CALL 210-556-1743

Menu





























Tiered Teardrop Earrings

Instructions for making Tiered Teardrop Earrings using jewelry wire, beads, common jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools:

Tiered Teardeop Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Amethyst Beads made on WigJig jewelry tools.Tiered Teardrop Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Swarovski Beads on WigJig jewelry tools.

When you make a lot of different designs, you will find some you like more than others.  This design is one of those designs that we like a lot.  This design is a modification to our Falling Raindrop Earrings with an added tier below the raindrop wire component. 

This is an advanced beginners jewelry making design and can be made on of our WigJig jewelry making tools.  The pattern uses a 3/4" Super Peg or Spiral Maker to make the raindrop wire component and 7 metal pegs to make the lower tiered wire component. 

Our instructions for making these earrings begin below. 

 

 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Twenty inches of 16, 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire
  • Six 6mm Crystal Beads (or 5 plus 1 8mm bead)
  • Six 4mm Crystal Beads (or 7)
  • Eight 2x4mm bugle beads
  • Twelve head-pins
  • One pair of ear wire findings.
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Ruler
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool with 7 regular pegs
  • 3/4" Super Peg from our Large Round Super Pegs or Spiral Maker tool
  • Step Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to make loops in jewelry wire using round nose pliers or step jaw pliers jewerly tools.
     
  • Ability to make jewelry wire components by wrapping wire on a WigJig jewelry making tool.
     
  • Ability to make a modified figure 8 connector out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to open and close loops using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to wrap wire around itself to permanently connect two segments of jewelry wire. 
     
  • Ability to use a WigJig jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire as described below. 
     
  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using the nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.  
     
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire using the flush cutter jewelry tool.

Tiered Teardeop Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Swarovski Amethyst BeadsTiered Teardrop Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Swarovski Crystal AB Beads
We have to make two jewelry wire components to complete this earring design.  The first component we will make is the lower tier wire component.  Once that component is completed, then we will make the raindrop wire component. 

Step-by-step instructions for making earrings with jewelry wire, beads, jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Cut a segment of 16, 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire 41/4" long. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of this jewelry wire segment.

Step 3:  Grasp the loop and repeatedly pull the jewelry wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers to straighten the wire.

 

Instructions for making Lower Tier Wire Component for Tiered Raindrop Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools.Step 4:  The peg pattern for making the lower tier wire component is shown at right for our WigJig Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry tools.  Begin by positioning pegs 1 and 2 in your jig.  Place your initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2.  Push the wire beyond the position for peg 3 so that when you remove your grip from the wire, the wire will remain adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied. 

Step 5:  Add peg 3 to your jewelry making jig and wrap your jewelry wire around peg 3 so that with no pressure applied the wire will rest adjacent to the empty hole for peg 4 with no pressure applied. 

Step 6:  Add peg 4 to the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap your jewelry wire around peg 4 so that with no pressure applied the wire will rest adjacent to the empty hole for peg 5 with no pressure applied.

Step 7:  Add peg 5 to your jewelry making jig and wrap the wire around peg 5 so that with no pressure applied the jewelry wire will rest adjacent to the empty hole for peg 6 with no pressure applied. 

Step 8:  Add peg 6 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig and warp the wire around peg 6 so that with no pressure applied the wire will rest adjacent to the empty hole for peg 7 with no pressure applied.

Step 9:  Add peg 7 to your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 7. 

Instructions for making Tiered Teardeop Earrings Step 10 showing shape of jewelry wire component.Tiered Teardrop Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Swarovski Beads
Step 10:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool 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 right. 

Step 11:  We need to bend the beginning and ending loops so that they are parallel to one another, pointing up.  This is done by first inserting your Fine Step Jaw Pliers into the loop made on peg 2, griping the wire in your pliers and pushing the initial loop up.  Once this is done, then put your Fine Step 11 to instructions for making Tiered Raindrop Earrings made using common jewelry supplies.Step Jaw Pliers into the loop made on peg 6, grip the wire, and then pushing the final loop up.   When  you have completed this successfully, the wire component will appear as shown at right. 

Step 12:  The final step in making the lower tier wire component is to one at a time grasp the initial loop, then the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers and rotate the loops 90 degrees.  This will reorient the loops so that they can be connected to the raindrop wire component.  We recommend twisting the two loops in the same direction.  (As an option, you can use your round nose pliers and convert the two loops into eye loops.) 

Step 13:  Now we are ready to begin making the Raindrop wire component.  The pattern for this is shown at right and uses one regular metal peg plus a 3/4" Super Peg or one of our Spiral Makers.  Position the pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown.  Now cut a section of 16, 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire 5 1/2 inches long.  Make a loop in one end of this wire and straighten the wire.

Instructions for making Tiered Raindrop Earrings Step 15 showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.Step 14:  Place your initial loop in your wire on peg 8 as shown at right and wrap your wire around the Super Peg, peg 9, leaving the wire adjacent to the initial peg, peg 8. 

Step 16 to instructions for making Tiered Raindrop Earrings out of jewelry wire and beads.Step 15:  Now wrap your jewelry wire around peg 8 as shown at left. 

Step 16:  Remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and the jewelry wire should appear as shown at right.  Note that the two loops will not naturally remain superimposed.  This isn't a problem as we will correct this in the next step

Instructions for making Tiered Teardrop Earrings made with common jewelry supplies Step 17Tiered Raindrop Earrings Jewelry Making Project, Made with Amethyst Swarovski BeadsStep 17:  Position  your step jaw pliers (or round nose pliers if you don't have step jaw pliers) inside both loops as shown at right.  Grasp the jewelry wire securely with your pliers and begin wrapping the wire tail around the point where the wires cross. 

 

 

Step 18 to instructions for making Tiered Raindrop Earrings using common jewelry making supplies.Step 18:  Wrap the wire about two times around.  This should leave you about an inch of jewelry wire unused at the end.

 

 

Step 19 to instructions for making Tiered Raindrop Earrings showing shape of jewelry wire "teardrop"Step 19:  With the excess wire at the end of the wrap, use your round nose pliers and make a loop in the wire as shown at left.  This loop is used to hang the central bead dangle inside the Step 20 to instructions for making Tiered Raindrop Earrings Jewelry Making Designraindrop wire component. 

Step 20:  Cut the excess jewelry wire with your flush cutter and close the loop that you just made with your bent chain nose pliers.  At this point the raindrop wire component is Step 21 to instructions for making Tiered Raindrop Earrings completed and should appear as shown at right.

 

Step 21:  Open both loops in the tiered wire component and connect both loops to the raindrop wire component.  Once connected, close both loops.  The earring body should now appear as shown at left Completed Tiered Teardrop Earrings made with Swarovski Beadsand you are ready to begin adding the bead dangles. 

Step 22:  Before adding the bead dangles, make a modified figure 8 connector, and connect this connector to the top loops in the earring body.  This is done by opening the loop in the modified figure 8 connector using your chain nose pliers, then making the connection and closing the loop.  The two loops at the top of the earring body are too large to directly connect to your ear wire finding  so this modified figure 8 connector is required. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Most of our jewelry designs we like a lot.  A few we like a little.  This is one jewelry making design that we like a little.  You may find that you like this design more than we do.  The approach we use to make these earrings will allow you to make these earrings consistently. 

 

 



© 2012 WigJig @ wigjig.com
 

Privacy Policy • All WigJigs and Accessories are patented or patent-pending • All rights reserved ©2018