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Sword Wire & Beads Earrings

Instructions for making the Sword Wire & Beads Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, and common jewelry supplies:

Sword Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.


These earrings are called Sword Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings because the basic shape of the finding that forms the outline of these earrings is similar to the shape of a Roman Gladius style sword.  Since many vendors are making findings that you can purchase similar to these earrings, we thought it was time for us to make our design for this jewelry making finding.  

If the name Sword Earrings sounds too militaristic to you, you can call these Gladius Earrings and most people won't know what that means.  I had to look it up on the Internet myself, so I can't claim that my education in the classics is better than others.  

This is a beginner's jewelry making project

 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • One pair of ear wires (we made these ear wires) 
  • 11 inches of 20 gauge round, preferably 1/2 hard jewelry wire.
  • Flush cutter
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2)
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Tool
  • Ruler
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to make a loop in jewelry wire using round nose pliers jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to bend wire to make jewelry wire components on a WigJig jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire with with a flush cutter jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire with nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to make a bead dangle out of jewelry supplies using common jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to open and close loops in jewelry wire using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools.

Instructions for making Sword Earrings showing jewelry wire shapped on WigJig jewelry making tool.Step-by-step instructions for making Sword Earrings using jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies, using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Using your flush cutter, cut two segments of 20 gauge jewelry wire each 4 1/2 inches long.  1/2 hard wire is preferred. 

Step 2:  Using your round nose pliers, or your fine step jaw pliers, make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire the same size as the pegs on your jig. 

Step 3:  Grasp the loop in the end of the wire with one hand and using your nylon jaw pliers, pull the jewelry wire repeatedly through the jaws of the pliers to straighten the wire. 

Step 4 to instructions for making Sword Earrings using common jewelry making supplies.


Step 4:
  Position peg 1 and 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left.  Place your initial loop on peg 1 and bend the jewelry wire against peg 2 until the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied. 

 

 

Step 5 to instructions for making Sword Earrings using jewelry wire and beads.

Step 5:  Add peg 3 to your jewelry making jig and bend your wire against peg 3 as shown at right.  Push the jewelry wire until the wire rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 4 with no pressure applied to the wire.

 

 


Step 6 to instructions for making Sword Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.


Step 6:
  Add peg 4 to your WigJig jewelry tool and bend the jewelry wire against peg 4 as shown at left.  You will need to lift the wire over peg 1 slightly so that the wire will rest adjacent to peg 1 as shown, with no pressure applied.

 

 

Step 7 to Sword Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project



Step 7:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around peg 1 in your jewelry making jig as shown at right.

Step 8 to instructions for making Sword Jewelry Earrings using common jewelry supplies.Step 8:  Remove your jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point, the wire component should appear Step 9 to instructions for making Sword Earrings using common jewelry tools.as shown at right.

 

Step 9:  We want to make a loop at the top of this jewelry wire component to allow us to hang a bead dangle.  We do this with our round nose pliers.  First, grip the wire component as shown at left.  Hold the wire firmly and bend the wire down to begin making a loop on the lower of the jaws of the round nose pliers.  You won't be able to complete the loop in the wire because the jaws of the pliers will be in the way.

 

  Step 10 to instructons for making Sword Earrings out of jewelry wire and beads.

Step 10:  At this point, your jewelry wire should appear as shown at right.  The red wire that we used here is soft wire and soft wire doesn't naturally wrap tightly.  When making this bend with 1/2 hard jewelry wire, you will find that making this loop will be easier.

 

Step 11 to instructions for making Sword Earrings using common jewelry supplies.



Step 11:  In order to complete the loop, you will need to change your grip on the wire.  Re-grip the jewelry wire as shown at left.


Step 12 to instructions for making Sword Earrings using jewelry wire and beads.



Step 12:  Now bend the jewelry wire the rest of the way around the upper jaw of your round nose pliers as shown at right. 

 

Step 13 to instructions for making Sword Earrings using common jewelry making tools.



Step 13:  Your jewelry wire component should now appear as shown at left.  At this point we are ready to cut the excess wire and the point where the wire starts to overlap.  Remember to cut the wire with the flat side of your cutter toward the finished wire component.

Step 14 to instructions for making Sword Earrings using common jewelry making supplies.

Step 14:  In order to keep the two sides of the top of the wire component together, we need to put a connector through the top of the wire component.  We recommend a modified figure 8 connector.  By using this connector, the earring will hang with the appropriate orientation (parallel to the body) when connected to an ear wire.  Step 15 to instructions for making Sword Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings -- Finished Earrings.

Step 15:  Once you have added the figure 8 connector, it is rather easy to add your ear wire to the top of the earrings.  All you need to do is to open the loop in the modified figure 8 connector, add the ear wire, then close that loop.

Step 16:  The final step in making these earrings is to add a bead dangle to the loop in the sword wire component that we finished in step 14.  You can add the bead dangle with an open loop or with a wrapped loop.

For beginners, please note that our videos on jewelry making techniques describes how to make figure 8 connectors, how to open loops, and how to make a bead dangle with either an open or a wrapped loop.

Finished Sword Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectAlternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools:

This is a shape that presents many options for alternative designs.  We can make this shape large by spreading the peg further apart.  We can make this shape smaller by moving the pegs closer together.  We can modify this shape by making the loops completely around pegs 2, 3 and 4 providing us the option of hanging beads from the bottom of the sword wire component.    Peg pattern for Sword Earrings showing peg placement on WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.

The pattern for making these earrings on the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools is shown at right.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

The shape of the earring body for these earrings is very common.  Normally, that jewelry making finding would be cast out of gold, silver, or brass.  Instead of casting this jewelry making finding, we make the finding out of jewelry wire using our WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.  This is a relatively easy design to make.  The resulting earrings are both strong and attractive.  We like this design and recommend you consider making these earrings using some nice beads. 

 

 



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