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Five-Plus-One Earrings

Instructions for making the Five Plus One Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.

 

These earrings are similar to our Four Dangle Earrings and our Four plus One Chandelier Earrings.  Those two designs used silver lined bugle beads to separate and accent 4mm bicone beads.  This design uses silver lined seed beads to separate and accent 4mm bicone beads.  The end result is similar in appearance. 

The Five plus One Beaded Chandelier Earrings are made using the round peg pattern of the WigJig Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry tools.

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

5 Plus 1 Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Jet Beads and gold jewelry wire.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

  • Fourteen inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire preferably 1/2 hard
  • Twenty 4mm beads
  • Ten size 6 Crystal Silver Lined Seed Beads
  • Two 8mm beads
  • Twelve 1-1/2 inch head pins
  • One pair commercial ear wire finding

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry tool
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • 60 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire using flush cutter jewelry tool. 
     
  • Ability to make a loop in jewelry wire using round nose pliers or step jaw pliers jewelry tools.
     
  • Use of a WigJig jewelry tool to make jewelry wire components.
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  • Ability to make a bead dangle out of a head pin and beads using common jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to open and close loops to connect jewelry wire components using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools. 

 

These earrings are made with six components.  Two of these jewelry wire components are made on your WigJig jewelry making jig -- they are the top wire component and the semi-circular wire component (shown below at right).  One of these wire components is the purchased ear wire finding.  The modified figure 8 wire component is made using your round nose pliers.  The remaining two components are the five bottom bead dangles and the large central bead dangle made from common jewelry supplies.  We will begin the instructions for making these earrings with the semi-circular wire component.
 

Instructions for making 5 Plus 1 Earrings showing jewelry wire components.

Step-by-step instructions for making the 5 + 1 Earrings using jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies and made using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Cut and make a loop in in 3 inch segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 2:  Straighten this jewelry wire segment

Step 3:  Add pegs 1 and 2 to your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Leave pegs 3, 4, and 5 off the jewelry making jig.  Place your initial loop on peg 1 and wrap your wire around peg 2.  Push the jewelry wire until it rests next to the hole for peg 3 with no pressure being applied.

Step 4:  Add peg 3 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig.  Now wrap the wire around peg 3 so that the jewelry wire rests next to the hole for peg 4 with no pressure being applied.

Step 5:  Add peg 4 to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.  Wrap the wire around peg 4 so that the jewelry wire rests against the hole for peg 5 with no pressure being applied.

Step 6:  Add peg 5 and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 5.

Step 7:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the loop made around peg 5 with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Instructions for making 5 Plus 1 Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.

 

 

Step 8:  Now we begin to make the top wire component. Cut a 2-3/4" segment of wire and make a loop in one end.

Step 9:  Straighten this jewelry wire segment. 

Step 10:  Position pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place the initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2 so that the jewelry wire rests next to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure being applied.

Step 11:  Now add peg 3 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3.

Step 12:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire. 

Step 13:  Using your bent chain nose pliers close the loop made around peg 3. 

Instructions for making 5 Plus 1 Earrings showing Top Wire Component on WigJig jewelry tool.
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Instructions for making 5 Plus 1 Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 13 made from common jewelry supplies.
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Step 14:  Using the tips of your round nose pliers bend the loops at the ends of the top wire component so that they are eye loops.

 

 

Step 15:  Now, one at a time, bend these eye loops 90 degrees.  When completed, the loops are perpendicular to the rest of the top wire component as shown at right. 

   
   

Instructions for making 5 Plus 1 Earrings Step 14 showing jewelry wire shape.

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Instructions for making 5 Plus 1 Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools Step 15

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Now we have made two wire components and we are ready to begin assembling the earrings.  The two wire components are shown at right. 

 

 

5 Plus 1 Beaded Chandelier Earrings Top and Semi-circular jewelry wire components

 

Step 16:  Open the loop on one end of the top wire component and insert one end loop on the semi-circular wire component, then close the loop in the top wire component.  Use bent chain nose pliers to open and close that loop.

Step 17:  On the opposite end of the top wire component, open the end loop.  Also open the loop on the opposite end of the semi-circular wire component.  With both loops open, connect these two wire components and close both loops.  Once connected the two wire components will appear as shown at right.

Step 18:  Now we need to cut a segment of jewelry wire 1 inch long and make the modified Figure 8 connector to connect the earring body to the ear wire finding.

Step 19:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, open one loop in the modified figure 8 connector and connect it to the top loop in the top wire component.  Once connected, close that loop with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 20:  Now connect your ear wire finding to the top loop in the modified figure 8 connector by opening the loop, making the connection and then closing the loop. 

Instructions for making 5 Plus 1 Earrings out of jewelry wire and beads Step 17
Step 17

 

At this point, we have connected the ear wire finding, the modified figure 8 connector, the top wire component and the semi-circular wire component and we are ready to add the bead dangles made from common jewelry supplies. 

Step 21:  Take a 1-1/2 inch head pin and add an 8mm bead.  Slide the bead down to the bottom of the head pin and measure 3/8" above the top of the bead.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, bend the head pin about 90 degrees at that point.

Step 22:  Using your round nose pliers, grasp the head pin near the 90 degree bend, but on the horizontal segment.  Make a loop in the wire at that point.  This is a two step process as you will need to make a 180 degree bend of the wire up and over the top jaw of your round nose pliers, then reposition the head pin in the jaws of your pliers and complete the loop with another 180 degree bend.  
 

FInished 5 Plus 1 Beaded Chandelier Earrings made using common jewelry supplies.

Step 23:  Cut the excess wire.  This will make the bead dangle for the large bead shown in the middle above-right. 

Step 24:  Open the loop in this bead dangle and insert it in the top loop of the top wire component, then close the loop.  See the picture for how this should look.

Step 25:  Now take another 1-1/2 inch head pin and thread one 4mm bead, a size 6 silver lined seed bead and a second 4mm bead onto that head pin.  Slide the beads all the way down.  Grasp the head pin just above your beads near the tips of your bent chain nose pliers.  Bend the wire 90  degrees and make as loop as described above.  Before cutting the excess wire, slide the loop in the head pin so that it connects with one of the loops at the bottom of the semi-circular wire component.  Once they are connected, grasp the loop with the tips of your bent chain nose pliers and wrap the wire around the head pin, completing a wrapped loop. Cut the excess wire and using two pair of bent chain nose pliers, squeeze the cut wire tail flat.  Repeat this step for all five loops in the bottom of the semi-circular wire component, making a total of five bead dangles, each with two 4mm beads and one size 6 seed bead.  This completes one earring.  Repeat the above steps to make your second earring. 

Alternative pattern for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

WigJIg Delphi Jewelry Tool Pattern:  The pattern for making these earrings using the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown at right.  This pattern can be modified by moving peg 2 in the top wire component up one hole if you want a slightly longer earring.  All of the steps for making these earrings are the same as the ones described previously for the Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry tools. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This earring design is a compound earring design.  We make two jewelry wire components that are relatively easy to make and connect them.  This is a much easier way to make an earring body than to try to make the same shape of earring body using a single segment of jewelry wire.  These earrings are easy to make consistently.  The results are very attractive chandelier earrings.  Try making this design.  You will like the results.

Instructions for making 5 Plus 1 Earrings showing jewelry wire pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.

 

 

 

 



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