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Five Dangle Earrings

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

5 Dangles Jewelry Wire Earrings made on WigJig jewelry tools with burgundy beads.

Coming up with names for jewelry designs is always a bit of a challenge.  The earring design shown at right we are calling 5 Dangles Jewelry Wire Earrings for the simple reason that there are five wire components dangling from 5 loops that make up the body of the earrings.  Because of the way these earrings are made all five dangles move independently and this creates an interesting effect when worn.  Because the five dangles are made of relatively solid wire components, you don't need to worry about the dangles becoming tangled together in a knot, something that would happen if the five dangles were made of chain. 

Jewelry wire components made on WigJig jewelry toosl to complete the 5 Dangles EarringsThere are five types of wire components that we need to make for these earrings.  You can view the five components at left.  From the top we will name these components the top wire component, the five hole spacer bar, the 5 hole dangle, the 6 hole dangle and the 7 hole dangle.  We will use two 5 hole dangles and two six hole dangles along with one of the other components in making each earring.  To finish these earrings, you will need an ear wire finding and five figure 8 connectors, or five jump rings per earring. 

The difficulty in making these earrings is in making the five, six and seven hole dangles and making them look consistent.  If not performed properly, the dangles can be pulled out of shape.  In the instructions that follow, we will describe the technique for making these dangles that allows us to make each one very consistently.  It may seem like a little extra work to do it the way we describe, but the extra work is important because it allows us to make these pieces so that they all come out identical. 

Our free jewelry making instructions begin below.  This is an intermediate jewelry making project.  The individual techniques used aren't that difficult to accomplish, but because there are so many components, each with their own techniques that must be learned, this jewelry making project is not suitable for beginners. 

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As described previously, there are five different components that must be made to complete these earrings.  We are going to begin this process by making the five hole dangle.  The steps in making the  seven hole dangle are almost identical to the steps for making the five hole dangle and we won't describe that process.  The steps in making the six hole dangle are very similar to the steps for making the five hole dangle and we will describe the few changes that need to be made for making this wire component.  Beginning below are the steps for making the five hole dangle.  You can view a finished five hole dangle, below-left. 

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for Making the Five Dangle Earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Step 1:  Begin by straightening a segment of 20 Gauge jewelry wire 3 1/4 inches long.  Use your nylon jaw pliers to straighten the wire.    

Step 2:  Using your flush cutters, cut the jewelry wire to a length of 3 1/4 inches. 

Step 3:  Using your step jaw pliers, or round nose pliers, make a "P" loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut. 

Peg Pattern for 5 Dangles Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry making tool.Step 4:  Position six regular metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below, center-left.  Place the "P" loop that you made in the end of your jewelry wire on the first peg and wrap your wire around the pegs as shown. 

Step 5:  So far, these instructions are straight-forward.  Now, we throw in a twist.  We learned the hard way that if we were to continue the wrap we began in Step 4, that the finished wire component would not be stable and it would be very difficult to make two alike.  What we found is that we want the jewelry wire to twist over then under as we wrap the remainder of the pegs in this pattern.  The easy way to accomplish this twist, is to remove the wire from the jewelry making jig and flip it over.  See the picture below, center-right.  By flipping the jewelry wire component over, as shown, the wire tail that we are wrapping goes from the top in step 4 to the bottom in step 5.  

Step 6:  Now wrap the wire tail about the next peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below, far-right.  This will entail the wire tail being moved on top of the wire between the second and third pegs from the bottom.  Since the wire was under the segment of wire between the bottom and second from bottom in step 5 and the wire is now on top, you should be able to see that the two wires are essentially twisted together, alternating which wire is on top.  This effective twisting of the two wires provides strength and stability that allows us to make this wire component more consistently. 

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Step 7:  We need to continue this twisting process as we wrap the jewelry wire around more pegs.  At this point, remove the wire from the jig and reposition it back on your jewelry making jig, as shown below-left.    

Step 8:  As we did in Step 6, wrap the jewelry wire around the next peg in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.  Again, the wire tail goes from the bottom in Step 7 to on top in this step.  See the picture, below, center-left. 

Step 9:  Again, we need to flip the jewelry wire component over, as shown below, center-right.  

Step 10:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the next peg in the pattern as shown below-right. At this point, both the initial loop and the wire tail are on top of the wire segment between the top peg and the second from the top peg.   
 

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Step 11:  To complete this jewelry wire component, we need to wrap the initial wire segment and the final wire segment around the wire between the top and the next to the top peg.  We have found that the best way to perform this wrap consistently, while preserving the shape of the wire around the pegs, is to wrap the wire, with the wire component on the pegs of your WigJig jewelry tool.  In order to do this, we must first, flip the wire component over so that the initial wire and the end wire are now on the bottom.  See the picture below-left.  

Step 12:  Now we are ready to lift both the initial wire segment and the final wire segment up wrap them over.  Keep the jewelry wire component on the jewelry making jig as the presence of the pegs helps to ensure consistency.  See the picture below, center-left for how this should appear once this step is completed.  It may be easier to cut the initial loop off prior to performing this step. 

Step 13:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire on either end.  After cutting the excess wire, use your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers to hold the wire component and with a second pair of pliers gently squeeze the cut end of the wire so that it won't stick up.  This completes the five hole dangle component.  Make a second five hole dangle component for each earring. 

Step 14:  The steps involved in making the seven hole wire component are very similar to the steps for making the five hole wire component.  Begin with 3 3/4 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire and make one seven hole dangle.  The steps in making the six hole dangle are only slightly different from the steps discussed above.  With the six hole dangle, you will get to step 11 above where you are ready to flip the wire over so that both the initial and final wires will be on the bottom.  At that point with six hole dangle you will discover that the initial and final wires are on opposite sides of the wire component instead of the same side.  The important thing when wrapping the initial or final wire segment closed is that you wrap from the bottom to the top.  If the jewelry wire you want to wrap is on top of the other wires, you will need to flip the wire component over so that you start wrapping the wire from the bottom, over the top.  Once you get to this step making the six hole dangle it will make better sense.  Start making the six hole dangle with 3 1/2 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Ultimately, make two six hole dangles.  
 

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Step 15:  Once you have completed all five dangles (two 5 hole, two six hole and one seven hole) you are ready to make the 5 hole spacer bar.  You can view the peg pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool for this spacer bar, below-left.  When using the WigJig Delphi, Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tools, we recommend using "Crossover Pegs" for the pegs for the Spacer Bar.  The reason is that you will need to connect two components to the two outside loops in the Spacer Bar and having the larger loops provided by the Crossover Pegs will help make this easier.  Use 3 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire to make this spacer bar.  Please note that it is easier to make the spacer bar by starting with two pegs and adding a peg after each successive loop.  After you have completed the spacer bar on your jig, cut the excess jewelry wire and use your chain nose pliers to close the final loop.  Make two spacer bars, one per earring. 

Step 16:  Making the top wire component is slightly more difficult than it might first appear.  Begin with 2 1/2 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire, and using the peg pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool shown below-left, make the basic shape on your jewelry making jig.  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and the wire component should appear as shown below, center left. 

Step 17:  Cut the excess jewelry wire and close the final loop and your wire component should appear as shown below, center. 

Step 18:  Using your round nose pliers, convert both "P" loops on the ends to eye loops as shown below, center-right. 

Step 19:  Using your chain nose pliers, twist both eye loops 90 degrees.  This completes your top wire component.  Make two top wire components, one for each earring. 

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Step 21 to instructions for making 5 Dangles Earrings using burgundy beads.Step 20:  Using 20 gauge jewelry wire, make five figure 8 connectors per earring as described here

Step 21:  Now we are ready to begin assembling these earrings.  First, make bead dangles and connect each 6mm bead to the bottom of one of the dangles.  You can view the technique for connecting the bead to the dangle wire component here

Step 22:  Using one figure 8 connector per dangle, connect the dangles to the spacer bar.  Connect the seven hole dangle in the center and the two five hole dangles on the outside. 

Step 23:  Connect one end of the top wire component to one end of the spacer bar.  Connect the opposite end of the spacer bar to the opposite end of the spacer bar.  You may find that it helps to make this connection if you use your chain nose pliers and bend the end loops on the top wire component down a small amount. 

Step 24:  Add your ear wire finding to the top of the earring.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like our 5 Dangles Earrings.  The techniques we used to make these earrings should allow anyone with some experience making jewelry to make these earrings and have them turn out consistently the same.  These earrings are quite attractive when worn.  The motion of each of the five dangles moving independently adds interest to these earrings. 


 



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