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Fun Beaded Earrings

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

Fun Beaded Earrings made out of common jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.Fun Beaded Earrings made on WigJig jewelry making tools using beads and gold jewelry wire.
We call this jewelry making project "Fun Earrings".  These earrings were given this name by Jessica Garrison at the Tucson bead show.  Her comment, when first seeing these earrings for the first time, was "Those are fun", hence the name. 

This is a quick, delicate earring project that can be made with 8 inches of 20 gauge 1/2 hard round jewelry wire and three 4mm beads or two 4mm beads and one 6mm bead.  These earrings use a post style of connection and therefore require an ear clutch to hold the earrings on.  The earrings are approximately 1 1/8" tall.

We also discuss two alternative designs for these earrings including the design shown at right. 

THis is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 8 inches of 20 gauge round 1/2 hard jewelry wire
  • Three beads (either all 4mm beads or two 4mm beads and one 6mm bead)
  • One pair ear clutch for post type earrings
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool
  • Cup Bur or fine jeweler's file
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • 30 minutes of free time

Fun Earrings made with montana blue beads and crystal AB beads.
Step-by-step instructions for making Fun Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Using your flush cutter, cut a segment of 20 gauge round, 1/2 hard jewelry wire 4 inches long.

Step 2:  Using your fine step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers, make a half-loop in one end of this jewelry wire.  (A full loop is not necessary as the loop will be cut off as we finish the earrings.)

Step 3:  Hold the jewelry wire segment by the half-loop you just made and straighten the wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 4:  Position peg 1 and 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool using one of the patterns shown below.  Place your half-loop on peg 1 and bend the wire against peg 2 as shown.  Push the jewelry wire with your fingers close to the pegs so that the bends will be sharp.  Push the wire until it rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied. 

Peg Pattern on WigJig Centaur jewelry tool for making Fun Beaded Earrings out of jewelry wire. Peg Pattern on WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool  for making Fun Beaded Earrings out of jewelry wire.
Pattern on Centaur, Delphi or Olympus
jewelry tools
Pattern on Cyclops or Electra
jewelry tools

Step 5:  Add peg 3 to the pattern and bend your jewelry wire against peg 3 as shown above.

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire from your jig and add your beads to the wire.  A combination of three 4mm beads or two 4mm beads surrounding one 6mm bead will all work.

Step 7:  Using the tips of your bent chain nose pliers grasp the jewelry wire with the beads pushed toward the bend made on peg 3 as shown below-center. 


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Instructions for making Fun Beaded Earrings Step 7 showing shape of jewelry wire as beads are added. Step 8 to instructions for making Fun Beaded Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.
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Step 8:  Now bend the jewelry wire so that it completes the triangle shape.  See the picture above-right. 

Step 9:  At this point we need to grasp the wire tail where it crosses the wire segment made between pegs 2 and 3, and bend the wire horizontal.  As we did before, grasp the jewelry wire close to the tips of your pliers.  When completed, your wire should appear as shown at left.

Step 10:  We are now ready to wrap the wire tail around the wire segment made between pegs 2 and 3.  To make this wrap easier, we will start the wrap with our round nose pliers.  Grasp the wire with the tips of your round nose pliers as shown at right.  Push the end of the jewelry wire about 1/4 to 1/2 way around the jaws of your pliers.

Step 11:  With the wrap begun using your round nose pliers, we finish the wrap by grasping the wire component tightly in our bent chain nose pliers and pushing the wire around about 2 times.  In the picture at right, the wire tail can not be seen because it is pointing away from the camera, behind the rest of the piece. 

Step 9 to instructions for making Fun Beaded Earrings showing shape of jewelry wire with added beads. Step 10 to instruction for making Fun Beaded Earrings showing holding the earrings in common jewelry tools. Step 11 to instructions for making Fun Beaded Earrings using common jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire, with added beads.
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Step 12:  Cut the excess jewelry wire with your flush cutter and using a second pair of chain nose pliers squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire so that it will lay flat.  Your wire component should appear as shown at right.

Step 13:  Measure 3/8" to 7/16" from the bend made on peg 2 (toward the half-loop originally on peg 1) and cut the excess wire with the flat side of your cutter toward the finished piece. 

Step 14:  Using a cup bur, jeweler's file, or fine nail file, file the end of the cut wire so that it is smooth and rounded. 

Step 12 to instructions for making Fun Beaded Earrings using common jewelry making supplies. Step 13 to instructions for making Fun Beaded Earrings showing final shape of jewelry wire with added beads.


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Step 12 Step 13 Finished Earrings

Step 15:  Using your round nose pliers grip the jewelry wire 1/8" from the cut end.  Squeeze your pliers while you rotate the piece.  This will make a small groove in the wire that will be the notch for the ear clutch to hold the earrings on while wearing. 

Fun Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Montana Swarovski BeadsThis method for making the Fun earrings leaves the earrings so that they hang perpendicular to the wearer's body.  At this point we will discuss an alternative design that allows the earrings to hang parallel to the wearer's body. 

Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Fun Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project Alternative Design View 1Fun Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project Alternative Design View 2This alternative design is shown at left.  The design follows all the steps for making the regular earrings described in the prior pages and adds one simple step.  After the earrings are finished, hold the earring body in the fingers of your non-dominant hand and using your bent chain nose pliers grasp the post portion of the earrings and twist the post 90 degrees. 

Many people will find that this alternative is more appropriate for them.  It is the conventional orientation for wearing earrings.  The alternative design is conventional, but it might not be as "fun" as the way we discussed initially.  With the alternative design, the earring body doesn't stick out both literally and figuratively.  Each individual will have to decide whether they want more "fun" or more conventional Alternative Design For Fun Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Projectearrings. 

The final alternative that we will discuss is a way to make a similar earring from two pieces of wire instead of one.  This alternative is shown at right.  The steps involved in making this alternative design are discussed in the next section.  As indicated previously, these earrings are made from two wire components that are interconnected instead of one more difficult to make wire component.  These earrings also use an ear wire finding.

Begin making these earrings by cutting a segment of 20 gauge round 1/2 hard Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry tool  for making Alternative Design for Fun Earringsjewelry wire 3 inches long.  Make a full loop in one end of the wire and straighten the wire as we do with almost all projects.  This wire segment will be used to make the top wire component for the earrings roughly in the shape of an inverted "V".  The peg pattern for making this wire component is shown at left.  Start by adding pegs 1 and 2 to your pattern.  Place your initial loop on peg 1 in your jewelry making jig and wrap the wire around peg 2 in a counter-clockwise direction, continuing to push the wire until it remains adjacent to peg 3 with no pressure applied.  Then add peg 3 and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3 in a clockwise direction.  Remove the wire from your jig and cut the excess wire.  Close the loop made on peg 3 with your bent chain nose pliers.  We now need to first convert both loops make on peg 1 and 3 into eye loops and then rotate the loops 90 degrees.  Please visit our earring anatomy web page and scroll down to our complex earrings to see how this is done.  The bottom wire component for these earrings is made without using the jig.  First make an eye loop.  Then add your bead or beads to the wire.  Push the beads so that they rest against the initial eye loop and then make a second open loop as described here.  The bottom wire component is connected to the top wire component by first opening one loop connecting that loop to the top wire component and then closing that loop.  For the opposite side, you will need to open the loops on both the top and bottom wire components, connect the two loops then close both loops.  Finishing this earring is accomplished by opening the loop on your ear wire finding and connecting that loop to the earring body that you just made, then closing the loop.  As an option, you can wrap fine gauge jewelry wire around the neck of the earring body. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We've provided two jewelry designs for making small delicate earrings out of jewelry wire and beads using our WigJig jewelry tools.  Both designs are suitable for everyday wear.  With nice beads, these earring designs can be very attractive and are inherently strong. 

 

 



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