Step-by-step instructions for making Falling Raindrop Earrings using beads, jewelry wire, jewelry supplies and made using WigJig jewelry tools:
This project has one wire component that we call the Raindrop Component. Instructions for making this component begin below.
Step 1: Cut a segment of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire 4 inches long. In the earrings shown here, the two earrings on the right used 18 gauge wire and the earrings on the left used 20 gauge jewelry wire. It is slightly more difficult to make the earrings in 18 gauge wire, but the look of the earrings in 18 gauge wire may be more esthetically pleasing. You can use 1/2 hard or soft jewelry wire. The earrings shown were made with 1/2 hard jewelry wire.
Step 2: Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers or round nose pliers make a loop in the end of your jewelry wire that will be large enough to fit over one of the regular pegs for your jig.
Step 3: Using your nylon jaw pliers, hold the jewelry wire by the loop and straighten the wire.
Step 4: Position one metal peg and a 7/16" Super Peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right. For a round jewelry making jig, position your Super Peg in the Center hole for the WigJig jewelry tool and place the metal peg about 7/8" away from the outside of the Super Peg.
Step 5: Wrap your jewelry wire tightly around the Super Peg as shown at left.
Step 6: While holding your jewelry wire tightly against the Super Peg, wrap the wire around your metal peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.
Step 7: Remove your wire from your WigJig jewelry tool. The jewelry wire will appear as shown at left. It is normal that the jewelry wire will spring slightly out of shape. With 1/2 hard wire, the jewelry wire may spring even more out of shape than shown.
In the next few steps, we will convince the jewelry wire to return to the raindrop shape and to stay in that shape.
Step 8: Insert the stepped jaw of your step jaw pliers into the two loops. This will require you to push the jewelry wire back into the raindrop shape. Grip the wire firmly in the jaws of your pliers. If you don't have step jaw pliers you can use round nose pliers but because of the conical shape of the jaws of the round nose pliers, the resulting wrap will not be quite as neat.
Step 9: Now, with your pliers in your non-dominant hand, push the wire tail with the thumb on your dominant hand so that the wire tail wraps around the "neck" of the raindrop two full turns.
Step 10: Remove the jewelry wire component from your pliers and it will appear as shown at left. Cut the excess wire with your flush cutter at the point where the wire extends beyond the edge of the wrapped wire from step 9. This will leave a very small end of the wire raised and not flat like the rest of the wrapped wire.
Step 11: Now using your bent chain nose pliers squeeze the cut end of the wire gently until it lays flat against the rest of the wire component.
Step 12: This completes your Raindrop Wire Component. The next steps in making these earrings will be to support the beads in the center of the bottom of the raindrop.
Step 13: Cut a segment of fine gauge jewelry wire about 2 to 2 1/2 inches long. For this project, 1/2 round wire works best, but if you do not have 1/2 round jewelry wire you can use 22 or 24 gauge round jewelry wire. Make a "U" shaped bend about 3/8" from one end of this wire.
Step 14: Position this "U" shaped bend on one side of your raindrop wire component as shown.