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Oval Beaded Earrings

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

Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made from common jewelry making supplies.Ovals Beaded Earrings made on WigJig jewelry tools using common jewelry supplies.This jewelry making project uses our Super Pegs with one of our WigJig Jewelry Making Tools to make oval shaped earrings.  While the two earrings shown here seem to have a very different shape, the pattern is very similar and the steps involved in making the two earrings are essentially identical.  These are both beginners jewelry making projects and can be made on any of our WigJig jewelry tools.  Making these earrings requires a jewelry making jig with two 1/4" Super Pegs to make the earrings on the left, or one 1/4" Super Peg and one 3/8" Super Peg to make the earrings on the right.  Because these earrings are very rounded, they work better when made with soft jewelry wire. 

The shape of the earrings on the left tends to work best with a combination of 4mm beads and 2x4mm bugle beads.  The shape of the earrings shown at right works will with many types of beads or it also works will with 7X18mm CZ pendants as shown here. 

We named these earrings Oval Beaded Earrings, but you can easily call them Cartouche Earrings because the shape is very similar to the Egyptian Cartouche used to denote that the enclosed hieroglyphic text was a royal name.  

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Any WigJig Jewelry Tool
  • 2 1/4" Super Peg
  • 1 3/8" Super Peg
  • Flush cutter ,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Step Jaw Pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2 pairs)
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Ruler
  • 20 minutes of free time

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

Step 1:  Cut two segments of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire each 3 3/4" long. 

Step 2:  Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers, make a loop in the end of each jewelry wire segment.  Use the first step in the pliers to make a loop for our WigJig Delphi, Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tool and the second step in the pliers to make a loop for our WigJig Olympus, Olympus Lite or Electra jewelry tool. 

Step 3:  Now we need to straighten both jewelry wire segments.  This is done by grasping the wire by the loop in your non-dominant hand and pulling the wire repeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jawStep 4 to instructions for making Ovals Beaded Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool. pliers until the wire is straight. 

Step 4:  The peg pattern on our WigJig Delphi jewelry tool for making the Ovals earring body is shown at right.  Peg 1 is a regular metal peg and pegs 2 and 3 are 1/4" Super Pegs.  Pegs 2 and 3 are separated from one another by 1".  You can find the WigJig Centaur jig template for this pattern here.

Step 5:  Position the initial loop in your jewelry wire on peg 1 and bend the wire against peg 2 as shown below-left.  Push the jewelry wire until it rests adjacent to peg 3 with no pressure applied.  (It may be easier to remove peg 3 until you have the wire bent properly.)

Step 6:  Now bend the jewelry wire around peg 3 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig and continue pushing the wire until it rests adjacent to peg 2 with no pressure applied.  See the picture below-center.  You may need to push the wire over peg 2 slightly then remove your grip on the wire until it rests in the position shown.

Step 7:  Bend the jewelry wire against peg 2, between peg 2 and peg 1 as shown below-right.

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Step 8 to instructions for making Oval Earrings using WigJig jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire.Step 8:  Bend the wire back against peg 1 while holding the jewelry wire tightly against pegs 3 and 2.  See the picture at right.  We ultimately need to complete a loop in the wire at the position where peg 1 is, but because peg 2 is in the way, it is easier to complete the loop off of the jig.

Step 9:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Your jewelry wire component should appear as shown below-left.

Step 10:  Now we are ready to complete the final loop in the wire component.  Using your fine step jaw pliers, grasp the wire with the pliers in the same place as peg 1.  You can place your pliers through the initial loop and then grip the wire at the point where you need to make the final loop.  While holding the wire firmly in your fine step jaw pliers, bend the wire as shown below-center.

Step 11:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire.  Finish the final loop by using your bent chain nose pliers to close the loop.  At this point your wire component should appear as shown below-right.

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Step 12 to instructions for making Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Step 12:  Make two earring bodies as described above. 

Step 13:  Because there are two loops at the top of this wire component, it is likely that a conventional ear wire will have a loop too small to accommodate both loops in the earring body wire component.  There are two ways to overcome this.  First, you can make your own ear wire, with a larger loop at the bottom or you can use a modified figure 8 connector to connect between your earring body and the ear wire.  In the earring shown at right, we made our own ear wire using the instructions starting below.  For those who want to use the modified figure 8 connector, our instructions on how to make the modified figure 8 connector can be found here.

Step 14:  To make the ear wire shown, cut two segments of 20 gauge wire each 3" long. 

Step 15:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten both jewelry wire segments.

Step 16:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the wire about 1" from the end and make a 90 degree bend in the wire as shown below-left.

Step 17:  Using your round nose pliers, make a loop in the jewelry wire, on the shorter, 1" segment of wire, but as close to the bend as possible.  Your goal is that the loop should be centered over the longer wire segment as shown below-center.  If you need to, adjust the wire of the loop until the loop is centered. 

Step 18:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the jewelry wire above the loop that you just made and make a 90 degree bend in the wire approximately 3/16" above the loop as shown below-right. 

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Step 19:  Position two regular pegs (pegs 1 and 3) and one 5/16" Super Peg (peg 2) in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place the loop you made in step 18 on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2, then bending it against peg 3 as shown at right.  Please note that the loop is significantly larger than peg 1, this is what we want so that it will accommodate both the initial and final loops of the earring body wire component. 

Step 20:  Remove the jewelry wire component from the jewelry making jig.  With your flush cutter, cut the end of the wire about 1/4" from the bend made at peg 3.  Using a cup bur tool, round the end of the cut wire by spinning the tool over the end of the wire for about 60 seconds.  At this point, it is a good idea to harden the rounded portion of your ear wire by hammering it on an anvil or bench block with a metal chasing hammer.  Your goal should be to slightly flatten the rounded portion of the wire. 

Step 21:  At this point, you have a choice.  You can cut the excess wire at the beginning of the ear wire and you will have an open loop on your ear wire, or you can connect the ear wire to your earring body and then wrap the ear wire closed.  In the photo below-center we show how to connect the two wire components prior to wrapping.  It will help if you open the loop in the ear wire slightly with your bent chain nose pliers before connecting them. 

Step 22:  Once the two components are connected, you can wrap the wire tail around the ear wire as shown below-right.  Hold the loop in the ear wire with your bent chain nose pliers while you are wrapping the wire.  This preserves the round shape of the loop.  To complete the wrap, you will probably need to use a second pair of chain nose pliers to squeeze and twist the wire until the wrap is completed without any wire sticking up. 

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Completed Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings with three 4mm Beads
Step 23:  The final step in completing these earrings is to make a bead dangle and hang it from the initial/final loops in the earring body wire component.  In the picture at right, we used two 4mm crystal beads and two 2x4mm bugle beads.  In the picture at left, we used three 4mm beads separated by two 2x4mm bugle beads. 

The techniques for making a bead dangle is described here.  Please note that you will need a large loop at the top of the bead dangle to fit around both loops in the ovals earring body wire component.

Add a bead dangle to both earrings.  This completes your Oval Beaded Earrings. 

 

 

Alternantive designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

We have a couple of alternative designs that use the same steps in making the earrings.  The first alternative is the design shown at right.  This design uses one 1/4" Super Peg and one 3/8" Super Peg.  The pattern for these earrings is shown at left.  The steps in making these earrings are identical, with the exception that peg 3 in the pattern is a 3/8" Super Peg instead of the 1/4" Super Peg used in the earrings above.  For these earrings, since we have more room in the center of the earring body, we used our 7x18mm Pear Pendant Cubic Zirconia instead of beads.  The steps involved in hanging this cubic zirconia can be found here.  We recommend using 24 gauge round wire to create the hanger for this gemstone. 




Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for alternative design for Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings
Alternative Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made using common jewelry supplies.
Peg Pattern on
WigJig Delphi jewelry tool
Finished Earring

In this alternative design, we use the same pegs for peg 1, 2 and 3, but add peg 4, a regular metal peg to make the earring body shown at right.  You can view this modified peg pattern at left.  Because of the loop at the bottom of these earrings, we recommend hanging a bead dangle, or as shown at right, a 6x9 or 7x10 Cubic Zirconia Pendant.  The difference in making this alternative design is that after bending your wire 1/2 way around peg 3, you wrap the wire around peg 4, then continue bending the jewelry wire the rest of the way around peg 3 and back to peg 2.  It should be relatively easy to understand the change required to make these earrings. 









Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for Second Alternative to Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings
Second Alternative to Ovals Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project
Peg Pattern on
WigJig Delphi jewelry tool
Finished Earring

Large Ovals Pendant Jewelry Wire & Beads Project showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool.
The final alternative will be to make these same patterns larger for use as a pendant in a necklace.  If you want to make a pendant for a necklace that matches your earrings, you would follow exactly the same steps but use a larger peg pattern, larger pegs and larger beads.  The pattern shown at left uses two 3/8" Super Pegs to create a larger pendant hanging.  This pattern on our WigJig Delphi jewelry tool could accommodate 8mm beads on the bead dangle hanging in the center of the ovals wire component. 

 

 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope that our readers will enjoy at least one of our alternative designs.  We think that these designs are great for earrings and as well as for a necklace pendant.  We particularly like this earring design when combined with the gemstones as we did above.

 

 



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