How to make earrings - let me count the ways! Earrings are one of the easiest types of jewelry to make, and are a perfect starting point for beginners to art of jewelry-designing. Many of our earrings designs in this section are simple and just so much fun to make. Frequently, only a few beads, a head pin, and some wire are all you need to make a pair of great-looking earrings.
How to Make Earrings in a Variety of Styles
Some of our simple designs use the same techniques to make the earrings, but the type of beads chosen can determine if they are more dressy and classic, or more casual and funky. You’ll find a variety of ideas in this “how to make earrings” section of our website. One of our favorite designs, Stays-On Ear Wires, features an ear wire that will stay on the ear and not move. We also have Ear Thread Earrings that feature threads of chain in lieu of an ear wire. And if you want to look like a celebrity, then do not miss our vast assortment of chandelier earring designs that always receive rave reviews when we publish them.
There are so many fabulous designing ideas for both new and experienced jewelry designers who are seeking more information on how to make earrings. Enjoy perusing this section of our website now!
Instructions for making 3 Loop and 4 Loop Dangle Earrings out of jewelry wire and beads Using WigJig jewelry tools:
One of the criteria that we like to incorporate into our wire jewelry designs is strength. We like to make designs that are strong enough to withstand normal wear and tear without becoming misshapen. The two earring designs at right are strong because the initial and final loop in the jewelry wire overlap at the bottom of the earrings. If these earrings were pulled, you would have the strength of both open loops at the bottom to overcome before you could pull the bead at the bottom off of the earrings. We are the first to admit that it would be very uncomfortable for the wearer of these earrings long before the loops in the jewelry wire would open enough to allow removal of the bead.
One other design consideration that provides strength to these wire components is that the wire is alternated with one side being on top at one loop crossing and the opposite wire side being on top at the next wire crossing. This may seem to be a small impact on the strength of the wire component, but it is actually more important than you might first think. Without having the two wires cross one another, the wire component has the strength of just one piece of bent wire. Because the wire crosses from top to bottom at each new loop, the strength of the component is the strength of both wires combined. It may be hard to explain, but once you have make this wire component using the techniques we describe below, you will notice the additional strength.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making the 3 Loops Dangle Earrings out of jewelry wire and beads using WigJig jewelry tools:
We will begin by making the 3 Loops Dangle earrings shown at right. This design is very slightly easier to make than the 4 Loops Dange Earrings. Both designs are suitable for Advanced Beginners to making jewelry with wire and beads.
Step 1: Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten a segment of jewelry wire at least 4 inches long. This should be done before the wire is cut from the spool and allows you to use the spool to help hold the wire.
Step 2: Cut two 2" segments of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire, each 4 inches long. Soft wire is preferred if available.
Step 3: Make a "P Loop" in the end of your jewelry wire with the flush cut.
Step 4: Position four pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-left. Pegs 1 and 4 are regular metal pegs. Peg 3 is a 3/16 inch Super Peg. Peg 4 is a 1/4 inch Super Peg. Arrange the pegs on a diagonal on your jig and space one empty hole between each peg.
Step 5: Place your initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the wire around pegs 2, 3 and completely around peg 4 as shown below-center.
Step 6: You could complete this jewelry wire component by continuing to wrap your wire around pegs 3, 2 and 1, but the finished wire component would not be as strong or as permanent. In order to have the wire crossover with each additional loop, we need to remove the wire from your jewelry making jig and place it back on your pegs in the mirror image position shown below-right.
Step 7: With the jewelry wire in the mirror image position we are ready to wrap the wire around peg 3 as shown below-left. The jewelry wire that was below the initial wire between peg 3 and 4 will now be above the initial wire between pegs 2 and 3.
Step 8: Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and replace in on your pegs in the mirror image position as shown below-center.
Step 9: Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 as shown below-right.
Step 10: Nowwrap your jewelry wire around peg 1 as shown below-left.
Step 11: Remove your wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool and it should appear as shown below-center.
Step 12: Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire and close the final loop you just completed with your bent chain nose pliers. Now the jewelry wire component should be as appears below-right. This is the body of your earrings.
Step 13: Make two earring bodies as described above.
Step 14: Finishing your earrings is now a relatively simple matter of connecting a bead dangle to the bottom and an ear wire finding to the top. Please visit our Beginners Jewelry Making Instructions to view how to make a bead dangle or how to open and close loops to connect an ear wire finding. You can also find instructions for making your own ear wire findings. To find these Beginners Jewelry Making Instructions on your web site, go to our home page and select "Learn". From the sub-menu that pops up, select For Beginners. This will take you to a web page, where you need to select "Skills and Techniques". For the beads used in these earrings we used 8mm Precosia Pear Beads, item 3510 in our Internet store.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making the 4 Loops Dangle Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, beads, jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies:
Making the 4 Loop Dangle Earrings is basically the same as making the 3 Loop Dangle earrings but with one additional peg in the pattern. You also use 5 inches of jewelry wire instead of the 4 inches of jewelry wire used for the smaller earrings. For these larger earrings 18 gauge wire may be more appropriate than 20 gauge.
You can view the peg pattern on our WigJig jewlery tool below-left. Pegs 1 and 5 are regular metal pegs for your jig. Peg 2 is a 3/8 inch Super Peg. Peg 3 is a 1/4 inch Super Peg and peg 4 is a 3/16 inch Super Peg. Because there is an additional peg in the design and you want the wire to cross over/under between every peg, you will have to flip the design over one additional time so that the wire between pegs 1 and 2 is on the opposide of the wire from the wire between pegs 2 and 3. After all steps have been completed, your jewelry wire component will appear as shown below center with the wire still on your jig. You can view the finished earrings below right. We used a 9mm Precosia Pear Bead at the bottom of these earrings. This bead is item 3509 in our Internet store.
4 Loop Peg Pattern on WigJig
Wire on Jewelry Making Jig
Summary of Jewelry Making Project:
This is an advanced beginners jewelry making project. It makes a jewelry wire earring body that is strong and survivable. While the steps in making these earrings are relatively simple, we did make the design slightly more complex by flipping the wire over after wrapping it around each peg in our WigJig jewelry tool in turn. This caused the wire to crossover between each pair of pegs in the pattern and the crossover makes the entire earring body stronger.
If you prefer smaller and more delicate earrings make the 3 Loop Dangle Earrings. If you prefer larger and bolder earrings make the 4 Loop Dangle Earrings. If you are an advanced wire worker, you could even consider making the 4 Loop Dangle Earrings with 16 gauge wire.
We hope you like this jewelry making design. We certainly do.
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