How to Make Earrings
How to make earrings - let me count the ways! Earrings are one of the easiest types of jewelry to make, and are a perfect starting point for beginners to art of jewelry-designing. Many of our earrings designs in this section are simple and just so much fun to make. Frequently, only a few beads, a head pin, and some wire are all you need to make a pair of great-looking earrings.
How to Make Earrings in a Variety of Styles
Some of our simple designs use the same techniques to make the earrings, but the type of beads chosen can determine if they are more dressy and classic, or more casual and funky. You’ll find a variety of ideas in this “how to make earrings” section of our website. One of our favorite designs, Stays-On Ear Wires, features an ear wire that will stay on the ear and not move. We also have Ear Thread Earrings that feature threads of chain in lieu of an ear wire. And if you want to look like a celebrity, then do not miss our vast assortment of chandelier earring designs that always receive rave reviews when we publish them.
There are so many fabulous designing ideas for both new and experienced jewelry designers who are seeking more information on how to make earrings. Enjoy perusing this section of our website now!
Instructions for making Fish Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry making tools:
Step-by-step instructions for making Fish Earrings out of jewelry wire and beads:
Step 2: Using your flush cutter cut the jewelry wire to a length of 4 inches.
Step 3: Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers, make a partial loop in the sharp end of the jewelry wire. This is one of the few times where you make a loop with a gap in it and you use the sharp end of the wire. See the picture below-left. The reason you use the sharp end of the wire and only make a partial loop is that this loop is what we call a sacrificial loop and will be cut off the finished wire component.
Step 4: Select your jewelry making jig and position three regular pegs and one 5/16 inch Super Peg as shown below below-center (Step 4A) for the WigJig Centaur or Cyclops jewelry tools and below-right (Step 4B) for the square pattern in the WigJig Delphi or the square portion of the Centaur jewelry tools.
Step 5: Place the loop in the 4 inch segment of wire on peg 1 in the pattern, orientated as shown below-left then bend the wire against the Super Peg, peg 2 in the pattern as shown. Push the wire until the wire rests against peg 3 with no pressure applied. You can remove peg 3 to help, by pushing the jewelry wire beyond peg 3 and then letting it relax back into the position shown.
Step 6: With the tip of your index finger on your dominant hand, push the jewelry wire around peg 3 as shown below-center.
Step 7: At this point, remove your jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and replace it in the mirror image position as shown below-right. Flipping the wire over will result in the wire alternating between being on top then on the bottom. This helps to hold the two ends together.
Step 8: Bend the jewelry wire against peg 2 until it rests against peg 4 with no pressure applied. You can remove peg 4 to allow you to push the wire beyond peg 4 and let it relax back to the place shown in the picture below-left.
Step 9: Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 4 as shown below-center.
Step 10: Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool. At this point the wire should appear as shown below-right.
Step 11: Using your flush cutter cut the excess jewelry wire and using your chain nose pliers close the final loop.
Step 12: Using your nylon jaw pliers, squeeze the jewelry wire to harden it and set the design. You will want to especially squeeze the wire at the loop made on peg 3.
Step 13: Using about 1 inch of 20 gauge jewelry wire make a medium sized jump ring. Once you have completed the jump ring, open it and connect it to the point where the two wires cross, immediately above the beginning and ending loops. See the picture below-left. Please select here for instructions on opening and closing loops.
Step 14: Now our earring body wire component is completed. You are ready to add your ear wire finding to the top of the earring and to add two bead dangles to the bottom of the earring.
Alternative jewelry making pattern for making the Fish Earrings out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools:
Step 15: Above we showed you instructions for making these earrings using a Super Peg as peg 2 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool. Here we will show you how to make this component without any Super Pegs. Please see the pattern at right. The Super Peg, peg 2 has been replaced by two regular pegs as shown. The instructions for making the earrings are identical other than replacing the Super Peg with the two regular pegs.
You can view the difference in the earrings made in the pictures above center and right. The picture above center (Step 14A) was made using the Super Peg and the bend at the Super Peg is more rounded. The picture above right (Step 14B) shows the earrings made with the two regular pegs replacing the Super Peg, using the pattern at right. You can notice that the bend at the regular pegs is less rounded. Both styles work and it is personal preference which approach looks best.
Summary of jewelry making instructions:
This is a pattern that can be modified in many ways. The design can be made larger by increasing the spacing between pegs. Another interesting alternative would be to eliminate the jump ring and replace it by twisting the "tail" of the fish one time to hold the two wires together. You would accomplish this twist by firmly holding the "body" of the fish with your nylon jaw pliers while you twist the tail wires together. If you decide to employ this twist, we suggest adding a little extra length to the body of the fish by moving the beginning and ending pegs down at least one additional hole each. The additional length made by moving the two pegs away will accommodate for the loss in length due to the twisting of the wires together.
Whether you are a fisherman or fisherwoman and want to honor the great outdoors, or you like the religious symbolism of the fish symbol, we think you will like these earrings. You may just like the earrings because of the geometric interest that this pattern creates, without any symbolism.