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Inverted "V" Earring

Instructions for making Inverted "V" Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Inverted V Ear Wires Jewelry Making Project with Pink Lampwork Beads made with gold jewelry wire.

 

Since variety remains the spice of life, we are showing a new variation on the ear wire finding.  This variation is called the Inverted "V" Ear Wire Finding for the simple reason that it roughly resembles an upside down letter "V".  This is a very simple to make ear wire and is a good way to showcase unique beads.  It is shown at right with a 12x18mm teardrop shaped lampwork glass bead (Item 2063 in our store).  Because of the shape of this ear wire and the weight of this bead, this combination will be very unlikely to come off while being worn.  If you are seeking a little variety in the earrings you make, consider this Inverted "V" Ear Wire Finding.   

This is a beginner's jewelry making project.

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • WigJig Delphi, Centaur, Olympus or Olympus Lite jewelry tool
  • 3/16" and 3/8" Super Peg for your jewelry making jig
  • Cup Bur
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Hammer and anvil (recommended)
  • 30 minutes of free time
Inverted V Ear Wire Jewelry Making Project with Pink Lampwork Beads and gold jewelry wire.

Step-by-step instructions for making Inverted "V" Earrings using jewelry wire, beads, common jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Cut and a 3" segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Half-hard jewelry wire is preferred.

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire using your round nose pliers or your step jaw pliers.  The loop needs to be large enough to fit over a regular metal peg for the jig you will use.

Step 3:  Straighten this segment of jewelry wire by holding the loop in the wire with one hand and pulling the wire repeated through the jaws of your nylon jaw Step 4 to instructions for making Inverted V Ear Wires showing jewelry wire shapped on WigJig jewelry tool.pliers held in your other hand. 

Step 4:  Position a regular metal peg, peg 1, and a 3/8" Super Peg, peg 2, in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown.  Place the loop in your jewelry wire on peg 1 and bend the wire against peg 2 until with no pressure applied the wire will rest adjacent to peg 3 (when it is inserted.) 

Step 5:  Add peg 3, the 3/16" Super Peg to your WigJig jewelry tool, as shown above and wrap the jewelry wire tightly around peg 3.  Continue to push the wire until it is near peg 2.  Once you are close, remove peg 2 so that you can push the wire slightly beyond peg 2.  Your goal is to push the wire so that with no pressure applied it will rest adjacent to peg 2 once it is re-inserted. 

Step 6:  Replace peg 2 in your jewelry making jig and bend the jewelry wire against peg 2 so that with no Step 7 to instructions for Inverted V Ear Wires made with common jewelry supplies on WigJig jewelry tools.pressure applied it will rest as shown above. 

After Step 7 to Inverted V Ear Wires Jewelry Making Project showing shape of jewelry wire.Step 7:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the jewelry wire at the point shown at right and bend the wire 90 degrees.  When you are done, remove the jewelry wire from the jig and it should appear as shown at left. 

Step 8 to instructions for making Inverted V Earrings made with jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.

 

Step 8:  Using your round nose pliers make a loop in the jewelry wire.  Make the loop as close to the right angle bend as possible.  When completed your wire should appear as shown at right. Step 9 to instructions for making Inverted V Ear Wires made on WigJig jewelry making tools.

Step 9:  With your flush cutter cut the excess jewelry wire at the point where the loop in the wire overlaps.  Remember to cut the wire with the flat side of your flush cutter toward the finished piece.  Use your bent chain nose pliers to close the open loop that you just completed.

 

Step 10 to Inverted V Jewelry Making Project

Step 10:  Again, with your flush cutters, cut the initial loop (the loop that was placed on peg 1) off your jewelry wire, as shown at right. 

Step 11:  Using your cup bur or a fine nail file, round the end of the cut wire to remove any burs or sharp edges. 

 

 

 

Step 12:  Now you are ready to harden the ear wire to make the shape permanent.  The best way to do this is with a chasing hammer and an anvil or bench block.  Place the wire component on the anvil or block and hammer with the metal chasing Finished Inverted V Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making Project Made with Lampwork Beads and gold jewelry wire.hammer.  Use many light strokes of the hammer rather than a few heavy blows.  You will want the wire to deform slightly, especially the rounded portion at the top of the ear wire.  This hardens the design and makes the shape permanent. 

Step 13:  We finish this project by adding a bead dangle to your ear wire using a head pin and one or more beads.

 
Alternative Design for Inverted V Jewelry Making Project with Pink Lampwork Beads and gold jewelry wire.

Making Alternative Earring Designs:

There are a couple of alternative designs that can be considered.  One alternative is to add a small 3-4mm bead to the jewelry wire after completing step 6 in these instructions.  You can view this ear wire with a 3mm round gold-filled bead at right.  Another alternative would be to make a wrapped loop at the end of the ear wire instead of an open loop.  This gives the coil effect that is common in many commercial ear wires.  Making this wrap would be accomplished in step 9 instead of cutting the excess wire.  To complete the wrap without distorting the loop in the wire you would hold the loop in bent chain nose pliers while you wrap the wire around itself. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like our Inverted "V" Ear Wires.  They may be a more interesting alternative than plain French style ear wires and may stay in place better.  They are somewhat unique so they will add a measure of novelty to your designs.  We suggest that making these earrings with somewhat larger beads will help them to stay on while they are being worn. 

 

 

 



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