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Four Leaf Clover Earrings

Instructions for making Four Leaf Clover Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

Four Leaf Clover Earrings jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.

Four Leaf Clover wire component made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry making tool. This earring design has a jewelry wire component made with two diagonal axes.  One axis includes the loops made on pegs 1 and 4, while the other axis includes the loops made on pegs 2 and 3.  (See pattern below.)  The peg 1-4 axis has an open loop on both ends of the diagonal.  The peg 2-3 axis has a closed loop on both ends of the diagonal.  This is important.  When using this piece, connect the wrapped bead links to the peg 2-3 axis with closed loops on either end as shown at right.  The peg 1-4 axis with open loops is called the weak axis of this wire component.  The peg 2-3 axis with closed loops on both ends is the "strong axis" and this is the axis to use when incorporating this component into jewelry.

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Two 8 mm Beads
  • Four inches of 18G Gold-filled 1/2 hard jewelry wire
  • Commercial Ear Wire Finding
  • Head Pin Finding
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • 2 pair of Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • WigJig Olympus, Olympus-Lite, Delphi, Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool (any one) with four metal pegs
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Use of WigJig jewelry tool to make jewelry wire components.
     
  • Ability to cut jewelry jewelry wire with a flush cutter jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to make a "P" loop in jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to connect jewelry wire components by opening and closing loops using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools. 

Four Leaf Clover wire component made by shaping jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.The Four Leaf Clover Wire Component, shown at right, is one of the easier wire links to make.  It involves only four pegs on a jewelry making jig and just wrapping the wire around the pegs in turn. The only thing important about making this piece is to wrap around the pegs in the proper sequence.  While the sequence might not seem important, it is for the reason that we want to incorporate this piece in our earrings so that the clover component will not pull apart if accidentally snagged on something.  The piece is made up of two open loops (the first and last loops made) and two closed loops (the second and third loops made.)   These instructions are written so that the order of wrapping the loops leaves the two closed loops opposite one another.  These are the two loops that we use in connecting to our earrings.  

Step-by-step instructions for making Four Leaf Clover Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Position four metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown in Step 1, below-left.  This pattern will work for the WigJig Olympus, Olympus-Lite or Delphi jewelry tool.  For the Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool, position your 4 pegs at the 000, 090, 180, and 270 degree points on the innermost circle. Many people will find that after positioning all four pegs, the want to remove peg 3 and 4 so that they start with only 2 pegs in the jewelry making jig and add a peg with each new step. 

Step 2:  Cut a piece of 18G jewelry wire about 2 inches long, make a "P" loop in the end of the jewelry wire and straighten the jewelry wire.  The "P" loop that you make must be large enough to fit over the peg for the WigJig jewelry tool you are using. 

Step 3: Place the initial loop over peg 1 with the wire tail resting between pegs 2 and 4, as shown below-center.   

Step 1 to Making the Four Leaf Clover Wire Component showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool. Step 3 to instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover Wire Component by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool. Step 4 to instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover Wire Component continuing to shape jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
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Step 4:  Using the tip of your index finger on your dominant hand, guide the jewelry wire around peg 2 in the pattern.  Twist the jewelry making jig with your non-dominant hand to help in wrapping the wire around peg 2.  See the picture above-right.  Many people will find this step easier to accomplish if you only have pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool. 

Step 5:  The finished wire component will work better if you now add peg 3 to the pattern and remove your wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and replace it on the jewelry making jig with the initial loop still on peg 1, but the second loop now on peg 3 in the mirror image position.  The reason for this step is that the finished clover wire component will end up being only two layers of wire and will be more aesthetically pleasing.  See the picture below-left.

Step 6:  As you did in step 4, wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 again.  See the picture below center-left.

Step 7:  Add peg 4 to the pattern and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 4 as shown below center-right. 

Step 8:  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  It should now appear as shown below far-right.  Using your flush cutter, with the flat side of the cutter toward the finished piece, cut the jewelry wire at the point where it starts to overlap. 

Step 5 to  instructions for making the Four Leaf Clover Wire Component showing continue to shape jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool. Step 6 to  instructions for making the Clover Wire Component showing continuing to use WigJig jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire. Step 7 to  instructions for making a Clover Wire Component showing continuing to shape jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry making tool.


Step 8 to  instructions for making the Clover Wire Component showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tool.
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Four Leaf Clover wire component made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 9:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop in your clover wire component. 

Step 10:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, squeeze and flatten the jewelry wire component.  This will harden the piece and set the design. 

Step 11:  Make two clover wire components following the same steps.

Step 12:  Now you are ready to assemble your earrings.  Connect your ear wire to the loop you made on peg 2 and the bead dangle to the loop diagonally opposite (also made on peg 2 because we flipped the jewelry wire over as we were shaping it).  If you have made the clover wire component correctly, these should be the two closed loops.  Please use the links below to find the instructions for these steps.

Four Leaf Clover Earrings jewelry making project made with beads, wire and jewelry supplies.

First alternative design for making earrings: 

Shown at right is an earring made with the Four Leaf Clover link.  These earrings are simple to make and use a head pin, 8mm beads, two round 3mm metal beads and a post earring with ball and loop finding for each earring. 

The technique for making these earrings is to make two of the Four Leaf Clover wire components using the instructions below.  Next, you thread one 3mm round bead, one 8mm bead, and the second 3mm bead on a 2" head-pin.  Attach this combination to one of the loops in the strong axis of the Four Leaf Clover wire component using the wrapped bead link.  This technique is described in greater detail in our online book "Wire Design Basics".  Now attach the combination Four Leaf Clover wire component and bead dangle to the post ear-wire with ball and loop finding.  This is done by opening the loop in the finding, adding the opposite corner of the Four Leaf Clover wire component and then closing the loop in the finding.  Make two earrings using the same techniques for both.

Four Leaf Clover Bracelet jewelry making project made with jasper beads, wire and jewelry supplies.

 

Second alternative design for making earrings:

Four Leaf Clover Beaded Chandelier Earrings made using WigJig jewelry making tools, wire and jewelry supplies.

The mini-chandelier earrings shown at right are made with two of the Four Leaf Clover wire components, six head pins, six 4mm onyx beads , one inch of commercial chain and two ear wire findings.  These are very delicate earrings, but because of the segment of chain they have a lot of eye-catching motion.  This is a great jewelry making project.  They are easy to make, they are quick to make, and they look great.

Begin making these earrings by making two of the Four Leaf Clover wire components using the instructions provided earlier. In this case, you use the clover wire component on the "weak axis".  Open the initial loop in the clover with chain nose pliers and added a link from a 1/2" length of commercial chain, then closed the initial link in the clover.  I added three bead dangles made of head pins and 4mm onyx beads (Item 2070).  4mm Swarovski crystal beads would also make very nice bead dangles for these earrings.  Finish this jewelry making project by opening the loop in your ear wire findings and adding the end link in the commercial chain segment, then close this loop.  Make two earrings using the same approach. 

I find that closing the loops in these ear wire findings is hard to accomplish without bent closing pliers.  You will want to close the loop in your ear wire finding using your chain nose pliers as you normally would, but with the very small wire in an ear wire finding, you will probably find that they don't close all the way.  Because of the grooves in these bent closing pliers you can close the small loops in your ear wire findings without distorting the wire.  Align your loop in the grooves of your bent closing pliers and squeeze very gently.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

The four leaf clover jewelry wire component used in these earrings is a common shape for making jewelry.  This jewelry wire component makes smaller and more delicate earrings.  Because this component is smaller, the bead dangles tend to work better with either three 4mm beads or with one 8mm bead at the bottom of the earrings. 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 



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