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Treble Clef Wire Earrings

Instructions for making Treble Clef Wire Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

These earrings are called Treble Clef because of their similarity to the musical symbol the treble clef.  This jewelry making project is probably not suitable for beginners because of the necessity to wrap the wjewelry ire around itself, but will be suitable for advanced beginners to intermediate wire workers. 

These earrings are a modification to our "Money" earrings jewelry making project.  With our "Money" earrings we used two Super Pegs the same size.  This design uses two Super Pegs in a different size and makes earrings that similar to the "Money" earrings.  You can view our jewelry making instructions for our Money earrings here.
 

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Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

 

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Any WigJig acrylic jewelry tool
  • WigJig Super Peg Size 5/16" and 1/2"
  • 30 minutes of free time

 

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Instructions for makingTreble Clef Beaded Earrings showing shaping the jewelry wire Step 2 Instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings showing shapping the jewelry wire Step 3A Instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings showing shapping the jewelry wire Step3B Instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings showing making a loop in jewelry wire Step 4 Instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings showing making a wrapped loop in jewelry wire Step 5
Step 2 Step 3A Step 3B Step 4 Steps 5 & 6


Step-by-step instructions for making Treble Clef Earrings using jewelry wire, beads, and common jewelry supplies, shaped on WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  This project differs from our generic instructions for the start of any jewelry making project in one simple area.  We use a wrapped loop at the top of these earrings instead of the simple "P" loop described in our generic instructions.  Begin by cutting a segment of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire 4 inches long. 

Step 2:  Grasp the wire with your bent chain nose pliers 5/8" from the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut and bend the wire about 80 degrees. 

Step 3:  Using your round nose pliers make a loop in the jewelry wire at the bend, but on the 5/8" side.  This is a two step process as you will need to move your round nose pliers and re-grip the wire to complete the loop.

Step 4:  Grasp this loop in your bent chain nose pliers (this preserves the shape of the loop), and wrap the wire tail of the loop around the long wire segment one time.

Step 5:  Cut the excess jewelry wire with your flush cutter.

Step 6:  Using two chain nose or bent chain nose pliers, grasp the loop in one pair of pliers and using the other pair of pliers squeeze the wire tail flat. 

Step 7:  Place one metal peg (peg 1), one 5/16" Super Peg (peg 2) and one 1/2" Super Peg into your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place the initial loop in your jewelry wire on peg 1 and wrap the wire around the pegs as shown.

Step 7 to instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings showing shaping wire on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 8 to instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings using common jewelry supplies.

Instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools Step 9

Instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings using common jewelry making supplies Step 10

Step 8 Step 9 Step 10


Step 8:  Remove the wire from your jewelry making jig.

Step 9:  Grasp the jewelry wire with your bent chain nose pliers about 1/4" from the beginning loop and bend the wire up so that the loop is above the center of the wire component as shown above.

Step 10:  Now grasp the bottom of the wire component with your bent chain nose pliers at the point where the bend around the larger Super Peg ends and bend the jewelry wire vertical as shown.  The wire needs to be adjacent to the bend that you made in Step 9.  See the picture above-right for how this should appear.  
 



Step 11:  Now we need to add our beads to the vertical wire tail.  In the finished earrings shown at right you can see that we added one 2.5 or 3mm round metal bead followed by an 8mm bead then another 2.5 or 3mm bead.  Above the wire we add another 8mm bead.  At this point we need to position the beads on the jewelry wire, but we will not do the wrap the locks the beads in position yet.
 

Instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings Step 11 -- Adding the Beads



Step 12:  In order to make wrapping the wire tail from the bottom around the top wire segment a little easier we will use our pliers to begin the wrap.  The first step to accomplish this is to grab the vertical wire segment from the bottom at the point where we want the wrap to begin and bend the wire 90 degrees.  See the the picture at right.  In this picture you are looking at the edge of the jewelry wire component from Step 10. 

Instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools Step 12

Step 13:  Now we need to begin making the loop in the wire tail that will wrap around the vertical wire segment below the initial loop.  To do this we use our round nose pliers and grasp the wire tail that we bent horizontal in step 11 near the bend, but on the horizontal side and bend the wire 180 degrees as shown at right.  Grasp relatively close to the tips of your pliers as the diameter of the bend should be slightly larger than the size of your jewelry wire.  When making this bend hold your round nose pliers oriented so that in the picture at right the tips of the pliers would be pointing down and your hand would be above the wire component.  
 

Step 13 to instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings using common jewelry supplies.
Step 13

Step 14:  At this point we need to wrap the wire tail around the vertical wire leading to the initial loop.  In order to do this while preserving the shape of the wire component, we need to grasp the vertical wire segment and the horizontal wire segment just below the wrap with our bent chain nose pliers.  The goal is to hold the vertical wire segment so that it remains on the right hand side of the wire leading to the initial loop with the wire oriented as shown at right during and after the wrap.  While holding the wire tightly in you pliers, use your fingers to wrap the wire tail around the initial wire segment about 2  to 3 times.  You may need to use a second pair of chain nose pliers to squeeze and tighten the wrap.  After wrapping the wire, cut the excess wire with your flush cutter.  To finish the wrap, again use a second pair of chain nose pliers, to squeeze and tighten the wrap.  (Wrapping wire like this is more difficult with the soft wire we are using here than it would be with 1/2 hard wire, but we are constrained to using soft wire because 1/2 hard jewelry wire would not wrap around the Super Pegs consistently.)

Step 14 to instructions for making Treble Clef Beaded Earrings using jewelry wire shaped on WigJig tool.
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Step 15:  Now we are ready to add the ear wire finding and finish this earring.  This is done by opening the loop in the ear wire finding using bent chain nose pliers, adding the initial loop in the treble clef earring body, and then closing the loop in the ear wire finding.  When making a pair of earrings, it is suggested that you orient the earring body so that they are mirror images when worn.  An example of this is that the two left-most earrings shown at right are oriented to be mirror images. 

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Step 16:  The final task in making these earrings is to cut a piece of 22, or 24 gauge jewelry wire to be used to wrap around the point where the vertical wire segment crosses the S shaped wire segment to keep your beads separated. 

Finished Treble Clef Beaded Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Step 17:  Straighten this jewelry wire segment and in the center of the segment, use your round nose pliers to make a "U" shaped bend in the wire. 

Step 18:  Position this "U" shaped bend at the point where the two wire segments cross and bend both legs of the "U" toward and past one another to make a tight wrap.  Wrap this wire around about 2 full wraps. 

Step 19:  Cut the excess wire and use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze the cut end flat so that it doesn't protrude.

Make a second earring using these same steps.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

When we ask people who make and sell jewelry using the patterns on our web site what is their best selling pattern, many people respond that the "Money Earrings" using the instructions shown here are the best selling design.  These earrings are made in the shape of a dollar sign and the top and bottom loops are the same size.  While the Money Earrings are a slightly modified design using two Super Pegs the same size, the concept for making those earrings is otherwise identical.  If an earring design is selling, that tells you that the design is popular.  We particularily like this earring design and think you will also.  What are you waiting for, go ahead and make a pair and make some money!

 

 



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