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Money Beaded Earrings

Instructions for making the Money Beaded Earrings using jewelry wire, beads, common jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry making tools:

Money Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings  - Jewelry Making Project

On the occasions where we are demonstrating our WigJig Tools at a show, we try to talk to people, including the people who already have a WigJig.  One thing that we always ask people who tell us that they sell jewelry made using our WigJig tools is "Which design is most successful for you?"  The most frequent response that we get to this question is that these Money jewelry wire and beads earrings sell the best. 

Made in gold-filled jewelry wire and findings and considering today's high price for gold, these earrings use about $12 worth of materials.  Made in sterling silver wire and findings, the price for materials used to make these earrings would be slightly less, approximately $10.  We have been told that these earrings sell for around $40 per pair depending upon the beads used.  Given that one rule for pricing earrings is to price them at three times your materials, $40 is a fair price for these Money Earrings, made in either sterling silver or gold-filled jewelry wire, metal beads and ear wires. 

This earring design has been previously documented on our web site as our Treble Clef earrings.  The instructions below use a different approach to make the earrings, but the end result is similar.  We do believe that the approach documented here is a better, more consistent way to make these earrings.

This jewelry making project is not suitable for beginners, but is suitable for advanced beginners or intermediate wire workers. 

Jewelry Supplies Required

Jewelry Tools Required

  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers,
  • Nylon jaw pliers,
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Tool
  • 1 Regular Metal Pegs for the jig
  • Two 3/8" or 7/16" Super Pegs for the jig
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Money Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made using common jewelry making supplies.Step-by-step instructions for making the Money Beaded Earrings using jewelry wire, beads, jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten a 6 1/2 inch long segment of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire

Step 2:  Cut the jewelry wire with your flush cutter. 

Step 3:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire with your step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers.  Because this loop will ultimately be cut off, you don't need to make  a perfect "P" loop. 

Step 4:  Place the initial loop in your wire on peg 1 in your peg pattern for your WigJig jewelry tool and bend the wire as shown below-left.

Step 5:  Remove the wire from your jewelry making jig.  At this point the wire should look like a large "S" as shown below-center. 

Step 6:  Now grasp the wire with your bent chain nose pliers as shown below-right.  We need to bend the wire tail up so that it would be pointing to the top of the page.  Hold your pliers in your non-dominant hand and bend the jewelry wire tail 90 degrees so that it would be aligned with the center of the "S" shape.  (See the picture below.)

Instructions for making the Money Beaded Earring showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools -- Step 4.

Step 5 to instructions for making Money Beaded Earrings showing jewelry wire shape after removing from WigJig jewelry tool.


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Step 7 to instructions for making Money Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings showing jewelry wire shape prior to adding beads.Step 7:  After you have completed Step 6, your jewelry wire should appear as shown at right. 

Step 8:  At this point we are ready to add your beads to the center wire element.  For these earrings, we used 8mm Swarovski Crystal Beads and 3mm gold-filled round metal beads.  Position the beads on either side of the center of the "S" as shown below-left. 

Step 9:  Now we are ready to wrap the horizontal wire around the vertical wire to make the "S" shape permanent.  This is rather hard to do by hand, but is easy to do if you use your round nose pliers to grasp the horizontal wire at the point where you want the wrap to start, and make a "U" shaped or a 180 degree bend around the tips of your round nose pliers.  See the picture below-center for where to grasp the wire.  (Please note that to more easily grasp the wire, we turned it over.  The bottom of the jewelry wire component shown for Step 8 becomes the top of the wire component in the picture for Step 9.) 

Step 10:  See the picture below-right for how the wire component should appear after making the 180 degree bend.  In this picture, we have restored the wire component to it's normal orientation, identical to the orientation for Step 8. 

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Step 11 to instructions for making Money Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings.Step 11:  In the picture at right, you can view the start of the wrap that will preserve the shape of the "S".  Note that we are holding the "S" with our bent chain nose pliers and pulling the horizontal wire around the vertical wire.  We elected to wrap the horizontal wire around the vertical wire twice. 

Step 12:  When you have completed wrapping the horizontal wire around the vertical wire, our wire component should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 13:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess horizontal wire.  After cutting the excess, grasp the wire component with one pair of chain nose pliers and using a second pair of bent chain nose pliers, squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire until it lays flat.  See the picture below-center.  (Editor's note:  This picture does use different wire than the pictures before and after it.  Our initial picture of this step did not turn out and we had to make this piece a second time.) 

Step 14:  Now we are ready to make the loop at the top of the wire component.  To make this loop, first grasp the jewelry wire with your bent chain nose pliers immediately above the two wraps of wire as shown below-right.  After gripping the wire at this point we need to bend it 90 degrees. 

Step 12 to Money Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings  made using common jewelry tools. Step 13 to instructions for making Money Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings  made using common jewelry supplies. Step 14 to instructions for making Money Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings.
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Step 15 to instructions for making Money Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools.Step 15:  After bending the wire 90 degrees in Step 14, the jewelry wire should appear as shown at right. 

Step 16:  To make the loop at the top of the earring body, use your round nose pliers or your step jaw pliers to make a loop in the wire at this point.  The pictures below show the process for making the loop using your round nose pliers.  Grasp the horizontal wire as near the 90 degree bend as possible as shown below-left.  Push the wire up and over the jaw of your round nose pliers.  This will allow you to make a 180 degree bend in the wire here. To complete the loop, you will need to relax your grip on the wire and re-orientate the wire component so that you can complete the remainder of the loop.   

Step 17:  When the loop is completed, visually inspect the loop so that it is centered above the center wire in the earring body.  See the picture below-center. 

Step 18:  We can make the loop at the top either an open loop or a wrapped loop.  If you want an open loop at the top, cut the wire with your flush cutter and close the loop with your chain nose pliers.  If you want a wrapped loop at the top, first grasp the wire with your bent chain nose pliers as shown below-right.  While holding the loop at the top of the earring body in your bent chain nose pliers, wrap the end of the wire around the center wire in the earring body.  Wrap about two times around until you have filled the gap.  When the gap is filled, cut the excess wire with your flush cutter and squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire until it lays flat. 

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Step 19:  After wrapping the loop closed and cutting the excess wire, your earring body will appear as shown at right. 

Step 20:  Finish the earring by opening the loop in a commercial ear wire and adding the top loop in your earring body.  Once the two loops are connected then close the loop in the ear wire.  Your completed earring should appear similar to the one shown below-center.

Finished Money Beaded Earrings made out of jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

Money Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings with Alternative ConfigurationAlternative jewelry Making Designs:

One alternative to consider is to wrap fine gauge (22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire) or 1/2 round jewelry wire (20 or 22 gauge) around the center of the "S".  By performing this wrap, it helps to keep the beads in position.  You can view how this alternative configuration would appear in the earrings shown at right. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This earring design is one of the most popular earring designs on our WigJig web site.  People who make and sell jewelry using our designs tell us that this is the one earring design that sells the best.  This isn't the easiest earring design to make, it is just one of the most attractive.  We suggest that you practice making these earrings and them make several for yourself using a variety of interesting or attactive beads.

 

 



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