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Round Wire Chandeliers

Free instructions for making Round Chandelier Earrings, made using WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.


Round Chandelier Earrings made from common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools.Round Chandelier Earrings made with WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire and beads.

These round chandelier jewelry wire and beads earrings are an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  The individual steps in making these earrings are easy, but because making these earrings involves making three wire components and connecting the three wire components they are probably not a good beginner's jewelry making project. 

The three wire components that we make for these earrings are the large round component, the connector component and the small round component.  Because these components are completely round, this is one of the few designs on our web site that can not be easily made on the WigJig Centaur.  (It can be made on the Centaur by making 1/2 of the figure then rotating the wire one peg at a time to complete the other 1/2 of the circle.)  These earrings can be easily make on the WigJig Cyclops or Electra.

Most of the time, when we make a new jewelry design, it will take us several attempts to perfect the technique.  For this design, using our basic techniques for making jewelry with a jig, we were able to make these earrings on our first try.  For people who are less experienced you will probably find that it will be worthwhile to make these earrings one time in practice wire. 
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 24 inches of 18 gauge jewelry wire.  1/2 hard jewelry wire is recommended.
  • 3 inches of 20 or 22 gauge jewelry wire (soft or 1/2 hard will work.)
  • One pair of commercial ear wires. 
  • Fourteen 4mm or 6mm beads.
  • Fourteen head pins
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry making tool
  • 10 metal pegs for the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool
  • Ruler
  • 30 minutes of free time

Round Chandelier Earrings made out of brass jewelry wire and Swarovski crystal beads.Step-by-Step instructions for making Round Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, bead and common jewelry supplies.

As indicated above, there are three wire components that we must make to complete these earrings.  The first we will discuss will be the large round circle of wire, the second will be the small round circle and the third will be the connectors that connect these two circles.  The instructions for making the large round circle of wire begin below.

Step 1:  Straighten a segment of jewelry wire 18 gauge wire 6 inches long by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  Using your flush cutter, cut the jewelry wire to a length of 6 inches.  (1/2 hard wire is preferred.)

Step 2:  Using your fine step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire the size of the peg for your jig. 

Step 3:  Grasp your piece of jewelry wire by the loop and straighten it again using your nylon jaw pliers.  Step 4 to instructions for making Round Chandelier Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 4:  In a WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool, position pegs 1 and 2 in your jig.  See the pattern shown at right.  Place your initial loop on peg 1 and wrap your wire around peg 2 until with no pressure applied the wire will rest adjacent to the hole for peg 3.  Using 1/2 hard jewelry wire you will need to push the wire beyond the hole for peg 3 and then remove your grip from the wire to allow it to relax back.  For this wire component, this is very important.  If you don't release your grip from the wire on every step, the wire component will spring out of shape after you remove it from the jig. 

Step 5:  Add peg 3 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig.  At this point, we  have one approach for beginners and a different approach for intermediate and advanced wire workers.  For beginners, wrap the wire around peg three and push it until the jewelry wire rests adjacent to the empty hole waiting for peg 4.  For more advanced wire workers, remove the wire from the jig, place the initial loop on peg 3 and the second loop on peg 2 and wrap the wire around peg 1 so that with no pressure applied it will rest adjacent to the empty hole for peg 8.  We won't continue to describe this advanced approach in every step, but with every added peg you will remove the jewelry wire from the jig and essentially flip it over.  The result is a wire component with two levels of wire instead of growing from low on one end to high on the other.  The wire component shown above was made using the advanced approach. 

Step 6 to instructions for making Round Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools.Step 6:  Continue adding one peg at a time and wrapping the wire around the new peg, pushing until the jewelry wire rests adjacent to the hole for the next peg with no pressure on the wire. 

Step 7:  When you add the 8th peg to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool, wrap the jewelry wire around that peg and lift it over the first peg before relaxing your grip.  Your goal is that with no pressure applied that the wire will rest adjacent to the inside of the first peg. 

Step 8:  Wrap the jewelry wire completely around the first peg as shown. 

Step 9:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and cut the excess Step 10 to instructions for making Round ChandelierEarrings using common jewelry supplies.wire with your flush cutter. 

Step 10:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop.  If you have done everything correctly, your jewelry wire component will appear as shown at left.  If the initial and final loops don't overlap perfectly, you can do some "hand finishing" to gently bend the wire component so that the beginning and ending loops overlap as shown. 

Step 11:  You will need to flatten and harden the wire component by squeezing it in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  This sets the design.  Be sure to squeeze each loop in the piece.  After this step you may need to do some more hand finishing. 

Step 12:  Now we are ready to start on the small round wire component.  Straighten then cut a segment of 18 gauge jewelry wire 4 inches long.  Make a loop in one end of this jewelry wire with your fine step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers.  Straighten this jewelry wire by holding Step 12 to instructions for making Round Chancelier Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.the loop while you pull the wire repeated through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 13:  Position pegs 9 and 10 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  (These pegs are spaced on the second ring from the center of your jig, with one empty hole between each metal peg.)  Place your initial loop on peg 9 and wrap your wire around peg 10.  Continue pushing your jewelry wire until with no pressure applied the wire will rest adjacent to the empty hole for peg 11.

Step 14:   Add peg 11 to your jewelry making jig and push the jewelry wire until it is adjacent to the empty hole for peg 12 with no pressure applied.  (This is the step where advanced wire workers remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and place the initial loop on peg 11, making there new loop on peg 9.) 

Step 15:  Continue this process one peg at a time until you add peg 14 to your jewelry making jig.  After adding peg 14, wrap the wire around peg 14 and lift it over peg 9 before releasing your grip on the jewelry wire and allowing it to relax back to its at rest position.  Your goal is that with no pressure applied the jewelry wire should rest adjacent to the inside of peg 9. 

Step 15:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the initial peg, peg 9, as shown.  Step 15 to instructions for making Round Chandelier Earrings out of jewelry wire and beads.

Step 16:  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire with your flush cutter.  Close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers.  At this point your wire component should appear as shown at right.  If your initial and final loops don't overlap perfectly, do a little hand finishing to bend the jewelry wire so that they overlap.

Step 17:  Finish the small round wire component by using your nylon jaw pliers to flatten and harden the wire component.  Be sure to squeeze each loop flat with your nylon jaw pliers.  After flattening your wire component you may need to do a little more hand finishing so that the initial and final loops overlap. 

Step 18:  Now we are ready to make the connector component.  Straighten, then cut a 1 1/2" segment of 18 gauge jewelry wire.  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire using your fine step jaw pliers or your round nose pliers.  The loop needs to be the size of the peg for your jig.  Grasp the loop and straighten your wire by repeatedly pulling Step 18 to instructions for making Round Chandelier Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.the wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 19:  Add pegs 15 and 16 to your WigJig jewelry tool.  These two pegs should be spaced about 3/4" apart.  Place your initial loop on peg 15 and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 16 as shown. 

Step 20 to instructions for making Round Chandelier Earrings using common jewelry supplies.Step 20:  Remove the jewelry wire from your jewelry making jig and cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop using your bent chain nose pliers.  At this point your wire component should appear as shown at left.  Step 21 to instructions for making Round Chandelier Wire & Beads Earrings

Step 21:  Now we need to convert both the "P" loops in the connector wire component to eye loops using your round nose pliers.  This is done as shown here. 

Step 22:  Make a second connector wire component using the same steps that you used to make the first one. 

Round Chandelier Earrings made out of brass jewelry wire and Swarovski crystal beads.

Step 23:  Now we have one large round wire component, a small round wire component and two connector components and we are ready to be assembling the earring.  Start by opening the loop on one end of your connector wire component using your bent chain nose pliers.  Opening a loop is done as shown here.  Connect this open loop to one of the loops at the 4 o'clock position on your large wire component and connect the second wire connector to the loop at the 8 o'clock position.  When these connector components are in position, close the loops again using your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 24:  Connect the opposite end of the two connector wire components to the loops on the small round wire component at the 11 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions.  Again, use your bent chain nose pliers to open and close the loops in the connector wire component. 

Step 25:  Now we need to add the ear wire to the top of the earring.  For the earring shown here, we made an ear wire with a larger loop at the bottom so that it would go around the larger beginning/final loops in the large round wire component.  You can also make a modified figure 8 connector to connect the beginning/final loops in the large round wire component to a commercial ear wire finding.  Instructions for making a modified figure 8 connector can be found here.  Connect your ear wire finding to your earring body by opening the loop in the earring finding, connecting to the earring body and closing the loop.  (Some people may find it easier to position the large round wire component upside down in the earring body.  This will place the overlapping beginning/final loops at the bottom and won't interfer with connecting your ear wire finding.)

Step 26:  Once you have the ear wire connected you are ready to add your bead dangles.  The technique for making a bead dangle is described here.  You can choose to use an open loop bead dangle or a wrapped loop.  Add a bead dangle to the bottom loop in the large round wire component first as this may be the most difficult one to accomplish.  Then add bead dangles to the two side loops in the large round wire component.  Add bead dangles to the three bottom loops in the small round wire component.  Finally, you can add a bead dangle to the middle of the large round wire component.  (For adding a bead dangle to the loop in the middle of the large round wire component we strongly suggest using the open loop approach and not the wrapped loop.)

Make two earrings using the same approach.

Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

Alternative design for making Round Chaindelier Earrings showing using fine gauge jewelry wire.One alternative design that you may want to consider is to use 26 gauge jewelry wire to wrap the beginning and ending loops together.  This step may not be necessary, but it is something to consider if you are selling your earrings.  You can view how the wrap would be done in the picture at left. 

Another alternative is to use 20 gauge jewelry wire instead of 18 gauge jewelry wire and embellish each straight segment of wire with seed beads.  For the large round wire component you could add 2 or 3 seed beads between each loop.  For the small round wire component  you could add 1 or 2 seed beads between each loop.  For the connectors you could add 4-6 seed beads between the loops. 

Another alternative design is to use different sizes of circular wire components.  By making the large circular wire component one ring further from the center, you can make a three ring round chandelier earring instead of two rings.

A final alternative to consider is to make the large round wire component one ring further from the center of the jig and make the next ring two rings closer to the center.  This way you can mount one ring inside the other.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

If you like shoulder duster chandelier earrings, you might like these earrings.  These are larger earrings and when combined with beads are very striking.  These earrings probably aren't appropriate for every day where, but if you need some striking earrings for evening wear, this may be the jewelry making design you need. 

 

 

 

 



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