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Beaded Swag Earrings

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

 

I wanted to call these earrings "Grandfather's Beard" since that is what they look like to me, but the boss protested that women would not relate to that name.  Hence, they are now Beaded Swag Earrings. 

This jewelry making project is relatively easy to make.  At the end of these instructions, we will provide several alternative configurations that can be made from this same basic design. 

Beaded Swag Earrings Jewelry Making Project   Beaded Swag Earrings Jewelry Making Project
   
Beaded Swag Earrings

        Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool
  • 7/8 inch Super Peg jewelry tool (from Large Round Super Peg set)
  • 3 metal pegs
  • 30 minutes of free time
     

Step-by-step instructions for making Beaded Swag Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Place a 7/8 inch Super Peg in the center hole of a WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.  Place three regular metal pegs in the holes one inch from the center of the Cyclops jewelry tool as shown at right.

Step 2:  Cut and straighten a piece of 18G soft jewelry wire 3 inches long. 

Step 3:  Using Fine Step Jaw Pliers, make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire with the smallest step (Cyclops) of the pliers. 

Peg Pattern for Beaded Swag Earrings Jewelry Making Project showing pegs on WigJig jewelry tool.

Peg Pattern for Cyclops
Jewelry Tool

 

Step 4:  Place the loop you just made over peg one on the jewelry making jig.  Wrap the jewelry wire clockwise around the Super Peg past peg 2.  Bend the wire back around peg 2 as shown at right. 

Step 5:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers complete the loop that you started around peg 2. 

Instructions for making Beaded Swag Earrings Step 4 showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 4
 

 

Step 6:  Place the jewelry wire back on the jewelry making jig.  Place the initial loop on peg 1.  Place the loop you made with the step jaw pliers on peg 2.  Once the wire is back on the WigJig jewelry tool, continue wrapping the jewelry wire clockwise around the Super Peg past peg 3.  Bend the wire back around peg three as shown at right. 

Instructions for making Beaded Swag Earrings Step 6 showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 6

 

Step 7:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and using your step jaw pliers complete the final loop.  When completed, the jewelry wire should appear as shown at right.  By using the smallest step of the step jaw pliers for all three loops, each loop will be exactly the same size. 
 

Instructions for making Beaded Swag Earrings Step 7 made from common jewelry supplies.

Step 7 Complete Final Loop

Step 8:  Cut the wire tail and close the final loop.  The jewelry wire will appear as shown.  Using chain nose or bent chain nose pliers bend the wire slightly so that it is flat and essentially in one plane. 

Beaded Swag Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 8

Step 8
 

 

Step 9:  Cut a segment of chain about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches long.  Be sure to have an odd number of links of chain.  I used a chain segment with 13 links for these earrings.

Step 10:  Open the loops on either end of the jewelry wire component completed in step 8.  Place the beginning and ending loop of the chain onto either end of the wire component, then close the loops

Step 11:  Now make seven bead dangles using head pins and 4mm beads and hang these bead dangles from the chain.  Start with the first bead dangle in the middle link of the chain and space the remainder evenly on either side of the center.  Try to hang the bead dangles from the same side of the chain so that the chain hangs evenly, without tangles. 

Step 12:  Connect an ear wire to the center loop in the wire.  For the earrings shown, I made my own ear wires with a wrapped loop and bead

 

Completed Beaded Swag Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with common jewelry making supplies. Completed Beaded Swag Earrings showing jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry making supplies used.

Completed Earrings

Alternative jewelry making designs:

There are numerous jewelry making alternative configurations to this basic design.  Here are some samples.

One alternative is to move peg 1 and 3 each up toward peg 2 on your WigJig jewelry toolm the same number of holes.  You can move the pattern up 1, 2, 3, or 4 holes and make different earrings.

Another alternative is to use a longer or shorter chain.  The earrings at right use a longer chain with 15 links. 

A third alternative is to hang a bead from the loop around peg 2 as shown at right.

Alternative Beaded Swag Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools, wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.

 

A fourth alternative is to use 6mm beads instead of 4mm beads.  With 6mm beads you can get by with either 3 or 5 bead dangles instead of the 7. 

A fifth alternative is to wrap fine gauge jewelry wire around the top of the wire component.  If you look closely at right you will see 24G jewelry wire wrapped four loops on either side of the center loop. 

Alternative design for Beaded Swag Earrings Jewelry Making Project

 

If you get very energetic, you can even start with the original design and wrap jewelry wire across the top half of the wire component and thread beads on this wire segment.  If you do it right, you can make eyes out of your beads and hang a bead dangle as the nose making the finished earrings look like a face.    I started to make one of these earrings, but ran out of energy.  I think you will find one of these alternatives that works for you. 

Third Alternative design for Beaded Swag Earrings made with jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

If you want a jewelry design that is unique and allows you to incorporate some really attactive beads, this may be a design you want.  We've shown several alternatives for this design.  All of these designs are easy to make.

 

 



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