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Shoulder Duster Earrings

Instructions for making Shoulder Duster Earrings using jewelry wire, beads, jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools:


This design is for our Shoulder Duster Chandelier Earrings.   These earrings are longer than most, and are therefore much more dramatic.  The Shoulder Duster Earrings shown at right use a long yoke pattern and a V-shaped wire component as well as adding a small, three loop V shaped component at the bottom to create the extra length. These earrings were made using sapphire Swarovski beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry making supplies.  The jewelry wire was shaped on WigJig jewelry tools to make these wire components.  

Because of the wrapped loops used to connect the tiers of these earrings, this is an intermediate jewelry making project.

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Flush cutter
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • WigJig jewelry tool

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with jewelry wire and sapphire beads using WigJig jewelry tools.

These earrings are made using 2 3/4" of jewelry wire for the five loop V shaped wire component, 2 1/2" of jewelry wire for the long yoke and 2 inches of wire for the three loop V shaped component.  Make all three wire components using the jewelry making instructions provided by selecting here, remembering to flip the five loop V shaped wire component over after making the third loop. 

Six head pins are required per earring along with about 15 inches total of 22 gauge wire.  For the earrings shown at right, 8 6mm beads and 10 2x4mm bugle beads were used per earring. 

When making these earrings, connect the five loop V shaped wire component to the yoke component by opening the loops on both the yoke and the V shaped wire components.  Close the loops once they are connected.

Now add your first bead dangle consisting of one 6mm bead plus one 2x4mm bead on a head pin to the center loop in the five loop V shaped wire component.





Instruction for peg pattern of jewelry wire on WigJig Centaur jewelry making tool.

 


The one slightly tricky part in completing these earrings is that the three loop V shaped wire component is connected to the rest of the earrings by wrapped bead links connected between the outside loops on the three loop V shaped wire component to the loops in the middle of each side of the five loop V shaped wire component.  These wrapped bead links are each made with about 2 1/2 inches of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire, and a six mm bead centered between two 2x4mm bugle beads.  This connection is made, one side at a time, after the bead dangle is completed to the center loop in the five loop wire component. 

Once the above step is completed the earrings are finished by adding the bead dangles to the outside two loops on the five loop V shaped wire component and the the three loops on the three loop V shaped wire component.  After completing all the bead dangles, add your ear wire and admire.  You are done. 

Sapphire Chandelier Earrings made with jewelry wire, sapphire beads and jewelry making supplies.
These earrings are rather long and could be too long for many people.  The design can be easily shortened several ways.  First,  instead of using the Long Yoke design, you can shorten the earrings by about 1/4 inch by using the shorter top wire component design described here.  Second, these earrings can be shortened by changing the ear wire from the ear clip shown above right to a post style ear wire.  This will shorten the earrings by about 1/2 inch.  Finally, the earrings can be shortened by about 1/3 inch by reducing the number of 2x4mm bugle beads used.  If each bead dangle has only a 6mm bead instead of a 6mm bead and a bugle bead, this will shorten the earrings.  You will need to retain one bugle bead below the 6mm bead on the two wrapped bead links that connect the two V shaped wire components.  This is necessary to ensure that there is adequate space for the bead dangles to hang from the five loop V shaped wire component.


Alternative Earring Design Made on WigJig Centaur or Delphi jewelry tools:

This alternative design is rather simple to comprehend.  We use two five loop V shaped wire components, instead of one five loop and one three loop.  The earrings shown at right are made to be shorter than the earrings shown above because they use the Post with Loop ear wire finding, the Short Yoke component and fewer 2x4mm bugle beads. 
 

Two Tier Chandelier Earrings made using jewelry wire and beads.


These earrings are made using the same steps described previously only you make two five loop V shaped wire components and use the pattern for the Short Yoke.  See the pattern on our WigJig Centaur jewelry tool at right.  After making and connecting the yoke to the first five loop V shaped wire component, you connect your bead dangles to the middle loop on each side of the V shaped wire component.  Now you connect the center loop on the first V shaped wire component to the center loop on the second V shaped wire component using a wrapped bead link with 2 1/2" of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire.  Add one 2x4mm bugle bead below the 6mm bead on this wrapped bead link to allow sufficient space between the two V shaped wire components.  Then, one at a time, connect the outside loops on the V shaped wire components by similar wrapped bead links with a 6mm bead and a 2x4mm bugle bead.  Once the two V shaped wire components are connected, add the bead dangles to the bottom of the second five loop V shaped wire component.  Finish this earring by adding your ear wire at the top of the yoke.  Our professional earring critic (my wife) likes this design for shoulder duster earrings the best. 




Jewelry wire peg pattern for Two Tier Chandelier Earrings shown on WigJig jewelry tool.

Second Alternative Configuration Made on WigJig Centaur or Delphi jewelry tools:

In this alternative design we change the wire component at the bottom so that we don't need to use the 2x4mm bugle beads to provide spacing between the V shaped wire components.  The three loop V shaped wire component used above is replaced by the five loop, "U" shapped pattern shown on our WigJig jewelry tools below-right. 

Two Tier Pearl Beads Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Making these earrings is exactly the same as the steps described above, only no bugle beads are used between the tiers. 

Jewelry wire peg pattern for Two Tier Pearl Beads Chandelier Earrings shown on WigJig jewelry tool.

Third Alternative Configuration Made on WigJig Centaur or Delphi jewelry tools:

The design for these earrings is very similar to the alternative earrings design shown above, only this design uses a new, 7 loop, "U" shapped component similar to the five loop V shaped component for the bottom tier in the earrings.  Please view the pattern for these earrings below-right.  To make this component, you need 3 1/2 inches of jewelry wire and the seven metal pegs shown in the center below, right.  Make the first four loops, starting with two pegs and adding the third and fourth pegs as you go.  Once you have completed the center loop, remove the wire component from the jig and add the remainder of the metal pegs.  Now replace the wire on the jig in the mirror image position (flipped over).  Remove the first two pegs and wrap the wire around the third peg.  Add the second peg and wrap the wire around it.  Add the third peg and wrap the wire around it.  Remove the wire from the jig and cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop, and you are ready to go.



Completed Two Tier Emerald Beads Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Making these earrings is similar to the making the prior earrings only no bugle beads are used for spacing.  See the pattern on our WigJig jewelry tools at right.  8 head pins are required for each earring along with ten 6mm beads and 8 inches of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire.  Wrapped loops using the 22 or 24 gauge wire are required to connect the outside loop on the top five loop V shaped wire component to the top, outside loops on the seven loop V shaped wire component.  These wrapped loops are connected to the seven loop V shaped wire component by opening the beginning and ending loops on this component using your bent chain nose pliers.  Close these loops after the wrapped loop is connected in the proper orientation. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Our professional earring critic really likes these earring designs.   These earrings are long, bold and because of the Swarovski crystal beads, colorful.  They get noticed.  Perhaps they are more appropriate for evening wear, or if you work as a Super Model.  Perhaps when you want to look like a Super Model, then you should wear these earrings. 

Jewelry wire peg pattern for Two Tier Emerald Beads Chandelier Earrings shown on WigJig jewelry tool.

 

 



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