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Diogenes Earrings with Beads

Instructions for making Diogenes Earrings with Beads using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

 

Diogenes was the Greek philosopher who walked the streets of Greek cities using a lantern to search for an honest man.  The body of the earrings shown at right reminds me of a lantern, so for this reason, I have named them Diogenes Earrings. 

This is an intermediate jewelry making project and is probably not suitable for beginners.  When you begin this project, plan on making the wire component that is the body of these earrings at least three times out of practice wire that you will ultimately discard.  After practicing this design a few times you will find that it is relatively easy to make a consistent piece.
 

Finished Diogenes Earrings with Beads made using WigJig jewelry tools.
Diogenes Earrings

 Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

 

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool
  • 7 metal pegs for WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (preferred but not required)
  • 40 minutes of free time

Step-by-step instructions for making Diogenes Earrings with Beads using jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies made on WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a piece of 20 gauge jewelry wire 5 1/2 inches long. 

Step 2:  Make a wrapped loop in the top of the jewelry wire.  Use only one loop in the  wrap. 

 

 

 

Step 3:  Position 7 metal pegs in a WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool as shown at right. 

Step 4:  Measure 3/16" down the jewelry wire from the bottom of the wrapped loop and grasp the wire at this point with your chain nose pliers.  Make a bend in the wire of about 70 degrees by pushing the wire with your finger as close as possible to the place where the wire is held in the jaws of your pliers.  Now place your initial loop on Peg 1 of your WigJig jewelry tool.  Your wire should appear as shown below, left. 

Step 5:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool and grasp the wire on the long wire segment as near the 70 degree bend as possible with your round nose pliers.  Bend the wire against the jaws of your round nose pliers to make a 1/2 loop.  Place the initial loop back on Peg 1 and your wire should appear as shown below, center.  What we have accomplished is to manually form the jewelry wire around peg 2.  This will allow the finished piece to be more symmetrical.  The wire segment from Peg 1 should point to the center of Peg 2 and the partial loop will direct the wire around Peg 2. 

Step 6:  Bend the jewelry wire against Peg 3 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below, right. 

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Step 7:  Wrap the jewelry wire 1 1/4 turns around Peg 4 in your WigJig jewelry tool.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8:  Bend the jewelry wire against Peg 5 of your jewelry making jig to form the bottom of the earring.

Step 9:  At this point we need to remove the wire from the WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool and flip it over.  Replace the wire on the jewelry making jig in the mirror image position.  The wire should appear as shown below, left.  This step is done so that the loops on peg 4 and 6 will appear identical when viewed from the front.

Step 10:  Wrap the jewelry wire 1 1/4 turns around Peg 4. 

Step 11:  Bend the jewelry wire against peg 3 of your WigJig jewelry tool.  The wire should now appear as shown below, right. 

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Step 12:  Bend the jewelry wire around Peg 2 of your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 13:  Remove the wire from the jewelry making jig.  Gently squeeze the wire with nylon jaw pliers (if you have them) to flatten the piece.  The jewelry wire should appear as shown. 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 14:  Now we need to perform the wrap of the wire tail around the initial wire segment that went from peg 1 to peg 2. This wrap is what completes the shape of this wire component and makes it permanent.   The wrap is difficult to do properly and will require a little practice.  You need to grasp the wire where it wrapped around peg 2 (when it was on the jig) with your bent chain nose pliers.  Grasp the jewelry wire firmly so that it remains in the position shown for Step 13.  Now while continuing to hold the wire component tightly in your pliers, wrap the wire tail around the wire segment from peg 1 to peg 2.  Push the wire with your fingers as close to the wrap as possible.  This will help to keep the wrap tight.  With soft wire this will be a little difficult.  With 1/2 hard wire accomplishing this wrap will be easier.  When the wrap is completed cut the excess wire, then tuck in the cut end by continuing to grasp the wire component in one pair of chain nose pliers while you squeeze the cut end and twist it slightly with another pair of chain nose pliers.  When done, the body of the earring should appear as shown at right. 

Step 15:  Using 6 inches of 26 gauge jewelry wire hang your briolette bead from the loop that was made around peg 2 in the center of the wire component.  I added a couple of 3mm beads as decoration to the wire just above the briolette bead.  Once you have the briolette on the wire, attach it to the earring body at the loop made around Peg 2.  This is done with a wrapped loop as you would any other bead dangle .  Make the loop, slip the wire end of your briolette dangle into the loop made around peg 2 in the earring body so that the briolette will hang from this loop, then wrap the wire around itself to fix the bead dangle into place.  

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Step 16:  Add three bead dangles to the bottom of the wire component.  One bead dangle in the loop made around Peg 4, one in the loop made around Peg 6, and one at the bend made at Peg 5. 

Step 17:  This earring is completed when you add your ear wire finding to the initial loop in the wire component that we made.  This is accomplished by opening the loop in the ear wire finding, sliding the loop in the wire component into the open loop and then closing the loop in the ear wire finding.  The finding that was used in the earring at right is a post style finding with a 4mm ball and a loop for adding the earring body that we made.  A post style earring body was chosen because it is less likely to come off during wearing. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

The secret to making this earring is the same as the secret for how you get to Carnegie Hall.  Practice, Practice, and Practice.  Remember that the first several you make will not come out as you want them to and that after making 3 or 4 practice pieces, it should be pretty easy to make a pair of identical earrings. 

    Finished Diogenes Earrings with Beads jewelry making project

 

 



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