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Wired Christmas Tree

Instructions for making Wired Christmas Tree Ornament out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

 

 

This Christmas tree is an interesting wire design that can be used either as an ornament for a tree, or made slightly smaller, can be used as a dangle for earrings.   This project is easy to complete for an experienced beginner or intermediate wire crafter.  If made smaller, this ornament can be made into earrings and becomes a holiday jewelry making project.

 

Christmas tree earringsmade with beads, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies.     Christmas tree earringsmade with WigJig jewelry tools using beads, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies.
Wire & Beads Christmas Tree

        Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 18 inches of 18G soft jewelry wire
  • 3 inches of 20G soft jewelry wire
  • Five 6mm beads
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool
  • Spiral Maker Tool for jig
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutters
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Step-by-Step Instructions for making jewelry wire Christmas Ornaments:


Step 1:  Cut and straighten an 18" long piece of soft jewelry wire.  Artistic Wire in any color can be used.


Step 2:  Using any WigJig jewelry tool and the associated Spiral Maker tool, make a large spiral as shown at right.  Insert the jewelry wire into the spiral maker slightly further than normal to leave about 1" vertical stem from the center of the spiral and a 3 1/2 inch wire tail.  Instructions for making the spiral on the Spiral Maker can be found here.



Step 3:  Using round nose pliers or fine step jaw pliers, make a loop in the jewelry wire tail, 1/2 to 3/4 inch from the spiral.  Make the loop vertical or in the same direction as the wire from the center of the spiral.








Step 2 to instructions for making Christmas tree earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools.
     
Step 2
Make the Spiral



Step 3 to instructions for making Christmas tree earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry making supplies.

Step 3
Make Loop in Wire Tail



Step 4:  Using the wire stem from the center of the spiral, make a loop in the stem about 1/8 to 1/4 inch above the spiral, as shown at right.

Step 4 to instructions for making Christmas tree earrings made with beads, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies.

Step 4
Make a Loop in the Center Wire


Step 5:  Now make a spiral using your round nose pliers and chain nose pliers in the wire tail.  You will not be able to use the Spiral Maker tool to make this spiral.  Start by making a small loop, then grasp the loop with your chain nose pliers and bend the wire around the loop to make the spiral.  Make the spiral so that it points down, or away from the loop at the top of the spiral.  When completed the figure should look as shown at right. 


Christmas tree earrings jewelry making project step 5 made with common jewelry making tools.
     
Step 5
Make Spiral in Wire Tail


Step 6:  Grasp the wire tail where it connects to the spiral with your chain nose pliers and bend the wire with your fingers so that the bottom spiral and loop that you just made are now in the center of the spiral.  You will probably need to pull the spiral open slightly to make this happen.  See the picture at right.

Christmas tree earrings step 6 made with beads, jewelry tools and jewelry supplies.

Step 6
Center the Bottom Spiral






Step 7:  Now grasp the top loop in one hand and the bottom spiral in the other and pull the spiral apart.  Using your fingers space the loops of the spiral so that the separation is even. 

Instructions for making Christmas tree earrings step 7 made with WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry supplies.

Step 7
Pull the Spiral Apart




Step 8:  Cut and straighten a 3" piece of 20G soft jewelry wire.  This piece of wire will become the trunk of the tree.

Step 9: Make an eye loop in one end of this 20G jewelry wire.  Instructions for making an eye loop can be found here.

Step 10:  Open the Eye loop so that you can ultimately connect it to the small bottom loop that you made in step 3.  Instructions for opening and closing loops can be found here

Step 11:  Thread five 6mm beads onto this 20G jewelry wire. 

Finished Christmas tree earrings jewelry making project made with beads, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies.
     
Finished Christmas Tree
with Red and Green Beads


Step 12:  Position the 20G jewelry wire up the center of the spiral with the free end (no loop) going out the hole in center of the top of the spiral.  Place the open loop on the 20G jewelry wire into the loop at the bottom of the spiral (made in step 3) and close the open loop in the 20G wire. 

Step 13:  Grasp the 20G jewelry wire at the top of the Christmas tree, where it exits the hole at the top of the spiral with chain nose or bent chain nose pliers and bend the wire 90 degrees. 

Step 14:  While holding the 20G jewelry wire in chain nose or round nose pliers make one or more loops in the 20G wire around the wire leading to the top loop in the Christmas tree.  Cut any excess wire and press the cut wire tail flat with your chain nose pliers. 

Finished Christmas tree earrings jewelry making project made with crystal beads, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies.

Finished Christmas Tree
 with Crystal Beads


You can find a pattern for making a hanger here or you can use any pattern for an ear wire.

This design can be made larger than shown here by using 24 inches of wire instead of 18".  You will need to remove the jewelry wire from the spiral maker when it gets to the size shown here and continue adding wire loops to the spiral with your fingers.  Because the wire is soft, this is easy to do.  Hold the spiral tightly in the fingers of one hand and bend the wire around the spiral in small increments with your other hand.  You will need to bend a little, then re-grip the spiral and bend some more.  After making the larger spiral, all the other steps remain basically the same.

Good luck with your ornament or earrings!

 

 

 

 

 

 



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