Now we need to make the bottom wire component for these chandelier earrings. The finished wire component is shown at right. The steps used to make this component are provided below:
Step 1: Cut a segment of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire 3 inches long. If you have a choice, use 1/2 hard wire.
Step 2: Make a loop in one end of this jewelry wire using your fine step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers. Make the loop in the end of the wire with the flush cut.
Step 3: Straighten this jewelry wire segment by holding the loop and repeatedly pulling the wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.
Step 4: Position two metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right and place the initial loop in your wire on the top left loop and wrap the wire around the second peg. Push the wire until it rests in the position shown with no pressure applied to the wire.
Step 5: Now we are going to essentially flip the wire component over and add the third loop. Remove the wire from your jewelry making jig. Position three metal pegs as shown at left. Please the two loops in the wire component from step four on the top two pegs and wrap the wire around the bottom peg as shown. Push the jewelry wire until it will rest in the position shown with no pressure applied.
Step 6: At this point we need to flip the design over and place it back on your WigJig jewelry tool in the mirror image position. Remove the wire from your jewelry making jig. Position four pegs as shown at right. Place your initial three loops from step 5 on the pegs and wrap the wire around the fourth peg as shown. Push the jewelry wire until it rests in the position shown with no pressure applied.
Step 7: Add the fifth and final peg to your WigJig jewelry tool without removing the wire from the jewelry making jig. Wrap the jewelry wire around the peg as shown at right. Push the wire until it remains in the position shown with no pressure applied.
Step 8: Remove the jewelry wire from the jig and cut the excess wire with your flush cutter. Close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers. Your wire component should appear as shown at left.
Step 9: Make the earring body wire component using the instructions provided starting with page 2. Make the bottom wire component as described above. Start assembling these earrings by connecting the ear wire to the top, middle loop on the earring body.
Step 10: We need to connect bead dangles using head pins to the two outside loops on the earring body and to the middle, lower loop in the earring body.
Step 11: The bottom wire component is connected to the earring body by two wrapped bead links. Connect the wrapped bead link to the earring body first. You can wrap the second loop on the wrapped bead link closed and then connect it to the bottom wire component by opening one of the top loops on the bottom wire component and then connecting that loop in the bottom wire component to the wrapped loop.
Step 12: Finish making these earrings by connecting three bead dangles to each of the bottom loops in the bottom wire component.
The earrings shown at left are made using essentially the same steps, but the ear wire is connected to the earring body by two spacer bars and a jump ring. For the earrings shown at left, we used slightly shorter spacer bars. The two pegs to make these spacer bars were separated by two empty holes on a horizontal row of your jig.
Summary of jewelry making instructions:
We hope you like these earrings. We really do. This design is a little more complex to make, but the results are worthwhile. If you like chandelier earrings and want some earrings that are unique, this is a design that you should consider making.