The Chalice Earrings: A Wire Weaving Tutorial by Wendi of Door 44 Studios

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My Chalice Earrings are one of my most enduringly popular designs, and now you can make them yourself!

This 14-page tutorial contains more than 30 images and all the information you’ll need to make these classic chandelier earrings. I've even included detailed instructions for resizing the wire woven bead frame, so you can make these earrings fit virtually any size beads.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS: About 1-inch wide x 2-inches long. You can customize the length by simply modifying the way the bead frame is attached to the ear wire.

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner
This tutorial assumes you're familiar with the Modified Soumak Weave and that you're comfortable weaving pre-formed core wires. Other skills required are making wrapped loop links and working in very tight spaces.

If you're making these earrings in silver, you'll also need to be familiar with piercing your weave and securing focal beads to a bead frame. I don't explain those techniques in detail in this tutorial. However, I will be posting regular articles on technique my blog (door44studios.com), so be sure to sign up for my newsletter, if you haven't already done so.

You can preview this tutorial on my blog for free! This downloadable PDF version contains a lot of extra tips and tricks that aren't included in the free version along with a detailed discussion about resizing the wire woven bead frames and a quick reference resizing table for some common bead sizes. You'll also find a complete list of resources for the supplies I used to write this tutorial.

MATERIALS:
- 16ga half-hard (copper or sterling silver) wire - 3 inches
- 18ga half-hard (copper or sterling silver) wire - 5.5 inches
- 24ga half-hard (copper or sterling silver) wire - 30 inches (plus additional 10 inches, if using silver wire)
- 28ga dead soft (copper or fine silver) wire - 80 inches
- 14mm round beads - 2 each
- 3mm crystal roundel beads - 12 each
- delicate copper or sterling silver chain - about 2 inches
- ear wires of your choice

TOOLS:
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Round Nose Pliers
- Nylon Jaw Pliers
- Needle File
- Chasing Hammer
- Bench Block
- Steel Ring Mandrel
- Rubber (or Rawhide) Mallet
- Ruler
- Fine-point Permanent Marker
- Bead Calipers (optional)
- Bead Awl (if using silver wire)

USE GUIDELINES:
You may sell items you make from this tutorial, either as loose components or as part of your own handmade finished jewelry. If you do so, please credit Wendi Reamy, Door 44 Studios for the design.

I reserve the rights to all images and instructional content within this product listing and the downloadable PDF tutorial. The tutorial and design, including all images, are subject to copyright and are the sole property of Door 44 Studios. You may not copy, sell, or distribute this pattern under any circumstances.
My Chalice Earrings are one of my most enduringly popular designs, and now you can make them yourself!

This 14-page tutorial contains more than 30 images and all the information you’ll need to make these classic chandelier earrings. I've even included detailed instructions for resizing the wire woven bead frame, so you can make these earrings fit virtually any size beads.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS: About 1-inch wide x 2-inches long. You can customize the length by simply modifying the way the bead frame is attached to the ear wire.

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner
This tutorial assumes you're familiar with the Modified Soumak Weave and that you're comfortable weaving pre-formed core wires. Other skills required are making wrapped loop links and working in very tight spaces.

If you're making these earrings in silver, you'll also need to be familiar with piercing your weave and securing focal beads to a bead frame. I don't explain those techniques in detail in this tutorial. However, I will be posting regular articles on technique my blog (door44studios.com), so be sure to sign up for my newsletter, if you haven't already done so.

You can preview this tutorial on my blog for free! This downloadable PDF version contains a lot of extra tips and tricks that aren't included in the free version along with a detailed discussion about resizing the wire woven bead frames and a quick reference resizing table for some common bead sizes. You'll also find a complete list of resources for the supplies I used to write this tutorial.

MATERIALS:
- 16ga half-hard (copper or sterling silver) wire - 3 inches
- 18ga half-hard (copper or sterling silver) wire - 5.5 inches
- 24ga half-hard (copper or sterling silver) wire - 30 inches (plus additional 10 inches, if using silver wire)
- 28ga dead soft (copper or fine silver) wire - 80 inches
- 14mm round beads - 2 each
- 3mm crystal roundel beads - 12 each
- delicate copper or sterling silver chain - about 2 inches
- ear wires of your choice

TOOLS:
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Round Nose Pliers
- Nylon Jaw Pliers
- Needle File
- Chasing Hammer
- Bench Block
- Steel Ring Mandrel
- Rubber (or Rawhide) Mallet
- Ruler
- Fine-point Permanent Marker
- Bead Calipers (optional)
- Bead Awl (if using silver wire)

USE GUIDELINES:
You may sell items you make from this tutorial, either as loose components or as part of your own handmade finished jewelry. If you do so, please credit Wendi Reamy, Door 44 Studios for the design.

I reserve the rights to all images and instructional content within this product listing and the downloadable PDF tutorial. The tutorial and design, including all images, are subject to copyright and are the sole property of Door 44 Studios. You may not copy, sell, or distribute this pattern under any circumstances.


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Earrings: I use 20 gauge wire for all pierced ear wires and posts, unless otherwise stated in the product description. You'll also find the general length and width listed in the product description. When in doubt, convo me for clarification.

Necklaces: I specify both the chain length and the pendant drop in the product description. The chain length is measured from end to end. The pendant drop is measured from the bail (the point where the pendant attaches to the chain) to the bottom of the pendant.

Bracelets: The sizes stated in the product descriptions for bracelets indicate the inner circumference of the band. I can generally make any bracelet to a custom size. Convo me for more info on custom bracelet sizes.
I use raw, uncoated copper and silver wire, which is treated to achieve an aged patina unless a customer specifically requests a bright metal finish.

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