Three Tier Chandelier Earrings

Instructions for making Three Tier Chandelier Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools



The earrings shown at right are made from three jewelry wire components made on the WigJig Centaur or Cyclops jewelry tools plus a modified figure 8 connector.   For the purposes of these instructions the three jewelry wire components will be called top component, the 3 loop component and the five loop component. 

In a later section, we will show a pattern for making these earrings on the WigJig Delphi. 

These earrings are relatively easy to make and are considered an advanced beginner's jewelry making project. 

Our professional jewelry critic believes that this earring design is one of our best.  She has already placed her order for these earrings for her coming birthday.  Hopefully, you will like them too.

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Jewelry Supplies Required:

  • Sixteen inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire preferably 1/2 hard
  • Twelve inches of 22 gauge wire preferable 1/2 hard
  • Eighteen 4mm beads
  • Fourteen 1 1/2 inch head pins
  • One pair commercial ear wire finding

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • WigJig Delphi, Cyclops, Centaur, Olympus, Electra or Olympus-Lite jewelry tool
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • 45 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Use of a WigJig jewelry making tool to make jewelry wire components.
  • Ability to make the wrapped bead link to connect jewelry wire components. 
  • Ability to make a bead dangle using a head pin and beads.
  • Ability to open and close loops to connect jewelry wire components. 

Instructions for making 2 Tier Beaded Earrings using jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools, showing three components.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making These Earrings on our WigJig Cyclops or Centaur:

The three jewelry wire components used to make the body of these earrings are shown at right.  We also need a modified figure 8 connector and an ear wire finding to complete these earrings.  Our instructions for making this jewelry item begin with the top wire component.  Later, we will provide the instructions for the 3 loop wire component and for how to connect the 3 loop component to the top wire component.  We will also provide instructions for the 5 loop wire component and for assembling the earrings including the modified figure 8 connector and the ear wire finding.
 

 

Instructions for making 2 Tier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project showing pet pattern on WigJig jewlery making tool.Step-by-step instructions for making Top Wire Component:

Step 1:  Cut and make a loop in one end of a piece of 20 gauge jewelry wire 2 inches long.  1/2 hard wire is preferred. 

Step 2:  Straighten this jewelry wire segment using nylon jaw pliers..

Step 3:  Place pegs 1 and 2 into your WigJig Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tool as shown at right.  Put the initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2 1-3/4 times so that it rests against the hole where peg 3 would go. 

 
Step 4:  Now add peg 3 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig and wrap the jewelry wire around this peg. 

Step 5:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire.  Close the loop made around peg 3 with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 6:  Now using your round nose pliers, convert both loops in the top wire component into an eye loops

Step 7:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, one at a time grasp the loops at the bottom of this wire component and twist them 90 degrees.  When completed it should appear as shown below, right. 

Instructions for making 2 Tier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 5 showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tool.
Step 5
Instructions for making 2 Tier Beaded Earrings Step 6 showing shaping jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.
Step 6
Instructions for making 2 Tier Beaded Earrings Step 7 showing shaping jewelry wire using jewelry tools.
Step 7

Step-by-step instructions for making the 3 Loop Jewelry Wire Component:

Instructions for making 2 Tier Beaded Earrings showing peg pattern for 3 Loop Jewelry Wire Component on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 8:  Cut and make a loop in one end of a piece of 20 gauge jewelry wire 1-1/2 inches long. 

Step 9:  Straighten this jewelry wire using your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 10:  Position pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place the initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2 so that it rests against the hole for peg 3.

Step 11:  Now add peg 3 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig and wrap the jewelry wire around this peg. 

Step 12:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire.  Now using your bent chain nose pliers, close the loop made on peg 3.
 

 

Instructions for making 2 Tier Beaded Earrings showing Top Wire Component Connected to 3 Loop Wire Component.Step 13:  Now we need to connect the top wire component to the 3 Loop wire component.  First open one of the bottom loops in the Top Wire Component using your bent chain nose pliers and insert the corresponding loop from the 3 Loop wire component.  Then on the opposite side, open both the loop in the Top Wire Component and the loop in the 3 Loop wire component and connect these two loops.  Once the wire is in position, close both loops.  At this point the two wire components should appear as shown at right.   

Instructions for making 2 Tier Beaded Earrings showing peg pattern for 5 Loop Wire Component on WigJig jewelry tool.


Step-by-step instructions for making the 5 Loop jewelry wire component. 

Step 14:  Cut a piece of 20 gauge jewelry wire 3 inches long.  Make a loop in one end of the wire. 

Step 15:  Straighten the jewelry wire using your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 16:  Place pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry tool as shown above-right.  Place your initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 so that it rests against the hole for peg 3. 

Step 17:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and add peg three.  Place the initial loop on peg three and wrap the wire around peg 1.

Step 18:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and add peg four.  Place the initial loop on the jig and wrap the wire around peg four. 

Step 19:  Now add peg five to the peg pattern on your jewelry making jig and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 5. 

Step 20:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire.  Close the loop made around peg 5 with your bent chain nose pliers.

 

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Assembly of the Earrings:

At this point, we have the Top Wire Component connected to the 3 Loop Wire component and we need to assemble the remainder of the earring body. 

Step 21:  Using a 1-1/2 inch head pin and a 4mm bead, thread the bead onto the head pin and make a bead dangle hanging from the middle loop in the 3 Loop Wire Component.

Step 22:  Now we need to connect the 3 Loop Wire Component to the 5 Loop Wire component using the wrapped bead link, first on one side, then on the other.  Use 22 gauge jewelry wire for making the wrapped bead link, with 4mm beads.  1/2 hard jewelry wire is best if available.  Connecting the first wrapped bead link will be relatively easy.  Connecting the second, on the opposite end, will require that you open the loop on that end of the 5 Loop Wire Component with your bent chain nose pliers, then connect the loop in your wrapped bead link and then close the loop in the 5 Loop Wire Component. 

Step 23:  Once the 3 Loop and 5 Loop Wire Components are connected, then with 5 head pins and 5 4mm beads, hang a bead dangle from each of the loops in the 5 Loop Wire Component, just like you did in Step 21. 

Step 24:  Now we need to make the modified figure 8 connector using 1 1/4" of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Once completed, open one loop in the modified figure 8 connector and connect it to the top loop in the Top Wire Component. 

Step 25:  Open the remaining loop in the modified figure 8 connector and connect it to your commercial ear wire finding.  This completes your 2 Tier Earrings.

 


Making Making Multi-Tier Earrings on WigJig Delphi jewelry tools:

The pattern for making these earrings on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown at right.  This same pattern will also apply to the Olympus or Olympus Lite jewelry tools, only the resulting earrings will be larger.  The steps for making these earrings are exactly the same as we have described previously.

Instructions for making 2 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig Delphi jewelry tool




The finished earrings made on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool can be viewed at right.  These earrings are slightly different than the earrings made using the round pattern of the WigJig Cyclops, Electra or Centaur jewelry tools.

2 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Rose Swarovski Beads

Making Three Tier Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:

The obvious question is if two is good, would three be better?  In the case of these earrings the answer is maybe.  You can easily add a third tier to these earrings by adding a new wire component.  This new wire component is a five loop component, but is made on a different radius of the WigJig Centaur, Cyclops or Electra jewelry tools.  The pattern for this Third Tier Jewelry Wire Component is shown below, right.  This component is made using the same steps that we used to make the 5 Loop Wire Component for the two tier earrings, but requires 3-1/4" of 20 gauge jewelry wire, preferable 1/2 hard.  (This 3 Tier Design does not easily work for a jig with a square peg pattern like the WigJig Delphi or Olympus jewelry tools.)
 

3 Tier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Emerald Swarovski Beads

Making these earrings is exactly the same as making the two tier earrings except that you connect three bead dangles to the 5 Loop Wire Component in Step 23, then you use 22 gauge wire and wrapped bead links to connect the 5 Loop Wire Component to the Third Tier Wire Component.  The techniques for connecting these two wire components are exactly the same as were used to connect the 3 Loop Wire Component to the 5 Loop Wire component described in Step 22.  Obviously, the 3 Tier Earrings require 10 additional 4mm beads and head pins and more 20 gauge and 22 gauge jewelry wire. 

When you are ready for special earrings that will really get noticed, consider these 3 Tier Earrings. 

Instructions for making 3 Tier Earrings showing peg pattern for 3 Tier Wire Component on WigJig jewelry making tool.


3 Tier Earrings -- jewelry supplies used:

The jewelry making supplies used in making these earrings in gold-filled jewelry wire are as follows:

  • 20 gauge gold-filled 1/2 hard round jewelry wire (Item 1012)
  • 22 gauge gold-filled 1/2 hard round jewelry wire (Item 1013)
  • Gold filled head pins (Thin is recommended) (Item 0069)
  • 4mm Swarovski Bicone Beads or Round Beads or Pearl Beads
  • Gold Filled Ear wire findings (Item 2660 or Item 0117)

 

3 Tier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Emerald Swarovski Beads and common jewelry supplies.





The jewelry making supplies used in making these earrings in Sterling Silver jewelry wire are as follows:
  • 20 Gauge anti-tarnish sterling silver 1/2 hard round jewelry wire (Item 3005)
  • 22 Gauge anti-tarnish sterling silver 1/2 hard round jewelry wire (Item 3007)
  • Sterling Silver head pins thin (Item 0082)
  • 4mm Swarovski Bicone Beads or Round Beads or Pearl Beads
  • Sterling Silver Ear wire findings (Item 2659 or Item 0421)

 

3 Tier Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with jet bugle beads and common jewelry making supplies.

Making 3 Tier Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools -- alternative design:

In the prior several secataions, we made earrings that were shaped like an upside-down letter "V", narrow at top and wide at the bottom.  In these sections, we will address a new earring design, like the ones shown at right, that are shaped like the letter "V" in the normal orientation, wide at top and narrow at the bottom.  For this earring, the three body wire components are exactly like the ones used to make our inverted "V" three tier earrings.  The peg patterns for making these three jewelry wire components are shown below. 

The one difference in the wire components for the earrings at right is the top wire component.  This modified design requires a different top wire component.  Next, we show two approaches to making this top wire component. 

Begin making these earrings by making the three wire components using the peg patterns on your WigJig jewelry tools shown below.  Select any picture to navigate to our instructions for making that component.  All three components were made on the WigJig Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry making tool.  These earrings require about 18 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire (preferably 1/2 hard) and 20 inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire (also preferably 1/2 hard).  In the earrings at right 24 4mm beads and 4 6mm beads were used along with 22 head-pins and one pair of ear wire findings. 

3 Tier V Shapped Earrings Jewelry Making Project, made with Swarovski Aqua Beads and common jewelry supplies.

Instructions for making 3 Tier V Shapped Earring Jewelry Making Project showing peg pattern for jewelry wire component 1 on WigJig jewelry tool.
Large Wire
Component
Instructions for making 3 Tier V Shapped Earring Jewelry Making Project showing peg pattern for jewelry wire Component 2 on WigJig jewelry making tool.
Middle Wire
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Instructions for making 3 Tier V Shapped Earring Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire component 3 on WigJig jewelry tool.
Small Wire
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Instructions for making Three Tier Earrings -- Alternative Top Wire Component Design:

 

Here we show two different styles for making the top wire components for these earrings.  For lack of a better name, we will call the left hand style, style 1 and the right hand style, style 2.  (Our imagination is on vacation today and we can't come up with a better name.)  Both of these styles work well.  With style 1, a modified figure 8 connector is required to connect the middle loop in the wire component to your ear wire finding.  With style 2, the modified figure 8 connector is optional.  You can connect directly to your ear wire finding, or you can use the connector. 

Step 1:  The first step in making either style is to cut a piece of 20 gauge jewelry wire about 2 1/8" long and make a loop in one end of this piece of wire. 

3 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Aqua Swarovski Beads and common jewelry supplies.

 

Step 2:  While holding this loop, straighten the jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Place pegs 1 and 2 on your WigJig jewelry tool and place the initial loop on the jewelry wire segment on peg 1.  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 as shown at right.

Step 4:  Place peg 3 in your jewelry making jig and wrap the jewelry wire around this peg. 

 
Instructions for making 3 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.
 
Style 1
  Instructions for making 3 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool. 
Style 2


Step 5:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire. 

Instructions for making 3 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 Step 5 showing wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tool. Instructions for making 3 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 Step 5 showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry making tool.

Step 6:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the loop in the jewelry wire component made on peg 3. 
Instructions for making 3 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 Step 6 showing jewelry wire after shaping using common jewelry tools. Instructions for making 3 Tier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 Step 6 showing jewelry wire after shaping using common jewelry tools.

 

Step 7:  At this point, for either style of top wire component, we need to convert the loops made on pegs 1 and 3 into eye loops and reorient them 90 degrees.   Converting these loops into eye loops is done by grabbing the wire with the tips of your round nose pliers and twisting as shown at the bottom of this section.  
 

Instructions for making 3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project  showing eye loops on Top Wire Component
Eye Loops


Step 8:  Reorienting the loops is done by grasping the loop with your bent chain nose pliers while holding the loop made on peg 2 with your other hand, then twisting your pliers 90 degrees.  The end result will appear as shown at right.  The opening in the two loops can not been seen because it is facing to the side in a plane that can not be viewed by the camera.  This completes the top wire component.
 

Instructions for making 3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project showing reoriented loops in Top Wire Component.
Reoriented

Assembly of the Earrings:

Step 9:  Now we need to assemble the earrings.  Connect the top wire component to the largest of the three body wire components by opening the loops in both wire components, making the connection then closing the loops. 

Step 10:  Using a 4mm bead and a head pin, make a bead dangle and hang the bead dangle from the two outside loops and the center loop. 

Step 11:  Using 22 gauge wire and a 4mm bead, make two wrapped bead links to connect the two empty loops on the largest wire component to the two outside loops on the middle wire component.  You will need to open the loops on the middle wire component to help make this connection, then close the loops once the connection has been made.  At this point two of the tree tiers are connected.

Step 12:  Just like you did in step 10, we need to use head pins and 4mm beads to make bead dangles and hang these bead dangles on the two outside loops and the center loop of the middle wire component. 

3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project showing finished earrings made from Swarovski beads and common jewelry making supplies.



Step 13:  At this point we need to connect the third tier of the earrings.  Using the same approach that you did in step 11, use wrapped bead links to connect the loops made on pegs 2 and 4 of the middle wire component to the outside loops in the small wire component.  This will require 22 gauge wire and 4mm beads. 

Step 14:  Using head pins and 4mm beads, connect bead dangles to the two outside loops in the small wire component. 

Step 15:  Using a head pin and a 6mm bead, connect a bead dangle to the middle loop in the small wire component.  (As an alternative, you could use a 4mm bead here.)

Step 16:  Using a head pin and a 6mm bead, connect a bead dangle to the middle loop in the top wire component.  Because of the limited room available here, you may not be able to use a wrapped loop here and may need to make an open loop bead dangle as shown here

Step 17:  Now we need to make a modified figure 8 connector out of jewelry wire if we are using style 1 of the top wire component.  Use about 1 1/4" of 20 gauge jewelry wire. 

Step 18:  Once the modified figure 8 connector is completed, use it to connect the middle loop in the top wire component to your ear wire finding.  If you are using style 2 for the top wire component, you can connect the loop in the ear wire finding directly to the middle loop in the top wire component. 

Step 19:  Use the same technique to make your second earring.

3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Swarovski Aqua Beads and common jewelry supplies.

3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Swarovski Aqua Beads and common jewelry supplies  second view


Instructions for making 3 Tier Earrings alternative designs on WigJig Cyclops or Centaur Jewelry Making Tool:

The earrings shown at right are an alternative to the design we just completed.  These earrings use the top wire component from our 5 Plus 1 Beaded Chandelier Earrings to make earrings that are really shoulder dusters.  These earrings are long, and may be too long for some folks.  Instructions for making this 5 Plus 1 top wire component can be found here.  Other than this change, the process for making these earrings is identical to the steps discussed in previously. 

In the following paragraphs we will show other alternative jewelry making designs for 2 tier and 3 tier "V" shaped beaded chandelier earrings. 

3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with Swarovski beads and common jewelry supplies.


More instructions for making earrings using WigJig Cyclops or Centaur jewelry making tools:

This alternative design achieves the "V" shape in a different way.  Instead of using pegs arranged in three different radius of your jig, in this alternative, you will use one tier with five loops, the middle tier with 4 loops and the bottom tier with three loops, all at the same radius on your jig.  In making these earrings the top wire component is made the same as is the large wire component (with five loops).  The peg pattern for the large wire component on our WigJig jewelry tool is shown below-right. 

The middle wire component is made with pegs 1, 2, 3 and 4 from this same pattern. 

The small wire component is made with pegs 1, 2 and 3 from this same pattern. 
 

3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Crystal AB beads and common jewelry supplies.

Once you have these three wire components made, you assemble these earrings in a manner that is similar to the technique discussed above, with one exception.  For these earrings the connections between the three tiers of wire components (large to middle and middle to small) takes place between the outer loops in each wire component. 

For these earrings, because the small wire component is larger than the same component in the earrings shown above, you can use a larger bead dangle in the middle of the small wire component.  For these earrings, I used an 8mm bead here instead of a 6mm bead. 

In the following paragraphs we will show some patterns for 2 tier "V" designs that can be made on any WigJig jewelry making tool. 

Instructions for making 3 Tier Chandelier Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 made with cobalt beads and common jewelry supplies.More alternative designs on making earrings on WigJig Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tools:

The earrings shown at right were made using the round peg pattern of the WigJig Cyclops, Centaur or Electra jewelry tools.  These earrings are made from four wire components plus ear wire findings.  The four wire components working down from the ear wire finding are a modified figure 8 connector, the top wire component, the 5 loop wire component and the three loop wire component.  Making these earrings requires 16 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire (preferably 1/2 hard), 10 inches of 22 or 24 gauge jewelry wire (preferably 1/2 hard), 18 teardrop beads, 14 1-1/2" head pins and a pair of ear wire findings. 

For the earrings shown on the left, the modified figure 8 connector is optional. For the earrings with the top wire component shown on the right, the modified figure 8 connector is mandatory.

2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 made with beads and common jewelry making supplies.

The top wire connector connects the body of the earring to the modified figure 8 connector or optionally directly to the ear wire finding.  This component is made using the peg pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool shown at right.  This top wire component for the earrings on the left (shown above right) is made using the instructions for "Style 2" above.  This component for the earrings on the right was made using the instructions for "Style 1".  With the Style 2 top wire component, the modified figure 8 connector is optional.  With Style 1, the modified figure 8 connector is mandatory.  As described earlier, making this wire component uses 2 1/8" of 20 gauge wire and requires wrapping the wire around the pegs as shown at right, cutting the excess wire, converting the loops on pegs 1 and 3 to eye loops, and finally rotating those loops 90 degrees. 

Instructions for making Top Wire Component for 2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project by shaping wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Top Wire Component
Style 2

Instructions for making Top Wire Component for 2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project

The next component to make is the 5 loop wire component.  This component is made with 3 1/4" of 20 gauge jewelry wire and the peg pattern shown at right.  Start by cutting your wire segment.  Then make a loop in the end of the segment.  Grasp the loop and straighten the wire segment by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  Now place pegs 1 and 2 in your jig, as shown at right, and place the initial loop on peg 1.  Wrap the wire around peg 2 until the wire tail is adjacent to the hole for peg 3.  Add peg 3 and wrap the wire around this peg, leaving the wire tail adjacent to the hole for peg 4.  Add peg 4 and wrap the wire around this peg, leaving the tail adjacent to the hole for peg 5.  Add peg 5 and wrap the wire around peg 5 as shown at right.  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and cut the excess.  Close the loop made on peg 5 with your bent chain nose pliers. 
 

Instructions for making 5 Loop Wire Component for 2 Tier V Earrings showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.
5 Loop Component

Completed 2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 made with cobalt beads and common jewelry supplies.

The bottom, 3 loop wire component for the earrings shown above-right, is made using the same steps and procedures as you used for making the 5 loop wire component, only with three pegs and three loops.  The peg patterns on our WigJig jewelry tools for making this component uses pegs 1, 2, and 3 as shown at right.
 

 Peg Pattern for 3 Loop Wire Component of the 2 Tier V Earrings shown shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.



The bottom wire component on the earrings shown at right is made using the 5 pegs shown on our WigJig jewelry tool below-right.  This component is made with 2 1/2 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Begin by cutting and making a loop in the end of your jewelry wire, then using this loop to straighten the wire.  Start on your jewelry making jig with pegs 1 and 2.  Place the initial loop on peg 1 and make a loop around peg 2 leaving the jewelry wire adjacent to the hole for peg 3.  Continue by adding peg 3 and making a loop around peg 3, then adding peg 4 and 5 in turn.  (When I made this component, I flipped the wire over after every loop that I made so that the final loop ended up on peg 1.  This is optional, and probably not recommended the first time you make this component.)  Once all five loops are completed, remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers. 

2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 made with cobalt beads and common jewelry supplies.

Peg Pattern for the Bottom 5 Loop Wire Component of the 2 Tier V Earrings showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tools.



At this point, we will have made the wire components necessary to assemble these earrings and we will need to begin assembling the earrings.  Instructions for making these earrings continue below. 

2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 made with cobalt beads and common jewelry supplies.2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 made with beads and common jewelry making supplies.

The first step in assembly of these earrings is to connect a bead to the middle loop of the top wire component.  This is accomplished with a head pin inserted into a bead connected as a bead dangle to the middle loop in the top wire component.

The second step in the assembly of these earrings is to connect the top wire component and the 5 loop wire component as shown at right.  (The bead is not shown in this picture.)  Making this connection is accomplished by opening the loop on one side of the top wire component and connecting that loop to one of the end loops on the 5 loop wire component, then closing the loop in the top wire component.  To connect the opposite end of the two components, both the end loop in the 5 loop wire component and the end loop in the top wire component must be opened.  The two loops are then connected and once connected, both loops are closed.  At this point we are ready to start adding beads. 
 

Completed 2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 made with gold jewelry wire and cobalt beads.

Instructions for making 2 Tier Chandelier Earrings showing connecting jewelry wire components.



Begin with three teardrop beads and three head pins.  Insert the head pins into all three beads and hang the beads from the center and the two end loops on the 5 loop wire component. 

Now we are ready to connect the 5 loop wire component to the bottom wire component.  Using between 2 1/2 and 3 inches of 22 or 24 gauge wire, make a wrapped bead link, connecting the empty loop in the 5 loop wire component made on Peg 2, with one of the end loops on your bottom wire component.  Once that connection is completed, do the same thing with the remaining empty loop in the 5 loop wire component and the opposite end of the bottom wire component. 

Once these jewelry wire components are connected, take three beads and three head pins and connect the beads to the bottom three loops in the bottom wire component using your head pins. 

At this point you are ready to connect the ear wire finding to the middle loop in the top wire component either by your modified figure 8 connector or directly.  This is done by opening the loops in the modified figure 8 connector using your bent chain nose pliers, connecting the components and closing the loops.  This completes the assembly of this earring. 

2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 made with common jewelry supplies and cobalt beads.  2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 made with common jewelry making supplies and beads.

Instructions for making Multi-Tier Earrings alternative Made on WigJig Delphi or Centaur jewelry tools:

Here is an alternative but similar design made on the WigJig Delphi jewelry tool or the square peg pattern part of the WigJig Centaur jewelry making tool.  For these earrings we elected to use "Style 2" for our top wire component and were able to eliminate the need for a modified figure 8 connector.  For this reason, there are three wire components in these earrings plus an ear wire finding.  The three wire components are the top wire component, the 5 loop wire component and the 3 loop wire component. 

2 Tier V Shaped Chanedlier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Topaz Beads2 Tier V Shapped Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made on WigJig Delphi jewelry tool
 



The top wire component is made using the patterns on our WigJig jewelry tools shown at right.  This component is made with about 2 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  The steps in making this wire component are the same as the steps that we described previously.  Simply stated they are cut the jewelry wire, make a loop, straighten the wire, position your pegs on the jig, wrap the wire around the pegs, remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig, cut the excess wire, close the final loop, convert the initial and final loops to eye loops and finally to rotate the initial and final loops 90 degrees.  The finished wire component will appear as shown at right. 
 

Instructions for making Top Wire Component Peg Pattern for the 2 Tier V Earrings showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.
Top Wire Component
Instructions for making Top Wire Component for the 2 Tier V Earrings showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry making tools.



The peg patterns for the 3 loop and 5 loop wire components are shown at right.  The 3 loop component uses 1 3/4" of 20 gauge jewelry wire and the 5 loop wire component uses 3 1/4" of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  (18 gauge jewelry wire will also work for making the wire components.  This is something more advanced wire workers might want to try.)  Remember that when you are making a multi-peg pattern, start with just two pegs and add pegs as you go.  After wrapping the jewelry wire around the pegs as shown, remove from the jewelry making jig, cut the excess and close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Instructions for making 3 Loop and 5 Loop Peg Patterns for the 2 Tier V Earrings showing peg pattern for shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.

 

2 Tiered V Shaped Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Tanzanite Beads

2 Tier V Shaped Chanedlier Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made with Swarovski Topaz Beads and common jewelry supplies.

2 Tier V Shapped Chandelier Earrings Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig Delphi jewelry tool.

 

Assembly of these earrings follows the same steps as described above with the one exception in that the top wire component is connected directly to the ear wire finding.  There is no modified figure 8 connector required. 

In the following sections, we will describe another alternative design for similar 2 Tiered V Shaped Chandelier Earrings that will also use the square peg pattern of the WigJig Delphi or the WigJig Centaur. 

Instructions for making Alternative Multi-Tier Earring Design Made on WigJig Delphi or Centaur jewelry tools:

This earring design combines the V Shaped Wire Component from our Chandelier Earrings with the Style 2 Top Wire Component and the 5 Loop Bottom Wire Component shown previously.  These earrings can be made with or without the modified figure 8 connector.  The earrings at right have this connector. 

The earrings at right were made using 18 gauge jewelry wire instead of the 20 gauge jewelry wire used in our prior patterns. 

2 Tier V Shaped Earrings Jewelry Making Project Made With Swarovski Indicolite Beads and common jewelry supplies.



The top wire component is made using the peg pattern on our WigJig Centaur jewelry tool shown at right and using the steps described in this section previously. 

Instructions for making Top Wire Component Peg Pattern for 2 Tier V Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.



The V shaped wire component is made using the peg pattern on our WigJig jewelry tools shown at right.  Remember to start with just 2 pegs and add a peg as you need it as you make this wire component.  Instructions for making this component can be found here

Instructions for making V Shaped Wire Component for 2 Tier V Earrings showing WigJig jewelry tools used to shape jewelry wire.




The 5 loop bottom wire component is made as described above.  See the peg pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool at right.

Peg Pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for 5 Loop Bottom Wire Component for 2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project

We have described a lot of options for making multi-tier chandelier earrings.  We have options using 4mm beads and other options using 6mm beads.  We have options using 18 gauge jewelry wire for the body components and other options that used 20 gauge jewelry wire for the body components.  We show many different styles of top wire components used to connect the body of the earring to the ear wire finding, and many style of body components.  Some of the patterns we used required a jewelry making jig with a round peg pattern, some of the patterns required a WigJig jewelry tool with a square peg pattern.  There are many more combinations that could be explored.  For now, we are going to move on away from tiered earrings and begin to investigate ways to make a complimentary yoke as a necklace component. 
 
2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 made with common jewelry making supplies. 2 Tier Inverted V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 made with Swarovski beads. 2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 made with common jewelry supplies. 2 Tier Inverted V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 made using WigJig jewelry tools. 2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 3 made using WigJig jewelry making tools.    
3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 made with Swarovski Crystal Beads. 2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 5 made with cobalt beads. 3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 made with crystal AB beads. 3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 3 made with Swarovski Aqua Beads. 3 Tier Inverted V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 1 made with brown beads and common jewelry supplies.    
3 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 made with crystal beads and common jewelry making supplies. 2 Tier V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 4 made with beads and common jewelry supplies. 2 Tier Inverted V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 3 made with pink beads and common jewelry supplies. 3 Tier Inverted V Earrings Jewelry Making Project Style 2 made with Swarovski Emerald Beads.      

 

 

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