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Bead Still My Heart Earrings

Instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

Bead Still My Heart Earrings made with red jewelry wire and crystal beads.Bead Still My Heart Jewelry Wire Earrings made with montana beads and brass jewelry wire.


What better February jewelry making project could we have other than heart earrings.  We call these earrings - Bead Still My Heart.  In the two samples we show here, we made one pair with red wire and white beads and the other pair with gold colored wire and red beads.  Both styles will be perfect for Valentine's Day. 

This is a beginner's jewelry making project that can be made on any of our WigJig jewelry tools.  The pattern we will show initially was made on our WigJig Delphi or Centaur jewelry tool, but this pattern can be readily adapted to any jewelry making jig.  It does require two Super Pegs the same size, in the case of the earrings shown here, the Super Pegs were 5/16".

 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Any WigJig jewelry tool with 2 regular metal pegs
  • Two 5/16" Super Pegs for the WigJig jewelry tool
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Ruler
  • 30 minutes of free time
Instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Earrings showing peg pattern for jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.

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

Step 1:  Cut two segments of soft 18 gauge jewelry wire, each 4 1/4" long.

Step 2:  Using your round nose pliers or your fine step jaw pliers, make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut. 

Step 3:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten the jewelry wire by repeatedly pulling it Step 4 to instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Earrings by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tools.through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 4:  Position regular metal peg 1 and 5/16" Super Peg 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown.  Place your initial loop in one of the jewelry wire segments on Step 5 to instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Earrings using beads and common jewelry supplies.peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2 as shown at left. 

Step 5:  Add regular metal peg 3 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig and bend the wire against peg 3 as shown at right. 

 

Step 6:  Add 5/16" Super Peg, peg 4 to the pattern and bend the jewelry wire around peg 4 as shown below-left.

 

Step 6 to instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Earrings by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tools. Step 7 to instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Earrings by using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire. Step 8 to instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Earrings showing final shape of jewelry wire component.
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Step 7:  It is difficult to make the second (ending) loop around the initial peg, peg 1, because pegs 2 and 4 are in your way.  It will probably take two steps to complete the final loop on peg 1 as shown, above-center.

Step 8:  Remove the heart shaped wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the final loop using your bent chain nose pliers.  At this point your wire should appear as shown above-right.

Step 9 to Bead Still My Heart Earrings made with beads and common jewelry making supplies.

Step 9:  In order to complete the heart, we recommend that you wrap fine gauge jewelry wire around the initial and final loops in the heart.  Functionally, you are using fine gauge jewelry wire to glue or solder the two ends of the heart together.  This step is performed with about 3 inches of 24 or 26 gauge round wire or with 3 inches of 21 gauge 1/2 round jewelry wire.  Begin by making a "U" shaped bend about 3/4" from one end of your fine gauge wire.  Position the bottom of the "U" shaped bend on one side of the heart, and wrap the shorter wire segment around the heart three times as shown at right.  You may need to use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze the three wraps of wire together (step 12 of the linked content).Step 10 to Bead Still My Heart Earrings made with common jewelry supplies and beads.

Step 10:  Now wrap the longer wire tail around the point where the wire from the initial loop crosses the wire from the final loop as shown at right.  Wrap the wire around about Step 11 to instructions for making Bead Still My Heart jewelry wire and beads earrings.2 1/2 times as shown at left. 

 

Step 11:  At this point we need to wrap the wire tail around the second side of the heart three times.  Use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze the wraps so that they are tightly together.  When completed your Step 12 to instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Earrings using common jewelry making supplies.heart should appear as shown at right.

 

Step 12:  Cut the excess wire, leaving about 1/32" of wire extra.  This should be just enough wire so that after you squeeze the excess wire flat againstStep 13 to instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Earrings showing common jewelry supplies and beads. the heart with your bent chain nose pliers, that the wire will end on the underside of the wire where it will be less visible.  When completed your heart should appear as shown at left.

Step 13:  At this point we need to make four figure 8 connectors out of jewelry wire using 20 or 22 gauge wire. 

Step 14:  Cut two segments of commercial chain about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" long with an odd number of links in the chain.  Having an odd number of links in the chain is very important as it allows for a single center link in the chain, that we will use later to connect our ear wire finding. 

Sttp 15:  Connect two figure 8 connectors to your commercial chain, one to each end link.

 
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Step 16:  At this point we are ready to add our bead or beads to dangle from the loops at the center of the heart.  First thread either a single 8mm bead or two 6mm beads onto a head pin, then make a bead dangle.  Connect that bead dangle to the loops in the center of the heart. 

Step 17:  Now you are ready to assemble the earrings.  Connect one figure 8 connector to the top of one side of the heart.  This is done by opening the end loop on the figure 8 connector using your bent chain nose pliers.  Once the loop is open, connect it to the heart shaped wire component and close that loop, also using your bent chain nose pliers.  While keeping your chain from becoming twisted, open the end loop on the figure 8 connector on the opposite end of the chain and connect that figure 8 connector to the opposite side of the heart.  Step 18 to instructions for making Bead Still My Heart Beads and Wire Earring Jewelry Making ProjectOnce the loop is in position, close the loop using your bent chain nose pliers.

 

 

 

Step 18 Second View to Bead Still My Heart Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectStep 18:  Find the center link in your chain, and connect this link to the loop in your commercial ear wire finding.  Making the connection is accomplished by opening the loop in the ear wire finding using your bent chain nose pliers, connecting that open loop to the chain, then closing the loop in your ear wire finding.  Again, opening and closing loops is done using your bent chain nose pliers.  Your finished earring should appear as shown at left if you used 8mm beads, or as shown at right if you used 6mm beads. 

 

Alt Patern for Bead Still My Heart Jewelry Wire Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool.

Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools:

The pattern for making the heart shaped wire component on our round jewelry making jigs is shown at right.  This pattern also uses 5/16" Super Pegs.

 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

The name for these earrings was provided by Lisa Vernon of Soft Flex during the Tucson International Gem and Jewelry show.  We hope you like our Bead Still My Heart Earrings. 

Bead Still My Heart Earrings made from common jewelry making supplies, beads and red jewelery wire. Bead Still My Heart Earrings made out of brass jewelry wire, common jewelry making supplies and burgundy beads.

 

 



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