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Instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

 

 

Here is an earring jewelry making project that is different and unique.  This project uses the WigJig Spiral Maker tool with any WigJig jewelry tool to make earrings shown at right. 

This jewelry making project is suitable for advanced beginners.

Caged Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with black onyx beads and common jewelry supplies.  Caged Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project made with red jasper beads and common jewelry making supplies.
Caged Beads Earrings
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool (except Athena)
  • WigJig Spiral Maker Tool for the jig you use.
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Step-by-step instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a 6 inch piece of 18 gauge or 20 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 2:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, make a right angle bend in this wire 2 inches from one end.
 

instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings Step 2 showing jewelry wire prior to shaping.
Step 2

Step 3:  Insert the 2" segment of bent jewelry wire into a WigJig Spiral Maker and begin making a spiral. Steps for making a spiral with the Spiral Maker tool are here and here.

Step 4:  Continue making a spiral until all of your jewelry wire is used.  When done, remove the wire from the SpiralMaker and the spiral should appear as shown at right. 
 

instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings Step 4 showing jewelry wire shaped into spiral using WigJig jewelry tools.
Step 4

 



Step 5:  Now insert two 8 mm beads onto the 2" segment of straight jewelry wire.  The spiral shown in this picture is sitting flat, with the 2 inch segment of straight wire pointing up.  The two crystal beads are threaded on the 2 inch segment of straight wire and slid down until they rest against the spiral. 

instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 5 showing jewelry wire with added beads.
Step 5

 

Step 6:  While holding the beads against the spiral, use your fingers to pull coils from the spiral up and away from the base of the spiral.  Separate the coils so that they are evenly spaced.  Continue pulling the coils away from the base until they appear as shown at right.  This is easier to accomplish if you pull one coil at a time then space the coils evenly. 
 

instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 6 showing pulling the jewelry wire spiral up over the beads.
Step 6

 




Step 7:  While continuing to hold the beads against the base of the spiral, wrap the loose jewelry wire at the top around the 2 inch segment of straight wire at the center of the spiral.  Make one complete and tight wrap. 

instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings Step 7 showing wrapping the jewelry wire above the beads.
Step 7

Step 8:  (Not shown)  Cut the excess jewelry wire.  Then, using bent chain nose pliers, try to squeeze the cut end of the wire against the vertical wire segment so that it does not stick out.

Step 9:  Now grasp the straight segment of jewelry wire immediately above the beads your bent chain nose pliers.  Using the thickness of your pliers as a measure, bend the wire against the pliers to an angle of almost 90 degrees as shown at right.

instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 9 beginning to make a loop at the top.
Step 9

 

Step 10:  Now grasp the jewelry wire with your round nose pliers near the bend that you made in step 9, but on the horizontal segment, and make a loop.  This is a two step process.  First push the wire up an over the jaws of your round nose pliers to the point where the wire makes an upside down "U".  At this point you will need to reposition your round nose pliers to be able to complete the loop.  Once completed the loop should appear as shown at right.
 

instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 10 showing loop in jewelry wire at the top.
Step 10

Step 11:  Now we need to wrap the wire tail around the vertical wire segment to complete our "wrapped loop".  This is done by grasping the loop you just made in your bent chain nose pliers.  When grasping the loop in your bent chain nose pliers imagine that the loop is solid and you want to grasp the sides of the loop and not the edges.  Completing this wrap is easiest to do by holding the chain nose pliers in your non-dominant hand.  Holding the side of the loop firmly in your chain nose pliers preserves the shape of this loop while you wrap the wire.  Now, using your dominant hand, wrap the wire tightly around the vertical wire segment above the beads.  Sometimes this will be easier if you use a second pair of bent chain nose pliers held in your dominant hand to push the wire tightly around.  When completed the piece should appear as shown at right.    
 

instructions for making Caged Beads Earrings Step 11 showing jewelry wire cage component around beads.
Step 11




Step 12:  When using 18 gauge jewelry wire you may need to make a figure 8 connector to connect between the ear wire finding and the caged beads component made in step 11.  Complete these earrings by connecting the caged bead component to an ear wire finding by using the figure 8 connector.  Directions for opening and closing loops to connect components can be found here.

When making the second caged bead component, consider making the spiral in the opposite direction so that the two earrings are a mirror image of one another. 

Caged Beads Earrings Jewelry Making Project mad with red jasper beads and common jewelry supplies.

 

Jewelry Making Supplies Used:

1.  Jewelry Wire:

  • 18 gauge Gold-filled round soft wire (Item 3014) or
  • 20 gauge Gold-filled round soft wire (Item 1011) or
  • 18 gauge sterling silver round soft wire (Item 1507) or
  • 20 gauge sterling silver round soft wire (Item 0009)

2.  8mm round semi-precious gemstone beads

3.  Ear Wire Findings

  • Gold-Filled Lever Back Ear Clip (Item 0117) or
  • Gold-Filled Post with Ball and Loop (Item 2660) or
  • Sterling Silver Lever Back Ear Clip (Item 0421) or
  • Sterling Silver Post with Ball and Loop (Item 2659)
     

Caged Beads Jewelry Making Project made with Black Onyx Beads and common jewelry supplies.  Caged Beads Jewelry Making Project made with Red Jasper Beads and common jewelry making supplies.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Making a cage for beads is a jewelry making skill that has been around for perhaps thousands and thousands of years.  In that time, the technique has not been improved until we invented our WigJig jewelry making tools and the Spiral Maker tool.  Now, using these new jewelry tools, you can easily make cages for beads and make them consistently.  We think you will like this jewelry design and will find that you can make this interesting pair of earrings in a consistent manner. 

 

 



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