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Lisa's Earrings & Pendant

Instructions for making Lisa's Earrings and Pendant out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

Lisa's Earrings Jewelry Making Project made from aqua beads and common jewelry making supplies.Lisa's Pendant Jewelry Making Project made from common jewelry supplies and beads.

We put a lot of thought into how we name our jewelry making projects.  We made these earrings the first time at the Tucson International Gem and Jewelry Show.  Many people at the show saw the earrings and said they looked like teardrops.  We could not name the earrings Teardrop Earrings for the simple reason that this reminds us of a Country and Western song and is just too sad.  Since the first person to wear these earrings was Lisa, one of our favorite earring models, we have named the earrings and matching pendant -- Lisa's Earrings/Pendant.  The design is similar, but much larger than our Falling Raindrop Earrings. 


This is an intermediate jewelry making project.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool with 1 metal peg
  • 7/8" Super Peg for your jewelry making jig or Spiral Maker tool for the jewelry making jig
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to make "P" loops out of jewelry wire with your Fine Step Jaw Pliers jewelry tool.
  • Use of a WigJig jewelry making tool to make jewelry wire components.
  • Ability to wrap jewelry wire around itself to make permanent wire components.
  • Ability to make a modified figure 8 connector out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools. 
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire with flush cutters jewelry tool. 
  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
Lisa's Earrings Jewelry Making Project made from common jewelry making supplies and aqua bead.

Step-by-step instructions for making Lisa's Earrings and Pendant using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

We will begin this project with the instructions for making the earrings.  The pendant design will be discussed after we have completed the earrings.  For ease of description we will call the jewelry wire component that is the basis for these earrings the raindrop wire component because it is in the shape of a raindrop. 

Step 1:  Straighten a segment of 16 gauge jewelry wire 7 1/2 inches long.  Cut this segment with your flush cutter.  Either Soft or 1/2 hard jewelry wire will work, although 1/2 hard jewelry wire may be slightly easier to use.  (Practice making this piece in 18 gauge practice wire several times before trying the 16 gauge wire.) 

Step 2:  Using your step jaw pliers, make a P" Loop in one end of the jewelry wire. This loop should be sized to fit over the regular metal peg for your jig. Directions for making a "P" loop in 16 gauge jewelry wire are different than the directions for making a loop in 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Visit here to view our directions on how to make a loop in 16 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 3:  Grasp the wire by the loop and straighten the jewelry wire with your nylon jaw pliers.  It is very important that your wire be very straight.  This piece has longer sections of straight wire and any bends in the wire will be obvious errors in your Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool  for making Lisa's Earrings finished piece. 


Step 4:  Position one metal peg and the 7/8" Super Peg from our set of Large Round Super Pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown.  Your Spiral Maker tool can be used instead of the 7/8" Large Round Super Peg if you don't have the Super Peg.  Peg one is 1 3/4" from the center of peg 2.  You can use the same pattern on any of our WigJig jewelry tools as long as you separate the two pegs by about 1 3/4 to 2 inches measured from the centers of each peg.

Instructions for making Lisa's Earrings Jewelry Step 5 showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 5:  Place the initial loop in your wire on peg 1 and wrap the jewelry wire completely around peg 2.  Continue to wrap the jewelry wire back up to peg 1, eventually wrapping the wire completely around peg 1.  In the picture at right, for the initial loop, the "P" was backwards, or pointing to the left, with the wire tail on the right side of peg 1.  After wrapping the jewelry wire around peg 2, the wire is positioned below and on the left side of peg 1 and then wrapped around peg 1.  While pushing the wire during the wrap, push with your thumb as close to the pegs as practical. 




Instructions for making Lisa's Earrings Step 6 showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  The wire will spring apart slightly as shown.  This is normal.







Instructions for making Lisa's Earrings Step 7 showing shaping the jewelry wire on common hand tools.

Step 7: In order to finish this piece, we need to insert both loops in this wire component into the jaws of your step jaw pliers as shown at right.  The loop with the wire tail should be inserted last so that it will be on top.  Hold the jewelry wire firmly in your pliers and wrap the wire tail around the "throat" of the raindrop about 4 times. 







Instructions for making Lisa's Earrings Step 8 showing completed jewelry wire pendant.

Step 8:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jaws of your pliers.  When the wrap is completed, the wrapped piece should appear as shown at right.

Step 9:  At this point you may have a short amount of excess wire.  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire and replace the two loops back into your step jaw pliers so that you can squeeze the cut end of the wire flat.  Use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire so that it lays flat. 

Step 10:  In order for this earring to hang properly we need to make a modified figure 8 connector to connect between the top of the raindrop wire component and your ear wire finding.  Using about 1 3/4" of 18 or 20 gauge wire, make a modified figure 8 connector out of jewelry wire.  One loop in this modified connector will need to be larger to accommodate the two larger loops in the raindrop.  The smaller loop in the modified figure 8 connector will connect to you ear wire finding. 

Step 11:  Connect the modified figure 8 connector between your raindrop wire component and your ear wire finding by opening the loops in the modified figure 8 connector, making the connection, then closing the loops.

Step 12:  Now we are ready to add the bead to the bottom of the earring.  Instructions for making Lisa's Earrings Step 12 made with common jewelry supplies.This is easiest to do with 21 gauge 1/2 round jewelry wire, but 22 or 24 gauge round jewelry wire will work.  About 3 inches of jewelry wire are required per earring.  Use your round nose pliers and make a very small "U" shaped bend in the wire about 3/4" from one end.


Instructions for making Lisa's Earrings Step 13 using common jewelry making supplies to mount a bead.

Step 13:  Position the "U" shaped bend on one side of your raindrop wire component as shown at right.

Step 14:  Tightly wrap the smaller gauge wire around one side of your raindrop wire component.  Wrap the wire three full turns and squeeze the wrapped wire firmly with your bent chain nose pliers to set the wrap in place.  Detailed pictures of this process can be viewed here.

Step 15:  At this point, you need to add your beads to the small gauge wire.  For the earrings shown here we used one 16mm bead and two size 8 topaz silver-lined seed beads on each earring. 

Step 16:  Holding the beads in position, wrap the other side of the small gauge wire round the opposite side of the raindrop wire component.  Wrap three times as we did on the opposite side and squeeze the wrapped wire flat with your bent chain nose pliers.  Cut the excess wire and squeeze the cut wire flat.  This completes your first Lisa's Earring.  Make a second earring following the same steps. 

Making this pendant follows all the same steps as the earrings with a couple of exceptions.  These exceptions result from the fact that this pendant is larger than the earrings.  Instead of using 7 1/2 inches of wire as we did for the earrings, we use 9 1/2 inches of jewelry wire to make the pendant.  The peg pattern for making the pendant is shown at right Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for making Lisa's Pendant Jewelry Making Project on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool.  For the pendant, the regular metal peg is about 2 5/8" from the center of the 7/8" Super Peg or Spiral Maker tool.  This same spacing would apply to any other jig you use to make the pendant.  All of the other steps for making the raindrop wire component are the same. 

To connect the top of the raindrop to your chain, we made a wire component with wrapped loops instead of using the modified figure 8 connector we used for the earrings.  This connector is essentially a wrapped bead link, but without the bead.  For this connector, the loops are perpendicular to one another so that the pendant will hang normally.  The chain we used was 18 inches of commercial chain with a clasp attached to each end using the wrapped Peg pattern on WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool for Making Lisa's Pendant.bead link. 

If you have large beads and are seeking a way to display them in a pendant, the above approach is a good one.  For this project we used a 7/8" Super Peg.  If your bead is slightly smaller, you could have used a 6/8" Super Peg or a 13/16" Super Peg from the set of three Large Round Super Pegs.  If you use the smaller Super Peg, we suggest shortening the distance between the two pegs. 

Please develop your own combination of large beads with the raindrop wire component, so that you can make a pendant that is unique to you.  At that point, the pendant would no longer be Lisa's Pendant, but would instead be yours. 

The pattern for making this design on the Cyclops jewelry tool can be seen at right.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like this design.  This raindrop shape is a very common shape for making jewelry.  Using our WigJig jewelry tools it is very easy to make this shape consistently and repeatedly.  Attaching a bead the way we have shown really adds to the finished raindrop earrings. 



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