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Figure 8 Dangle Earrings

Instructions for making Figure 8 Dangle Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry making tools:

 

This earring design can be made one of two ways as shown at right.  Both ways look pretty good.  The difference between the two styles is rather simple, one has one side up and the other design has the opposite side up. 

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

Figure 8 Dangle Earrings made with beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies. Figure 8 Dangle Earrings with Indicolite Swarovski Beads made on WigJig jewelry tools.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • WigJig Delphi, Centaur, Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tool
  • Two 1/4" Super Pegs for your jewelry making jig
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • 20 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

 

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

Step 1:  Cut a 3 1/2 inch segment of soft 20 gauge jewelry wire. 

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

Step 3:  Straighten the jewelry wire.

Step 4:  Position peg 1, a regular metal peg, and peg 2, a 1/4" Super Peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as show at right. Place the initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2. 
 

Instructions for making Figure 8 Dangle Earrings showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tools.

Step 5:  Add peg 3, a 1/4" Super Peg to your jewelry making jig as shown and wrap the wire around peg 3 then the other side of peg 2.

Step 6:  Add peg 4, a regular metal peg, to your pattern and wrap the jewelry wire under and around peg 4. 

Step 7:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and using your fine step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers complete the loop around peg 4.

Step 8:  Cut the excess jewelry wire with your flush cutter.

Step 9:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the loop made on peg 4. 

Step 10:  Hand finish your Figure 8 Dangle wire component.  Shaping it with your fingers. 



Step 11A:  (For the pattern shown at right)  Using three head pins, attach three 6mm beads to the loops formed on pegs 1, 2 and 4 as shown at right. 

Step 12A:  Open the loop in your ear wire finding and connect this loop to the top loop in your Figure 8 Dangle wire component, then close the loop in your ear wire finding. 

Step 13A:  Using 2 inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire, wrap this wire around the point in the figure 3 where the wire crosses.  Wrap about 3 times and cut the excess wire.  Squeeze the ends of the cut wire flat using your bent chain nose pliers.  (Step 13A is optional.)  This completes the earring design shown at right.
 

Figure 8 Dangle Earrings made with fuchsia beads and common jewelry making supplies.



Step 11B:  (For the pattern at right)  Using three head pins attach three bead dangles to the loops made on pegs 1, 3, and 4.  The bead dangles should include a 6mm bead and a 2x4mm bugle bead. 

Step 12B:  Using either 20 or 22 gauge jewelry wire, make a modified Figure 8 Connector as described here.  Open one end of this modified Figure 8 Connector and connect it to the top of your Figure 8 Dangle wire component as shown at right.  Then close the modified Figure 8 Connector. 

Step 13B:  Open the top loop in the modified Figure 8 Connector and connect it to the loop in your ear wire finding.  Close that loop.  This completes the earring design shown at right.

Figure 8 Dangle Earrings made with Erinite Beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

Jewelry Supplies Used:

Jewelry Wire

  • 20 Gauge Soft Gold-Filled Round Jewelry Wire (Item 1011) or
  • 20 Gauge Soft Sterling Silver Round Jewelry Wire (Item 0009)
  • 22 Gauge Soft Gold-Filled Round Jewelry Wire (Item 1013) or
  • 22 Gauge Soft Sterling Silver Round Jewelry Wire (Item 1014)
     

Figure 8 Dangle Earrings madet with Burgundy Beads and gold jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools.

Ear Wire Findings
  • Earring Post with Loop Gold Filled (Item 2660) or
  • Earring Post with Loop Sterling Silver (Item 2659) or
  • Lever Back Ear Clip Gold Filled (Item 0117) or
  • Lever Back Ear Clip Gold Filled (Item 0421)

 

Figure 8 Dangle Earrings made with montana blue beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

When making unusual shapes out of jewelry wire, sometimes the results can be like a Rorschact Test -- where you try to describe what you see in the ink blots.  For me, the Figure 8 Dangle earrings with the burgundy beads always remind me of what the immature squid looks like under a microscope.  In my life that was an important memory because in my Freshman Zoology laboratory course, we had to identify 50 items in a microscope.  I got 49 correct and missed getting 100% because I failed to identify the immature squid.  Out of many experiences in college, that experience stuck with me and I will never fail to identify a squid again.  Unfortunately, I don't get much opportunity to use that knowledge because I live inland where there are absolutely no squid to identify.  What do you see when you view these jewelry wire shapes?  Do they invoke any memories for you?

 

 

 



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