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Omega Ear Wire

Instructions for making Omega Ear Wire Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, beads, jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies:

Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Earrings made out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire - Jewelry Making Project made with sapphire beads.This jewelry making project is intended to show another style of ear wire Thin Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Jewelry Making Projectfinding and how to make that finding from jewelry wire.  We call this ear wire the "Omega Ear Wire" because the shape of the ear wire is very similar to the upper case version of the 22nd and last letter in the Greek alphabet, the letter Omega.  For this ear wire, we made it two ways.  We made it using a 1/2 inch Super Peg as shown at right and using a 5/16 inch Super Peg as shown at left.  The design at right will be called the "Thick" Omega ear wire and the design at left will be called the "Thin" Omega ear wire.

 

This ear wire design has some advantages over the Shepherd's Hook style ear wire that is so common.  Because of the shape of these ear wires, they will stay on better than the Shepherd's Hook ear wires. 

In our Alternative Designs section we will also provide instructions for making these ear wires so that the beads can be interchangeable. 

These ear wire designs are beginner's jewelry making projects.  This design is suitable for making as a students first jewelry making project. 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required

  • 3 1/2 inches of 20 gauge round, preferably soft  jewelry wire
  • To finish a pair of earrings as shown above will require two head pin findings and a combination of beads.  The sapphire colored beads shown above are 8mm in diameter. 
  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers,
  • Nylon jaw pliers, 
  • Nylon Hammer,
  • Anvil or Bench Block
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Tool.
  • Two  1/4" Super Pegs for the jewelry making jig
  • One 1/2" Super Peg for the jig or One 5/16" Super Peg,
  • 15 Minutes of free time,

Thin Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies.Step-by-step instructions for making the Omega Ear Wire Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads, common jewelry supplies and using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten a segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire 3 and 1/2 inches long.  Use soft wire.  Hold the wire by the spool or loop to help stabilize the wire while straightening. 

Step 2:  Using your flush cutter, cut the jewelry wire to the length of 3 1/2 inches. 

Step 3:  Using your step jaw pliers or round nose pliers, make a loop in one end of the wire.  This loop will ultimately be cut off and removed.  For this reason we call it a sacrificial loop.  It doesn't need to be pretty and it doesn't need to be a complete loop.  For this piece, we intentionally made the loop in the sharp cut end of the wire because that way we knew that the sharp, pointed end of the jewelry wire would not cause a problem later.  You can only do this with a sacrificial loop.  For a normal loop, you would use the end of the wire with the flush cut. 

Step 4:  Place your initial loop on peg 1 of your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap the jewelry wire around pegs 2, 3 and 4 as shown below-left.  Peg 1 is a regular metal peg for your jig.  Pegs 2 and 4 are 1/4 inch Super Pegs for your jig.  Peg 3 is a 1/2 inch Super Peg for the "Thick" design and a 5/16 inch Super Peg for the "Thin" design. 

Step 5:  Remove the wire from your jewelry making jig.  At this point your jewelry wire should appear as shown below-center. 

Step 6:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the jewelry wire at the position marked by the arrow in the picture for step 5 and bend the wire 90 degrees.  When completed, your wire should appear as shown below-right. 

Step 4 to instructions for making Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire showing shapping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 5 to instructions for making Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire showing wire shape after removing from WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 6 to instructions for making Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire using common jewelry supplies.
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Step 7 to instructions for making Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire out of jewelry wire and beads.Step 7:  Using your fine step jaw pliers (preferred) or your round nose pliers, make a loop as close to the 90 degree bend as possible.  After making the loop, use your pliers to twist the loop left or right as required so that it is centered on the wire previously bent against peg 4.  Step jaw pliers are preferred for making this loop, because it will provide a loop that is always the same size.

Step 8:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire from your loop.  Remember to cut with the flat side of your flush cutter toward the ear wire component so that the sharp side of the cut wire can be discarded.  When completed your wire component should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 9:  Now, using your flush cutter, cut the sacrificial loop off the beginning of your wire component.  After cutting the jewelry wire, your wire component should appear as shown in step 9 below.  Once you are at this stage, you need to harden the ear wire finding.  You do this with a nylon hammer and an anvil or bench block.  Hammer the entire ear wire component.  Use many firm taps, but don't pound like you would to hammer a nail.  If you want to really harden the component, you can hammer the rounded portion of the ear wire finding with a metal chasing hammer until the wire is visibly slightly flattened. 

Step 10:  After hardening the jewelry wire you will need to smooth the cut end of the wire so that it won't hurt the wearer's ear when worn.

Step 11:  To complete this ear wire finding as an earring, make a bead dangle.  Then, open the loop on the ear wire finding, add the bead dangle and close the loop.  When completed, your earring should appear as shown below-right. 

Step 8 to instructions for making Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire using WigJig jewelry tool. Step 9 to instructions for making Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Finding -- Jewelry Making Project FInished Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Earring made with sapphire bead.
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Alternative Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Earring made with common jewelry making supplies.Alternative Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making ProjectAlternative Designs for Making Earrings:

Alternative Omega Ear Wire Finding Made with Jewelry Wire and common jewelry supplies.

Here is an alternative that we really like.  This alternative turns this ear wire into an interchangeable ear wire.  By this, we mean that you can remove the beads on the earring shown and replace them using only your fingers and without bending any wire.  See the picture at left to view how beads or gemstones can be replaced on these earrings. 

To make these ear wire findings, you need to use 3 3/4 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire or 1/4 inch more wire than for the standard Omega Ear Wire.  After cutting the right length of wire, the differences between making these this alternative design and our earlier instructions begin with step 4.  Here is our description of how to make this new alternative.

Step 4A:  Place your initial loop on peg 1 of your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap the jewelry wire around the pegs as shown below-left.  Please note that the wire tail is wrapped further around the last Super Peg that it was for our original design.

Step 5A:  Remove the jewelry wire from your jewelry making jig.  Your wire component should appear as shown below center.  At this point you should harden your jewelry wire by hammering it with a nylon hammer or a metal chasing hammer. 

Step 6A:  Grasp the jewelry wire at the point where it becomes straight from step 5A and bend the wire 90 degrees up as shown below-right.  Please note that the jewelry wire is bent up and out of the plane of the rest of the wire component. 

Alternative peg placement for Omega Ear Wire Earrings made with jewelry wire shapped on WigJig jewelry tool. Step 5A to instructions for making modified Omega Ear Wire Earrings showing jewelry wire after removed from WigJig jewelry tool. Step 6A to instructions for making Omega Ear Wire Earrings made from jewelry wire and beads.
Step 4A Step 5A Step 6A

Step 7A Omega Jewelry Wire Ear Wire Finding -- Jewelry Making ProjectStep 7A:  Using your round nose pliers, make a loop on the short wire segment as close to the 90 degree bend as possible.  After you have completed the loop, use your pliers to bend the loop so that it is centered on the rest of the ear wire.  See the picture at right for how this should appear when completed. 

Step 8A:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire and close the final loop.  See the picture below-left. 

Step 9A:  Cut the excess jewelry wire at the beginning of the ear wire finding. 

Step 10A:  Smooth the cut end of the jewelry wire so that it won't hurt the wearer's ear when worn.

When completed your Interchangeable Omega Ear Wires should appear as shown below-right. 

 

Step 8A to instructions for making the Omega Ear Wire Earrings using common jewelry making supplies.

FInished Omega Ear Wire Earrings made with jewelry wire and montana blue beads.
Step 8A Finished Ear Wire Finding

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

If you want to make your own ear wire findings, this design is one that should be considered.  These are very easy to make and they stay on well.  With the interchangeable feature in the alternative design, these ear wires offer something that can't be purchased in a store.

 

 



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