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Twisted Cross Earrings

Instructions for making Twisted Cross Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.

Twisted Cross Wire and Beads Pendants and Earrings Jewelry Making Projects made with WigJig tools and jewelry supplies.

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  If you like the religious significance of the cross, this may be a great jewelry project allowing you to show your religious affiliation with a simple pair of earrings.  

Twisted Cross Wire and Beads Pendants and Earrings Jewelry Making Projects

Jewelry Supplies Required:

  • 10 inches of 20G soft jewelry wire
  • Ear Wire finding

 

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool,
  • Flush Cutter
  • Round nose pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers are desired but not required. 

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire using flush cutter jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to make a loop in jewelry wire using round nose pliers jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to use a WigJig jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire components. 
     
  • Ability to use bent chain nose pliers jewelry tool to open and close loops in jewelry wire.

 

Step-by-step instructions for making Twisted Cross earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut 10 inches of 20G jewelry wire.  Using your round nose pliers make a loop in the end of the wire.  While holding the loop, pull the wire repeatedly through your fingers, or preferably through the jaws of the round nose pliers until it is straight.

Instructions for making Twisted Cross Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.





Step 2:  Position the pegs on the WigJig Cyclops jewelry making tool as shown at left.  Please note the numbers for these pegs at right.  These numbers will be used in the following directions.

 

 

Instructions for making Twisted Cross Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool.

Instructions for making Twisted Cross Earrings out of jewelry wire and beads Step 3


Step 3.  Position the loop in the 20G jewelry wire on the bottom peg in the cross peg pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left (peg 1).  Please note that the loop is placed on the top peg so that the wire tail passes between the first and second pegs. 

Step 4.  Wrap the jewelry wire through the center of the cross so that the wire tail is horizontal.

Step 5.  Remove the end peg on the right (peg 5) in the peg pattern on your jewerly making jig and bend the wire past this peg.  Replace the end peg.  At this point the wire should look exactly as shown at left.

Instructions for making Twisted Cross Earrings out of common jewelry supplies step 6.


Step 6.  Wrap the jewelry wire up and around peg 5 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool then down and between peg 5 and peg 4

Step 7.  Continue wrapping the jewelry wire, back through the center of the cross toward peg 6.

Step 8.  Wrap the upper limb of the cross the same as the left hand limb of the cross that you just completed leaving a loop around peg 7. 

Step 9.  Wrap the right hand limb of the cross in the same manner, leaving a loop around peg 9.

Step 10.  Bring the jewelry wire down to the bottom limb of the cross and finish that limb by bringing the wire between the peg 2 and peg 1, ending by making a loop around peg 1, the starting peg.  At this point the cross should look as shown at left.

Step 10 to instructions for making Twisted Cross Earrings out of jewelry wire and beads.


Step 11.  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Cut the jewelry wire tail so that it is only 3/4 inch long. 

Step 12.  Insert your round nose pliers fuly into the two loops that were formed around peg 1.  Grasp these two loops firmly with the round nose pliers in your dominant hand and hold the center of the cross tightly with your other hand.  Now twist your round nose pliers clockwise until that limb is almost completely twisted.

Step 13. Now grasp the loop in the end of the left hand limb of the cross with your round nose pliers and twist clock-wise until that limb is almost completely twisted.

Step 14.  Perform the same step as above for the other two limbs of the cross. 

Step 15.  Now go back to the two loops around peg 1 and insert your round nose pliers and grasp the loops with the pliers in your non-dominant hand.  With your dominant hand make one loop in the wire tail around the cross.  Try to make the loop so that the wire is snug against the cross.  Cut off any excess jewelry wire.

Step 16.  You now have two loops at the bottom of the cross (peg 1) and one loop at the other three limbs of the cross.  Using a fingernail, or knife blade, gently pry the first loop away from the second loop (the last loop that ends with the wire wrapped around the cross bottom.)  Cut off the first loop.  This leaves the bottom of the cross with one loop, ending in the jewelry wire wrapped around the cross.

Step 17.  Now we finish the cross by selectively tightening the wraps on each limb of the cross until the piece takes on a finished look.  Use your fingers or nylon jaw pliers to straighten out each limb of the cross. 

This should result in a finished cross like the one shown below left.

Twisted CrossEarrings Jewelry Making Projects made with WigJig tools and jewelry supplies.


Please Note that the first time you attempt to make this figure it probably won't come out like you want it.  This does take a little practice.  It may be easier to make the first 1-2 crosses in 22G jewelry wire as practice.  Once you are satisfied with the results then graduate to 20G jewelry wire.  

The earrings shown at left were made using this pattern.  This cross was finished by adding a pearl bead dangle to the bottom, hanging on a head pin.  The bead dangle serves two purposes.  First, it adds decorative appeal and style to these earrings and second and perhaps more important, it adds weight.  Without the added weight of the bead dangle, this cross would probably be too light for earrings.  The earrings would probably fall off unless a locking style of ear wire were used. 

Two peg patterns for making Twisted Cross Earrings shown on WigJig jewelry tool.

The peg pattern used on the WigJig Delphi jewelry making tool to make this cross is as shown at left.  These pegs are positioned on the diagonal of the Delphi jewelry tool so that we can make the pattern as small and delicate as possible.  If they were positioned up and down instead of on the diagonal, it would make a larger finished cross.  I added small white circles to this figure so that the empty holes in the Delphi jewelry tool around the pegs would stand out.  The peg numbering is the same as used for the Cyclops jewelry tool and the steps to make the piece are identical. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Some jewelry making designs are straightforward and require less practice.  Some jewelry making designs require more practice.  This is one of the jewelry making designs that requires more practice.  Plan on making this Twisted Cross jewelry wire component many times out of practice wire until you are satisfied with the outcome. 

 

 



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