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One Fifty Earrings

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

150 Jewelry Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with tanzanite beads and common jewelry making supplies.150 Earrings Jewelry Making Project Alt. Design made with crystal AB beads using WigJig jewelry tools.Alt 3 to 150 Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made with gold  jewelry wire and  pearl beads.

This jewelry making project is a very simple design and is suitable for advanced beginners who have been successful in making other projects.   The name for these earrings stems from the fact that these earrings are a significant modification to a pair of earrings that were observed for sale in a jewelry shop in the Bahamas.  While these earrings are not a copy of those earrings, they are actually more complex and more costly to make.  The original earrings observed in the Bahamas were priced at $150. 

We have several alternative designs for these earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools.  Some of the alternative designs involve making your own ear wires using our Oval Ear Wires design. 
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Flush cutter .
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2)
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Tool
  • 3/4" Super Peg for the Centaur, Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool (In set of Large Round Super Pegs.) Or you can use a WigJig Spiral Maker tool.
  • Ruler
  • 20 minutes of free time

150 Jewelry  Earrings made with gold jewelry wire, tanzanite beads and common jewelry supplies.Step-by-step instructions for making One Fifty Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Using your flush cutter, cut two segments of 18 or 20 gauge soft jewelry wire, each 2 1/4" long.  It is important to use soft jewelry wire for this project because soft wire will do a better job of making the rounded shape required. 

Step 2:  Using your round nose pliers, or your fine step jaw pliers, make a loop in one end of each of the jewelry wire segments. 

Step 3:  Hold the jewelry wire by the loop at one and and pull the wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers several times to straighten the wire. 

Step 4 to instructions for making 150 Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 4:
  Position one regular metal peg and one 3/4" Super Peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left.  Place your initial loop on the regular metal peg and wrap the wire around the Super Peg as shown.  For those of you who have a Spiral Maker tool but don't have a 3/4" Super Peg, you can use the Spiral Maker instead of the 3/4" Super Peg, both have the same diameter.  Do this for both jewelry wire segments.Step 5 to instructions for making 150 Wire & Beads Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry making tool.

Step 5:  Remove both jewelry wire segments from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Position the jewelry wire segments so that they are superimposed, one on top of the other.  With the two wire segments superimposed, cut the excess jewelry wire from the end of both wire segments.  You have many options on where to cut.  As long as both segments are the same length, you will be fine.  For the earrings shown here, the wire was cut so that the rounded segments were just short of a semi-circle.  In the picture above-left, the wire was cut at about the position of the letter "C" in Centaur. 

Step 6:  Cut two segments of fine commercial chain 1 1/8" long.  For the earrings shown here, we used Item 2607 from our store. 

Step 7:  Using a head pin and 8mm crystal beads, hang a bead from one end of each of the chain segments.  The beads shown with the earrings here are Item 2666, Swarovski Tanzanite, 8mm Round Crystal Beads.  In the earrings shown here, we used a very thin head pin, Item 0270,  This head pin is relatively inexpensive, but because it is so thin, we were compelled to use 2mm round metal beads, Item 2595, on either side of our 8mm round bead.  If you use a thin or standard sized head pin, the round metal beads won't be necessary.  The technique for hanging a bead from the chain can be found here or here

Step 8:  The final step in making these earrings is to make two modified figure 8 connectors out of jewelry wire.  Use 22 gauge half-hard wire if available. 

Finished 150 Earrings made out of gold jewelry wire, tanzanite beads and common jewelry supplies.Step 9:  Now we are ready to begin assembly of the earrings.  Open the larger loop on your modified figure 8 connector and add one semi-circular wire component, then the top of the chain and finally the second semi-circular wire component, then close the loop in your modified figure 8 connector. 

Step 10:  Open the top, smaller loop in your modified figure 8 connector and connect it to the loop in your ear wire finding.  Close that loop and you have completed your first 150 Jewelry Wire & Beads Earring.  Follow the same steps to complete the second earring. 

 

 

 

 

Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

Alternative 150 Earrings Jewelry Making Project made from jewelry wire, crystal beads and common jewelry making supplies.Side View of Alternative 150 Earrings made with gold jewelry wire, crystal AB beads and common jewelry making supplies.
Our first alternative design is to eliminate your modified figure 8 connector.  For our original design of these earrings we were compelled to use the modified figure 8 connector because the loop in a commercial ear wire is too small to directly connect to the two semi-circular wire components plus the chain.  We needed a larger loop and used the modified figure 8 connector to give us that larger loop.  If we were to make our own ear wire, we could eliminate the need for the modified figure 8 connector.  In the earrings shown left and right, we made the oval ear wires shown.  The one modification we made to our oval ear wire design is that we had to make a larger initial loop.  For the initial loop shown here, we used the middle step in our fine step jaw pliers to make a 3/32" loop.  After completing the earrings shown here, we used our bent chain nose pliers to slightly bend the two semi-circular wire components so that they hung properly.  We did this by grasping the loop in our bent chain nose pliers and bending the wire immediately below the loop.  We bent each semi-circular wire component toward the other semi-circular wire component.  One final modification that we made in this alternative design is that we shortened the chain to 1" so that the bead would hang closer to the point were the two semi-circular wire components cross.  For those wireworkers who are comfortable making their own ear wires, we recommend this alternative design instead of our original alternative.  The oval ear wire seems so much more appropriate for these earrings.

Alternative two to 150 Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Fish Alternative Design to 150 Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Our second alternative is slightly more advanced than our first two alternatives.  In this second alternative, we used fine gauge jewelry wire to wrap the two semi-circular wire components together permanently.  This creates the fish shape shown at right.  Use either 24 gauge round jewelry wire or 21 gauge 1/2 round jewelry wire to create the wraps at the top and bottom.  In this alternative, in addition to wrapping the two semi-circular wire components, we also used 18 gauge square jewelry wire instead of round wire to create the fish component shown.  Alternative 3 to 150 Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.

 

One final alternative is to make the same semi-circular wire components, but use 1/4" of chain and 6mm beads so that the bead hangs roughly in the middle of the opening between the semi-circular wire components.  You can view this alternative with a pearl bead at right.  For this alternative, we used square jewelry wire again, and we bent the jewelry wire slightly just below the loops at the top of the semi-circular wire components slightly so that they would hang close together. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like our earrings and the alternative designs.  We used some ideas based upon earrings in a jewelry store and have made several alternative designs that bear little resemblance to the original design.  Given all the alternative designs, these earrings look best when made with your own Oval Ear Wires.  The similarity between the shape of the custom made Oval ear wire and the earring body makes the combination look just that much better. 

 

 



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