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Triangle Links Beaded Earrings

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


Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.
This jewelry making project uses the approach that we like to emphasize.  It is easier to make two simple components and connect them rather than to try to make one more complex component.  In this case we make two triangular jewelry wire components and connect them to make the earrings shown left and right.  In the case of these earrings, the top triangle has only one loop, at the top, while the bottom triangle has three loops.  We will provide instructions on how to make both wire components and we will call them the one loop triangle and the three loop triangle. 

These earrings could be made with two one loop triangles, but then instead of three bead dangles at the bottom, you would only have one bead dangle at the bottom.  We will describe this alternative in our alternative designs section.  We will also present a design alternative that uses an equilateral triangle and is there for essentially a Star of David. 

This is a beginners jewelry making project and could be made using any of our WigJig jewelry tools.  The Star of David alternative requires one of our round patterned jigs like our WigJig Centaur, Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool. 
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 6mm Crystal Beads
  • 18 inches of 20 gauge round, jewelry wire,
  • 6 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
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Tool,
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to make a loop in jewelry wire using round nose pliers or step jaw pliers jewelry tools.
     
  • 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 head pins and beads using common jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to use our WigJig jewelry tools to make jewelry wire components. 

Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.Step-by-Step Instructions for Making the Triangle Links Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, beads, jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut two segments of 20 gauge jewelry wire each 2 3/4" long and two segments each 3 1/4" long.  Half-hard wire is better for making these earrings if it is available.  The earrings shown at right were made with 20 gauge brass wire, Item 1001.

Step 2:    Using your fine step jaw pliers, make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut.  Make a loop the size of the peg for your jig.  If you have our WigJig Delphi, Centaur or Cyclops jewelry tool, this will be the first step on the pliers.  If you have any other WigJig jewelry tool, use the second step on the pliers. 

Sept 3:  Grasp the loop in the jewelry wire with the fingers of your non-dominant hand and use your nylon jaw pliers to straighten the wire, by repeatedly pulling the wire through the jaws of the pliers.  Sometimes it helps to straighten the wire if you twist the jaws of the pliers slightly in a direction opposite the curl in the wire while you are pulling the jewelry wire.  Continue until all four wire segments are straight. 

Step 4:  Position two pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-left.  Place the initial loop in one of your 2 3/4" wire segments on peg 1 and rest the wire adjacent to peg 2 as shown.  You can find a jig pattern template for this wire component here


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Step 5:  Bend the jewelry wire against peg 2 in your jewelry making jig as shown above-right.  With soft wire, it will help if you can use one finger to push the wire against peg 2, between peg 1 and 2 but close to peg 2, while with another finger you push the wire against peg two until is rests in the position shown.  Remember to continue pushing the wire until it will stay in the position shown with no pressure applied to the wire. 

Step 6:  Add peg 3 to your pattern in your jewelry making jig and bend the wire against peg 3 as shown below-left.  Continue pushing the wire until it rests in the position shown with no pressure applied.  This may require you to push the wire over peg 1 slightly and then allow the jewelry wire to relax back to the position shown.  

Step 7:  Continue pushing the wire to form a loop around peg 1 as shown at below-right.  By pushing the jewelry wire with your fingers close to peg 1 in your WigJig jewelry tool, you will be able to keep the loop around peg 1 as small as possible so that it will be identical to the initial loop placed on peg 1 in step 4.  

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Step 8:  Remove your jewelry wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point the wire should appear as shown below-left.

Step 9:  Cut the excess wire using your flush cutter, being careful to orientate the flat side of your flush cutter toward the finished wire component.  Then close the final loop in the jewelry wire component using your bent chain nose pliers.  This will complete the one loop triangle wire component shown below center.  

Step 10:  Now we are ready to make the three loop triangle wire component.  Use one of the 3 1/4" wire segments that you straightened in step 3.  Place the initial loop on peg 1 in the pattern and instead of merely bending the wire against peg 2 as we did with the one loop triangular component, wrap the jewelry wire completely around peg 2 as shown below-right. 

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Step 11:  For this three loop triangle wire component, the finished piece will be flatter and more aesthetically pleasing if you flip the wire over before making the next loop.  To do this, add peg 3 to the pattern and remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Replace the wire on the jewelry making jig with the initial loop on peg 1, but with the second loop now on peg 3 as shown below-left.  

Step 12:  Now wrap the wire completely around what was peg 2 as shown below-center.  Continue pushing the jewelry wire until it rests adjacent to peg 1 in your WigJig jewelry tool.  This may require lifting the wire over peg 1 slightly so that you can push the wire beyond peg 1.  The goal is that the wire should rest in the position shown with no pressure applied to the wire. 

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Step 13:  We complete our work on the WigJig jewelry tool by wrapping the jewelry wire tightly around peg 1 as shown above-right.  

Step 14:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire.  Close the final loop just as you did in the first triangle component.  When completed the three loop triangle wire component should appear as shown below-left.  

Step 15:  Connecting these two flat triangular wire components is essentially impossible as long as they remain flat.  The magic in making it easy to connect the two wire components is to bend the bottom of the triangles up as shown below-right.  This is done using your fine step jaw pliers, gripping the triangle about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the triangle and bending that portion of the triangle up about 45 degrees. 

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Step 16:  Bend the bottom 1/3 of both triangular wire components up about 45 to 60 degrees as shown below-left.

Step 17:  With both wire triangles bent as shown, invert one of the triangles so that you can position the two wire components as shown below-center.  With one triangle with the bend pointing up and the other triangle with the bend pointing down, the two triangles will go together easily. 

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Step 18:  Push the two triangles together as much as possible and then set the design in its final position by using your nylon jaw pliers.  Squeeze the two wire components in your nylon jaw pliers to flatten them into the position shown at left.  This is the completed earring body.  Make a second earring body by following exactly the same steps.  See the picture above right.

Step 19 to instructions for making  Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectStep 19A to Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectStep 19:  We complete these earrings by adding three bead dangles made from common jewelry supplies to each of the loops at the bottom of the earrings.  The bead dangles can be added either as open loop bead dangles or as wrapped loop bead dangles.

Step 20:  The final step is to add an ear wire at the top of the earrings.  Because of the two loops superimposed at the top of the earrings, the wire is thick enough that a normal commercial ear wire won't fit through both loops.  There are two options here.  One, you can make your own ear wire out of 20 gauge jewelry wire, as we did here, with larger than normal loops at the bottom, or two you can make and connect a modified figure 8 connector made out of jewelry wire between the earring body and a commercial ear wire.

Alternative Design for Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads EarringsAlternative designs for making earrings -- Star of David Earrings made using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Our first alternative design is the Star of David Earring design shown at right.  These earrings are made using exactly the same steps as we followed for the Triangle Links earrings above, but the peg pattern and wire lengths are changed.  For these Star of David Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings peg pattern for WigJig jewelry tool.earrings you will need wire segments that are 3 1/4" long for the one loop triangle wire component and 3 3/4" long for the three loop wire component.  The peg pattern for these earrings on our WigJig Centaur jewelry tool is shown at left.  This pattern uses the rounded portion of the WigJig Centaur or the WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools.  The triangles are equilateral triangles and unfortunately, the angles required can not be created on any of our square peg pattern jewelry making jigs. 

For this alternative design, we wanted bead dangles that were longer so we used a combination of 4mm crystal beads separated by 2x4mm bugle beads to create the bead dangles on the earrings shown.  Because the bead dangles are longer, we used 2" head Alt #2 to Triangle Links Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Projectpins to make the dangles. 

We have one more alternative design to present.  In this alternative we use either of the prior peg patterns, but instead of making a one loop triangle and a three loop triangle, we make two one loop triangle wire components.  Because we don't have the two extra loops in the prior designs, this earring is finished with a single bead dangle or with a CZ pendant as shown at right.  The process for creating the pendant hanging uses 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire and is described here.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope you like our Triangle Links Earrings.  These earrings may look complex and difficult to make, but once you understand the magic of how we connect the two triangles, we believe that most beginners to jewelry making will be able to make these earrings.  You can modify this earring design by making the triangle pattern longer. 

 

 



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