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    Hello my friends. Yet further advice requested! I want to make my own ear wires (not for me personally) and have made the basic but want to add a tight spiral just above the loop and bead, as in the cooksons and many other ones. I canít find any ready made spirals.....can one make them with fine wire and if so how can they be hardened so as not to unwind easily.
    Where would us amateur novices be without all of you?


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    I have a reel if very thin wire, and have tried doing this but the results were not to my satisfaction.
    So I would recommend these ear hooks from Cookson below with the front very thin and elegant.

    There are also alternatives at Rashbel https://www.bellorerashbel.co.uk/pro...lver+ear+wires
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    Do you mean these ones? https://www.cooksongold.com/Findings...res&channel=uk
    If so it’s a continuation of the earwire and coiling the wire hardens it even if you choose to do a separate wire. If you do that though you’ll have 2 ends whereas if you finish off the earwire with a coil there will only be one unfinished end to neaten off

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    Yes. That is exactly what I wanted to make myself! If both of your preferences it to buy ready made, I guess it probably isnít worth the time and effort to be too puritanical and try to diy! I might play around with 2 or 3 beads for fun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruedeleglise View Post
    Yes. That is exactly what I wanted to make myself! If both of your preferences it to buy ready made, I guess it probably isnít worth the time and effort to be too puritanical and try to diy! I might play around with 2 or 3 beads for fun.
    Im my opinion the kind of ear wires you're describing can be bought very cheaply and to be honest I think they make hand made earrings look cheap. Bizarrely it takes minutes to make interesting ear wires, much better to play and make something yourself I think.

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    I only make plain wires and will admit if I wanted these I would buy them. I would imagine you might have to redrill the bead to get the wire through twice, just all too fiddly

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    Quote Originally Posted by misspond View Post
    Im my opinion the kind of ear wires you're describing can be bought very cheaply and to be honest I think they make hand made earrings look cheap. Bizarrely it takes minutes to make interesting ear wires, much better to play and make something yourself I think.
    Being a bit creative and adventurous.....I should be bold...er.


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    Why? they're such an old and bead-y very amateur design.
    And cheap!
    In the scheme of things if you must use these hooks just buy them. It's not worth hours of your life to make them.

    If you are determined to make them this gizmo thingy helps churn out identical hooks and the other below tool smooths the end so you don't cut the ear

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    Somewhere there's a video showing how to make identical ones by doubling up the wire at its centre, making the hooks as one, and then cutting them apart. Dennis.

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    I Have made these many times, once you have made the main wire leaving space for the spiral just wind the ( annealed ) spiral on tightly, make sure the ends are smooths and round, it really takes no time at all. I have never had any issues,
    They are soft and will not unwind, as there is very little forces acting on them during wear that would cause them to come adrift.
    Once they are wound and in place grab your chain nose pliers and roll the ends in direction of the spiral this rolls the little end over.
    Last edited by china; 19-12-2020 at 02:11 AM.

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