1. To begin your handmade earrings, make a loop on the wire using your round-nose pliers, and then make a bend about 1/3″ away using your flat-nose pliers.
Step 2. Make three other bends, forming a rectangle. Consider the bead accent you will be using for the width of the earring before bending and forming the width of the rectangle. Cut off the excess wire, about 1-2 mm away from the loop.
Step 3. Form two pieces – to make similar, use the first formed rectangle as a guide to forming your second one. They should be about the same size, but since we aren’t using an exact pattern or a jig, don’t worry if it’s not exactly the same.
Step 4. Use a hammer and a bench block or anvil to flatten your wire. You will want to go in and hammer the top side first by opening the rectangle before hammering the loop and the cut end (do not hammer both on top of each other or you will have ugly dents to the wire). Close the rectangle again and begin hammering the bottom corners. Hammer the back parts as well. If your wire starts to look deformed, use your fingers to shape it back into a rectangle.
This is a comparison between the unhammered wire and the hammered wire – notice the hammered wire looks slightly bigger and flatter. If you are using a new hammer, chances are your wire won’t have texture like mine since I was using a hammer with dents on the head already, which gave my piece a nice texture. You can also achieve this by repeatedly hammering the wire – caution though, over-hammering the wire will cause it to harden and not be as workable.
Step 5. Using your thin wire, begin wrapping on one side of the rectangle as you would with string, about three times. Use your flat-nose pliers to tighten the wire while wrapping as you will want to have tight wraps on the rectangle.
Step 6. Choose your accent beads – I used some multicolored faceted seed beads, but there are a multitude of options out there! Be creative and mix and match different beads to get different looks for your handmade earrings. Thread your accent beads onto the wire like so.
Step 7. After threading your accent beads onto the wire, wrap the wire like you did in step 5 for about 3 times again, and cut off the excess. It should be easier to wrap the end wire as there is more resistance since the other end is held down on the rectangle piece already. Make one or a few rows of seed beads – I liked my handmade earrings with two.
Step 9. Wrap your bead on the bottom of the rectangle as tight as you can, wrapping one wire outwards to the left and the other outwards to the right, so you can create bead charm that looks balanced on either side.
Now you have a set of boho earrings perfect for summer! You can even omit the dangling stone bit to make this project easier, but I feel like it’s a really great addition to the handmade earrings that make it look unique.