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Modified Classic Chandeliers

Instructions for using WigJig jewelry tools to make Modified Classic Chandelier Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and other jewelry supplies:

Mod-Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectThese earrings are called Modified Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Chandelier Earrings because the body of the earrings is a modification to a wire component called "WigJig Classic" in our book, "Wonderful, Wearable Wire".  We tried to come up with a better name, but it seems that our creativity was worn out after we created this new design. 

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  It is suitable for wire workers who have been successful in making other jewelry designs.  It would not be suitable for beginners to making jewelry with wire and beads because there are too many steps involved in making these earrings. 

We really like this earring design.  It has enough complexity to be interesting, but not so much that it is too busy.  We like the triangular shape at the bottom and we like the use of the spacer bars to connect the ear wire to the body of the earring.  These earrings take about 30 minutes to make a pair, but we believe that they are worth it.  Our free instructions for making these earrings begin on the next web page.
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Step Jaw Pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • WigJig Delphi, Centaur, Olympus or Olympus Lite Jewelry Tool,
  • 30 minutes of free time

Mod-Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectStep-by-step instructions for making Modified Classic Chandelier Earrings out of jewelry supplies, jewelry wire and beads using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Step 1:  Making the body of these earrings requires 7 inches of jewelry wire.  For advanced beginners, we recommend using 20 gauge wire.  For more advanced wire workers we recommend 18 gauge wire because it makes the earring body stand out a little bit more.  Half-hard wire will work better than soft wire if it is available, although soft wire will work.  Begin by cutting a 7" length of wire to make your earring body. 

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

Step 3:  Grasp the loop in the end of the wire and straighten the jewelry wire by repeatedly pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  

 

 

Step 4 to instructions for making Mod-Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.Step 4:  We are going to make the earring body for these earrings using one of our WigJig jewelry tools.  In order for the wire component to lay as flat as possible, we will flip the wire component over after making each loop. In this peg pattern we show both the normal orientation and the flipped over orientation.  Making these earrings is slightly complex because we begin with two pegs and add pegs to the pattern as we go.  This will require us to change between the normal pattern and the flipped pattern for each new loop.  Begin, by positioning two metal pegs in your jewelry making jig and adding your initial loop to the end peg in the pattern as shown below-left. 

Step 5:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the second peg in the pattern as shown below-center.

Step 6:  Add the third peg to your pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-right, then position your jewelry wire back on the jig as shown.  In this step you are flipping the design over so that the finished wire component will lay flatter. 

Step 7:  Wrap your jewelry wire around the second peg in the pattern as shown below-right. 

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Step 8:  In this step, we will add a new peg, remove the wire from the jewelry making jig and replace it in the flipped position and then wrap the wire around the new peg.  See the picture below-left and remember that we accomplished three things to get to the position shown. 

Step 9:  At this point, we need to remove all the pegs from the WigJig jewelry tool.  When we flip the pattern over during this step, we will need to reposition all the pegs.  Position your pegs in the jewelry making jig as shown below-center and replace your wire on these pegs as shown.  Add a new peg to the pattern for the next loop.  Unfortunately, it is a little complex to have to reposition your pegs to accommodate flipping the design over, but the end result is a wire component that will be just two layers of wire instead of a wire component that starts low and builds in height with each additional loop. 

Step 10:  Wrap your wire around the new peg in the pattern as shown below-right. 

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Step 11:  Remove your wire and your pegs from your WigJig jewelry tool.  We need to flip the design over and replace the pegs into your jewelry making jig in the normal orientation.  Position your pegs as shown below-left and place the jewelry wire back on the pegs as shown.  Add a new peg for the next loop. 

Step 12:  Wrap your wire about the new peg in the pattern as shown below-center. 

Step 13:  Remove your wire and your pegs from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Replace your pegs into the jewelry making jig in the flipped position as shown below-right.  Add one new peg to the pattern as shown.  Replace your wire on the pegs as shown. 

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Step 14:  Wrap your jewelry wire around the new peg in the pattern as shown below-left. 

Step 15:  At this point we can add the final peg to the pattern and we won't need to flip the design over.  When your new peg is in position, wrap the wire around the peg as shown below-center. 

Step 16:  Remove your wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Your jewelry wire should appear as shown below-right. 

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Step 17 to instructions for making Mod Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectStep 17:  Cut the excess jewelry wire using your flush cutter.  Remember to position the flush cutter so that the flat side of the cutter and the flat end of the wire will be on the finished wire component.  After cutting the excess wire use your bent chain nose pliers to close the final loop in the wire component.  (This is the loop where you just cut the excess wire.)

Step 18:  Now we are ready to make the connection between the top of the earring body and the ear wire.  To do this we make two spacer-bars and one jump ring for each earring.  To make the spacer bar, position two pegs in your jewelry making jig as shown below-left.  Cut a segment of 20 gauge wire about 1 1/2 inches long.  Make a "P" loop in the end of wire with the flush cut using your fine step jaw pliers.  Place this initial loop on peg A and wrap the wire around peg B as shown.  When you remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool, it should appear as shown below center-left. 

Step 19:  Using your flush cutter cut the excess jewelry wire from the spacer bar.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop in the spacer bar.  The spacer bar should appear as shown below center-right. 

Step 20:  Using your round nose pliers, convert both "P" loops on the spacer bar to eye loops. When completed your spacer bar should appear as shown below-left.  Make two identical spacer bars. 

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Step 21 to instructions for making Mod Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings.Step 21:  Now we need to make a medium sized jump ring to connect between the tops of the two spacer bars and the ear wire finding.  In the picture at right you can see how the spacer bars connect between the earring body that we made earlier and the jump ring finding at the top.  Use about 1 1/2 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire to make your open jump ring. Use the middle step in your step jaw pliers to get a medium jump ring.  You will need to make two jump rings, one for each earring.  You can purchase jump rings if you prefer. 

Step 22:    Using your bent chain nose pliers, connect a spacer bar to either of the top, outside loops in your earring body as shown at right.  This connection is made by opening the eye loop on the end of the spacer bar, connecting it to the earring body, then closing the loop in the spacer bar. 

FInished Mod Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Step 23:  Again using your bent chain nose pliers, connect the two spacer bars to the jump ring that you made in step 21. 

Step 24:  Now connect the jump ring to your ear wire finding.  You can purchase ear wire findings, or you can make your own like the ones shown here.

Step 25:  The final step is to add your bead dangles to the five loops at the bottom of the earring body.  Use head pins to connect each of the beads.

The finished earrings will appear as shown at left. 

Alternative Earring Making Designs made using WigJig jewelry tools:

Our first alternative design is one of several new ways to connect between the ear wire and the earring body.  In this alternative you can use chain to connect between the earring body and the ear wire, you can use any of several ways of connecting between the earring body and the ear wire.   Modified WigJig Classic Earrings Jewelry Making Project using tanzanite beads.   Mod Classic Chandelier Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project using topaz beads.

Our next alternative for these earrings is a chandelier earring design like the ones shown at right.  In the first alternative we connect the earring body directly to the ear wire and we add a new wire component at the bottom.  In the second alternative, we used the spacer bars, but used shorter spacer bars than with our initial Mod Classic Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.design.  These alternatives are an intermediate jewelry making project.  Making the main component of the earring body is done using the same steps that we described starting on page 2 here.  Making the bottom wire component is done using the pattern for your WigJig jewelry tool shown at left.

On the next page we will provide some instructions on how to make the bottom wire component for these chandelier earrings. 

Alternative jewelry wire component made on WigJig jewelry making tool.

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 to Making a Bottom Wire Component for Mod. Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings

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 Step 5 to Mod Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools.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. 

 

 

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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 to instructions for Making Mod Classic Chandelier Jewelry Wire & Beads EarringsStep 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 to instructions for making Mod Classic Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools.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 to Mod Classic Chandelier Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing finished earrings using topaz beads.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.  Mod Classic Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings shown made with tanzanite beads.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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