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Triangle Wire Earrings

Instructions for making Triangle Wire Earrings using jewelry wire, beads, common jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools:

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

These earrings are called Triangle Wire Earrings because the main wire component at the bottom of the earrings is made in the shape of a triangle and because we ran out of imagination and could not come up with a better name.  This is a beginner's jewelry making project and is suitable for jewelry crafters with almost no experience.  Because this is a beginners project, we will try to provide instructions that are slightly more detailed than we would provide for a more advanced project.

This project uses a concept in jewelry making that we like to emphasize.  The shape that we make here is rather complex and it would be very hard (but not impossible) to make these earrings if you tried to make them with one piece of wire.  By contrast, we are able to make these earrings rather easily by connecting several small, easy to make components.  In addition, because we connected several small components, these earrings have the added benefit of motion in several ways as each connection in the earrings is effectively a hinge that allows the earring to move at that location.  The wire components that we will make are a triangular wire component at the bottom of the earring body and two spacer bar wire components connecting between the triangular wire component and a jump ring at the top of the earrings.  The jump ring at the top of the earring body connects to our ear wire finding.

Our free instructions for this advanced beginner's jewelry making project begin below. 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 4mm Bicone Crystal Beads
  • 12 inches of 20 gauge round, jewelry wire or 10 inches of 18 gauge wire and 2 inches of 20 gauge wire,
  • 8 head pins
  • Purchased ear wire (or make your own ear wire)
  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Step Jaw Pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • WigJig Delphi, Centaur, Olympus or Olympus Lite Jewelry Tool,
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to make a "P" loop in jewelry wire using the round nose pliers jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire with with a flush cutter.
     
  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire with the nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to make a bead dangle using common jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to make a jump ring our of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools. 
     
  • Ability to use our WigJig jewelry tools to make jewelry wire components. 

Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.Step-by-step instructions for making Triangle Wire Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Using your flush cutter, cut a segment of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire that is 2 1/2 inches long for your triangular wire component and two segments that are 1 1/2 inch long for the spacer bars.  For a beginner, we recommend that you use 20 gauge jewelry wire if available and that you cut the wire to leave a flush cut end on the spool of wire.  Either half-hard or soft wire will work for this project, but half-hard wire may be slightly easier to work with.  If you did not have a flush cut end on the wire to start, you will need to cut 1/8 inch of wire off the wire segment leaving a flush cut on that end of that wire.

 

 

Step 2:  Using your step jaw pliers, or your round nose pliers if you don't have step jaw pliers, make a "P" loop in the end of each jewelry wire segment with the flush cut.  

 

 

Step 3:  Grasp the loop in the jewelry wire and straighten the wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  Do this for all three wire segments.  

 

Peg Pattern for Triangle Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings shown on WigJig jewelry tool.Step 4:  Now we are going to make the bottom, triangular wire component.  Step 4 to Step-by-step instructions for making Triangle Wire Earrings using jewelry wire and beads.Position pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  You can view a template for this design here.  Using the 2 1/2 inch segment of straight wire, place the loop at the end of the jewelry wire on peg 1 and then wrap the wire completely around peg 2 in your jewelry making jig as shown at left.  Push the wire until it rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3 with no pressure applied.  

Step 5 to instructions for making Triangle Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools.Step 5:  Add peg 3 to your pattern in your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3 as shown at right. 

Step 6:  Remove the wire from your jewelry making jig.  Using your flush cutter, with the flat side of your flush cutter toward the finished piece of jewelry wire, cut the excess wire.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop in this wire component.

Step 7:  Now we are ready to make spacer bars that will connect between the top of the earring and the triangular wire component that you just completed.  Position pegs 4 and 5 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-center.  Place the initial loop from one of the 1 1/2 inch segments of wire on peg 4 and wrap the wire around peg 5 as shown.  Do this for both 1 1/2 inch segments of jewelry wire. 

Step 8:  Remove the jewelry wire segments from your WigJig jewelry tool and using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire.  As we described before, cut the jewelry wire with the flat side of your flush cutter toward the finished wire segment as this will leave a flush cut on the finished wire segment.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop in the wire component.  At this point your wire component should appear as shown below-right.  Do this for both 1 1/2 inch segments of jewelry wire. 

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Step 9 to instructions for making Triangle Earrings using common jewelry supplies.Step 9:  Using your round nose pliers, we need to convert the "P" loops on each end of the spacer bar wire component into eye loops.  Convert both ends of both spacer bars into eye loops. 

Step 10:  Open the eye loops on one end of each spacer bar and connect them to one of the ends of the triangular wire component then close both loops.  Use your bent chain nose pliers to open and close the loops.  With both spacer bars connected to the triangular wire component the wire should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 11:  At this point, we need to connect a jump ring to the two open loops in the tops of the spacer bars.  If you purchase jump rings, use a size medium.  If you make jump rings out of jewelry wire using your step jaw pliers, use the middle step in the jaws of the pliers to make the jump ring.  To connect the jump ring to the top of both spacer bars, open the loop in the jump ring using your bent chain nose pliers and connect both spacer bars, then close the jump ring.  Use bent closing pliers, if you need to close a small gap in the jump ring.

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Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings made on WigJig jewelry making tools.Step 12:  Once you have connected the jump ring to the top of the spacer bars, you will have assembled the body of the earring.  You are ready to add the ear wire at the top.  Open the loop in the bottom of your ear wire using your bent chain nose pliers.  Then connect that open loop to the top of the jump ring in the earring body that you completed in Step 11.  Once the connection is made, close the loop in your ear wire, again using your bent chain nose pliers.  Step 12 to  instructions for making Triangle Earrings made using common jewelry making supplies.For more advanced wire workers, you can make your own ear wire like the one shown here.

Step 13:  We have four bead dangles made out of common jewelry supplies on these earrings.  The lower three bead dangles are connected to each of the loops in the triangular wire component.  The upper bead dangle hangs from the jump ring, between the two spacer bars.  In the close-up view at left you can see the components of these earrings more clearly.  Each bead dangle is made on a head pin.  For the bead dangles shown here, we used 2 inch head pins.  The beads we selected are 4mm, bicone Swarovski Crystal beads separated by 2x4mm bugle beads.  The bugle beads are Item 1883 in our store.  They are the color crystal and are silver lined (S/L) to add shine.  To make these bead dangles, you first thread a 4mm bicone bead, then a 2x4mm bugle bead, followed by a 4mm bicone bead and then a second 2x4mm bugle beads followed by the third 4mm bicone bead.  Slide all five beads toward the head of the head pin and grasp the head pin immediately above the beads with your bent chain nose pliers and bend the wire about 90 degrees.  After you have made the bend in the wire, make either an open loop or a wrapped loop at the top of the bead dangle.  For beginners, an open loop is a better option.  Make three bead dangles as described and connect one to each of the loops in the triangular wire component.

Step 14:  For the top bead dangle, you will need to make the loop at the top slightly larger so that it will be easier to connect it to the jump ring, between the spacer bars.  Make that fourth bead dangle and connect it to the jump ring, between the two spacer bar wire components.  When you are done, your earring should appear as shown above-right and you are ready to wear them.

Step 15:  Follow these same steps to make a second earring. 

We hope you like these earrings.  For us, we find it much easier to be consistent when making a complex shape like these earrings, by combining a few simple wire components as we have rather than trying to make one really complex wire component out of one piece of jewelry wire. 

In the next section, we will discuss some alternative designs for these earrings. 

Completed Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectAlternative Design For Triangle Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

We have four alternative designs that we will discuss.  The first design alternative uses the exact same peg pattern as the earrings we discussed, but instead of having the loops point inward toward the inside of the triangle, in this alternative we have the loops pointing toward the outside of the triangle.  If you view the picture at right, you can view how the body of these earrings would appear, without the bead dangles.  At the bottom of the earring body, you can see that the three loops in the triangular wire component shown here point away from the inside of the triangle.  This alternative is slightly different from the alternative that we just discussed and it makes a very nice pair of chandelier earrings. 

Our second alternative is not shown, but it involves making a bend in the wire at peg 2 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool, but not wrapping the wire completely around the peg.  These earrings would not have a loop at the bottom of the triangular wire component but would have a 90 degree bend in the jewelry wire.  Other than this modification, the earrings would be made in exactly the same manner. 

Our third alternative design is to make the earrings in the same manner, but to change the length of the spacer bar wire components.  In the earrings we discussed above, we had spacer bars that were essentially 1 inch long.  The spacer bar could easily be configured as short as 3/4 inch or as long as 1 1/2 to 2 inches long.  The resulting earrings would look very different based upon the changes in the length of the spacer bar. 

Our fourth and final alternative is that the earrings could be made in the same manner, but the bead dangles could be made differently.  We used five relatively small beads to make our bead dangles.  You could make bead dangles where the bottom bead was a 6mm bead and the rest of the beads were the same.  The resulting earrings would be very nice but they would be slightly bolder in that configuration.  There are many, many other combinations of beads that could be used to replace the bead dangles shown here.  This is where you the reader can get creative. 

Our goal was to make an interesting and attractive pair of earrings using instructions that a beginner to making jewelry could easily follow.  Hopefully, we have succeeded.  

 

 



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