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Wire Starred Earrings

Instructions for making Wire Starred Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry supplies and jewelry wire:

5 pointed Star Earrings made using purple jewelry wire.

 

6 pointed star made using jewelry wire and WigJig jewelry making tools.

 

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

 

5 pointed star made on WigJig jewelry making tools using jewelry wire.

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.  These are advanced beginner's jewelry making projects. 


Jewelry Supplies:


Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Ten inches of 16, 18 or 20G jewelry wire per star (1/2 hard wire will work best if available.)
  • 12 inches of 24G or 26G jewelry wire
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutters
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry tool with 5-12 metal pegs
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:



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 tool.

5 pointed star made using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.
5 Pointed Star

Step-by-step instructions for making 5 pointed star out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools:
 

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 in the WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left 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 wire.

Step 5:  Before removing the 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 wire.

Step 6:  Remove the piece from the jewelry making jig 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:  Cut and straighten 12 inches of 24 or 26 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 8:  Insert 1/2 inch of this fine wire through the two loops around peg 1.  Wrap this 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.

Instructions for making 5 pointed star earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.
Peg Pattern

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.  Below we show a peg pattern 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 made on WigJig Cyclops using jewelry wire.
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 jig, then it was placed back on the jewelry making jig for this picture.  
 

Instructions for making 5 pointed star earrings showing peg pattern for WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.
Peg Pattern

Instructions for making 5 Pointed Star Earrings using common jewelry supplies.




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 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 wire.  This pattern will work on either the WigJig Cyclops or the WigJig Electra jewelry tool.

Instructions for making Star of David earrings out of jewelry wire showing peg pattern for WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.
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 wire around pegs 2 and 3 in your WigJig jewelry tool 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 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 wire

Step 6:  Remove from the WigJig jewelry tool and repeat, making a second, identical triangle. 

Step 7:  After removing each piece from the jewelry making jig, 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 wire through the two loops around peg 1.  Wrap this 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.

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

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 tool.

Instructions for making 6 pointed star earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool.
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 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left and wrap the wire around all 12 pegs 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 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 wire.

Step 6:  Remove the piece 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:  You can hold the beginning and ending loop together either by wrapping fine gauge 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:

 A star is a very common design and because of this, it is very common in jewelry.  Sometimes a star will have religious significance like the Star of David.  Sometimes a star is just a star like the five pointed star pattern.  For whatever reason you like a star, they are popular.  Above we have provided instructions for making stars in several style and several different techniques.  Hopefully, one of these star patterns will suit your fancy.

 

 



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