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Jessica's Earrings

Instructions for making Jessica's Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry making wire.

Round Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Tanzanite Beads using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Crystal Beads using WigJig jewelry making tools to shape jewelry wire.Here is another alternative to the Runway earrings we discussed in our jewelry making instructions here.  We call this variation of earrings "Jessica's Earrings" because they were inspired by Jessica Garrison who worked for the Soft Flex company.  Jessica wanted large hoop earrings, but she wasn't satisfied with just one hoop. 

Like the Runway Earrings, these are large earrings.  When worn, these earrings have a lot of motion as each circle of wire moves independently.  If you want your earrings to be noticed, just the motion from these earrings alone will get them noticed.  Combine that with the light that is reflected from the 8mm Swarovski Crystal beads in the center and you can be certain that people will notice these earrings.

These earrings are made with forty inches 16 gauge soft jewelry wire for the three circles of wire and thirty-six inches of 24 or 26 gauge jewelry wire for the wire that holds the circles closed and creates the loop to hang the next circle of wire.  About 10 inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire were used to make the jump rings that connect one loop to another and for the modified figure 8 connector that connects the pair of ear wire findings to the largest loop.  Two head pins and two 8mm crystal beads were used to add the beads in the center of the earrings.  These earrings can be made on any WigJig jewelry tool, but require the 2", 1.5" and 1" Larger Round Super Pegs for that jewelry making jig.   

Currently large hoop earrings are in vogue.  Here is an opportunity to make some stylish earrings similar to earrings shown in magazines and on television at a relatively inexpensive price.  The instructions for making these earrings continue below. 

This is an intermediate jewelry making project.

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Flush cutter
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers
  • Nylon hammer
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool 
  • 2" Super Peg for jewelry making jig.

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Round Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making Project made using WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry wire.

The steps involved in making these earrings start by making three loops, one with a 2" diameter, one with a 1.5" diameter and one with a 1"diameter.  After we  have made each circle of jewelry wire, we need to wrap fine gauge wire around the top of each circle of wire to hold it in shape and to create the loop that is used to hang the next smaller circle of jewelry wire.  Then we need to connect each circle of wire, one to another and then to the ear wire at the top and finally we need to hang a bead from the smallest circle of wire.  The steps involved in making these earrings begin here.

Step-by-step Instructions for making Jessica's Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut a segment of 16 gauge soft jewelry wire 7 1/2 inches long. 

Peg Pattern, shown on WigJig jewelry tool  for making a 2" Diameter Circle of jewelry wire.  Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of this jewelry wire using your step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers.  Select here for instructions in how to make a loop in 16 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 3:  Hold the loop and straighten the jewelry wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 4:  Position one regular peg and a 2" Larger Round Super Peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left.  Place the initial loop in your wire on the regular metal peg and wrap the wire completely around the Larger Round Super Peg. 

Step 5:  Bend the jewelry wire against the regular metal peg and back as shown above-left.

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and using your step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers, complete the second loop in the end of the wire. 

Step 7:  Cut the excess jewelry wire from the end loop in your wire and close this final loop with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 8:  Remove the Larger Round Super Peg from your WigJig jewelry tool.  Hold the beginning and ending loops together, either with the fingers of your non-dominant hand, or with your step jaw pliers and position the wire component back around the Larger Round Super Peg.  Using a nylon hammer or a rawhide hammer, hammer the jewelry wire against the Larger Round Super Peg all the way around.  This will work better if you set the bottom of the Larger Round Super Peg on a cutting board or Wire Whacker (Item 3219) and hammer the jewelry wire on the top of the Larger Round Super Peg.  Hammering sets the round shape of the wire and hardens the wire.  Reposition the Larger Round Super Peg so that you can hammer as much of the circular wire loop as possible.  This will complete the 2" diameter circle of wire.  Don't worry that the two loops in the circle won't overlap at this point.  We will take care of this in a latter step.  Set this component aside. 

Round Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Tanzanite Beads using jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 9:  Using a segment of 16 soft gauge jewelry wire 6 1/2" long and your 1.5" Larger Round Super Peg, make the 1.5" diameter circle of wire following steps 1 through 8 again. 

Step 10:  Using a segment of 16 gauge soft jewelry wire 5 1/2" long and your 1" Larger Round Super Peg, make the 1" diameter circle of wire following steps 1 Step 12 to instructions for making Jessica's Earrings using jewelry wire and WigJig jewelry tools.through 8 described previously. 

Step 11:  Now cut three segments of 24 or 26 gauge jewelry wire each being 5" long.  We will use this jewelry wire to wrap the circular wire components permanently closed. 

Step 12:  Select one of your circles of 16 gauge jewelry wire and wrap the 24 or 26 (fine) gauge wire around it 2 1/2 times as shown at left. 

 

 

Step 13 to instructions for making Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making Design showing use of step jaw pliers jewelry tool

 

Step 13:  Position both loops in your circular jewelry wire component on the jaws of your step jaw pliers as shown at right. 

 

 

Step 14 to instructions for making Jessica's Earrings using common jewelry tools and jewelry wire.Step 14:  Now wrap the long end of your fine gauge jewelry wire around the two loops in the circular wire component.  Complete 1 1/2 circles of wire.  You will want the initial wrap of fine gauge wire to be on one side of the two loops in the circle and after 1 1/2 wraps around both loops your wire will end up on the opposite side of the two Step 15 to instructions for making Jessica's Earrings using jewelry wire shaped on jewelry hand tools.loops. 

Step 15:  Now remove the circular wire component from your pliers.  You are ready to start wrapping the fine gauge jewelry wire on the opposite side of the two Step 16 to instructions for  making Jessica's Earrings showing the two types of jewelry wire.superimposed loops. 

Step 16:  Wrap the fine gauge wire around this side of the circular wire component about 4-5 times.  You will need more wraps on this side because we will need to Step 17 to instructions for making Jessica's Earrings using jewelry wire shaped using common jewelry tools.add wraps to the opposite side in a later step. 

Step 17:  Now cut the short segment of excess fine gauge jewelry wire at the beginning of your first wrap.  Use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze the cut end of wire flat against the circular wire component. 

Step 18 to instructions for making Jessica's Earrings showing jewelry wire wraps.

Step 18:  At this point we need to bend the long end of the fine gauge wire back under the two superimposed loops in the circular wire component.  This begins the process of making a loop inside the circular jewelry wire component to connect to the next smaller component.

 

Step 19 to instructions for making Jessica's Earrings showign using common jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.Step 19:  Now we insert our round nose pliers into the two superimposed loops as Step 20 to instructions for making Jessica's Earrings showing jewelry tools shaping jewelry wire.shown at left. 

 

 

Step 20:  With your pliers in position, wrap the fine gauge jewelry wire around the inside jaw of your pliers until you have a complete loop.  Step 21 to making Jessica's Earrings showing making loop in jewelry wire to hold bead.

 

Step 21:  Remove your pliers.  Your jewelry wire component should appear as shown at left. 

 

Step 22:  Step 22 to instructions for making Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making DesignNow we need to wrap the fine gauge wire around the opposite side of the circular jewelry wire component.  At this point you will be wrapping the end of the fine gauge wire around the same side of the the two superimposed loops as the beginning of the wire.  If you look closely at the picture at right, you will see that the fine gauge wire forming the loop comes off the front or top of the circular wire component on one side and wraps around the back or bottom of Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Crystal Beads made out of common jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools.the circular wire component on the opposite side.  This helps to orientate the loop we just completed in the center of the larger circular wire component.  When you have completed two wraps around the circular wire component, cut the excess wire with your flush cutter and squeeze the cut end of the wire flat with your bent chain nose pliers.  This completes one of the three circular wire components. 

Step 23:  Do the same thing for the other two circular jewelry wire components.  Once all three loops are completed in this manner, we are ready to begin assembling the earring. 

Step 24:  Using a 5" segment of 22 gauge jewelry wire make two medium sized open jump rings.  We used the middle step in our fine step jaw pliers to make our jump ring and they were just the right size.  You can view how to make jump rings using your step jaw pliers here

Round Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Tanzanite Beads

Step 25:  Open one of your jump rings and use it to connect between the two superimposed loops at the top of the 1.5" circular wire component and the inside small loop on the large, 2" circular wire component.  Make the connection then close that jump ring with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 26:  Open the second jump ring and use it to connect between the two superimposed loops at the top of the 1" circular wire component and the small, inside loop in the 1.5" circular wire component.  When the connection is made, close the jump ring with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 27:  Using about 2" of your 22 gauge jewelry wire, make a modified figure 8 connector as described here.  One side of this modified figure 8 connector needs to be the size of the middle step in your step jaw pliers.  The opposite side can be much smaller.  Connect the large side of the modified figure 8 connector to the top of the 2" circular wire component and close that loop with your pliers.  Connect the smaller loop in your modified figure 8 connector to the loop in your ear wire finding.  Again, once the Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Crystal Beads made using WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry supplies.connection is made, close the loop. 

Step 28:  The last step is to connect a bead dangle to the middle of the 1" circular wire component.  Thread an 8mm crystal bead onto a head pin.  Measure above the head pin so that after the loop at the top is made, the bead will rest in the center of the 1" circular wire component.  This may require some practice as the tendency is to have the bead hanging too low.  Make an open loop at the top of the bead dangle as described here.  Connect this open loop to the small loop inside the 1" circular wire component and close the loop in the bead dangle with your bent chain nose pliers.  This completes your earring. 

Make a second earring following the same steps.  When you are done, hold one of the earrings at arms length and admire your work.  Remember, like everything, practice makes perfect.  We strongly suggest making one earring with practice wire before you cut your good jewelry wire. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Making these earrings is a more advanced jewelry making project.  The reason for this is that you will need to hammer the jewelry wire into your Super Pegs to achieve the perfectly round shape shown.  This will take a little practice.  Once you have that technique mastered, the remainder of the steps in making these earrings are relatively easy.  The resulting earrings are large, bold, and strong.  We also think they are attractive.

 

 



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