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Stars

Instructions for Making-a-Star jewelry wire component using WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry making supplies:

 

finished project

 

6 pointed star earrings jewelry making project

 

Star of David earrings jewelry making project

 

5 pointed star earrings jewelry making project

Earring Pattern 6 Pointed Star Star of David 5 Pointed Star

There are two techniques that are involved in making these three stars.  The first is to make the basic wire component by wrapping 18 or 20 gauge wire around pegs on the jig.  The second technique is to use very fine wire (24 or 26 gauge) to wrap around the larger wire setting the shape in place.   

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Making Tools Required:
  • Ten inches of 16, 18 or 20G jewelry wire per star (1/2 hard jewelry wire will work best if available.)
  • 12 inches of 24G or 26G jewelry wire

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

5 pointed jewelry wire star made on WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry making tools.


The first star we will make is the five pointed star.  Many of you will remember this star from elementary school when you were told to make a star without lifting your pencil.  The peg pattern for this star is shown below.  This pattern will work on either the WigJig Cyclops or the WigJig Electra jewelry tools.

5 pointed star earrings jewelry making project
5 Pointed Star


Step 1: Cut and straighten a piece of 16G, 18G or 20G jewelry wire about 10 inches long. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire.

Step 3:  Place the loop over peg one as shown at right and wrap the jewelry wire around all five pegs in turn, returning to peg 1.

Step 4:  Make a final loop around peg 1 with the end of the jewelry wire.

Step 5:  Before removing the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool, gently squeeze the wire together on either side of the peg using your fingers.  This is done to make the points of the star sharper and less rounded.  This step may not be necessary with 1/2 hard jewelry wire.

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire component from the jewelry making jig and cut the excess wire tail off.  Close the ending loop where you just cut the excess wire with your chain nose pliers.

Step 7:  Cut and straighten 12 inches of 24 or 26 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 8:  Insert 1/2 inch of this fine jewelry wire through the two loops around peg 1.  Wrap this jewelry wire around the top of the two loops, threading it back through the loops to fully encircle the two loops.  Pull tight.  This should begin to hold the two loops together.  Do this again at least three times.  Cut the excess wire at both ends (beginning and ending).  Use your chain nose pliers to squeeze the wire ends flat.

5 pointed star earrings jewelry making project peg pattern for WigJig Cyclops or Electra
Peg Pattern on WigJig
Cyclops Jewelry Tool

Step 9:  Now wrap the fine gauge jewelry wire around all the places where the heavy wire crosses itself.  There are five total places.  Make at least 2 full loops around the wire.  Pull tight, then cut any excess wire from both ends.  Using your chain nose pliers, squeeze the loose wire ends flat.  Now step back and admire the finished piece. 

Alternative Designs:  Move all five pegs out one or more pegs to make this star larger.  On the following page we show a peg pattern on our WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool for making this star smaller.



The small 5 pointed star is made using the same steps as the larger version discussed in page 2, only the peg pattern is different.  (If you need to view these steps please visit page 2.)  The peg pattern for this piece is shown below. 

5 pointed star earrings jewelry making project
Small 5 Pointed Star
 




This particular Small 5 Pointed Star is made with 20G Orchid Artistic Wire and 26G Gold Artistic Wire for wrapping the segments together.  The wraps shown at left were added to the star after it was removed from the jewelry making jig, then it was placed back on the WigJig jewelry tool for this picture.  
 

5 pointed star earrings jewelry making project peg pattern for WigJig Cyclops or Electra
Peg Pattern on WigJig
Cyclops Jewelry Tool

Star earrings jewelry making project




This piece can be made into earrings and will appear as shown at left.

I made the ear wire for this earring and used a coil of 22 G Orchid Artistic Wire to decorate the ear wire.  The coil was made using the Twist-N-Curl Mini set.  When I make an ear wire I like to add a unique feature like this coil so that the ear wire looks like it was custom made.

Star of David made using jewelry wire and WigJig jewelry tools.

Star of David earrings jewelry making project
Star of David


The second star we will make is the Star of David.  This star is made by wrapping two equilateral triangles together using fine gauge jewelry wire.  This pattern will work on either the WigJig Cyclops or the WigJig Electra jewelry tools.

Star of David earrings jewelry making project peg pattern for WigJig Cyclops or Electra
Peg Pattern on WigJig
Cyclops Jewelry Tool

Step 1: Cut and straighten a piece of 16G, 18G or 20G jewelry wire about 10 inches long. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire.

Step 3:  Place the loop over peg one as shown at left and wrap the jewelry wire around pegs 2 and 3 in turn, returning to peg 1.

Step 4:  Make a final loop around peg 1 with the end of the jewelry wire.

Step 5:  Before removing the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool, gently squeeze the wire together on either side of the peg using your fingers.  This is done to make the points of the star sharper and less rounded.  This step may not be necessary with 1/2 hard jewelry wire.

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire component from the jewelry making jig and repeat, making a second, identical triangle. 

Step 7:  After removing each piece from the WigJig jewelry tool, cut the excess wire tails off.  Close the ending loop where you just cut the excess jewelry wire with your chain nose pliers.

Step 8:  Cut and straighten 12 inches of 24 or 26 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 9:  For each triangle that you just made, insert 1/2 inch of this fine jewelry wire through the two loops around peg 1.  Wrap this jewelry wire around the top of the two loops, threading it back through the loops to fully encircle the two loops.  Pull tight.  This should begin to hold the two loops together.  Do this again at least three times.  Cut the excess jewelry wire at both ends (beginning and ending).  Use your chain nose pliers to squeeze the wire ends flat.

Alternative Configurations:  Move all pegs in or out one or more pegs to make this star smaller or larger.

6 pointed jewelry wire star, made on WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.

6 pointed star earrings jewelry making project
6 Pointed Star



The last star we will make is the six pointed star.  The peg pattern for this star is shown below.  This pattern will work on either the WigJig Cyclops or the WigJig Electra jewelry tools.

6 pointed star earrings jewelry making project peg pattern on WigJig Cyclops
Peg Pattern

Step 1: Cut and straighten a piece of 16G, 18G or 20G jewelry wire about 10 inches long. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire.

Step 3:  Place the loop over peg one as shown at left and wrap the jweelry wire around all 12 pegs in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool, in turn, returning to the starting peg.

Step 4:  Make a final loop around peg 1 with the end of the jewelry wire.

Step 5:  Before removing the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig, gently squeeze the wire together on either side of the peg using your fingers.  This is done to make the points of the star sharper and less rounded.  This step may not be necessary with 1/2 hard jewelry wire.

Step 6:  Remove the piece from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire tail off.  Close the ending loop where you just cut the excess jewelry wire with your chain nose pliers.

Step 7:  You can hold the beginning and ending loop together either by wrapping fine gauge jewelry wire like we did with the previous stars, or by making a figure 8 connector and positioning one side of the figure 8 around both the starting and ending loop.

Step 8:  Squeeze the piece with nylon jaw pliers to set the shape and admire your finished piece.   

Alternative Configurations:  Move all 12 pegs out one or more pegs to make this star larger.  To make this star smaller, move the inner 6 pegs in one hole and the outer 6 pegs (the points of the star) in two holes. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We provided many sets of instructions for making a star jewelry wire component using our WigJig jewelry tools.  Some of these instructions show you the variety of techniques that can be used to make a jewelry item.  Please note that you can make a star by using one piece of jewelry wire and following many pegs in a pattern on our WigJig jewelry making tools.  You can also make a star by making two triangles out of jewelry wire and combining the two triangles.  There is more than one way to skin a cat and their is more than one way to make a jewelry wire component. 

 

 



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