Three Wire Earrings

Instructions for making Three Wire Earring patterns using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads, and common jewelry supplies:


Sapphire Zig-Zag Wire and Beads Earrings jewelry making project

Money Wire and Beads Earrings jewelry making project   Money Wire and Beads Earrings jewelry making project with ruby beads.  Money Earrings made with Swarovski zircon glass crystal beads





Half-Moon Earrings made with WigJig jewelry tools and supplies.

Sapphire
Zig-Zag 
Beaded

"Money" beaded earrings 
with Black Diamond,
Ruby, and Blue Zircon beads

Half-Moon 
Beaded
Earrings


There are five jewelry techniques that are involved in making these earrings.  The first is to make the basic wire component by wrapping 20 gauge wire around pegs on the jig.  The second technique is to use a chasing hammer and anvil to harden the piece.  The third technique is to use chain nose pliers to bend and shape the wire.  The fourth technique is to wrap the 20G wire around itself to make the basic wire component into a stable piece.  The final jewelry technique is to use very fine wire (24 or 26 gauge) to wrap around the 20G wire finishing the piece and setting the shape in place. In this piece, we wrap wire around wire to fix the shape instead of soldering.
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Ten inches of 20G wire per pair of earrings (1/2 hard wire will work best if available.)
  • 6 inches of 24G or 26G wire per pair
  • Four 6mm beads
  • Ear Wire Finding (one pair each)

 

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Chasing Hammer
  • Anvil
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • WigJig Olympus, Olympus-Lite, Cyclops or Electra with 4 metal pegs
  • Two Super Pegs both either 3/8" or 1/2"
  • 30 minutes of free time

Sapphire Zif-Zag Earrings made using jewelry wire, beads, other jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools.

Sapphire Zig-Zag Earrings


The Zig-Zag Earrings shown at left are a relatively simple jewelry design.   The peg pattern uses four metal pegs as shown below, left.  For this particular pair of earrings I used a Post with Ball Ear Wire Finding to hold the earring and I used two Swarovski Sapphire 6mm Square (cube) beads. This design uses either the WigJig Olympus, Olympus-Lite or Delphi.  (The earring shown at left was made using the WigJig Delphi.)  The steps required to make these earrings are described below.

Instructions for making Zig-Zag Wire and Beads Earrings showing peg pattern for jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Peg Pattern for Zig-Zag Earrings

Step-by-step instructions for making the Zig-Zag Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools to shape the wire:

Step 1:  Begin by cutting and straightening a piece of 20G wire five inches long. 

Step 2:  Make a wrapped loop in one end of this 20G wire.  This loop must be large enough to fit over the peg in the jig you are using.

Step 3:  Place the loop in the wire over peg 1 and wrap the wire around the pegs on the jig as shown at left.  Be sure to bend the wire enough so that it relaxes back into its finished position. 

Step 4:  Remove the wire from the jig and harden the wire where it wrapped around pegs 2 and 3 by hammering lightly with a chasing hammer and anvil.  A slight deformation of the wire is desirable. 

Instructions for making Zig-Zag Wire and Beads Earrings step 5 showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 5




Step 5:  Now grasp the wire with your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers on the wire segment between pegs 1 and 2 as shown at left.  Hold the wire firmly and bend the wire segment from this point to the loop formerly around peg 1 so that it is vertical. 

Step 6:  Add two 6mm beads.  Space one of the beads above the wire segment between pegs 2 and 3, and place the other beads below this wire segment.

Step 7:  Using chain nose pliers, grasp the vertical wire segment between peg 4 and the end of the wire and bend this 90 degrees.  After the bend the wire should appear as shown below left.
 

Instructions for making Zig-Zag Wire and Beads Earrings Step 7
After Step 7 (without beads)


Step 8:  Grasp the wire at the arrows as shown at left.  While holding both wires at the arrows, wrap the wire tail around the vertical wire segment below the loop.  Continue wrapping until the free space below the loop is covered. 

Step 9:  Make sure that your beads are correctly positioned on the wire.  With the beads in the proper position, cut a 3 inch piece of 24 gauge wire.  Wrap this wire around the place where the wires cross in these earrings.  See the finished earrings below left for the positioning of this wire.  Wrap three times around and cut both ends.  Tuck in the ends by squeezing them with chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.


Finished Zig-Zag Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made using common jewelry supplies.
 




Step 10:  Open the loop on your ear wire finding and place the loop on the wire component you made onto the ear wire loop.  Then close the ear wire loop.  For these earrings, I used a post earring with ball.  These earrings are large enough that I did not want the extra length of a French ear wire.  The post earring also allows me to use an ear clutch to hold the earrings on. 

 

Alternative Configuration for Makign Earrings:

These earrings can be made with the same shape, but smaller by modifying the peg pattern, placing the pegs closer together. 

Money Wire and Crystal Beads Earrings made with WigJig jewelry tools, beads jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.  Money Wire and Swarovski Crystal Beads Earrings made using jewelry wire shapped on WigJig jewelry tools.
Money Earrings




The Money Earrings shown at left are a relatively simple design to make.   The peg pattern uses one metal peg and two Super Pegs (both either 3/8" or 1/2") as shown below, left.  For this particular pair of earrings I used a Post with Ball Ear Wire Finding to hold the earring and I used two Swarovski Bicone beads on each. This design uses any WigJig.  The steps required to make these earrings are described below.

Instructions for making Money Earrings using jewelry wire shapped on WigJig jewelry making tools.
 

Peg Pattern for Money Earrings Square Jig

Instructions for making Money Wire and Beads Earrings showing WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool peg pattern.
 

Peg Pattern for Money Earrings Round Jig

Step-by-step instructions for making Money Earrings using jewelry wire, and beads shaped on WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Begin by cutting and straightening a piece of 20G wire five inches long. 

Step 2:  Make a wrapped loop in one end of this 20G wire.  This loop must be large enough to fit over the peg in the jig you are using.

Step 3:  Place the loop in the wire over peg 1 and wrap the wire around the pegs on the jig as shown at left.  Be sure to bend the wire enough so that it relaxes back into its finished position. 

Step 4:  Remove the wire from the jig and harden the wire where it wrapped around pegs 2 and 3 by hammering lightly with a chasing hammer and anvil.  A slight deformation of the wire is desirable. 

Instructions for making Money Wire and Beads Earrings step 5
Step 5:  Now grasp the wire with your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers on the wire segment between pegs 1 and 2 as shown at left.  Hold the wire firmly and bend the wire segment from this point to the loop so that it is vertical.  See the picture below left (Step 7) for how the wire should appear. 

Step 6 to instructions for making Money Wire and Beads Earrings using common jewelry making supplies.

Step 6:  Grab the wire at the bottom as shown by the arrows at left.  Bend the wire up so that it is parallel to the short wire segment at the loop. 

Step 8 to instructionsf for making Money Wire and Beads Earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools.

Step 7:  Add two 6mm beads to the end of the wire.  Place one bead in each semi-circle of wire.

Step 8:  Again, using your chain nose pliers, hold the wire as shown at the arrows and bend the wire 90 degrees.  In this case the wire should be bent so that the end of the wire points toward you. 

Step 9 to instructions for making Money Wire and Beads Earrings made using jewelry making wire.
Step 9:  In the picture at left it is hard to see the wire tail as it is perpendicular to the rest of the earring body, pointing at the viewer.  Next make sure that you have positioned your beads correctly, one in each semi-circle.  Now grasp the wire below the loop and on the wire that you just bent 90 degrees with your pliers, and wrap the wire tail around the wire below the loop about 2 or 3 times.  This wrap sets the shape of the piece.

 

 

Finished Money Wire and Swarovski Crystal Beads Earrings jewelry making project   Finished Money Wire and Beads Earrings made with common jewelry supplies.
  Money Earrings
 

Step 10:  Using a 3 inch segment of 24 gauge wire, wrap the wire around the intersection where the 20G wire crosses itself as shown at left. 

Step 11:  Add your earring body to your ear wire finding.  For the two earrings at left you can see that I used two different types of ear wires -- on the left a post ear wire with ball and on the right a locking kidney shaped ear wire.  I actually prefer the post ear wire with the ball, but I ran out of this finding

Alternative Configurations for Making Money Earrings: 

This earring body can be made with two 5/8", 1/2" or even 3/8" Super Pegs.  All three sizes make very nice earrings.  If your personal style is delicate, try the 3/8" Super Pegs and consider 4mm beads instead of 6mm

Half-Moon Wire and Beads Earrings jewelry making project
Half-Moon Earrings


The Half-Moon Earrings shown at left are a relatively simple design to make.   The peg pattern uses one metal peg and one large round Super Peg or the Spiral Maker as shown below, left.  For this particular pair of earrings I used a Post with Ball Ear Wire Finding to hold the earring on the ear.  I also used one Swarovski Emerald 6mm Square (cube) bead per earring (two for the pair). This design can be made on any jig.  (The earring shown at left was made using the WigJig Delphi and a 1/2 inch Super Peg.)  The steps required to make these earrings are described below.


Instructions for making Half-Moon Wire and Beads Earrings showing jewelry wire pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.
Peg Pattern for Half-Moon Earrings

Step-by-step instructions for making the Half-Moon Earrings using jewelry wire and beads shaped on WigJig jewelry making tools:

Step 1:  Begin by cutting and straightening a piece of 20G wire five inches long.  Either 1/2 hard or Soft wire will work.  With 1/2 hard wire you will not need to harden the finished piece as much.

Step 2:  Make a wrapped loop in one end of the 20G wire.  This loop must be large enough to fit over the peg in the jig you are using.

Step 3:  Place the loop in the wire over peg 1 and wrap the wire around the Spiral Maker on the jig as shown at left.  You can use any large Super Peg (1/2 inch or larger, or a Spiral Maker as shown at left.)  Be sure to bend the wire enough so that it relaxes back into its finished position. 

Step 4:  Remove the wire from the jig and harden the wire where it wrapped around the Spiral Maker by hammering lightly with a chasing hammer and anvil.  A slight deformation of the wire is desirable. 

 




Instructions for making Half-Moon Wire and Beads Earrings made using common jewelry making supplies.




Instructions for making Half-Moon Wire and Beads Earrings step 6 showing shape of jewelry wire.
Step 7 to instructions for making Half-Moon Wire and Beads Earrings made with WigJig jewelry tools.

Step 5:  Now grasp the wire with your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers on the wire segment between pegs 1 and 2 as shown at left.  Hold the wire firmly and bend the wire segment from this point to the loop formerly around peg one so that it is vertical.

Step 6:  Next grasp the wire as shown at left and bend up so that it ends up as shown below left.  The wire tail should be parallel to and close to the wire segment below the initial loop.

Step 7:  Now we need to make the support that holds the bead.  This is just a small bump in the wire so that the bead rests in the middle of the half-moon and not at the bottom.  Grasp the wire as shown at the arrows and bend 90 degrees to the left.   After bending the wire 90 degrees to the left, use your round nose pliers near the tip, grasping the wire close to the bend you just made then bend the wire 180 degrees to the right.  Reposition your pliers and bend the wire up so that it is again parallel to the wire segment below the initial loop.  Once this is done, the wire will appear as shown below.

Instructions for making Half-Moon Wire and Beads Earrings step 8 showing adding beads to jewelry wire.     Instructions for making Half-Moon Wire and Beads Earrings step 9 showing where to grasp jewelry wire with jewelry tools.      Instructions for making Half-Moon Wire and Beads Earrings step 10 showing how to wrap jewelry wire.
 


Step 8:  Using the same technique that you just used to make the lower bump that the beads rests on, make an upper bump.   This will hold the bead in the center of the 1/2 moon.  (If you use a 1/2 inch Super Peg you will not have enough space to make this upper bump.  Stop after making the lower bump.)  

Step 9:  Now we need to wrap the wire tail around the wire segment below the initial loop.  Start by grasping the wire tail as shown at the arrows at left with your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.  Then bend the wire 90 degrees to the left as shown below left.

Step 10:  Now grasp both the wire tail and the wire segment below the initial loop with your chain nose pliers.  Holding this wire firmly, wrap the wire tail around the wire segment below the loop approximately 3 times (until the wire is just below the loop).  The finished piece should appear as shown below. 

 

 

Instructions for making Half-Moon Wire and Beads Earrings Step 11 showing wrapped jewelry wire.
Step 11

Half-Moon Wire and Emerald Swarovski Crystal Beads Earrings jewelry making project made using WigJig jewelry tools.



Step 11:  The finished earring body should appear as shown at left.  Now add the ear wire finding by opening the loop on the ear wire finding and inserting the loop in the earring body you just completed.  The finished earrings should appear as shown below.  Finally, step back and admire the Man in the Moon, in this case with emerald cheese.  You are finished. 

 

Half-Moon Wire and Swarovski Crystal Beads Earrings jewelry making project made with common jewelry supplies.

 

 

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