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Beaded Chandelier Earrings

Instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

V Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with sapphire beads and common jewelry supplies.Alt. V Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Jewelry Wire and Beads

This design combines several "V" shaped wire components to form the body of the earrings, connected together by figure 8 connectors.  You can view two different styles of making these earrings shown left and right.  The difference between these two styles is that the earrings shown at left use five figure 8 connectors while the earrings shown at right use eleven figure 8 connectors, connecting the "V" shaped jewelry wire components at three different places.  Because there are fewer connections, the earrings shown on the left will twist on their vertical axis while they are worn.  The earrings shown at right will not twist as much, and will generally retain the orientation shown.  I prefer the earrings on the right.

To make these earrings, we used 24 inches of 20 gauge silver plated jewelry wire (Item 0276) and about 20 inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire (Item 0309).  To make the bead dangles at the bottom of the earrings we used six anti-tarnish sterling silver head pins (Item 3021), six 8mm, sapphire, bicone beads (Item 3519), six 2mm sterling silver beads (Item 2601) and six 2x4mm crystal silver lined bugle beads (Item 1883).

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Making Tools Required

  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Flush cutter
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (Optional)
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Any WigJig jewelry making tool

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

 Instructions for making "V" Shapped Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool.

These earrings can be made on any of our WigJig jewelry tools.  We used our WigJig Centaur jewelry tool.  You can view the peg pattern for making the two wire components used in these earrings at right.

 

 

 

 

Step-by-step instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, Straighten a segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire, three inches long. 

Step 2:  Using your flush cutter, Cut the jewelry wire with flush cutters to the length of 3 inches. 

Step 3:  Using your fine step jaw pliers, make a "P" Loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut.

"V" Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Jewelry Wire and Beads

Step 4:  Position pegs 1 and 2, but not peg 3 in your WigJig jewelry tool and place the "P" loop you made in step 3 on peg 1 as shown below-left.  We remove peg 3 so that it is not in our way as we complete step 5 below.  
 

Step 5:  Wrap your jewelry wire around peg 2 as shown below-right.  Push the wire until it rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied.  Push with the tip of your index finger on your dominant hand as you maneuver the jewelry making jig with your non-dominant hand.  Detailed instructions for this step are shown in our video - Jewelry Making WigJig Basics Making A Wire Component.
 

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"V" Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies

 

Step 6:  Now we need to flip this over into the mirror image position.  We do this so that the finished piece will only have two layers of wire.  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  Remove pegs 1 and 2 and place them out of the way.  Add peg 3, 4, and 5 to your jewelry making jig and place the initial loop on peg 5 and the second loop on peg 4 as shown below-left.  We remove pegs 1 and 2 and position them out of the way so that they won't interfere as we perform step 7 below.  
 

Step 7:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3 as shown below-right.  Push the jewelry wire until it rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 2 with no pressure applied.  
 

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Step 8:  Now we need to flip the wire component over again.  Remove peg 5 and add pegs 1, 2, 3 and 4
in the positions shown below-left.  We remove peg 5 so that it won't be in our way as we perform step 9 below.  
 

Step 9:  Wrap the wire around peg 4 as shown below-left.   Push the jewelry wire with the tip of the index finger on your dominant hand while you maneuver the WigJig jewelry tool with your non-dominant hand.

 

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V Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made from jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.

Step 10:  Place peg 5 into your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-left.  You won't need to flip the wire component over for this step.  
 

Step 11:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 5 as shown below-right.  Again, push the wire with the tip of the index finger on your dominant hand.  

 


 

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Step 12:  Remove the jewelry wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point, your wire component should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 13:  Cut the excess wire and close the final loop.  Please see the picture below-right. 

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V Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made using beads, and common jewelry making supplies.

Step 14:  Make a total of eight of these "V" shaped wire components.  

Step 15:  Now we are ready to make the small "V" shaped wire component shown at the bottom of these earrings.  Straighten, cut and make a loop on one end of a 2 inch segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  

Step 16:  Position pegs 6 and 7 in your WigJig jewelry tool and remove peg 8 as shown below-left.  Place the loop you made in step 15 on peg 6.  

Step 17:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 7 as shown below-right. 

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V Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made from sapphire beads and common jewelry supplies.

Step 18:  Add peg 8 to your pattern as shown below-left.  You won't need to flip this jewelry wire component over as it will be two layers of wire whether you flip it over or not.  
 

Step 19:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 8 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown below-center.  As before, push the jewelry wire with the tip of the index finger on your dominant hand.   
 

Step 20:  Remove your jewelry wire component from your jewelry making jig.  At this point the jewelry wire component should appear as shown below-right. 

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Step 21 to instructions for making V Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire configuration.Step 21:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire from the wire component.  When completed the Small "V" Shaped Wire Component should appear as shown at right. 

Step 22:  Now we need to make fiigure 8 connectors out of jewelry wire using our step jaw pliers and round nose pliers.  Use 22 gauge jewelry wire to match the wire you used to make your v shaped wire components.  Make 10 or 22 figure 8 connectors according to which style of earrings you want to make.  For beginners, it will be easier to assemble these earrings if you make larger loops in your figure 8 connector.  Try the middle step in your step jaw pliers.  For more advanced wire workers, we used the first step in our step jaw pliers and a lot of patience to make the earrings shown. 

V Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made out of sapphire beads and common jewelry making supplies.

Step 23:  Now you are ready to assemble the earrings.  First, use three of your figure 8 connectors to connect the four large "V" shaped wire components in the center.  Connecting the centers is more difficult than connecting the sides, so connect the centers first.  After you've connected all three centers, then use six figure 8 connectors to connect the outside loops on the "V" shaped wire components.  When the large "V" shaped wire components are connected properly, then use two figure 8 connectors to connect the Small "V" shaped wire component to the middle loops on each side of the bottom Large "V" shaped wire component.  See the picture at right.  After you have completed the body of the earrings, by connecting all the V shaped wire components, then connect your ear wire finding to the top of the earring body. 

Step 24:  Finish these earrings by connecting bead dangles made from common jewelry supplies to three bottom loops in the earring body.  For the bead dangles shown here, we used 8mm crystal bicone beads, 2mm round silver beads, and 2x4mm silver lined bugle beads.  When you have completed adding the three bead dangles, your earring is completed.  Now get ready for compliments. 

The final alternative design to consider is to expand any of the designs shown by adding a third tier to the earrings or for the design on page 17 adding a fourth tier to the earrings.  In order to accommodate a third tier, you will need to use the shorter yoke and few if any bugle beads as spacers. 

Hopefully, one of these shoulder duster designs will be just the right thing to complement your next evening out.  If someone asks where did you purchase those earrings, that will be a double compliment.  It means that your friend liked the earrings and that the earrings look so good that your friend assumed that they must have been made by a professional or a machine.  Good luck with your shoulder dusters!

Alternative design for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.



Alternative pattern for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools: 

Just turn the links upside down before connecting them.  You'll get a completely different look as shown in the photo on the left.  You can decide which orientation best satisfies your aesthetic needs. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We like this earring design.  We like it and we like the alternative designs.  We prefer the alternatives where figure 8 connectors were used at both ends of the V shaped jewelry wire components because the resulting earrings are more stable.  If you like chandelier earrings, we suggest that you consider this design. 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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