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Milwaukee Beaded Earrings

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

Milwaukee Jewelry Wire & Garnet Beads Earrings made on WigJig jewelry making tools.Milwaukee Jewelry Wire & Amethyst Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.In this jewelry making project, we will make the earrings on the left and right.  Both earrings use exactly the same wire components; but during assembly, they are connected differently. 

We like the combination of round beads, bugle beads and bicone beads used in these earrings.  By combining round beads with bicone beads, we add design interest.  In the earrings on the left, we used Swarovski Crystal AB beads.  These beads don't show well in a still picture, but when they are worn the semi-mirrored finish on the beads reflects light and tends to really stand out. 

These earrings are a beginner's jewelry making project.  The jewelry wire components used in making these earrings are rather easy to make.  The one caution is that for a brand new beginner, there are several skills used here.  Each skill is easy to accomplish, but because we use so many skills this design is probably not suitable as your very first jewelry making project. 

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Ruler
  • Flush cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • WigJig Cyclops or Centaur Jewelry Making Tool
  • 9 Regular Metal Pegs for the Cyclop or Centaur jewelry tool
  • 1 hours of free time

Peg Patern on WigJig jewelry making tool  for Milwaukee Jewelry Wire & Garnet Beads Earrings

Step-by-step instructions for making Milwaukee Beaded Earrings made out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  The first step in making these earrings is to print our template for making the earrings. The template prints using the free Adobe Acrobat application.  This application comes already loaded on many new computers.  Download the template on our WigJig Centaur jewelry tools here.

Step 2:  We begin making the earring body by making the bottom wire component.  You can view the peg pattern on our WigJig Centaur jewelry tool for the bottom wire component above-left.  Start by using your flush cutter to cut a 4" segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  1/2 hard wire will work better if you have it, but soft wire will also work (just not as easily). 

Step 3:  Make a "P" loop in the end of the jewelry wire segment with the flush cut by using your fine step jaw pliers.  

Step 4: Hold the loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the thumb and forefinger on your non-dominant hand and using your nylon jaw pliers straighten the jewelry wire segment by repeatedly pulling the wire through the jaws of your pliers. 

Step 5:  Position all 7 regular metal pegs into your WigJig Centaur or Cyclops jewelry tool as shown below-left.  Use your printed template to help positioning the pegs in your jig by placing the jig on the template and looking through the jig to view where to position your pegs. 

Step 6:  Place the loop in your wire on peg 7 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown below-center.

Step 7:  Remove peg 5 so that it won't be in your way, and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 6 as shown below-right. 

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Peg Pattern for Milwaukee Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings -- Jewelry Making Project

Step 8:  After completing the first loop around peg 6, we want to remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and reposition it on your jewelry making jig as shown below-left.  Remove peg 4 from the pattern so that it won't be in your way during the next step.  We do this process of removing the wire, flipping it over and adding it back on the jewelry making jig so that the finished piece of wire will be exactly 2 layers of wire.  You can make the component without flipping the wire over after each loop so that you can view the difference in the finished bottom wire component. 

Step 9:  Wrap your wire around peg 3 until it remains adjacent to the empty hole for peg 4 with no pressure applied.  After wrapping the wire, add peg 4 back to the pattern to test that the wire is in the correct place.  See the picture below-center. 

Step 10:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and replace it back on the jewelry making jig in the position shown below-right.  Remove peg 3 from the pattern so that it won't be in your way during the next step. 

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Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool for Milwaukee Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings

Step 11:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 4 as shown below-left.  Continue pushing the wire until the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied. 

Step 12:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jig.  Add peg 3 back to the pattern and remove peg 6.  Replace the jewelry wire on the jewelry making jig as shown below-center.

Step 13:  Wrap the wire around peg 5 as shown below-right.  Push the wire until it is adjacent to the empty hole for peg 6 with no pressure applied. 


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Step 14: Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Add peg 6 to the pattern and remove peg 1.  Replace the wire on the jewelry making jig as shown below-left. 

Step 15:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 as shown below-center. 

Step 16:  Add peg 1 to the pattern and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 1 as shown below-right.

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Step 17:  Remove the bottom wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool.  It should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 18:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire and close the final loop using your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 19:  Now we are ready to make our spacer bar.  Detailed free instructions for making a spacer bar can be found here.  Begin by cutting a segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire 2 " long using your flush cutter.

 

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Instructions for making Milwaukee Beaded Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 20: Using your fine step jaw pliers make a "P" loop in the end of the cut wire with the flush cut.  

Step 21:  Hold the loop in the jewelry wire with the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand and straighten the wire using your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 22:  Place the initial loop in your jewelry wire segment on peg 8 and wrap the wire around peg 9 as shown below-right.  (Use your printed template to help you position pegs 8 and 9 in your jig.)

Milwaukee Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made with common jewelry making supplies.

Step 23:  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and it should appear as shown below-left.
 

Step 24:  Cut the excess wire and close the final loop, leaving your spacer bar
 component as shown below-center. 

Step 25:  Using your round nose pliers convert the "P" loops on either end of your wire component to eye loops.
 

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Step 26: Make two identical spacer bar components following the same instructions. 

Jump Ring Jewelry Finding made out of jewelry wire.Step 27:  Now we need to make a medium jump ring.  You can purchase jump rings if you don't want to make them.  This is a personal choice.  We usually make our jump rings, because we aren't good about planning ahead and having extra supplies lying around.  To make your jump ring you need fine step jaw pliers and a flush cutter.  Using 1 1/2 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire, make two jump rings (one for each earring) as described in our free instructions. 

 

Jewelry Wire Ear Wire made out on a WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 28:  The last component required to complete these earrings is ear wires.  You can use a commercial ear wire that you purchase.  You can also make your ear wires out of 3 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire.

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Step 29:  Now that we have made the bottom wire component, the spacer bars, the open jump ring and the ear wire, we are now ready to assemble the earrings.  Start by connecting the spacer bars to the bottom wire component.  Here you have a choice.  You can connect the spacer bars to the two outside loops in the bottom wire component as shown near-right, or you can connect the spacer bar components to the middle pair of loops as shown far-right.  This is a matter of personal choice.  For some variety, we suggest making a pair of each style.  You connect one end of the spacer bar to the bottom wire component by opening the loop at the end of the spacer bar and connecting it to the proper loop in the bottom wire component, then closing the loop in the spacer bar. 

Step 30:  Once the two spacer bars are connected to the proper loops in the bottom wire component, then connect the top loops in the spacer bars to the jump ring.  The easiest way to do this is to open the loop in the jump ring, connect the top loops in the spacer bars, and then close the loop in the jump ring.  You can also connect the ear wire finding at the same time as you connect the two spacer bars, although it may be easier to connect the ear wire finding after you have closed the jump ring.  The ear wire finding is connected by opening the loop in the ear wire finding and connecting it to the top of the jump ring, then closing the loop in the ear wire finding. 

Step 31:  With the ear wire finding, the jump ring, the spacer bars and the bottom wire component all connected, you have finished the body of the earring and you are ready to add the bead dangles.  For the dangles shown here, we used 2" head pins since they are longer, and we used longer bead dangles.  As we discussed earlier, we used a combination of 6mm round beads and 6mm bicone beads separated by 2x4mm bugle beads.    You can view the beads we used below:

Earrings on Right above:  Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads, Item 2715; Swarovski Garnet bicone beads, Item 2507; 2x4mm Crystal S/L bugle beads, Item 1883

Earrings on Left above.  Swarovski Amethyst Round 25 facet beads, Item 2792, Swarovski Crystal AB Bicone Beads, Item 2681; and 2x4mm bugle beads Crystal S/L, Item 1883

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like this style of earrings.  These are compound earrings made out of many simple to make jewelry wire components.  There are many variations of this style.  First, we show two combinations of attaching the bottom wire component for these earrings to the spacer bars.  Second, we chose rather simple color combinations for the bead dangles.  There are many complimentary color combinations that could have been chosen.  Imagine these beads with a color combination that matches your school's colors.  You can also imagine many other complimentary color combinations for the bead dangles.  Good luck in modifying this design to match your needs for accessories. 

 

 



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