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Wire Chandelier Earrings 2

Instructions for making WigJig Wire Chandelier Earrings using beads, jewelry wire and WigJig jewelry tools:

These earrings, a variation of Wire Chandelier Earrings 1, are made from two wire components.  The first component is the V-shaped wire component made on the WigJig Delphi.  The second component is the wire component that is used to connect the V-shaped component to the ear wire finding. When combined, these two wire components look like a shovel.  The second wire component, we will call the handle, since it is the handle portion of the shovel.  These directions are slightly abbreviated.  Full details can be seen in the Wire Chandelier Earrings 1 design instructions.

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.
 

Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Amethyst Swarovski Beads Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Lite Amethyst Swarovski Beads
 

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • About 12 inches of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire
  • About 6 inches of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire
  • 10 6mm beads
  • 10 head pins
  • One pair of ear wire jewelry findings
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Flush Cutter
  • WigJig jewelry tool with 5 regular pegs

Jewelry Making Skills Required

 

Step-by-Step instructions for making the Wire Chandelier Earrings 2 using WigJig jewelry tools:

Jewelry wire Peg Pattern for Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project showing V shapped component on WigJig jewelry tool.
V-Shaped Wire ComponentThe peg pattern for making the V shaped wire component on our WigJig jewelry tools is shown at right.  To make this component, cut and straighten a 2 3/4" piece of wire (preferably 1/2 hard).  Make a loop on one end of this wire.  Place your initial loop over peg 1.  Remove peg 3 from the jig and wrap your wire around peg 2.  Push the wire far enough so that it would rest against peg 3 if it were there.  Now replace peg 3 and remove pegs 4 and 5.  Wrap the wire around peg 3 so that it would rest against peg 4 if it were there.  Replace pegs 4 and 5.  Remove the wire from the jig and re-place it on the jig in the mirror image position, with the initial loop on peg 5, but with the loop formed on peg 3, still on peg 3.  Now remove peg 1 and make a loop around peg 2 with your wire.  Make sure to push the wire far enough that it would rest against peg 1 if it were there.  Finally, replace peg 1 and wrap the wire around this peg.  Cut the excess wire tail and you are done with the V shaped component. 

Now we need to make the handle to the shovel. 

Step 1:  Position two 3/16" Super Pegs and three metal pegs in your WigJig Delphi jewelry tool as shown at right. 

Step 2:  Cut a 2 1/2" piece of 20 g jewelry wire (preferably 1/2 hard). 

Step 3:  Make a loop in one end of this wire and straighten the jewelry wire. Holding onto the loop will help to straighten the wire. 
 

Beaded Chandelier Earrings showing peg pattern for jewerly wire on WigJig jewelry making tool.
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Step 4:  Remove peg 4 from the jewelry making jig and place your initial loop on peg 1.  Bend the wire against peg 2 as shown at right.  When you are done, the wire should rest against peg three, only barely touching this peg.  If the jewelry wire is tight against peg 3, push the wire further against peg 2 until it is just barely touching peg 3. 
Jewelry wire being shapped on WigJig jewelry tool for Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 4
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Step 5:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3.  When you are completed, the wire needs to rest so that peg 4 can be replaced and the wire will just barely touch peg 4.  If the wire is tight against peg 4, push it some more. 
Step 5 to instruction for making Wire Chandelier Earrings on WigJig jewelry tool.
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Step 6:  Now add peg 4 back onto the WigJig jewelry making tool and bend the wire against peg 4 as shown at right.  Again, when you  are done, the wire should rest lightly against peg 5. 

Step 6 to intructions for making the Beaded Chandelier Earrings showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig tool.
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Step 7:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 5 in your jewelry making jig as shown at right.
Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 7
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Step 8:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire off.  Remember to cut with the flat side of your flush cutters toward the finished piece.  After cutting the excess wire, close the loop that you just completed.  Your handle wire component should appear as shown at right.  Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 8 -- handle jewelry wire component.
Step 8


Step 9:  Now using your round nose pliers.  Grasp the loop on either end of the handle wire component and bend it, one at a time, into an eye loop.  When done, the handle should appear as shown at right.

Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 9 showing handle wire component
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Step 10:  Now one at a time, we need to bend these eye loops so that they are perpendicular to the rest of the handle wire component.  In the picture at right, you can not see the two loops because they are vertical while the rest of the wire component is horizontal.
Step 10 to instructions for Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project showing handle wire component.
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Step 11:  To help make both bend in this wire component as symmetrical as  possible, replace the wire component onto the jig as shown at right and bend both loops up until they just barely touch peg 1 or 5.  Generally, this requires some bending of the jewelry wire on the side that was made second (against peg 4). 
Instructions to making Beaded Chandelier Earrings showing handle wire component on WigJig jewelry tool -- Step 11
Step 11



Step 12:  Now we begin to assemble these earrings.  Open one loop on the end of the V shaped wire component and add the loop on one end of the handle wire component.  Then close that loop.

Step 13:  Now on the opposite end of the handle and V shaped wire components, open both loops.  Combine both loops and then close both loops.  The handle should now be connected to the V shaped wire component. 
 

Finished Wire Chandelier Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.    Finished Wire Chandelier Earrings with red Swarovski beads.
Step 14:  Now using a head-pin and 6mm beads, add five bead dangles, one to each loop in the V-shaped wire component. 

Step 15:  Open the loop in your ear wire finding and add this finding to the top of the handle on the "shovel".  Once it has been added, close that loop. 

Step 16:  In three of the four earrings shown at right, about 2 inches fine gauge wire (20 to 24 gauge) was wrapped around the handle on the shovel so that the ear wire finding could not slide down.  Begin this wrap by making a small U in your wire.  Squeeze this U against one side of the handle wire component with your bent chain nose pliers.  After squeezing, hold the wire in place with your pliers and wrap about 2 or 3 times.  Cut both ends in back and squeeze them with your pliers to finish.

Finished Wire Chandelier Earrings made with amethyst Swarovski glass crystal beads.  Finished Wire Chandelier Earrings made with light amethyst Swarovski Austrian Crystal Beads.


Follow the same steps to make the second pair of earrings. 

Jewelry Supplies Used:

  • 20g 1/2 hard gold filled wire (Item 3017)
  • Thin gold-filled head-pins (Item 0069)
  • 4mm Ball with Loop, post-style gold-filled ear wire findings (Item 2660)
  • 22g 1/2 hard gold filled wire (optional) (Item 3019)
  • 6mm beads.  The beads shown at right are the following:
Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Jonquil Beads  Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Siam Beads
  • Swarovski 6mm Bicone Beads Jonquil (Item 2689)
  • Swarovski 6mm 25 Facet Round Siam Lite Beads (Item 2803)
  • Swarovski 6mm 25 facet Round Amethyst Beads (Item 2792)
  • Swarovski 6mm Bicone Beads Amethyst Lite (Item 2501)
Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Amethyst Beads  Finished Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Amethyst Light Beads

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

When I first made this earring pattern, I gave my sister a pair of these earrings just before we were entering a party.  She changed her earrings on the spot and wore these new earrings into the party.  As she walked into the party saying hello to her friends there, one of her friends followed hello with "Where did you buy those earrings?"  This happened within 3 minutes of my sister entering the room.  Of course I was very proud when my sister said "My brother just gave them to me, he made them."  Unfortunately, I had to make many other pairs of those earrings after that for many of the friends at the party.  The point here is that earrings using high quality glass crystal beads like the Swarovski beads we used above really stand out.  The quality of these beads does show.  Finally, if you do your job well enough when making these earrings, someone might think they were made by a machine and sold in a store.  That was enough of a compliment for me. 

 
 



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