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VW Beaded Earrings

Instructions for making VW Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

ALT. VW Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry making tools.

This jewelry making project will describe how to make the two earrings designs at the right.  We tried two different ways to achieve a slightly greater spacing between the rows in the earring body.  In the design near-right, we used regular 1/16" Delphi/Centaur pegs to make the loops in the two wire components that make up the earring body and we used figure 8 connectors that were slightly larger (made on the second step on our step jaw pliers.)  In the earrings far-right, we used 3/32" pegs to make the loops in the jewelry wire components.  You can accomplish this by using Cross-over Pegs on your WigJig Delphi or Centaur jewelry tool, or by using regular pegs on your WigJig Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tool.  With the larger loops in the wire components, we used normal sized figure 8 connectors, made on the first step in our step jaw pliers, to connect the rows of components.  Please note that the design with larger Figure 8 Connectors is longer than the design with normal Figure 8 Connectors and larger loops in the earring body. 

There are three wire components that make up the body of these earrings.  The top wire component connects the earring body to the ear wire finding and has the larger 3/16" loop at the top.  The middle wire component will be called the "W" wire component because it is in the shape of the letter "W".  The bottom wire component will be called the "V" wire component because it is in the shape of the letter "V".  In making these earrings, we will need to make one top wire component, three "W" wire components, and one "V" wire component for each earring. 

Considering that we make these earrings with a "V" and several "W" wire components, you can see the reason for naming them VW Beaded Chandelier Earrings.  We hope you like our VW Beaded Chandelier Earrings.  We think that this is a design that would sell at jewelry shows.

This is an advanced beginner jewelry making project.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers,
  • Nylon jaw pliers, 
  • 3/16" Super Peg for your jig,
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Tool with 5 pegs.

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

 

VW Jewelry Wire & Beads Chandelier Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools.

Step-by-step instructions for making the VW Earrings out of jewelry wire shapped on WigJig jewelry making tools:

Step 1:  To make these earrings, we need to make three wire components plus jump ring and figure 8 connectors.  Let's start by making the "W" wire component.  To make this component, we need 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Begin by straightening a segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire that is over 3 1/4" long.  Use your nylon jaw pliers to help straighten the wire. 

Step 2:  Using your flush cutter, cut the jewelry wire segment to a length of 3 1/4" long.  Make three wire segments like this for each earring. 

Step 3:  Using your step jaw pliers, make a "P" loop in the end of the cut jewelry wire with the flush cut. 

Step 4:  We recommend using our 3/32" pegs to make these earrings.  If you have our WigJig Delphi, Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tool, use our Crossover Pegs to give you the 3/32" peg.   Position the initial P loop on peg 1 in your pattern and wrap the wire around peg 2, 3, 4 and 4 in turn.  See the pattern below-left.  For a more professional product, start with pegs 1 and 2 until you have completed the loop around peg 2,m leaving the wire next to the empty hole for peg 3.  Then add pegs 3, 4 and 5, removing pegs 1 and 2, and then wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3, leaving the wire next to the empty hole for peg 2.  Then add pegs 1 and 2 and remove peg 5.  Wrap the wire around peg 4 leaving the wire adjacent to the empty hole for peg 5.  Finally, add peg 5 and wrap the wire around peg 5 on your jewelry making jig. 

Step 5:  When you are completed with step 4, remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Your jewelry wire component should appear as shown below-center. 

Step 6:  Using your flush cutters, cut the excess jewelry wire and using your chain nose pliers, close the final loop.  When completed, your "W" wire component should appear as shown below-right. 

Step 4 VW Jewelry Wire & Beads Chandelier Earrings showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.

 

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Step 7:  Now we are ready to make the "V" Shaped Wire Component.  Begin by using your nylon jaw pliers to straighten a length of 20 gauge jewelry wire at least 3 1/4" long. 

Step 8:  Using your flush cutter, cut the jewelry wire segment to a length of 3 1/4".

Step 9:  Using your fine step jaw pliers, make a "P" loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut.

Step 10:  Position the initial P loop on peg 6 in your pattern and wrap the wire around peg 7, 8, 9 and 10 in your WigJig jewelry tool, in turn.  See the pattern below-left.  For a more professional product, start with pegs 6 and 7 until you have completed the loop around peg 7, leaving the wire next to the empty hole for peg 8.  Then, add pegs 8, 9 and 10, removing pegs 6 and 7, and then wrap the wire around peg 8, leaving the wire next to the empty hole for peg 7.  Now add pegs 6 and 7 and remove peg 10.  Wrap the wire around peg 9 leaving the wire adjacent to the empty hole for peg 10.  Finally, add peg 10 and wrap the wire around peg 10.

Step 11:  Remove the jewelry wire from your jig and it should appear as shown below-center. 

Step 12:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire.  Using your chain nose pliers close the final loop.  At this point, the wire component should appear as shown below-right.

Step 10 to instructions for making VW Jewelry Wire & Beads Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools.


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Step 13:  Now we are ready to make the top wire component.  Begin by using your nylon jaw pliers to straighten a segment of jewelry wire 2 7/8" long. 

Step 14:  Using your flush cutter, cut the jewelry wire segment to a length of 2 7/8". 

Step 15:  Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers, make a "P" loop in the end of the jewelry wire segment with the flush cut. 

Step 16:  Now we are ready to make the Top Wire Component on your WigJig jewelry tool.  Place pegs 11 and 12 in your jewelry making jig as shown below-left.  Peg 12 is a 3/16" Super peg.  Place your initial loop on peg 11 as shown and wrap the wire around peg 12 leaving the end of the wire adjacent to the empty hole for peg 13.  Then add peg 13 and wrap your wire around it. 

Step 17:  Remove your wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point your jewelry wire should appear as shown below-center.

Step 18:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire and using your chain nose pliers, close the final loop.

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Step 19:  Now we are ready to begin assembling the earrings.  We will start assembling the earrings from the top down.  Start by connecting the large loop in the center of the Top Wire Component to your commercial ear wire finding.  Do this by opening the loop in the finding with your chain nose pliers and then making the connection.  When the connection is made, close the loop in your ear wire finding with your chain nose pliers. 

Step 20:  To connect the Top Wire Component to the first of three "W" Wire Components, first, use some 22 gauge wire to make two round jump rings.  We used the second step on the step jaw pliers to make jump rings that were 3/32" in diameter. When you have both jump rings made and ready to go, open one jump ring, connect it to both the Top Wire Component, and to the loop on one side of the first "W" Wire Component.  Once the connection is made, close the jump ring.  Perform the same steps on the opposite side of the Top Wire Component to the end loop on the corresponding side of the "W" Wire Component.  

Step 21:  The remaining two "W" Wire Components and the one "V" Wire Components get connected to form the earring body using figure 8 connectors.  You will need to make six figure 8 connectors to complete one earring body.  Use 22 gauge wire and the first step on your Step Jaw Pliers to make the six jump rings. When you have the six figure 8 connectors made, use four of the figure 8 connectors to connect the remaining two "W" Wire Components into the earring body. 

Step 22:  Use the final two figure 8 connectors to connect each side of the "V" Wire Component to the lowest "W" Wire Component to complete the earring body. 

Step 23:  Finish these earrings by making three bead dangles, using three head pins to connect three 8mm beads to the middle and two outer loops on the bottom V Wire Component.

Make your second earring following these same steps.

 

ALT. VW Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools.

Alternative Configurations for Making Earrings: 

Earlier we spoke about the two alternative designs shown at right.  The difference between these two designs is that the design on the left use the normal 1/16" Delphi, Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tool pegs with larger figure 8 connectors.  The design on the right uses larger 3/32" Olympus, Olympus Lite or Electra jewelry tool pegs or Crossover Pegs on the Delphi/Cyclops/Centaur and smaller figure 8 connectors.  It is possible to use 1/16" pegs with smaller figure 8 connectors and the earrings would be slightly smaller than the two varieties shown here.  This smaller alternative is more difficult to make because of the limited size of 1/16" holes in the wire components, but for an intermediate or advanced wire worker it would not be overly difficult. 

As with all earrings of this style, you could add another "W" Wire Component and make earrings that were even longer than the ones shown here. 

Another alternative to consider is that the basic "W" Wire Component could be connected in a chain with about 12 or 13 "W" Wire Components and two "V" Wire Components, one on each end, to make a bracelet chain.  To finish the bracelet, just add a clasp to the center loop on one "V" wire component and use the opposite center loop as the catch for the clasp. 

Our final alternative to consider would be to make a longer chain with 28 to 30 "W" wire components connected on one end with the figure 8 connectors and connected on the opposite side with a wrapped bead link.  Because the wrapped bead link would be longer than the figure 8 connector, this would cause the chain to have a natural curve to it, so that it would lay flat around the wearer's neck while being worn. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We wanted to make some earrings that were larger and bolder with an earring body that was complex, interesting and made out of jewelry wire.  These are the earrings that resulted.  We hope that one of these alternatives will spark the creative juices for our readers.  Happy wire working!

 

 



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