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Wire Chandelier Earrings 1

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







These Chandelier Earrings are a very simple jewelry making project.  If you can make a wrapped bead dangle, you will be able to make these earrings.  This is definitely a beginners jewelry making project; but in spite of the simplicity of this design, they are a nice, contemporary design. 

Wire Chandelier Earrings made with siam beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry making supplies.  Wire Chandelier Earrings (side view) made using WigJig jewelry making tools and common jewelry supplies.
Chandelier Earrings
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool
  • 5 metal pegs
  • 20 minutes of free time

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

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a three inch piece of 20G round, 1/2 hard jewelry wire.  (Soft jewelry wire can be used, but the design works better in 1/2 hard jewelry wire because the loops around the pegs are tighter. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Position the pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  This pattern is for the Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool.  A similar pattern using the 45 degree angle can be made on the Delphi or Olympus/Olympus-Lite jewelry tool.

Instructions for making Wire Chandelier Earrings showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tool .
Peg Pattern for WigJig Cyclops

Step 4:  Place the loop in the 20G jewelry wire on one of the end pegs in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap the wire as shown above right.  This pattern works best if you wrap from one end of the "V" to the center, completing the center loop, then remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and flip it over, replacing it on the opposite side of the "V".  Now finish the wrap up the other side of the "V".  This will make a more symmetrical wire component.

Step 5:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire at the end with your flush cutter.  Close the final loop using your bent chain nose pliers.     

Step 6:  Squeeze the jewelry wire component in the jaws of Nylon Jaw Pliers in several different orientations to harden the piece, set the shape and make the wire as two dimensional as possible. 


Step 7:  Open the initial and final loops and add a segment of chain about 1 to 1/12 inches long.  Count the links and be sure to have an odd number of links in the chain.  Be careful about the orientation of the links.  Make sure that the chain is not twisted. 
Step 7 to instructions for making Chandelier Earrings using common jewelry making supplies.
Step 7



Step 8:  Thread five head-pins onto five beads.  For these earrings I used 4mm Swarovski Bicone Crystal Beads.  (6mm beads could also have been used with a 2.5 mm metal bead instead of the 4mm beads.  If you use 6mm beads you will need the additional metal bead so that the beads hang down far enough to hang straight.)  Make a wrapped bead dangle and hang one of the 4mm beads from each loop in the wire component. 
Step 8 to instructions for making Wire Chandelier Earrings using red beads and common jewelry supplies.     Completed Wire Chandelier Earrings made with gold jewelry wire and red crystal beads.

Step 9:  Add an ear wire.  Connect the ear wire to the middle link in the chain.  Watch the orientation of the chandelier wire component.  You may need to orientate the loop in the ear wire so that the chandelier hangs properly.  This can be done by twisting the loop in the ear wire 90 degrees, or by adding a figure 8 connector so that the "chandelier" hangs properly. 

Step 10:  To complete this jewelry making project, make a second earring using the same steps. 



Alternative designs for making earrigns using WigJig jewelry tools:

The peg pattern shown at right is the pattern for the Delphi, Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry making tools.  The wire component that this makes is slightly different than the design shown on the WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.

 

Wire Chandelier Earrings alternative design showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Pattern for Delphi or Olympus
Jewelry Tools



The Earrings made using this pattern have a design that is closer to a square held by one corner.  When making these earrings I try to size the amount of wire so that each side of the wire is the same length as each side of the "V" shaped wire component.  The earrings shown at right use 6mm Swarovski Bicone crystals and 2mm gold-filled round metal beads.  The extra length that results from using these beads allows the 6mm beads to hang straight. 

More alternative designs follow.

Completed alternative design for Wire Chandelier Earrings made with sapphire beads and common jewelry supplies.



More alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

These alternative designs replace the chain in the Chandelier Earrings with a jewelry wire component made on on your WigJig jewelry tool.  These earrings are made from two wire components.  The first component is the V shaped wire component made on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool.  The second component is the jewelry wire component that is used to connect the V shaped component to the ear wire finding. When combined these two wire components look like a shovel.  The second wire component, we will call the handle, since it is the handle portion of the shovel.  Instructions for making these components are provided below.  These directions are slightly abbreviated. 
 

Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with Amethyst Swarovski Beads and common jewelry supplies. Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with Lite Amethyst Swarovski Beads using WigJig jewelry making tools.

The peg pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool for making the V shaped wire component is shown at right.  To make this component, cut and straighten a 2 3/4" piece of jewelry wire (preferably 1/2 hard).  Make a loop on one end of this wire.  Place your initial loop over peg 1.  Remove peg 3 from the jewelry making jig and wrap your jewelry wire around peg 2.  Push the wire far enough so that it would rest against peg 3 if it were there.  Now replace peg 3 and remove pegs 4 and 5.  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3 so that it would rest against peg 4 if it were there.  Replace pegs 4 and 5.  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and re-place it on the jewelry making jig in the mirror image position, with the initial loop on peg 5, but with the loop formed on peg 3, still on peg 3.  Now remove peg 1 and make a loop around peg 2 with your wire.  Make sure to push the jewelry wire far enough that it would rest against peg 1 if it were there.  Finally, replace peg 1 and wrap the wire around this peg.  Cut the excess wire tail and you are done with the V shaped component. 
Beaded Chandelier Earrings  V Shaped Wire Component made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.
V-Shaped Wire Component
Pattern on WigJig Jewelry Tool

Now we need to make the handle to the shovel. 

Step 1:  Position two 3/16" Super Pegs and three metal pegs in your WigJig Delphi jewelry tool as shown at right. 

Step 2:  Cut a 2 1/2" piece of 20 g jewelry wire (preferably 1/2 hard). 

Step 3:  Make a loop in one end of this jewelry wire and straighten the wire. Holding onto the loop will help to straighten the jewelry wire. 
 

Instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings Step 1 showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 1


Step 4:  Remove peg 4 from the WigJig jewelry tool  and place your initial loop on peg 1.  Bend the jewelry wire against peg 2 as shown at right.  When you are done, the wire should rest against peg three, only barely touching this peg.  If the jewelry wire is tight against peg 3, push the wire further against peg 2 until it is just barely touching peg 3. 
Instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings Step 4 showing jewelry wire being shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 4


Step 5:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3 in your WigJig jewelry tool.  When you are completed, the jewelry wire needs to rest so that peg 4 can be replaced and the wire will just barely touch peg 4.  If the wire is tight against peg 4, push it some more. 
Instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings Step 5 showing WigJig jewelry tools used to shape jewelry wire.
Step 5


Step 6:  Now add peg 4 back onto the WigJig jewelry tool and bend the wire against peg 4 as shown at right.  Again, when you  are done, the jewelry wire should rest lightly against peg 5. 

Step 6 to instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tool.
Step 6



Step 7:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 5 as shown at right.
Instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings Step 7 using WigJig jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire.
Step 7
Step 8:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire off.  Remember to cut with the flat side of your flush cutters toward the finished piece.  After cutting the excess wire, close the loop that you just completed.  Your handle wire component should appear as shown at right.  Instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings Step 8 showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry making tool.
Step 8


Step 9:  Now using your round nose pliers.  Grasp the loop on either end of the handle wire component and bend it, one at a time, into an eye loop.  When done, the handle should appear as shown at right.

Instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings Step 9 made out of common jewelry supplies.
Step 9


Step 10:  Now one at a time, we need to bend these eye loops so that they are perpendicular to the rest of the handle wire component.  In the picture at right, you can not see the two loops because they are vertical while the rest of the wire component is horizontal.
Instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings Step 10 made using common jewelry making supplies.
Step 10



Step 11:  To help make both bend in this wire component as symmetrical as  possible, replace the wire component onto the WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right and bend both loops up until they just barely touch peg 1 or 5.  Generally, this requires some bending of the jewelry wire on the side that was made second (against peg 4). 
Instructions for making Beaded Chandelier Earrings Step 11 shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool
Step 11



Step 12:  Now we begin to assemble these earrings.  Open one loop on the end of the V shaped wire component and add the loop on one end of the handle wire component.  Then close that loop.

Step 13:  Now on the opposite end of the handle and V shaped wire components, open both loops.  Combine both loops and then close both loops.  The handle should now be connected to the V shaped wire component. 
 

Finished Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with jonquil beads and common jewelry supplies.  Completed Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with siam crystal beads and common jewelry supplies.
Step 14:  Now using a head-pin and 6mm beads, add five bead dangles, one to each loop in the V-shaped wire component. 

Step 15:  Open the loop in your ear wire finding and add this finding to the top of the handle on the "shovel".  Once it has been added, close that loop. 

Step 16:  In three of the four earrings shown at right, about 2 inches fine gauge wire (20 to 24 gauge) was wrapped around the handle on the shovel so that the ear wire finding could not slide down.  Begin this wrap by making a small U in your wire.  Squeeze this U against one side of the handle wire component with your bent chain nose pliers.  After squeezing, hold the wire in place with your pliers and wrap about 2 or 3 times.  Cut both ends in back and squeeze them with your pliers to finish.

Finished Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with amethyst beads and jewelry making supplies.  Completed Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with pink beads and common jewelry supplies.


Follow the same steps to make the second pair of earrings. 

Jewelry Supplies Used:

  • 20g 1/2 hard gold filled jewelry wire (Item 1012)
  • Thin gold-filled head-pins (Item 0069)
  • 4mm Ball with Loop, post-style gold-filled ear wire findings (Item 2660)
  • 22g 1/2 hard gold filled jewelry wire (optional) (Item 1013)
  • 6mm beads.  The beads shown at right are the following:
Completed Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with jonquil beads and common jewelry supplies.  Finished Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with siam crystal beads and common jewelry supplies.
  • Swarovski 6mm Bicone Beads Jonquil (Item 2689)
  • Swarovski 6mm 25 Facet Round Siam Lite Beads (Item 2803)
  • Swarovski 6mm 25 facet Round Amethyst Beads (Item 2792)
  • Swarovski 6mm Bicone Beads Amethyst Lite (Item 2501)
Completed Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with amethyst beads and jewelry making supplies.  Finished Beaded Chandelier Earrings made with amethyst light  beads and common jewelry supplies.


More alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

Our first alternative design for our Beaded Chandelier is a change that makes it easier to make these earrings.  Instead of using Super Pegs, we will use regular metal pegs to make the yoke component that connects the V shaped wire component to the ear wire finding. 

We have two patterns for making the yoke using regular metal pegs.  As shown at right, the Long Yoke pattern is very similar to the earrings we made previously.  The Short Yoke pattern is a modification with a shorter yoke and therefore shorter over all earrings. 

Earrings made using either pattern are made as we described earlier in this series.  It requires about 2 1/2 inches of jewelry wire to make these yoke wire components.  After making a yoke using pegs 1 through 5, you cut the excess wire, close the loop made on peg 5 with your chain nose pliers and at this point, you bend the loops made on pegs 1 and 5 into eye loops using the tips of your round nose pliers.  At this point, you can hammer the wire component with your chasing hammer and anvil to harden it if you want.  The next step in making the yoke component is to bend the loops made on pegs 1 and 5 into the perpendicular position shown.  The yoke component is finished by wrapping 22 or 24 gauge wire around the neck of the yoke. The easiest way to do this is by making a U shaped bend about 3/4 inch from the end of a 2 inch segment of wire.  Position this U shaped bend near one side of the yoke and squeeze the wire with your bent chain nose pliers.  Now hold the wire in position with your bent chain nose pliers and wrap about three times around the yoke.  Cut the excess wire and tuck in the ends.

Complete these earrings as described earlier. 

Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for Long Yoke for Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project  Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool for Short Yoke for Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project.
Long Yoke   Short Yoke

Eye Loops in jewelry wire component as part of Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project
Eye Loops

Finished Yoke made out of jewelry wire  for Chandelier Earring Jewelry Making Project
Loops Perpendicular

Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Amethyst Beads



Alternative designs for making earrings continued using WigJig jewelry tools: 

This alternative design is for "Shoulder Duster Chandelier Earrings".   These are earrings that hang down further and are therefore more dramatic.  The Shoulder Duster Earrings shown at right use the long yoke pattern and the V shaped wire component that we discussed earlier and add a small, three loop V shaped component at the bottom to create the extra length. 

Two Tier Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Sapphire Beads


These earrings are made using 2 3/4" of wire for the five loop V shaped wire component, 2 1/2" of wire for the long yoke and 2 inches of jewelry wire for the three loop V shaped component.  Make all three wire components using the instructions provided earlier, remembering to flip the five loop V shaped wire component over after making the third loop. 

Six head pins are required per earring along with about 15 inches total of 22 gauge wire.  For the earrings shown at right, 8 6mm beads and 10 2x4mm bugle beads were used per earring. 

When making these earrings, connect the five loop V shaped wire component to the yoke component by opening the loops on both the yoke and the V shaped wire components.  Close the loops once they are connected.

Now add your first bead dangle consisting of one 6mm bead plus one 2x4mm bead on a head pin to the center loop in the five loop V shaped wire component. 

Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tools  for making two tier  Chandelier Earrings using jewelry wire and beads.


The one slightly tricky part in completing these earrings is that the three loop V shaped wire component is connected to the rest of the earrings by wrapped bead links connected between the outside loops on the three loop V shaped wire component to the loops in the middle of each side of the five loop V shaped wire component.  These wrapped bead links are each made with about 2 1/2 inches of 22 or 24 gauge wire, and a six mm bead centered between two 2x4mm bugle beads.  This connection is made, one side at a time, after the bead dangle is completed to the center loop in the five loop wire component. 

Once the above step is completed the earrings are finished by adding the bead dangles to the outside two loops on the five loop V shaped wire component and the the three loops on the three loop V shaped wire component.  After completing all the bead dangles, add your ear wire and admire.  You are done. 

Sapphire Chandelier Earrings made with sapphire beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.
These earrings are rather long and could be too long for many people.  The design can be easily shortened several ways.  First,  instead of using the Long Yoke design, you can shorten the earrings by about 1/4 inch by using the Short Yoke design mentioned earlier.  Second, these earrings can be shortened by changing the ear wire from the ear clip shown above right to a post style ear wire.  This will shorten the earrings by about 1/2 inch.  Finally, the earrings can be shortened by about 1/3 inch by reducing the number of 2x4mm bugle beads used.  If each bead dangle has only a 6mm bead instead of a 6mm bead and a bugle bead, this will shorten the earrings.  You will need to retain one bugle bead below the 6mm bead on the two wrapped bead links that connect the two V shaped wire components.  This is necessary to ensure that there is adequate space for the bead dangles to hang from the five loop V shaped wire component. 



More alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools continued:

This alternative design is rather simple to comprehend.  We use two five loop V shaped wire components, instead of one five loop and one three loop.  The earrings shown at right are made to be shorter than the earrings shown because they use the Post with Loop ear wire finding, the Short Yoke component and fewer 2x4mm bugle beads. 
 

Two Tier Chandelier Earrings made with amethyst crystal beads, gold jewelry wire and common jewelry making supplies.



These earrings are made using the same steps described previously only you make two five loop V shaped wire components and use the pattern for the Short Yoke.  After making and connecting the yoke to the first five loop V shaped wire component, you connect your bead dangles to the middle loop on each side of the V shaped wire component.  Now you connect the center loop on the first V shaped wire component to the center loop on the second V shaped wire component using a wrapped bead link with 2 1/2" of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire.  Add one 2x4mm bugle bead below the 6mm bead on this wrapped bead link to allow sufficient space between the two V shaped wire components.  Then, one at a time, connect the outside loops on the V shaped wire components by similar wrapped bead links with a 6mm bead and a 2x4mm bugle bead.  Once the two V shaped wire components are connected, add the bead dangles to the bottom of the second five loop V shaped wire component.  Finish this earring by adding your ear wire at the top of the yoke.  Our professional earring critic (my wife) likes this design for shoulder duster earrings the best. 

Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool  for making Two Tier Chandelier Earrings showing shaping jewelry wire.

More alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools continued:

In this alternative design we change the jewelry wire component at the bottom so that we don't need to use the 2x4mm bugle beads to provide spacing between the V shaped wire components.  The three loop V shaped wire component mentioned above is replaced by the five loop pattern shown at right. 

Two Tier Pearl Beads Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with common jewelry making supplies.

Making these earrings is exactly the same as the steps described earlier, only no bugle beads are used. 

Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for making Two Tier Pearl Beads Chandelier Earrings showing shaping jewelry wire.



Even more alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools continued:

The design for these earrings is very similar to the earrings discussed earlier, only this design uses a new component similar to the five loop V shaped component.  To make this component, you need 3 1/2 inches of wire and the seven metal pegs shown in the center below, right.  Make the first four loops, starting with two pegs and adding the third and fourth pegs as you go.  Once you have completed the center loop, remove the wire component from the jig and add the remainder of the metal pegs.  Now replace the wire on the jig in the mirror image position (flipped over).  Remove the first two pegs and wrap the wire around the third peg.  Add the second peg and wrap the wire around it.  Add the third peg and wrap the wire around it.  Remove the wire from the jig and cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop and you are ready to go. 
 

Two Tier Emerald Beads Chandelier Earrings made from gold jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

Making these earrings is similar to the making the prior earrings only no bugle beads are used for spacing.  8 head pins are required for each earring along with ten 6mm beads and 8 inches of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire.  Wrapped loops using the 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire are required to connect the outside loop on the top five loop V shaped wire component to the top, outside loops on the seven loop V shaped wire component.  These wrapped loops are connected to the seven loop V shaped wire component by opening the beginning and ending loops on this component using your bent chain nose pliers.  Close these loops after the wrapped loop is connected in the proper orientation. 

Our professional earring critic really likes this design also. 

Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool  for makingTwo Tier Emerald Beads Chandelier Earrings out of jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We have provided a lot of different designs for making earrings using jewelry wire, beads and our WigJig jewelry making tools.  Most of these designs are quite popular and are worth making.  These earrings are all compound earrings in that we make them out of two or more jewelry wire components connected together rather than trying to make earrings with one really complex jewelry wire component.  The technique of making compound earrings is important to learn as it opens the door to many earring designs that are rather easy to make. 

 
 



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