Jewelry 101 – Making Earwires

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27 Responses to Jewelry 101 – Making Earwires

  1. Roni Seabury says:

    What a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing

  2. estela says:

    very cool tutorial!

  3. PurrPrints says:

    Very nice tutorial with clear helpful pictures–thanks for sharing this info with everyone :)

  4. Hilary says:

    Great tutorial … especially because you’re not using anything fancy.

    Too bad I’m just too lazy! *lol*

  5. Lois says:

    Found you through a Google search for copper wire. I love tutorial blogs. Will come back again to see what you are up to.

  6. Leah says:

    thanks for all the comment love! I have a few more tutorials in the works, let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like to see.

  7. Marisa says:

    I love this tutorial! I’m only just getting into jewelry making and have been dying to make earrings (just for personal use, not business). This tutorial makes earring wire bending look so easy… But I’m sure it only looks easy because you are a jewelry master!!!

  8. Wendy says:

    What a cool tutorial, Leah. You know, I always make my earwires one at a time…never occured to me to do the pair at the same time on the mandral! LOL Nice tip. :)

  9. Jill Simandl says:

    I just made a set and wow was that easy. You made it so simple!
    Thank You

  10. Leah says:

    I’m so glad my tutorial was helpful!

  11. Beth says:

    These are great! I’ve tried different kinds of patterns, and these are nice and have great illustrations.

  12. Sharon says:

    Love this, it’s fun to find out what kind of sophisticated tools you use, like a chapstick or pen. ;-)

  13. Leah says:

    yeah well, I’m all about the fancy tools!! chapstick is one of my favorites. ;)

  14. ONUR says:

    Good idea but what about copper poisoning ?

    You should use wires that you are 100% sure that isn’t poisonous. Heavy metal poisoning does not occur simultenaously. Happens in years

  15. Leah says:

    Copper is not poisonous. I don’t know where you heard that it was, but that is absolutely not true. While it can irritate some people’s skin or turn your skin green, it is completely safe to wear. Copper is an ingredient in sterling silver and 14 karat gold, so even if you are wearing precious metal wires, there is some copper coming in contact with your skin.

  16. Sarah says:

    This site says otherwise about copper poisoning.

    Sterling silver is an alloy, and therefore has different properties than pure silver or copper.

  17. Leah says:

    That site doesn’t really say anything about copper poisoning except that it’s an overdose of copper – you can overdose on vitamin A, but you aren’t going to hear people say that carrots are poisonous because the contain vitamin A. Copper is commonly used in jewelry as well as copper pots for cooking. I would think if you could get copper poisoning from contact with the metal, it would be far more dangerous to use copper cookware than to wear a copper accessory. I will do some research, but honestly, I am 100% certain that it is safe to wear copper jewelry. If you don’t think it’s safe, don’t wear it.

  18. Leah says:

    Also, it is possible to overdose on silver too – there are drinkable silver tinctures that people take for some kind of ailment, and I’ve heard of cases where that is toxic. It’s very different to consume metal than to touch it, which is probably why it is safe to wear silver jewelry but not necessarily safe to eat silver.

  19. e liquid says:

    Really nice work. Your rings look similar to rings sold at Renassaince Festival made by local artisans. I’ve always wanted to buy one, but talked myself out of it because they’re so expensive. Now I can just make my own.

  20. Debbie says:

    Copper is a naturally occurring element in your body. The FDA even recommends a certain amount to ingest each day.

    That being said, I wouldn’t eat copper jewelry. Since the FDA recommends we eat small amounts of copper daily, I can’t imagine that wearing it would cause problems for 99% of the population.

  21. Mary says:

    That link isn’t even an article about anything! It’s a medical encyclopedia that that says the definition of copper poisoning is an overdose of copper. Duh! The definition of any kind of poisoning is an overdose of the thing in question. Brilliant. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using copper in jewelry. If you have a sensitivity to it, don’t wear it. Most jewelry designers will be happy to replace copper ear wires with sterling silver (still containing copper) if you request it.

  22. Leah says:

    e liquid – I’m assuming you meant earrings? It does take some practice, of course, to get good at it, but I think it’s a lot of fun.

    Thanks Debbie and Mary for the copper info.

  23. Cher says:

    Simple & easy to follow for those who want to make their own earwires out of any metal (not just copper), Leah ;) I’ve been making my own earwires for ages, and only buy when I need leverbacks.

    In fact copper has positive properties, such as copper jewlery being worn to alleviate aches & pains by those who suffer from arthiritis! Anyone who can’t wear copper because it turns their skin green or has an allergic reaction probly already knows that, and would opt for silver or gold. I can’t imagine why one would consider it unsafe or poisonous, unless they intend on swallowing the earwires, sheesh! lol

  24. Glitzer says:

    I have always been buying ear wires from suppliers… great to know how to make them on my own! Totally fab tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!!

  25. Wanda K says:

    hey now thats kool,will b makin`some soon!!

  26. digart says:

    The copper poison referred to is from ingesting (eating). In some areas of the world,like the Caribbean,a common cause of fish poisioning is by eating fish that has ingested a large amount of copper from certain areas, feeding banks, etc in the ocean. Just like you can get mercury poisioning from eating too much contaminated salmon,etc.

  27. Raevyn says:

    I worked in health-care for many years before becoming a goldsmith and can tell you that many doctors recommend copper bracelets for people who have arthritis in their hands. Leah is also correct in stating that there is copper in sterling silver (it’s what causes the majority of the tarnishing….the copper oxidizing) and in any yellow gold less than 24K. Copper is added to fine silver to make it stronger as fine silver is very soft and not really suitable for rings as it bends and scratches easily. The green color on skin people may experience while wearing copper bracelets or even sterling silver is a reaction caused by the ph level of the skin of the wearer…everyone reacts a little differently. It seldom is caused by a sensitivity or allergy reaction. If someone is sensitive or allergic, they are much more likely to experience itching or a rash than just a discoloration. Great tutorial Leah….sorry someone had to try and panic everyone :o)

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