Sunday, March 25, 2012
Miniature Whisk Earring Tutorial And What I Am Wearing
After making 14 or more of these miniature whisks, experimenting with different wire gauge, and different methods of making them (glue, no glue, two pieces of wire, one, etc) I came up with a tutorial for what I feel is the easiest and prettiest way to make them. Would you like to know how?
Here is what you need:
Beading Wire (for durability, I used the widest gauge I could find)
Hook Wire Earring Findings
Needle Nose Jewelry Pliers
Flat Nose Jewelry Pliers
First you need to make the handles for your miniature whisks, like the two pictured above. Wrap your wire nice and tight around the end of your dowel. I wrapped it around 13 times for each handle. You will use your wire cutters to cut your wire, then use your flat nose pliers to fold the end of the wire nice and tight around dowel, so it will be nice and smooth with no sharp edges. Once you remove the spring you have made for the handle, you can use your flat nose pliers to squeeze it tighter together if you need to.
Now to make the whisk portion, you will take your wire and wrap it around your two fingers. I try to start out tight, and get gradually a littler looser as I wrap my fingers, wrapping at different angles as I go. This will make it easier to shape into a whisk at the end. You can wrap your fingers 4 or 5 times, I have made whisk with 4 loops, and 5 loops, and they both look adorable. Cut the wire once your done, and slide off your fingers.
Now that you have the wire off of your fingers, using your flat head pliers, crimp the end together only enough that it will be small enough to squeeze into your handle. You will be using the end of 1 or 2 of your whisk loops to attach your earring finding hook too.
Squeeze the end into your handle it should be nice and tight. If you used 5 loops instead of 4 for the whisk, you will have to pinch the ends in the step above closure and tighter together to fit them all into your handle, but they should all fit.
Now using your needle nose pliers open your earring finding loop and slide it into one or two of the loops that were created when you made the whisk portion. This will keep your whisk from ever falling apart, without having to use any glue or attempting to make them all in one piece of wire, which I tried several times, it's possible, but this is much easier and looks nicer.
Now for what I think is the hardest and most time consuming part, shaping the wire loops to look like a whisk. Sometimes this comes real easy, other times it takes several minutes to get it shaped right. No it doesn't need to be perfect, that's the beauty of handmade. Each one is a little unique. They remind me of my favorite old whisks handed down to me from my mom.
That's it,you are done, well you are done with one whisk, now repeat steps 2-6 to complete your pair of miniature whisk earrings! Of course you could use the whisk for making necklaces, charm bracelets, ornaments, whatever you like. You could probably even whisk up an omelet, but it would take a while
I decided to wear my new earrings out to dinner with the family. I wore them with my new $15 Ross dress that my husband picked out for me. I don't wear bold prints like this often, but it was fun. My hair has lightened up a lot. Missing the darker burgundy/purple. I am going to try and hold off until Summer before I change it again.
Sorry the pics are not that great, my batteries died unexpectedly on my camera so I had to take some quick phone pics before we rushed off to dinner with the kids.
If you try this tutorial out I would love to hear about it. You can come share your whisk earrings, projects, recipes and more at our Anything Goes Friday to Monday linky here at Bacon Time.
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