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Diamond Beaded Chandeliers

Instructions for making Diamond Beaded Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

  

 

 

These earrings are a relatively easy jewelry making project and yet with the right combination of beads in the bead dangles, the final result can be quite striking.  Given the current popularity of chandelier earrings, they are an excellent beginner to intermediate jewelry making project. 

Diamond Chandelier Beaded Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry wire.    Earrings jewelry making project using jewelry tools, wire jewelry supplies and beads.
Diamond Chandelier Earrings

Jewelry Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Any WigJig jewelrytool
  • 4 metal pegs
  • 30 minutes of free time

 

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for Diamond Chandelier Earrings out of beads and jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a piece of 20g jewelry wire 3 1/2 inches long. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire (the end with the flush cut). 

Step 3:  Place four pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool in the pattern shown below left.  Place the loop in the wire over the top peg in the pattern.  This pattern will work on the Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tool as well as the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool.  Later in these instructions we will provide the pattern for the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool.

Step 4:  Make a loop around the furthest right peg as shown below, center.

Step 5:  Remove the wire from the jewelry making jig and replace it in the mirror image position as shown below, right.

Completed Diamond Chandelier Beaded Earrings jewelry making project

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Step 6:  Now wrap the wire around the bottom peg in the pattern, as shown at right.

Step 7:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and place it back on in the mirror image position as shown below, left.

Step 8:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the left most peg in the pattern, as shown below, center. 

Step 9:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the top peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below, right.  At this point, you will have two loops around the top peg, the initial loop, and the final loop that you just completed. 

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Step 10:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire tail off.  Close the loop at the top.  This completes the basic diamond chandelier wire component that forms the body of this earring. 
 

Earrings jewelry making project using jewelry tools, wire jewelry supplies, wire and beads.   
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Step 11:  The easiest way to complete these earrings is to turn this jewelry wire component upside down so that the two loops that were on top, now become the bottom.  (Please note that this was not the way the earring at right was completed.)  With these two loops on the bottom, you can connect the top loop directly to one of your ear wire findings by opening the loop in the ear wire finding using your chain nose pliers.  After adding the loop to the ear wire finding, close the loop in the ear wire finding.  The two loops combined are likely to be too large to easily connect to the ear wire finding, but the single loop can do this easily.  In the following section, we will describe how to make the modified figure 8 connector used in the earrings at right.
 

Finished Diamond Chandelier Earrings jewelry making project.

 

Step 12:  Now complete this earring by hanging three bead dangles from each of the bottom loops in the diamond chandelier wire component.  Each bead dangle should be about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch long.  In the earrings upper, right, I used Topaz Light size 11 seed beads as spacers between two 4mm Amethyst Light and one 6mm Amethyst beads.  There are many variations on this color pattern that can work.  For high end earrings you can use gold-filled metal beads instead of seed beads.  The combination of Amethyst Light and Amethyst beads can work with Czech glass, fire polished beads, or with Swarovski, Austrian cut glass crystals, and the color combination can be changed to Sapphire and Sapphire-Light, or Rose and Rose-Light, or any other pair of complementary colors.

Earrings jewelry making project using WigJig jewelry tools, wire jewelry supplies and beads.

Alternative Jewelry Making Designs: 

 

The first alternative to this jewelry making project is that this pattern can be made in a variety of sizes on the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool.  The peg pattern for these round hole pattern jewelry making jigs is shown at right.  By moving all of the pegs in or out one or more pegs, you can change the size of this wire component.  This demonstrates one of the advantages of the round hole pattern jewelry making jigs that we call scaling.  You can make this component in a variety of sizes. 
 

Peg pattern on WigJig Cyclops jewelry tools showing jewelry wire pattern for Diamond Chandelier Earrings.
Peg Pattern for WigJig  Cyclops or Electra

 

The second alterative to this jewelry making project is wrapping of the jewelry wire component just before the beginning and ending loop with fine gauge wire.  Using 24, 26 or 28G wire, you can wrap the fine gauge wire around the 20G jewelry wire adjacent to the two loops as shown at right.  This has the effect of soldering or gluing this wire together and can add a decorative accent when done in a complimentary colored wire. 

Instructions for making alternative design of Diamond Chandelier Earrings using jewelry wire.

 

 

Another alternative jewelry making project is to connect the two beginning and ending loops in the diamond chandelier wire component to your ear wire by a modified figure 8 connector.  The steps for making this modified figure 8 connector are provided in the following section.  Both of the earrings shown at right use this modified figure 8 connector.

Instructions for making an alternative design of Diamond Chandelier Earrings using beads and jewelry supplies.

Making a Right Angled Figure 8 Connector out of jewelry wire:

First let's discuss why you would want to make a modified figure 8 connector.  This might seem like a lot of unnecessary work, but the rational is simple.  You want your earring body to hang in the same orientation as it would normally hang if it were directly connected to your ear wire finding.  With a normal figure 8 connector, the earring body wire component will normally hang in a plane parallel with the ear wire finding.  In this case, we want the earring body to hang perpendicular to the ear wire finding.  To make this happen we use the right angled figure 8 connector shown in two views below, right. 

Begin making this component by cutting a piece of wire about 1 1/2 inches long and making an eye loop in the end of this wire.  Now grasp the eye loop with your chain nose pliers at the point where the loop becomes the wire tail and bend the wire in a plane perpendicular to the eye loop.  This sounds complicated, but you just grasp the eye loop and bend the wire against the jaws of the chain nose pliers.  The end result will appear as shown below, left.  Now grasp the wire tail, adjacent to the bend you just made with your round nose pliers and make a loop in the wire.  Making the loop is a two step process as you will need to re-orientate your pliers mid-way through this step.  The completed loop will appear as shown below, center.  Finally cut the excess jewelry wire and close the loop.  The finished connector will appear as shown below, right.

Eye Loop jewelry making finding made out of jewelry wire.
Eye Loop

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Completed right angled figure 8 connector made out of jewelry wire.  Side view of right angle figure 8 connector made out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.
Right Angled
Figure 8
Connector

 

Alternative Jewelry Making Design made with common jewelry supplies:

This alternative design for the Diamond Chandelier earrings jewelry making project uses two short segments of commercial chain to increase the length of the earrings, but uses shorter bead dangles.  The project is made in exactly the same manner as the design sabove until Step 8.  Complete Step 8, but do not use Step 9.  Instead, proceed as discussed below.
 

Alternative design to Diamond Chandelier Earrings made out of jewelry wire and beads.

 

Step 9a:  After completing Step 8, remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and flip it over, replacing it on the jig.  The wire will now be in the position shown at right.  (For the earrings shown above right, I used a wire component made on the WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool using the peg pattern shown at right.)

Step 10a:  With the wire still on the jewelry making jig, grab the wire tail and bend it up, while holding the jewelry wire component down on the jig.  The goal is that the wire tail should be pointing straight up. 

Step 11a:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig.  Grasp the wire just below the initial loop with your chain nose pliers in a manner that holds both the wire tail and the wire between the first and second loops (now on the left in the picture at right).  While holding these two wire segments, bend the wire tail over so that it crosses the top loop.  The wire will appear as shown below, right-center.


 

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Step 12a:  Re-grasp the jewelry wire with your chain nose pliers and bend it around the initial loop so that it makes one complete loop. 

Step 13a:  Cut the excess wire and press the wire tail flat.  Squeeze the wire component in nylon jaw pliers or with your fingers to flatten the wire. 

Instructions for making Diamond Chandelier Beaded Earrings step 12 made with WigJig jewelry making tools.
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Instructions for making Diamond Chandelier Beaded Earrings step 13 made with beads and other jewelry supplies. 
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Step 14a:  Cut two 1/2 inch segments of commercial chain. 

Step 15a:  Using a piece of 24g jewelry wire about 2 1/2 inches long, make a wrapped bead link to connect the top of the wire component you completed in step 13a to one of the segments of commercial chain. 

Step 16a:  Open the loop on an ear wire finding and connect the top of the commercial chain segment to the ear wire finding.  Then close the loop in the ear wire finding. 

Step 17a:  Now with three head-pins, add three bead dangles to the three bottom loops in the wire component.  I used 6mm Swarovski crystal beads for the bead dangles.  At this point, your earring should appear as shown at right.  Make a second earring and you are done with this jewelry making project. 

This wrapped loop wire component is more difficult to make than the wire component that we competed above.  It may be easier to make the above earrings using the wire component made earlier.  This will work fine.  Make two of the wire components using the earlier pattern and then jump to Step 14a above.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

In our instructions above, we provided two designs for making earrings using this diamond jewelry wire component.  These earrings are relatively easy to make.  The resulting earrings are unique and if you use nice beads, like the Swarovski glass crystal beads shown here, the earrings can be quite attractive. 
 

Completed Diamond Chandelier Earrings jewelry making project

 

 



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