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Simple Wire Earrings

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

The definition of a great jewelry making project is one that is easy to make, quick to make and that makes jewelry that is very popular.  These "Simple Wire Earrings" are all of the above.  It takes about five minutes to make a pair of earrings.  The two earrings at right use a single 6mm bead and a head pin for each earring.  The pearl earring uses a Swarovski Crystal Pearl bead in the color "cream rose".  The other earring uses a Swarovski Aqua Crystal bead in the "cube" style. 

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

Simple Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project made out of jewelry wire shaped on a WigJig jewelry tool. Simple Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with gold jewelry wire, Swarovski crystal beads and common jewelry supplies.   
Simple Earrings

        Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 5 inches of 20G gold-filled or sterling silver jewelry wire
  • Two 1 1/2" head pins
  • Two six mm crystal beads
  • Any WigJig acrylic jewelry tool
  • One 1/2" Super Peg for your jig
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • 1 metal peg
  • Cup Bur
  • Chasing Hammer
  • Anvil
  • 10 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 and Super Peg to make an ear wire.
  • Ability to make a bead dangle using a head-pin and a bead using common jewelry tools. 
  • Ability to connect jewelry wire components by opening and closing loops using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools.

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

Step 1Cut and straighten a piece of 20 gauge sterling silver or gold-filled jewelry wire 2 1/8 inches long.  You can use soft wire or half-hard jewelry wire.  If you use soft jewelry wire you will need to harden the ear wire component that you make by hammering it with a chasing hammer and anvil.  If you use 1/2 hard wire you won't need to harden the finished piece, but the size if the finished ear wire will be bigger than the size of the Super Peg that you use, so you may want to use a 3/8" Super Peg instead of the 1/2" Super Peg Shown. 

 Simple Wire Earrings made from gold jewelry wire, pearl beads and common jewelry supplies.   Simple Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with sapphire beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry making supplies.
Simple Earrings

Step 2Make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut end. 

Step 3:  Place a 1/2" Super Peg (soft wire) or a 3/8" Super Peg (1/2 hard wire) into any WigJig jewelry tool along with a single metal peg.  Place the metal peg as shown at right, so that it is close to the Super Peg, preferably one thickness of the 20 gauge wire away. Place your initial loop in your jewelry wire on the metal peg as shown.

Simple Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 3 showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 3 on WigJig Delphi

Step 4:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the Super Peg as shown at right. 

Step 5:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut off the excess jewelry wire about 3/16" from the initial loop. 

Step 4 to instructions for making Simple Wire Earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools to shape jewelry wire.
Step 4

Step 6: By hand, flatten the wire component so that it lies flat.  For soft wire, place the flattened wire component on an anvil and gently tap it several times with a chasing hammer.  Hammer all the way around the ear wire.   If you used 1/2 hard jewelry wire, you can skip this step, although it is still a good idea.  Hammering the jewelry wire component will cause the wire to open up to a larger diameter.  When you have finished hardening the ear wires it is a good idea to place them back on the peg pattern in your WigJig jewelry tool and give them a slight squeeze by hand so that they return to their original size. 

Step 7:  Now take a 1 1/2 inch head pin and add a 6mm bead to it.  Make a bead dangle to hang from the loop in the ear wire. 

 Simple Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project made from common jewelry making supplies.    SimpleWire Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with sapphire beads. gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.
Simple Earrings


Step 8:  Repeat the above process for making your second earring. 

Step 9Using your Cup Bur, file the ends of the two ear wires that you just made so that they are rounded and safe to wear. 

Simple Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with pearl beads and common jewelry making supplies.  Completed Simple Wire Earrings made with sapphire beads and common jewelry supplies.

Perform Steps 1 through 9 over and over.  These earrings are so quick to make that you will want to make several to give to your friends and family. 


If you are using the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool, you may find that the metal peg is a little further from the Super Peg than has been shown for the pattern on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool.  This can be easily accommodated, but the design is slightly modified.  First, you need to use a longer piece of wire -- about 2 3/4 inches of jewelry wire instead of the 2 1/8 inches of jewelry wire we used earlier.  Second, when you wrap the wire around the Super Peg you will need to wrap to the point where the wire crosses itself.  This will leave you about 1/2 inch of straight wire at the end.  Third, when you remove the wire from the jig, you will cut off the initial loop and any straight wire.  Finally, you will need to make a loop with the 1/2 inch of straight jewelry wire at the end using your round nose pliers.  From this point all the instructions remain the same.  In essence, this earring is made backwards.  The end is made first and the initial loop from our earlier description is made last using your hand tools.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

For many people, a longer more complex bead dangle would be better.  The earrings as shown are classic in style and can be worn every day, but may not be appropriate where something with more flash is desired.  These earrings will work fine with a more complex, multi-beaded bead dangle.  We hope that you enjoy this design as much as we do.  If you are on our Christmas list, you can expect a pair of these earrings.

Simple Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project made pearl beads and gold jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.   Simple Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project made sapphire beads and gold jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry making tools.
Simple Beaded Earrings





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