Had another fellow craftsman/woman ask me how I mass make earwires for earrings. I like to make them for the entire season at one time. I make a zillion sizes and shapes that I enjoy from oval hoops, to square to dainty little hooks. I load them on a piece of stainless steel wire in pairs so you don’t have to hunt for them in the tumbler. Now, I have a GI-Normus vibratory tumbler so my loop of wire is big. You can down-size this to fit the tumbler you own. The tumbler stiffens the earwire to be nice and sturdy and de-burrs the cut ends of the wire to they are nice and smooth. Go ahead and patina some too if you wish and toss them in the tumbler for a good 20 hours plus. Do not put anything else in your tumbler with these or a tangled up ball is the result.
March 30, 2011
Mass Making Earwire Findings