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Wire Beaded Earrings

Instructions for making the Wire Beaded Chandelier Earrings using common jewelry supplies, beads and WigJig jewelry making tools:

 




This is a beginners jewelry project.  These chandelier earrings can be made with almost any type of beads.  We used Swarovski 6mm emerald bicone beads and gold-filled jewelry wire plus common jewelry supplies. 

The finished earring was "decorated" by wrapping fine gauge jewelry wire to "glue" some components in place.  This technique is slightly more advanced and is not required to make these earrings.   We will describe a technique to make this decorative bead adornment that is suitable for beginners below. 

The instructions below show how to make these earrings on the WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.  The pattern for these earrings on the WigJig Delphi or Olympus/Olympus-Lite jewelry tool is also shown.

Emerald Chandelier Earrings jewelry making project made with WigJig tools, wire and jewelry supplies.     
Emerald Chandelier Earrings

      
Jewelry Supplies Required:


Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 15 inches of 20G jewelry wire (1/2 hard jewelry wire is preferred.)
  • Ten 1 1/2" gold-filled head pins
  • Twelve six mm crystal beads
  • Two commercial ear wire findings
  • Twelve inches of 24G wire (optional for wrapping at selected locations.)
  • Any WigJig acrylic jewelry tool
  • 8 metal pegsRound Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutters
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2 pairs)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (preferred but not required)
  • Step Jaw Pliers (preferred but not required)
  • 30 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.
     
  • Ability to open and close loops to connect jewelry making components using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to make an earring by connecting an ear wire finding to jewelry wire components made on the WigJig jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to make a bead dangle out of beads and head-pins using common jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to make jewelry wire components that include beads within the component.

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for making Wire Beaded Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:


Step 1:  Begin this jewelry making project by cutting two three inch pieces of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Cut another segment of 20G jewelry wire 1 1/2 inches long.  If available, 1/2 hard wire works best. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of each piece of wire.  Straighten all three pieces of jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Position two pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place the loop in one of the 3 inch segments of wire on the left most peg.  Wrap your jewelry wire round the second peg as shown above right.


Instructions for making Wire Beaded Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools  step 3     
Step 3

The WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools are preferred for this pattern, but the pattern can be made on any WigJig jewelry tool.  If you use a WigJig Delphi, Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tools, position the pegs in a row separated by about 1/4 inch.

Step 4:  Add another peg to your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap your jewelry wire around this peg.

Step 5:  Add another peg to your jewelry making jig and wrap your jewelry wire around this peg.

Step 6:  Repeat for the final peg and loop.  When completed the wire should appear as shown below, right. 
 

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Step 4

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Step 6 to instructions for making Wire Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with WigJig tools and jewelry supplies.
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Step 7:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool  and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the final loop.

Instructions for making Wire Beaded Chandelier Earrings showing shape of jewelry wire step 7     
Step 7

Step 8:  Now using your second three inch segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire place the loop in the wire over the left most peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below, left.  Wrap your wire around the top peg and down to the right most peg.  Push your wire far enough, so that with your hands removed, the wire will stay in the position shown below left. 

Step 9:  Wrap your jewelry wire around the bottom right peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below, center. 

Step 10:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop.  When completed the jewelry wire should appear as shown below, right.  
 

Instructions for making Wire Beaded Chandelier Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool  step 8
Step 8

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Step 10 to instructions for making Wire Beaded Earrings made with WigJig tools and jewelry supplies.
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Step 11:  Now we need to shape the V shaped piece of wire we just completed on the jig.  This step is accomplished by using your bent chain nose pliers to bend each loop in the ends of the wire 90 degrees up.  Grasp the loop firmly in your bent chain nose pliers while holding the rest of the wire component in your other hand and twist your bent chain nose pliers 90 degrees.  When completed the jewelry wire should appear as shown at right.  
 

Instructions for making Wire Beaded Chandelier Earrings showing shape of jewelry wire step 11  
Step 11
 

Step 12:  Now we need to convert both loops at the end of the component into eye loops.  This is accomplished with your round nose pliers.  Grasp the wire near the tips of your round nose pliers at the point where the loop begins.  Twist your round nose pliers 45 degrees.  When completed the V-shaped wire component will appear as shown below, left. 

Step 13:  Now we need to make the horizontal beaded wire component.  This component uses the 20 gauge 1 1/2 inch wire segment that we cut and straightened earlier.  Place two pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool about 1/2 inch apart as shown below, right.  Thread a bead onto your wire.  Place the initial loop in your wire on the left most peg and wrap the wire around the right most peg.  When finished it should appear as shown.
 



Instructions for making Wire Beaded Earrings using jewelry wire and beads step 11
Step 12

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Step 14:  Remove this jewelry wire and beaded component from your jig and cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop.  At this point this wire component should appear as shown at right. 

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Step 14

Step 15:  Now using the same technique that you used in step 12, convert both the initial and final loops into eye loops.  See the piece, below, left. 

Step 16:  At this point we have three wire components and we need to begin assembling the components.  Begin with the V shaped wire component.  Open both loops in this component.  Be sure to open  both loops in the same direction as the next step is to add the initial wire component we made to both these loops.  Connect this initial wire component as shown below center and close both loops in the V shaped component.  This will require a little patience, but not a lot of force.  Gently persuade the jewelry wire to cooperate. 

Step 17:  Now add the beaded wire component that we completed in step 15 by opening both loops in that component and connecting it to the V shaped component.  Once it is in place, close both loops.  The earring body should now appear as shown below, right.
 






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Step 17 to instructions for making Wire Beaded Earrings made with WigJig tools, beads and jewelry supplies.
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Step 18:  At this point, we need to add the five bead dangles to each of the loops in the initial wire component.  Using a head pin about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, make five bead dangles, one hanging on each loop. 

Step 19:  Connect the now complete earring body to an ear wire finding by the loop at the top of the V shaped wire component.  Open the loop in the ear wire finding, add the loop in the V shaped wire component and close the loop in the ear wire finding.  For this earring, we used an ear wire post with ball finding (Item 2660 in gold-filled, or Item 2659 in sterling silver.) 

Step20:  Complete this jewelry making project by making a second earring following the same steps.

Completed Wire Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project step 18


Alternative configurations for making earrings:

In the first alternative design, 24 gauge jewelry wire is used to wrap the bead in the center of the beaded wire component and to hold the loop closed at the top of the V-shaped wire component.  Performing this wrap will take a little patience and practice, but the results may be worth it. 

A second alternative is to make the initial jewelry wire component with only three loops instead of five.  The V shaped wire component would be made the same way, but at a slightly different angle.  The beaded wire component would need to be shorter in order to accommodate the different angle in the V shaped component. 




An earring with three loops made on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown at right.  The peg pattern for this earring can be found below, left.  A similar pattern would also work on the WigJig Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tool.  
 

3 Loop Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project
3 Loop Earrings

 




An earring made with four loops on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown at right.  The peg pattern for this earring is shown below, right.  Again, a similar pattern would work on the Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry making jig.  For these earrings, the  horizontal beaded wire component was made by hand without the jig. 

A final alternative to consider is to make the same earrings but replace the horizontal beaded segment with a bead dangle hanging from the loop at the top of the V shaped wire component. 

4 Loop Beaded Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project
4 Loop Earrings

3 Loop Peg Pattern for Beaded Chandelier Earrings shown on WigJig jewelry making tool.
3 Loop Peg Pattern

4 Loop Peg Pattern shown on WigJig jewelry making tools.
4 Loop Peg Pattern
 

Another alternative is the project shown at right.  This is a five peg pattern made using the WigJig Cyclops jewelry making tool.  The peg pattern for these earrings is shown below.  These earrings use a bead dangle hanging from the loop in the V shaped wire component instead of the horizontal beaded wire segment.  Because of the design of these earrings, the loop for the bead dangle needs to be larger than normal.  Other than this change, the process for making these earrings is the same as the one described in the basic instructions, pages 2 through 6.  The beads used to make the earrings shown are 6mm Swarovski Glass Crystal Beads in the color Siam.

The rounded portion of the bottom of these earrings has a smaller diameter (more rounded) than the original pattern. 

Beaded Wire Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making alternative design

5 Loop Earrings Made on WigJig Cyclops



Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry tool  for Beaded Wire Chandelier Earrings alternative design

5 Loop Pattern Made on WigJig Cyclops

Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools Continued:

Another alternative is the earrings project shown at right.  This is a five peg pattern made using the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool.  The peg pattern for these earrings is shown below.  These earrings use a bead dangle hanging from the loop in the V shaped wire component instead of the horizontal beaded wire segment.  Because of the design of these earrings, the loop for the bead dangle needs to be larger than normal.  Other than this change, the process for making these earrings is the same as the one described in the basic instructions above.  The beads used in the earrings shown are made using 6mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls in the color Black.

Beaded 5 Loop Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made from jewelry wire and beads.

5 Loop Pattern on WigJig Delphi

Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for Beaded 5 Loop Chandelier Earrings



Completed Beaded 5 Loop Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This is in earring design that we call a compound design.  Instead of making one complex jewelry wire component, we make two much less complex jewelry wire components and connect them.  This approach to making earrings is very powerful and allows many alternative configurations as described above.  These earrings can be made in a variety of sizes with a variety of numbers of beads.

 

 



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