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Celtic Triangle Earrings

Instructions for making Celtic Triangle Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Emerald BeadsCeltic Triangle Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings made using WigJig jewelry making tools.

Making these earrings is not terribly difficult.  Figuring out how to make these earrings in a consistent, repeatable manner, with step-by-step instructions was somewhat difficult.   We tried many different ways to make the Celtic triangular figure.  In the earrings shown here, you can see the final result.

To make these earrings, you need a WigJig Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry tool.  You will also need a 1 1/2" Larger Super Peg for the Delphi/Cyclops/Centaur jewelry tool. 

Normally, we use straight segments of wire between the pegs in our patterns.  In this project, we use curved segments of jewelry wire between the pegs in a pattern.  Once this technique is understood, it will open up many new design options. 

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • WigJig Cyclops jewelry making tool
  • One 1 1/2" Larger Super Peg for the WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Ruler
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made with emerald beads and common jewelry supplies.

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

There are two major steps in making these earrings.  First, we need to make a piece of jewelry wire in the shape of a circle with a 1 1/2" diameter, then we need to shape that round piece of wire into the triangular shape shown at right.  Both of these steps involved shaping the wire using pegs on our of our WigJig tools.  For this particular shape, the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool is the best choice of jig, although we will also show how to make these earrings using the WigJig Centaur jewelry tool. 

Step 1:  Using your Flush Cutter, cut a segment of 18 gauge soft jewelry wire 6 1/2 inches long.Step 2 to instructions for making  Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings showing shape of jewelry wire.

Step 2:  Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers or your round nose pliers, make a 1/2 loop in one end of this jewelry wire.  This loop needs to be big enough to fit over one of the regular metal pegs for your jig.  You won't need a full loop because this loop is going to be cut off in a later step.

Step 3:  Using your thumb and forefinger from your non-dominant hand, hold the jewelry wire by the 1/2 loop you just made and pull the wire repeatedly through the jaws of you nylon jaw pliers to straighten the wire.  Step 4 to instructions for making Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 4:  Position one 1 1/2" larger round Super Peg and one regular metal peg in your WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place the initial 1/2 loop on the regular metal peg and wrap the jewelry wire completely around the Larger Round Super Peg Step 5 to instructions for making Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tool.(shown in white at right).  Continue wrapping until all the jewelry wire has been bent against the Super Peg.  Hold the wire in this fully wrapped position for about 10 seconds and then let it relax.  At this point, the jewelry wire will appear as shown at right.  You should note that the wire won't completely follow the Super Peg, but will be close.  (The pattern for the WigJig Centaur jewelry tool can be found below as an Alternative Design.)

Step 5:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and cut the initial 1/2 loop off the wire.  Upon completion of this step your will will appear as shown at left. 

Step 6 to instructions for making Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings showing jewelry wire shape.Step 6:  Now we need to make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire, with the loop on the inside of the circle.  The reason that we had to cut off the initial loop is that it is almost impossible to rotate that initial loop from outside the circle to inside the circle without bending the circle out of shape.  Fortunately, it is relatively easy to make a loop Step 7 to instructions for making  Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool.inside the circle using your round nose pliers or preferable your Fine Step Jaw Pliers.  When you have completed this loop, your wire should appear as shown at right. 

 

Step 7:  At this point you will need to remove the Super Peg and regular metal peg from your WigJig jewelry tool and add four regular metal pegs as shown at left.  Pegs 1, 3 and 4 are each separated from the other two by 120 degrees.  Since pegs 1, 3 and 4 are on the same radius of your jewelry making jig, they make a Step 8 to instructions for making Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.perfect equilateral triangle.  (This means that all three sides are the same length and all three angles in this triangle are the same 60degree angle.)

 

Step 8:  Now we are ready to start bending the wire into shape.  Place the initial loop in your jewelry wire on peg 1 as shown at right.  Position peg 2 in your jig, but not peg 3.  Push the jewelry wire with your thumb as close to peg 2 as possible until the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied.  As you can see in the photo at right, you won't have to push very far.  When this has been accomplished add peg 3 to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool. 

Step 9 toinstructions for making  Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing using WigJig jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire.

 

Step 9:  Now push the jewelry wire with your thumb as close to peg 4 as possible until the wire rests adjacent to peg 2 as shown at right.  It may be easier to remove peg 2 and push the wire slightly beyond the hole for peg 2 then let it relax back to the position shown.  When you have the jewelry wire in position add peg 2 back to your pattern.

Step 10:  With peg 2 in position, remove peg 4 and push the jewelry wire until with no pressure applied the wire remains in position immediately adjacent to the empty hole for peg 4, then add peg 4 to your WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point your jewelry wire should appear as shown at right.Step 11 to instructions for making Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing wire on WigJig jewelry tools.

 

 

 

Step 11:  Now push the wire with your thumb as close to peg 4 as possible until with no pressure applied the wire rests adjacent to pegs 1 and 2.  This may require first removing peg 2 then pushing the wire slightly beyond peg 2 and replacing peg 2 after the wire Step 12 to instructions for making Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing final shape of jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.stays next to the hole for peg 2.  It may also require pushing the wire up, over and beyond peg 1 so that with no pressure on the wire it will remain in position immediately adjacent to peg 1. 

Step 12:  Finally, we need to wrap the jewelry wire around peg 1 to finish the triangle shape.  This is best done by pushing the wire with your thumb as close to peg 1 as possible.  When completed, the wire should appear as shown at right.  After this step is completed, remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  If you have done each step correctly, the jewelry wire should remain in the shape shown. 

Step 15 to instructions for making  Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing jewelry wire after removal from jewelry tool.Step 13:  Cut the excess jewelry wire using your flush cutter and close the final loop using your bent chain nose pliers.  This completes the triangle wire component. 

Step 14:  Using about 1 1/2" of 20 gauge jewelry wire, make modified figure 8 connector.  One side of the alternative figure 8 connector needs to be slightly larger than the other, large enough so that both loops in the triangle wire component fit inside the figure 8 connector.  Step 15 to instructions for making  Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings made with emerald beads and common jewelry supplies.

Step 15:  Using your bent chain nose pliers open the smaller loop in your alternative figure 8 connector and connect your commercial ear wire to that loop.   Close the loop to complete that connection.  Next open the bottom, large loop with your bent chain nose pliers and connect it to the two top loops in the triangle wire component.  To finish this connection, close the loop in your modified figure 8 connector with your bent chain nose pliers.

Step 16:  Now we need to add bead dangles to the bottom of the triangle wire component made using common jewelry supplies.  For the beads on the two ends of the triangle wire component, you can use wrapped loop or links.  For the bead hanging from the middle of the triangle, you will need to make a large open loop.

Follow these same instructions to make your second earring. 

Alternative Designs for Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry makign tool.

Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

The pattern for making these earrings on the WigJig Centaur jewelry tool is shown at right.  This pattern is exactly the same size as the pattern on the WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.  Alternative Earring Design for Celtic Triangle Wire and Beads Earrings made from common jewelry supplies.

The earring shown at left is an alternative design.  This design uses 8 1/2" of jewelry wire instead of the 6 1/2" used in the design described earlier.  To make this design you proceed as you did making the original design until you get to Step 11.  At that point, instead of wrapping the wire completely around peg 1, you push the wire against peg 1 as you did against peg 3 and 4.  Doing that  will cause the jewelry wire to overlap on the segment from pegs 1 to 4.  The overlap will happen on opposite sides of the wire component.  To finish the triangle wire component, you use 1/2 round wire to wrap the wire segments together on either side.  If you look closely at the earring at left you can see the places where the wire overlaps and the wraps take place.  After you have the wraps in place, you cut the excess wire at both ends. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like our Celtic Triangle Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings.  They may be just the thing to wear on St. Patrick's Day.  The technique we use for making these earrings is quite different from our normal approach to making jewelry wire components.  Normally, we bend straight segments of jewelry wire on the pegs on our WigJig jewelry tools.  This time, instead of bending straight segments of wire, we are making a curved segment of jewelry wire and using a pattern on our WigJig jewelry tools to shape that curved segment of jewelry wire.  We may find more opportunities to use this technique in future jewelry making projects. 

 

 



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