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Earrings VISUAL Project Guide: Step-by-step instructions for 30 gorgeous designs by Chris Franchetti Michaels

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CHAPTER 2

Essential Techniques

This chapter reviews the basic jewelry making techniques used throughout this book. Look for references to this chapter at the beginning of each project.

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Basic Wirework

Wrap Wire

Work with Chain

Beadwork

Basic Wirework

Wirework skills are essential to most earring projects. You can use wire to make ear wires, form hoops, create connectors and drops, and wrap beads and other components. To learn even more wirework techniques, see the book Wire Jewelry VISUAL Quick Tips.

Select Wire for Earrings

When deciding which wire to use, consider the wire's gauge, metal type, shape, and temper. Although each project in this ...

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