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Small Chandelier Earrings

Instructions for making the WigJig Small Chandelier Earrings using jewelry wire, jewelry supplies, beads and WigJig jewelry tools:


There are two things different about these chandelier earrings as compared to our previous chandelier earrings.  The first difference is that these earrings are smaller.  The second difference is the way these earrings are made.  These earrings are made with the starting and ending loops at the top of the chandelier wire component.  Each step in making these earrings is very simple to accomplish and while there maybe many steps in making the completed earrings, the overall project is easy, so this is a beginners jewelry making project.  Because these earrings are smaller than most of our other chandelier earrings, many will prefer them to our other designs.

Small Chandelier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project

        Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Any WigJig jewelry making tool
  • 6 metal pegs
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Step-by-step instructions for making these earrings using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry making supplies:

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a piece of 20 gauge jewelry wire 5 1/2 inches long.  1/2 hard wire will work best, but soft wire will work. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire.

Step 3:  Place five metal pegs into a WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool as shown below, left and place your initial loop in your wire onto the center peg.  The peg pattern for the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool will be provided later. 

Step 4:  Wrap your jewelry wire tightly around the bottom, left peg as shown below.  Push the wire with your fingers as close to the peg as possible to help keep the wrap tight.  Please note that the bottom, middle, and bottom, right pegs were move out of the way to make performing this wrap easier.  Please remember, when working with 1/2 hard wire you need to push the wire beyond where your want it to end up so that it relaxes back into its finished position.  This is why the pegs were moved out of the way. 

Step 5:  Replace the bottom-middle peg into its regular position, and wrap the jewelry wire around this peg.  Again, push the wire close to the peg to help keep the wrap tight around the peg. 

Step 6:  At this point we need to remove the wire from the jewelry making jig and position the bottom, right peg back into its regular position.  Replace the wire back onto the pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool in the mirror image position, as shown below left.  This step helps to make this wire component more symmetrical.

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Step 7:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the bottom left peg. 

Step 8:  Now wrap the wire around the first peg, in the middle of the WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool as shown below.  Again, it will help make the wrap tighter by pushing the wire with your fingers close to the peg.

Step 9:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and cut the excess wire.  Close the loop that you just completed. 

Step 10:  Now using your round nose pliers with the same technique used to make an eye loop, convert both the initial and final loop in this wire component into eye loops.

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Step 11:  Now we need to grasp each of these eye loops with your bent chain nose pliers, one at a time, and bend or twist them 90 degrees.  When the wire component is laying flat on the table the two loops should be perpendicular to the surface of the table.  This is hard to show in a 2 dimensional picture, but the picture below is taken from the side to try to show this. 

Step 12:  At this point we need to bring the two loops together so that they end up as shown below.  This is done first by grasping the wire with your bent chain nose pliers just below the loop and bending it slightly.  Do this for both loops.  Using your hands, bend the two top wire segments together so that when your hands are removed they naturally rest against each other.  This approach is called "hand finishing". 

Step 13:  Using the excess jewelry wire from making the wire component, cut off one end of the wire with a flush cut and make a loop in that end of the wire. 

Step 14:  Place this loop over the top left peg in your WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.

Step 15:  Add a 4mm bead to the jewelry wire and position the bead so that it rests between the two pegs as shown.

Step 16:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around the top, right peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown.






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Step 17:  Remove the wire from the jewelry making jig and cut the excess wire off.  Close the second loop that you just completed.

Step 18:  Using your round nose pliers convert both loops into eye loops as shown below.

Step 19:  Open both loops and place this second wire component onto the first wire component as shown below center.  Close both loops to make this permanent.

Step 20:  Using the excess wire from above first cut sharp end off the wire then, make a Figure 8 connector.  Open one end of the figure 8 connector and connect it to the two top loops of the wire component that you completed in step 19. 

Step 21:  Open the top loop of the figure 8 connector, and connect this loop and wire componet to your ear wire finding.  For the earrings shown, the 4mm ball with loop, post style earrings were employed. 

Step 22:  Now add three bead dangles to the three bottom loops in the wire component.  These bead dangles are made of a head-pin finding with some combination of beads.  Here is where you can be very creative with your combination of beads.

Make a second earring using the exact same steps.



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Completed Earring Body for Small Chandelier Earrings made with jewelry wire and beads.
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Completed Earring made with beads, jewelry wire and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.

 

Jewelry Supplies Used in Making These Earrings

  • 20 gauge gold-filled round, half-hard jewelry wire, Item 3017
  • 5x7mm Fire Polished Glass Beads Ruby Red, Item 1084
  • 4mm Round 25 Facet round Swarovski Siam Light beads, Item 2825
  • Gold-filled 1 1/2 inch thin head-pins, Item 0069
  • 4mm Ball with Loop, Post Style Ear Wire Findings, Item 2660
  • Gold-Filled Medium Ear Clutch, Item 0429

 


Alternative configurations for making earrings using WigJig Delphi jewelry tool: 

The peg pattern for making these earrings on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown at far right. The earrings made using this pattern are shown at near right.  All of the steps involved are identical.  The beads used at right are Swarovski, 6mm bicone amethyst beads, Item 2500 from our store.

 

Small Chandelier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Amethyst Swarovski beads.  Peg Pattern on WigJig Delphi jewelry tool  for Small Chandelier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This is a relatively easy earring design to make.  The resulting earrings are both attractive and strong.  These chandelier earrings are more delicate than some other earring designs on our web site.  If you are looking for something that is unique, can be made easily by hand, and looks attractive this earring design may be what you need. 

 

 



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