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Marcia's Earrings

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

Marcia's Earrings made with aquamarine beads and common jewelry making supplies.Marcia's Earrings made with emerald beads and common jewelry supplies.

These earrings are a modification to a design first envisioned by that famous jewelry designer, Marcia, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  (She is famous to us, because she is my sister.)  The design is made of two or three square wire components connected to one another.   This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  It is not suitable as a first project for a beginner, but these earrings are easy to make and with a little familiarity with making loops, anyone will be able to make these earrings. 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool with 4 metal pegs
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers or Master Coiler
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • 30 minutes of free time

Marcia's Earrings made on WigJig jewelry tools using beads and common jewelry making supplies.Step-by-step instructions for making Marcia's Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making supplies:

We will begin with the easier of these two designs to make.  This design involves two square wire components one 1" to a side and the other slightly less than 3/4" to a side and is shown at right. 

Step 1:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten a 4 1/2 inch segment of 16 gauge 1/2 hard jewelry wire wire while it is still attached to your larger segment of wire.  (We straighten the jewelry wire before cutting it because 16 gauge jewelry wire is harder to hold while straightening the wire.)  After straightening the out of jewelry wire cut a segment of 4 1/2 inches of straight wire.  Do this for two segments of 4 1/2" wire and two segments of 3 1/2" wire. 

Step 2:  Using your round nose pliers or your Fine Step Jaw Pliers, make a 1/2 loop in the end of each jewelry wire segment.  In this case, you can make the 1/2 loop in the sharp end of the wire because this 1/2 loop will be cut off in a later step in these instructions. 

Marcia's Earrings Project Step 3 showing peg pattern for jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tool.
Step 3:  Now we are ready to begin making our square wire components.  The peg pattern for making these wire components is shown at left.  We used the WigJig Centaur or Delphi jewelry tools, but any WigJig could be used.  We will provide the pattern for one of our round jewelry making jigs later in these instructions.  Begin with a 4 1/2 inch segment of jewelry wire and place pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool.  Place your 1/2 loop on peg 1 and bend the jewelry wire against peg 2 so that it rests against the empty hole waiting for peg 3 with no pressure applied.

Step 4:  Add peg 3 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig and bend the jewelry wire against peg 3 so that it rests against the empty hole for peg 4 with no pressure applied. 

Step 5:  Add peg 4 to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and bend the jewelry wire against peg 4.  It may help to remove peg 1 so that you can bend the wire past peg 1.  Ultimately, you wMarcia's Earrings Step 6 showing square jewelry wire component made on WigJig jewelry tool.ant the wire to rest against the empty hole for peg 1 with no pressure applied. 

Step 6:  Remove the wire from your jewelry making jig.  Grasp the jewelry wire with your bent chain nose pliers on the wire segment between pegs 4 and 1, about 3/16" from peg 1 (on the side of peg 1 closer to peg 4).  Bend the jewelry wire about 80 degrees at this point.  You can choose to bend the wire inside the square or outside the square.  Your wire should appear as shown at right. 

Marcia's Earrings Step 7 showing shaping jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.Step 7:  Now grasp the wire tail at the bend with your round nose pliers and make a horizontal loop in the wire.  This is a two step process that is exactly the same as making an open loop.  When completed your jewelry wire should appear Marcia's Earrings Step 8 showing shaping jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.as shown at right. 

 

 

 

Step 8:  Now we are ready to cut off the 1/2 loop that we made initially.  Using your flush cutter, cut the wire, with the flat side of your cutter toward the finished piece so that the cut end of the wire rests against the loop in the wire as Marcia's Earrings Step 9 showing square jewelry wire componentshown at left. 

Step 9:  At this point we need to cut the excess wire from the end loop.  After cutting the excess wire, close the end loop with your bent chain nose pliers.  This completes the 1" per side square wire component.  Use the same steps to make the other 1" per side square wire Marcia's Earrings Jewelry Making Project Peg Pattern for jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tool.component with the other segment of 4 1/2" of jewelry wire.

Step 10.  We have to make the smaller 3/4" per side wire component.  Add pegs 5 and 6 to your WigJig jewelry tool.  Place the 1/2 loop on your wire onto peg 5 and bend the jewelry wire against peg 6 until it rests adjacent to the hole for peg 7 with no pressure applied. 

Step 11:  Continue as described in Steps 4 though 9, making the smaller square wire component.  Repeat this process for your second smaller square wire component. 

Step 12:  To assemble these two components we need to make a jump ring and a modified figure 8 connector out of 18 or 20 gauge wire.  If you have both, use 20 gauge 1/2 hard jewelry wire.  Make a medium sized jump ring out of jewelry wire using your fine step jaw pliers.  

Finished Marcia's Earrings made with emerald beads and common jewelry making supplies.Step 14:  The smaller square wire component is connected to the larger square wire component by a medium sized jump ring.  Open the jump ring using your bent chain nose pliers and slide both loops in the square wire components in the jump ring, then close the jump ring again using two pairs of chain nose pliers.   

Step 15:  The top of the larger square wire component is connect to your ear wire finding by a modified figure 8 connector.  Use the same wire to make this connector as you used to make your jump ring. 

Step 16:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, open one loop in the modified figure 8 connector and connect it to the top of the larger square wire component then close the loop.  Open the opposite loop on the modified figure 8 connector and connect it to Completed Marcia's Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with aqua beads and common jewelry supplies.one of your ear wire findings. 

Step 17:  The last step in making this earring is making a bead dangle to hang in the middle of the earring.  This can be done with either a wrapped loop or an open loop. Make the bead dangle so that the bead hangs in the center of the small square wire component. 

Peg Pattern for Marcia's Earrings shown on round WigJig jewelry making tool.Complete the second earring in the same manner as the first.

The peg pattern for making these earrings using one of our round WigJig jewelry tools is shown at right. 

Alternative design for Marcia's Earrings made using aqua beads and common jewelry supplies.

Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

The first alternative design that we will discuss is the alternative shown at right.  These earrings replace the jump ring used to connect the small square wire component to the large square wire component with a medium square wire component.  The end result is that this third square wire component hangs naturally at a 90 degree angle to the other two Alternative Peg Pattern for Marcia's Earrings Jewelry Making Project shown on WigJig jewelry tools.square wire components.  These earrings are made from the same two square wire components shown previously.  The third square wire component is made using the pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool shown at left.  The square made using this pattern is intermediate in size, smaller than the larger square and larger than the smaller square made earlier. 

The earrings are made by making the three square wire components using the steps that were described above.  When it is time to assemble these earrings, you use the new square wire component to connect the larger and smaller wire components made earlier instead of the jump ring.  The easiest way to make this connection is to open the loop on the middle sized square wire component and position both the larger and smaller wire components in this opened loop, then close that loop.  The ear wire finding is connected to the top of this earring by a modified figure 8 connector.  The bead in the center is connected to the Second Alternative design for Marcia's Earrings made with Crystal AB beads and common jewelry making supplies.loop in the smallest of the square wire components. 

 

The second alternative to this design is a round alternative as shown at right.  This jewelry making project uses two Super Pegs on our WigJig jewelry tools to make the circular wire components.  The Super Pegs used are two of our three large round Super Pegs, one 5/8" and one 7/8".

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We have provided a couple of alternative earring designs for making these earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry wire.  These are interesting earrings with multiple wire components and a lot of motion in the earrings when they are worn.  This design is relatively easy to make and make attractive earrings.

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Round Jessica's Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Tanzanite Beads and brass jewelry wire.

 

Please select the links below to view similar jewelry making projects. 

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