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Connectors - Figure 8

Instructions for making figure 8 connector jewelry finding using jewelry wire and commonly available jewelry making tools:

Figure 8 connector made out of jewerly wire using common jewelry making tools.

We discuss the figure 8 connector many times in this web site.  The reason is simple -- we use the figure 8, or a similar connector that we call a modified figure 8 connector, frequently.  It can be used to connect a clasp to a chain.  One Piece Chandelier Earrigns Jewelry Making Project showing figure 8 connector.It can be used to connect an earring body to an ear wire finding.  Frequently we use a figure 8 connector as a way to connect two loops, that would be otherwise impractical to connect, for a variety of reasons including a size mis-match.  We also use a figure 8 connector as shown above-right to connect two loops and change the orientation of the loops that are connected.  This approach is frequently used when connecting an earring body to an ear wire as shown at left.  Using the figure 8 connector allows us to change the orientation of the earring body, so that in this case it will hang parallel to the wearer's ear.  Instructions for making a figure 8 connector begin below. 

 

 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Flush Cutter
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers

Jewelry Making Skills Required:


Step 1 to Making a Figure 8 Connector out of jewelry wire using common jewelry making tools.Step-by-step instructions for making a figure 8 connector out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Select a piece of wire at least 1 1/2" long.  Make a regular "P" loop in one end of this wire using your round nose pliers. 

Step 2:  Hold this loop and straighten the jewelry wire using your nylon jaw pliers.   Step 4 to making a figure 8 jewelry finding out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.

 

Step 3:  Now using your round nose pliers again, grip the jewelry wire as shown at left.  Try to grip the wire at the same point in your pliers as you used when you made your first loop in step 1.

Step 4 to Making a Figure 8 Connector out of jewelry wire using common jewelry making tools.

 

Step 4:  Using your thumb, push the jewelry wire up and over the jaw of your pliers making a second loop in the wire.

 

Step 5 to Making a Figure 8 Jewelry Finding using common jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

Step 5:  Now reposition the jewelry wire in the jaws of your pliers so that you can tightly finish this second loop.  Your wire should be in the position shown above-left. Pull the wire so that the second loop in the wire rests tightly against the jaws of your pliers making it a round loop. 

Step 6 to Making a Figure 8 Connector out of common jewelry making supplies.

 

 

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire from your pliers and using your flush cutter cut the wire at the point where the wire tail crosses the figure 8 connector. 

Figure 8 connector made out of jewerly wire using common jewelry making tools.



Step 7:  Using your bent chain nose pliers close this final loop and you have a completed figure 8 connector.

 

 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Some jewelry making findings are so inexpensive and so hard to make that it is always smarter to buy them than to make them.  Some jewelry making findings are so easy to make and so quick to make that it is usually better to make them rather than to buy them.  Figure 8 connectors are an example of a finding that is so quick and easy to make that we end up making all the figure 8 connectors that we use in our jewelry making projects.  The added advantage to making your own figure 8 connectors is that you will always have connectors that match the jewelry wire in the rest of your jewelry making project.  This is a jewelry making skill that can be easily mastered with minimal practice.  Just try it!

 

 

 



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