My first tutorial EVER. I'd love your feedback on it!
I decided this design was simple enough to do with just pictures. It is to make the frames for the copper moonstone earrings I made last week.
The wire that I used to make the 'loop' part is a small skewer that is used to sew turkeys closed at Thanksgiving - but any smooth, straight, rigid item of the appropriate size will work.
You will also see one of the mandrels that I purchase from the hardware store pipe section. I like to have these in a variety of sizes since they are lighter to take with me than my steel ring mandrel. Anything round of the right size will work. My pipe fitting is 3/4" inside diameter so it makes 1" hoops.
Last, but not least, the earring frame is 20g wire and the wraps are 24g, but I think there is room to change it a little.
I hope you enjoy it! I found this design really simple and fun to make. There is also more information, if you scroll to earlier posts - about work hardening and tumbling these (which help alot!)
I recommend you mouse over the picture, right click on the picture and select open in new tab. Then you can zoom in on the picture by clicking on it. This worked for me with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome browsers.