How To Make Your Own Ear Wires

How to make your own ear wires for earrings

You’ve made some cute resin earrings that you can’t wait to wear. But you need ear wires so you can wear them. Here’s how you can make French hook ear wires for a fraction of what it costs for you to buy them.

make your own ear wires

Supply list:

  • Needle nose or flat nose jewelry pliers
  • Chain nose jewelry pliers
  • Jewelry side cutters
  • 20 gauge wire
  • Fine jewelry file

Optional:

  • Planishing hammer
  • Anvil

making earrings

Step 1:  Position wire

Grasp the end of the silver wire about a third of the way from the end of the pliers.

chain nose pliers

Step 2:  Form a loop

Form a loop at the end of your wire using the chain nose pliers. Your circle should look like a lower case letter b.

forming wire

Step 3:  Form the larger loop

1. Hold the loop you have already formed down at 6 o’clock.
2. Bend the top of the wire around the pen to 12 o’clock.

forming earwires

3. Start coming down the other side until the wire is at about a 45-degree angle.

💡 Pro tip: I form the wire around a ballpoint pen. I don’t know the dimensions, but it creates a nice shape.

bending wire

Step 4:  Bend the end

As you hold the ear wire, slightly bend it where the bottom of the wire is the same as the bottom of the loop. Cut the wire about 2 to 3 millimeters away from this bend with your side cutters.

 

hammering silver wire

[OPTIONAL] Step 5:  Hammer the end

Use a planishing hammer (flat face) and hammer the end on a flat surface. This small anvil works excellent for this. Hammering the end makes the earring harder to fall out of someone’s ear.

hammered ear wire

This is the ear wire after hammering.

silver ear wires

For comparison, the ear wire on the left is hammered, and the one on the right isn’t.

filing silver wire

Step 6:  File the end

File the ends of your ear wires to remove any sharp edges.

resin earrings

Finally, attach your finished ear wires to your earrings. Wear proudly!

Another tip about how I make ear wires:

I use 20 gauge wire. While you can save money using a smaller gauge wire, a smaller diameter wire isn’t sturdy enough to hold earrings, especially if they’re heavy.

If you need a good earring project where you can use your newly made ear wires, then you will like this one:  easy resin charms project.

What other questions do you have about how to make your ear wires for earrings?

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10 thoughts on “How To Make Your Own Ear Wires

  1. I love ball head earwires, but I can’t find 20 gauge 2 inch or 2 1/2 inch ones anywhere to make my own earwires. If you’ve scoured the internet anymore than I have, could you give me a source that you’ve found?

    Many thanks!

    Deb

    1. Deb – I see this is fairly old, but I also see that there’s no source given for the individual longer ball-type headpins that I think you are asking about here. I find them at fusionbeads (and, no, I am not affiliated with them in any way other than as an occasional customer!)
      So if you’re still looking – or for anyone else looking – here’s a link:
      http://www.fusionbeads.com/search#!-ball-head-pins-%3b%3b-productsearch&ea_d=_1_ALL
      The “thickest” they seem to have are 21 gauge but that should be fine. (Everyone has different prefs!; lots of people like 20gauge but I have trouble getting them into my pierced ears, so I prefer 22 gauge anyway; I do hammer them a bit to work-harden but they are much easier to get into my own pierced ears!).
      of course only in silver and gold plated, not in sterling, those are shorter and thinner wires – I assume due to pricing issues.
      Good luck! I hope you’ve already found a source by now, but maybe this will help someone coming along later on 🙂

  2. @Deb,

    Do a search for 20 gauge sterling silver wire. You should get a couple of options to buy it in bulk. You will then need to cut the lengths yourself.

  3. Hoping you still are available for questions…

    For wire wrapping, 20, 22 and 24 gauge, are dead soft and half hard similar or is it really better to use dead soft?

    When in rose gold for example the hardness is not specified, why isn’t it?

    Thank you so much. Your explanations are great and very useful :))))))
    Evelyne

  4. @Evelyne, I am not a wire wrapping expert. Dead soft wire is easier to work with, but may stay too soft to hold wire wrapped designs. For gold wire when it is purchased, it should state whether or not it is rose gold or gold filled. You can assume the gold filled stuff is half hard, while pure metal would be dead soft.

  5. I would like to know where to purchase these empty lockets to make the resin earings and then make the wire so they can pierce the ears.
    Also what are these lockets/empty cubes called as seen in the demonstration?
    Thank you

  6. I am so having difficulties with making fishhook earrings and having the faux leather earrings hang straight. The wires keep breaking when I turn the loop 90 degrees which is what everyone says to do for hanging straight I can’t use any wire larger than 20 gauge as the ends to larger wire don’t fit into pierced holes. Any suggestions ?? If so THANK YOU

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