Wire Circles Beaded Earrings

Instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

 

Wire Circles Beaded Earrings made with crystal AB beads and common jewely supplies.Wire Circles Beaded Earrings made using WigJig jewelry making tools.


What would you call earrings made with four circles of jewelry wire?  We call them Beaded Circles Earrings.  This is a beginner's jewelry making project.  To make the circles wire component we use four Super Pegs and one regular metal peg.  The four Super Pegs are 3/16", 5/16", 7/16" and 1/2" sizes.  These four Super Pegs can be purchased as part of our set of six Small Round Super Pegs, Item 0121 or Item 0122 in our store. 

For our beginner's, please note that it is very important to make each new wire component out of inexpensive practice wire several times before you cut your good jewelry wire.  In making this new wire component, we made this piece three times out of practice wire. 

Because this wire component is rounded and not angular, it is a good example of a component that is easier to make using soft wire as opposed to 1/2 hard jewelry wire. 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 15 inches of 18 gauge jewelry wire.  Soft wire is required.
  • One pair of commercial ear wires. 
  • Two 6mm round beads.
  • Two head pins
  • Two 6, 7 or 8mm beads
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool with 1 regular metal peg
  • 3/16", 5/16",  7/16" and 1/2" Super Pegs for the WigJig
  • Ruler
  • 45 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to use round nose pliers or step jaw pliers to make loops in jewelry wire.
  • Ability to wrap wire around pegs on a jewelry making jig to make jewelry wire components.
  • Ability to make a bead dangle using a head pin and a bead.
  • Ability to make a modified figure 8 connector out of jewelry wire.
Instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step-by-step instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut two 6 1/2" segments of 18 gauge soft jewelry wire. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut.  This loop needs to be sized to fit over peg 1, the regular metal peg for your jewelry making jig. 

Step 3:  Grasp the initial loop in your jewelry wire segment and use it to hold the wire while you straighten the wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  Step 4 to instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings showing shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tool.

Step 4:  Position the initial loop in your wire segment on peg 1 of your WigJig jewelry tool and position Super Pegs 2, 3, 4, and 5 in your jewelry making jig.  Peg 2 is a 1/2" Super Peg.  Peg 3 is a 7/16" Super Peg.  Peg 4 is a 5/16" Super Peg.  Peg 5 is a 3/16" Super Peg.  Wrap the jewelry wire around pegs 2, 3, 4, and 5 as shown at left.  Normally, you won't want to push your wire all the way down Step 5 to instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.between each peg.  For making the circles wire component it will be important to push the wire down to the bottom so that it is touching your WigJig jewelry making tool.  Doing this will help you to make this wire component as consistently as possible. 

Step 5:  Now we need to continue wrapping the jewelry wire around Super Peg 5, the 3/16" Super Peg as shown at right.  In the following steps we will weave the wire alternating so that each circle crosses on the opposite side of the jewelry wire.  It will be important to weave the wire on as we complete the circles so that the wire varies from one side of the wire to the opposite side on each succeeding circle.  This Step 6 to instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings showing WigJig jewelry tools used to shape jewelry wire.helps to keep the wire component in a consistent shape.  The way we do this is to remove the wire from our WigJig jewelry tool and flip the wire over, then replacing it on your jewelry making jig, after each circle is completed starting with the next step.

Step 6:  Gently remove the wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  Lift each 1/2 circle in turn so that the jewelry wire shape is preserved.  After removing the jewelry wire from your jewelry making jig, reposition it so that you can place it back on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left.  What you will have accomplished is flipping the wire over and then placing it back onto your pegs. 

Step 7 to instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

Step 7:    Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 4 as shown at right.
 Step 8 to instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings out of common jewelry supplies, jewelry wire and beads.
 

 

Step 8:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  You will need to lift each circle of jewelry wire gently in turn so that the wire component is not distorted by lifting it off your jig.  Once you have removed the wire from the jewelry making jig, flip the wire over and reposition it back on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left. 

 


Instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools step 9.Step 9:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around peg 3 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.

 

Step 10 to instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings showing jewelry wire after shaping on jewelry making tool.

Step 10:  At this point we need to remove the wire from the jewelry making jig one last time.  Again, it is very important to gently lift the jewelry wire off the WigJig jewelry tool so that your wire component does not get distorted as you remove it from the jewelry making jig.  Once it has been removed, flip the wire component over and replace it on the WigJig jewelry tool.  Once the wire is back on the jewelry making jig, wrap the wire around peg 1 as shown at left.

Step 11 to instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings showing jewelry wire after removal from jewelry tool.

Step 11:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  The jewelry wire component should appear as shown here.  Cut the excess wire being certain to cut the wire with the flat side of your flush cutter toward the finished piece.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop in your wire component.  This completes the Circles Wire Component.  Make two of these components. 

 

Completede Wire Circles Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Crystal AB Beads

Step 12:  Having completed the Circles wire component, we need to make a modified figure 8 connector to allow the top of the Circles wire component to be connected to your ear wire finding.  Step 12 to instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings showing modified figure 8 connector made of jewelry wire.To make your modified figure 8 connector you will need about 1 1/2 inches of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire.  In the picture at left, you can view a modified figure 8 connector.    You will want to make this modified figure 8 connector with a loop to connect to your Circles wire component with about 3/32" diameter.  The loop to connect to your ear wire should be about 1/16" diameter.  Make two of these connectors. 

Step 13:  We need to connect one loop on the modified figure 8 connector to the top of the Circles wire component and the other loop to the loop in your ear wire. Once you have connected one of these loops to either your Circles wire component or to your ear wire finding, you close the loop with your bent chain nose pliers.  Connect both Circles wire components to your ear wires using your modified figure 8 connectors.

Step 14:  The last step in making your Beaded Circles Earrings is to make the bead dangle at the bottom of the earrings using common jewelry supplies.  You make the bead dangle with a 6mm round bead and a head pin.  You can attach your bead to the bottom loop in the Circles wire component with either an open loop, or a wrapped loop. Connect a 6mm bead to the bottom loop in each Circles wire component.  Step 15 to instructions for making Wire Circles Beaded Earrings showing close up of jewelry wire.

Step 15:  At this point your earrings are essentially complete.  There is one more thing that you can do to make these earrings slighty nicer and more permanent.  This step is optional.  The step is to wrap 21 gauge 1/2 round, 1/2 hard jewelry wire around the point where the initial and final loop overlap to better hold the shape of the Circles wire component.  This is done by making a small "U" shaped bend in the end of a segment of about 1 1/2" of 1/2 round jewelry wire.  You can see an extreme close up of the wrap at right.  Position the "U" shaped bend on one side of the Circles and wrap one complete wrap round the circle of wire made on Super Peg 2.  This becomes the loop on wire shown on the right hand side above-right.  Use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze the wrap tight and cut the excess wire, then squeeze the cut end flat again with your bent chain nose pliers.  This fixes one side of your 1/2 round jewelry wire.  With this one side of your 1/2 round wire in place, wrap the wire around the wire where both sides of the circle overlap.  This is the horizontal segment of wire shown above-right.  Wrap the 1/2 round jewelry wire around the "neck" of the circle wire component about 1 1/2 times, then bend the 1/2 round wire so that you can wrap it around the opposite side of the circle made on peg 2.  This is the loop of wire shown on the left, above-right.  Wrap the wire 1 1/2 times around the circle and cut the excess.  Use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze and tighten the wrapped wire.  Do this for both Circle wire components. 

This completes your Beaded Circles Earrings.  We hope you like this design.

Wire Circles Beaded Earrings Alternative Design shown with jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tool.

Alternative design for making earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Alternative configuration for jewelry wire in Wire Circles Beaded Earrings made using common jewelry supplies.Here is our alternative design for making a necklace component to go with your earrings.  The necklace component, shown at left would be worn on a chain and should include beads that match the beads in your earrings, but if possible are larger. 

The peg pattern for making this wire component is shown at right on our WigJig Delphi jewelry making tool.  This pattern uses Super Pegs that are 3/4", 1/2", 5/16" and 3/16" in diameter. 

The steps involved in making this component are identical to the steps for making the earrings.  It is important to flip the wire over as you finish each successive circle, just as you did for the earrings. 

The jewelry wire for this component should be 16 gauge soft wire so that this component will be both larger and bolder than the earrings.  Once you have the design in place on your jig, as shown above-right, you can lightly hammer the wire with a nylon hammer to help set the shape in the wire.  You won't be able to hammer all spots on the wire, but where  you can hammer it will help harden and fix the shape in the wire. 

This jewelry wire component could also be complimented with several beads.  You can hang beads inside of each circle to add interest, motion and color to this design. 

Some people may even find that they like this design better than the earrings and may decide to use this for their earrings.  The end result will be larger and bolder, and for some people that may be better.

We hope you like our Jewelry Wire Circles Earrings and Necklace designs. 

 

 

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