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Cubic Zirconia Earrings

Instructions for making Cubic Zirconia Earrings out of jewelry wire, gemstones, and jewelry supplies using common jewelry tools:

Making Cubic Zirconia or CZ Earrings using common jewelry making supplies.Jewelry Making Technique for Making Earrings from Cubic Zirconia Pendants Mounting CZ Pendants in Earrings or Necklaces using common jewelry tools and jewelry wire.



This jewelry making technique shows three approaches for making earrings using Cubic Zirconia "Ax" style pendants.  In our WigJig Internet store, these CZ pendants that are appropriate for these three techniques are our 18mm Ax Pendants.  The 18mm Ax Pendants are shown here, left and right.  You can view our selection of these types of CZ pendants here.

The three techniques that we will discuss are in the order shown above-right, making a wrapped link, making a figure 8 connector or modified figure 8 connector and using a large jump ring.  The most secure of the three approaches is the wrapped link shown near-right.  The one approach that is the easiest to accomplish is the jump ring technique shown far-right.   

This is an advanced beginner to intermediate jewelry making project.
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Flush cutter,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Ruler,
  • 15 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Making Cubic Zirconia or CZ Earrings using common jewelry tools and jewelry supplies.Step-by-step instructions for making Cubic Zirconia Earrings using common jewelry tools, jewelry wire, gemstones and common jewelry supplies:

We will start with our instructions for making these earrings using jump rings.

Step 1:  Open a large jump ring.  You will need to open this jump ring wider than normal in order to allow it to fit the Ax Pendant.  You can make your own jump rings out of jewelry wire using 20 gauge soft wire and the largest step in your step jaw pliers. 

Step 2:  Slide one side of the open jump ring into the hole in the Ax Pendant. 

Step 3:  Slide the other side of the open jump ring into your ear wire finding. 

Step 4:  Close the jump ring. 

Step 5:  (This step is optional.)  In order that opening of the jump ring tends to align itself between the Ax Pendant and the ear wire finding, position the opening 1/2 way between the pendant and the ear wire and gently squeeze the jump ring using bent closing pliers.  Squeeze until the jump ring is very slightly oval.  Once this is completed, the oval jump ring will normally hang with the opening of the jump ring between the pendant and the ear wire and will be less likely to accidentally open.  Perform these same steps for your second earring.  This completes your earrings.

Step 1 Making Cubic Zirconia or CZ Earrings using common jewelry tools and jewelry making supplies.Making Earrings from Cubic Zirconia Pendants using jewelry wire and common jewelry tools.
Alternative design for making earrings:

Please see the pictures at right for two views of our Ax Pendant CZs made into earrings using a figure 8 connector.  The steps to complete these earrings begin below.

Step 1:  Make two figure 8 connectors out of jewelry wire using 20 gauge soft wire.  These figure 8 connectors need to be slightly different than normal because the bottom loop of the figure 8 connector needs to be large so that it will fit into the Ax Pendant.  The top loop of the figure 8 connector needs to be smaller, so that it will be similar in size to the loop in your ear wire finding.  You can use the largest step in our fine step jaw pliers to make the initial loop in both figure 8 connectors.  The loop will be the correct size and both connectors will match. 

Step 2:  Open the larger loop of the figure 8 connector and connect it to the hole in the ax pendant CZ.  Once connected, close that loop. 

Step 3:   Open the top loop in the figure 8 connector and connect it to your ear wire finding.  Once connected, close that loop.  Follow steps 1, 2 and 3 for your second earring and you are done.

Step 1 Making Cubic Zirconia or CZ Earrings using common jewelry supplies and jewelry making tools.Making Earrings from Cubic Zirconia Pendants using jewelry wire and common jewelry making tools.
Alternative design for makign earrings:

Please see the pictures at right for two views of our Ax Pendant CZs made into earrings using a wrapped loop.  The steps to complete these earrings begin below.  This is an advanced beginners technique. 

Step 1:  Cut a 4" segment of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire. 

Step 2:  Straighten the jewelry wire by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 3:   Grasp the jewelry wire about 1 1/2 inches from one end with your bent chain nose pliers and bend the wire 90 degrees. 

Step 4 to instructions for making CZ Earrings showing close up of jewelry wire.Step 4:  Using your round nose pliers make a large loop.  This loop will ultimately go through the hole in the CZ pendant and needs to be as large as possible.  

Step 5:  Before wrapping the loop closed, insert the short end of the wire through the hole in the ax pendant.  Slide the ax pendant CZ until it is in position in the loop as shown at left. 

Step 6:  Now grasp the loop in your bent chain nose pliers immediately above the just completed loop and hold the loop tightly while you wrap the short wire tail around the longer wire segment about 1 and 1/2 times.  Holding the loop in your pliers helps to retain the round shape of the loop while providing stability while you wrap the wire.  Cut the excess wire and using one pair of bent chain nose pliers to hold the loop and another pair of chain nose pliers to squeeze and twist the cut end flat.  This completes the bottom loop, holding the ax pendant CZ.

Step 7:  Following the same steps, make a small wrapped loop at the top of the wire segment. 

Step 8:  Connect the small wrapped loop at the top that you just completed to your ear wire finding by opening the loop in your ear wire finding, making the connection, then closing the loop.  The wrapped loop connector will probably have one side that looks better than the other.  Be certain to use the "good" side on the outside of the earrings.  This completes your earring. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Currently there are many shapes of cubic zirconia pendants available at very reasonable prices.  Because of that, these instructions for making earrings are important.  As you can see above, you can make many attractive earring designs using CZ pendants and jewelry wire.

 

 



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