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Beaded Curtain Earrings

Instructions for making Beaded Curtain Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

Beaded Curtain Jewelry Making Project made with Swarovski Erinite Beads and common jewelry supplies.

 

If you can make our Beaded Chandelier Earrings, you will be able to make these Beaded Curtain Earrings.  The process is very similar.  Begin making these earrings by cutting two 20 gauge jewelry wire segments, one 3" and one 2 7/8" long.  For your first attempt, use practice wire.  When you are ready for the finished product, 1/2 hard jewelry wire will work better for making these earrings.  As discussed in our generic instructions for every jewelry making project, make a loop in one end of each jewelry wire segment and straighten the jewelry wire segment. 

There are two wire components that are connected to make these earrings.  The first wire component that we will make is called the "V" shaped wire component. 

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

 

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Flush cutter
  • Round nose pliers
  • WigJig jewelry tool

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

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

Step 1:  Straighten a segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire using your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 2:  Using your flush cutter, cut one segment of jewelry wire 3" long and a second segment of jewelry wire 2 7/8" long.  Straighten the jewelry wire between cuts if you need to. 

Step 3:  Using your round nose pliers, make a "P" loop in the flush cut end of each jewelry wire segment. 

Step 4:  Position pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown.  (The pattern shown is for the WigJig Centaur jewelry tool.  Peg patterns for other jewelry making jigs will be provided at the end of these instructions.)  With your 3" jewelry wire segment, place the initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 so that when you are done it rests adjacent to the hole waiting for peg 3 with no pressure being applied. 

Beaded Curtain Jewelry Making Project Peg Pattern on WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.





"V" Shaped Wire Component for Beaded Curtain Earrings shown after removal from WigJig jewelry making tool.
Step 4 Step 7

Step 5:  Position pegs 3, 4, and 5 in your WigJig tool and remove pegs 1 and 2.  Place your initial loop on peg 5, the second loop on peg 4 and wrap your jewelry wire around peg 3 so that when your are done, the wire is adjacent to the hole for peg 2.

Step 6:  Remove peg 5 and add pegs 1 and 2 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig.  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and position the initial loop back on peg 1, with the second loop on peg 2 and the third loop on peg 3.  Wrap your jewelry wire around peg 4 so that when you are done, it will rest adjacent to the empty hole for peg 5.

Step 7:  Add peg 5 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig and wrap your jewelry wire around peg 5.  When your have completed this wrap, remove the wire from the jig and it should appear as shown. 

Step 8:  Now we are ready to begin making the "Top Wire Component".  Position pegs 6 and 7 in your WigJig jewelry tool.  Place the initial loop from the 2 7/8" jewelry wire segment on peg 6 and push the jewelry wire against peg 7 so that when you are done, the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 8. 

Step 9:  Add peg 8 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig and wrap the jewelry wire partially around peg 8 so that it rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 9 with no pressure applied. 

Step 10:  Add peg 9 and push the jewelry wire against peg 9 so that it ends up adjacent to the hole for peg 10.

Step 11:  Add peg 10 to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap the jewelry wire completely around peg 10 as shown.  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and it should appear as shown below center. 

Beaded Curtain Jewelry Making Project peg pattern for jewelry wire on WigJig Cyclops jewelry making tool.




Top Wire Component for Beaded Curtain Earrings showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tool



Both Wire Components for Beaded Curtain Earrings after removal from WigJig jewelry tool
Step 8 Step 11 Step 12

Step 12:  Cut the excess jewelry wire from both wire components.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop on both components.  At this point, the two wire components should appear as shown above-right. 

Step 13:  At this point we need to reshape the loops on the top wire component so that we will be able to connect the top wire component to the "V" shaped wire component.  The first step in this reshaping is to convert both the initial loop and the final loop in the top wire component into eye loops.  This is done by grasping the wire at the base of the loop with the tips of your round nose pliers and twisting so that the "P" loop becomes an eye loop, centered on the wire stem.  See the picture below-left. 

Step 14:  When you have converted the "P" loops to eye loops, you will need to grasp each eye loop in turn with your bent chain nose pliers and rotate the loop 90 degrees.  When completed the top wire component should appear as shown below-center. 


Step 13 to instructions for making Beaded Curtain Earrings out of common jewelry supplies.

Step 14 to instructions for making Beaded Curtain Earring out of common jewelry making supplies.
Earring Body for Beaded Curtain Earrings showing two jewelry wire components connected.
Step 13 Step 14 Step 15
Step 15:  Now we need to connect these two wire components to form the earring body.  This is accomplished by using your bent chain nose pliers to first open the loop on one end of the top wire component and connecting this loop to the end loop on one side of the "V" shaped wire component, then closing that loop.  This connects one side of these two wire components.  To connect the opposite side, open both the end loop on the top wire component and the end loop on the "V" shaped wire component.  With both loops open, manipulate the wire so that both loops are connected, then close both loops. 

Adding the Chain to the Beaded Curtain Earrings made with common jewelry making supplies.

Step 16:  With the earring body completed, we need to add five segments of commercial Beaded Curtain Earrings made with Swarovski Erinite Beads and common jewelry supplies.chain.  Cut five pieces of chain, each about 1 inch long.  Using a small jump ring or a figure 8 connector, connect the chain to one of the bottom loops in the "V" shaped wire component.  For beginners, it is suggested that you make figure 8 connectors to connect the chain to the loop in the earring body. For those who are more advanced you can use a small jump ring to connect the chain to the loop (this is more difficult than using the figure 8 connector because of the small size.)  Making the connection is accomplished by opening the loop, connecting the chain to the loop and closing the loop.  Add a segment of chain to all five loops.

Step 17:  Now we need to add a bead dangle made from common jewelry supplies to the bottom loop in each segment of chain.  Begin by threading one 6mm bead onto each of five head pins.  Connect one head pin and bead to the bottom of each segment of chain by making bead dangles

Step 18:  When all five segments of chain have the bead attached to their bottom loop, we need to wrap fine gauge jewelry wire around the top wire component.  This finishes the earring body so that the ear wire finding won't slide out of position.  First cut a segment of 22 gauge jewelry wire about 1 1/2 inches long and using the tips of your round nose pliers, make a "U" shaped bend in this piece of jewelry wire.  Position this "U" shaped bend so that it surrounds the wire in the top wire component as shown.  Using your bent chain nose pliers squeeze the wire in this position.  Then using your fingers while you continue to hold the wire in place with your pliers, bend each end of the fine gauge wire so that it wraps around.  Release your pliers and push the wire flat with your fingers and once it is roughly in position, squeeze it again with your pliers.  Complete about 3 1/2 wraps using this technique.  With both ends of the wire on the same side, cut the excess wire roughly at the mid-point of the top wire component.  Squeeze the two cut ends with your pliers so that they are tucked in.  This side of your earrings should be on the back of the earrings (toward the wearer).  When this step is completed, the body of this earring is essentially completed





Wrapping fine gauge jewelry wire around the top wire componet for the Beaded Curtain Jewelry Making Project.


Wrap completed for jewelry wire for Beaded Curtain Jewelry Making Project



Earring Back for Beaded Curtain Jewelry Making Project
Beaded Curtain Earrings made with Swarovski Erinite Beads and common jewelry supplies.
Step 18A Step 18B Step 19 Finished Earring

Step 19:  At this point we are ready to add the ear wire finding to the top of the earring.  Orient the earring body so that the side of the wrapped wire with the two ends showing is toward the wearer.  Open the loop in the ear wire finding with your bent chain nose pliers and connect it to the wire at the top of the top wire component, then close the loop in the ear wire finding. 

Finished Beaded Curtain Earrings made out of beads, jewelry wire, and common jewelry making supplies.Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

The first alternative design to discuss is the alternative of connecting the segments of chain with small wire components made with 22 gauge jewelry wire.  You can view this alternative design at right.  These wire components are made with just two pegs about 3/16" apart. 

The next alternatives that we need to discuss is the pattern for making these earrings on a jewelry making jig with just a square pattern or on a jewelry making jig with just a round pattern instead of our WigJig Centaur jewelry tool that has both square and round. 

First, let's show the pattern for our round jigs, the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools.  The "V" pattern would be the same as we used in Step 4 above.  That pattern used the round portion of the pattern for the WigJig Centaur jewelry tool.  The pattern for the top wire component would need to change to reflect the round pattern on the Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools.  The pattern for the top wire component on the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools is shown below-left. 

The pattern for making these earrings on a Square jig, our WigJig Olympus, Olympus Lite or Delphi jewelry tools, would need to change for the "V" shaped wire component.  This modified pattern is shown in the picture below-right.  This pattern is very similar to our Chandelier Earring pattern. 


Jig Pattern on WigJig Cyclops jewelry making tool  for making Beaded Curtain Earrings
WigJig Delphi jewelry tool peg pattern for shaping jewelry wire when making the Beaded Curtain Earrings.

Top Component on Round
 WigJig Jewelry Making Jig

Pattern on Square WigJig
Jewelry Making Jig

Another alternative to consider is to modify the top wire component.  These pictures show two styles of top wire component made on a WigJig Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tools.



Alternative Configuration for the Top Wire Component for Beaded Curtain Jewelry Making Project

Instructions for making alternative configuration for Beaded Curtain Earrings by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.

Top Wire Component 1 on WigJig
Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tools
Top Wire Component 2 on WigJig
Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tools

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

In this earring design, we make a basic earring body out of two jewelry wire components and then connect beads to the bottom of the earring body using links of commercial chain.  This technique provides a lot of motion in the beads when the earrings are being worn.  The drawback to this design is that the beads can become entangled in the chain while the earrings are stored in your jewelry box. 

 

 



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