Limerick Earrings Instructions Designed by Pat, Artbeads Creative Services Team
An amazing wire weave and spiraling shapes create a cheerful look in these unique hoop earrings. Pat from the Artbeads Creative Services Team used the modified Soumak weave with Artbeads Designer Wire to create these earrings, and even incorporated TOHO triangle beads, for even more texture and color. Learn this weave and start making earrings, bracelets, and so much more.
Step one: For a video tutorial on how to achieve the weave for these earrings, see this Artbeads Cafe episode. Wind about three yards of 30 gauge Artbeads Designer Wire in Peridot onto a bobbin. Make sure not to kink your wire while doing this.
Step two: Cut three 6-inch pieces of 20 gauge Artbeads Designer Wire in Silver. Use nylon jaw pliers to straighten the wires so they lay parallel to each other with minimum gaps, but make sure the ends do not cross each other. You can use masking tape to hold them together or insert the ends into a wooden ring wire clamp from Artistic Wire.
Step three: Leaving a tail of about two inches on your base wires, weave the three base wires together using the modified Soumak weave and your 30 gauge wire. Weave for about one inch.
Step four: Slip a TOHO 8/0 triangle bead in metallic moss iris onto the outer base wire, then weave the inner two base wires together for the width of the bead. For our earring, this was three rows of weave. This amount will change depending on what type of beads you incorporate.
Step five: Weave two rows back and forth across all three base wires after the bead. Repeat steps four and five until you have added in five triangle beads. Then, weave all three wires together for one inch.
Step six: Pull the outer base wire to the side slightly and continue weaving the remaining two wires together for about 1.25 inches. Then, wrap the 30 gauge wire just around the last wire five to six times. This will be your inner most base wire. Trim.
Step seven: Remove your piece from the ring clamp, or remove the tape if you used masking tape. Wrap the starting tail of 30 gauge wire around the inner base wire a few times to secure.
Step eight: Using round nose pliers, form a wrapped loop on the center base wire.
Step nine: Using round nose and nylon jaw pliers, curl the other two base wire ends into spirals. You can then curve the hoop of your earring to your liking, as pictured here:
Step ten: Wrap the two-strand section at the end of the weave around the wrapped loop on the center base wire to hide it. Bend it gracefully down to a good stopping place. Trim the wires to about one inch if necessary and form them into spirals:
Step eleven: Open the loop on the sterling silver French hook earwire with coil and attach it to the wrapped loop at the top of your hoop. Close the loop. Repeat steps one through eleven to make the other earring.