Barbed wire has gone luxe! Modeled off of the aptly named named Jackie Ouch earrings from Tom Binns, I love the rugged and rough wire with lady-like beads. These easy-to-DIY earrings take very basic jewelry making skills like wire wrapping, which is a good technique to try. Feeling ambitious? Make yourself an entire necklace with the same steps!
Tools and materials:
10 mm pearl beads
18 gauge craft wire
24 gauge head pins (tip-- pearls often have very small holes to drilled through them, so you'll need a narrower head pin of 22 or higher gauge)
2 jump rings (4mm) (optional)
Round nose, chain nose jewelry pliers, and wire clippers
Cut a piece of wire a few inches long with the wire clippers. Grip with the round nose pliers, leaving half a centimeter straight. Begin twisting it around one of the round nose plier jaws. Continue to wrap the wire around the pliers, rotating it to create an even coil. After a few wraps, clip the wire. Repeat to make a second barbed wire coil.
Slide the pearl and coil onto the head pin. Grip the pin about half a centimeter above wire coil, then bend and twist the pin to create a loop. Trim the excess pin wire. Repeat for the second pearl.
Use pliers to open up the loop at the end of the ear wire, then attach to the loop on the pearl, closing the loop.
Let me know if you try making these Tom Binns inspired DIY earrings! I love them and wore mine all day and they didn't poke me at all. Happy making!