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

 

Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings with Interchangeable Beads made using WigJig jewelry tools out of common jewelry supplies.Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings with interchangeable beads made out of common jewelry making supplies.

 

These earrings are a modification to an earring design on the Harry Mason web site.  If you don't want to make the earrings for yourself, you can purchase them from harrymason.com.  Being mindful that their design is copyrighted, we modified their design enough that we don't believe we are infringing their copyright.  Since we don't sell finished jewelry, we aren't trying to compete with their product.  This should not be an issue for people making jewelry for their personal use.  With that said, for our customers who do sell finished jewelry, we ask you to be mindful of the Harry Mason copyright and change the design enough that you won't infringe. 

The Harry Mason Jewelry web site has a concept that they call "California Convertibles" where, for an earring like this, you can slide the beads off the earring and replace them with different beads.  We call this concept "Interchangeable Earrings" and have made earrings using this concept for over 12 years. We document our earrings both in an online book and on our website .  You can view how this concept would work in the pictures left and right.  When we ask you to respect the Harry Mason copyright in the above paragraph, we do not refer to the interchangeable portion of the earrings.  We believe that we published that concept long before Harry Mason started selling these earrings.  Perhaps Harry Mason Jewelers has modified our copyrighted concept for their earring design.  If that is the case -- fine.  We want people to make and sell jewelry using our designs. 

If you want a one piece earring that is interesting, easy to wear and easy to make, then these earrings might be just the thing. 

Please be certain to scroll all the way down to view our last design alternative.  We really like that alternative better than all the prior alternative designs.  Select here to immediately visit this recommended alternative design.

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.


Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings with interchangeable beads made on WigJig jewelry making tools.Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings on Ear - made with WigJig jewelry making tools.

 

 

 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers,
  • Nylon jaw pliers,
  • WigJig Centaur or Cyclops Jewelry Making Tool
  • Nylon Hammer
  • Bench Block or Anvil
  • 13 Regular Metal Pegs for the jewelry making jig
  • One 1/2" Super Peg for the WigJig jewelry tool
  • 30 minutes of free time,

Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings with Interchangeable beads made using common jewelry supplies.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making the Comma Ear Wire Earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Step 1:  Straighten 5 - 10 inches of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire while it is still attached to the rest of the wire using your nylon jaw pliers.  Use the coil of wire to help hold the wire while you straighten it with your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 2:  Measure and, using your flush cutter, cut two segments of jewelry wire, each 5 inches long. 

Step 3:  Using your fine step jaw pliers, make a "P" loop using the first step in your pliers, the step furthest from the hinge of the pliers.  Make that "P" loop in one end of both segments of jewelry wire.  This loop will ultimately be cut off of the wire component so it is not important that you completely close this loop. 

Step 4:  Now we are ready to set the peg pattern in our WigJig jewelry tool for this design.  Normally, we would emphasize that you should start with two pegs and add a peg as you go.  This pattern is the exception to that recommendation.  For this pattern we start by adding all 13 regular metal pegs (pegs 1-13 shown below-left) to our WigJig Cyclops or Centaur jewelry tools.  The reason for starting with all pegs is that we don't want a 13 sided arc of wire, we want a smooth semi-circle of jewelry wire.  Having all the pegs in the pattern will help to make the ace of wire smoother and less segmented.  After adding all 13 regular metal pegs you can add your 1/2 inch Super Peg. 

Step 5:  Place the initial loop you made in your wire on peg 1 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig and wrap the wire around the outside of pegs 1 through 13, then bend the jewelry wire against peg 13 until it rests adjacent to peg 14, the Super Peg.  See the picture below-center.  You may find that removing peg 14 until you have the jewelry wire in the proper position may make this step easier. 

Step 6:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 14 as shown below-right. 

Step 4 to instructions for making Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool. Step 5 to instructions for making Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tools. Step 6 to instructions for making Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings using WigJig jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire.
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Step 7:  Remove the jewelry wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool  and it should appear as shown at right. 

Step 8:  Using your fine step jaw pliers, or your round nose pliers, make a loop in the center of the wire component.  To make this loop, grip the jewelry wire as shown below-left then wrap the end of the wire around the first step in your step jaw pliers.    See the picture below-center for how this would appear after completing the loop. 

Step 9:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire at the end of this loop and using your bent chain nose pliers, close the loop you just made. 

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Step 10:  Using your flush cutter, cut the initial loop off of the jewelry wire component as shown below-left. 

Step 11:  Because of the shape of this jewelry wire component and the fact that we started with soft wire, we will need to harden this jewelry wire.  We recommending doing this using an anvil or bench block and a nylon hammer.  The nylon hammer won't distort the shape of the wire and will introduce a small increase in hardness every time you hammer the wire.  Hammer about 20 to 40 times with firm taps.  We aren't trying to pound a nail, we are just trying to flatten and harden this component.  Bea careful when hammering the wire component as hammering will cause the bent wire to want to straighten.  You can correct for this in the way you hold the piece while you hammer (to minimize the distortion hold the wire so that it will be difficult for the wire to straighten.)  You can also perform a little hand finishing to restore the curve to the wire, including you can use a Super Peg held in your hand, off the jig, to help shape the rounded portion of the jewelry wire.




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Step 12 to instructions for making Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings with interchangeable beads.Step 12:  We complete this earring by adding a bead dangle using a head pin and a 4mm bead.  You can use a 6mm bead if you prefer.

Step 13:  We add the bead dangle we just made to the earring by opening the loop in the ear wire, adding the bead dangle and then closing the loop.  

We hope you like this one piece earring design.  We also suggest that you consider some design alternatives as documented below.   

Alternative designs for making earrings using WigJig jewelry making tools:

The first alternative to consider is making the same style earrings but in a slightly different size.  See the earrings below-left.  The earring far-right in that picture was made using the pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool that we described previously.  The earring near-right in that picture was made using the pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool shown below-left.  That earrings uses 4 1/4 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire and a 7/16" Super Peg.  For this smaller earring you could use the same 4mm or 6mm beads hanging from the loop in the earring.  The difference in the pattern for these two ear wires is small. The pattern for the smaller ear wire is 1 inch from top to bottom.  The pattern for the larger ear wire is 1.2 inches from top to bottom.  If you really like delicate designs, you could make these same earrings using a 3/8 " Super Peg and move all the pegs in one more hole closer to the center. 

Design Alternatives for Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings-- Jewelry Making Project

Pattern for smaller Interchangeable Beads Earrings shown on WigJig jewelry making tools.
New Size Versus Original Size New Pattern on
WigJig Centaur Jewelry Tool

Another design alternative to consider is to consider different sized beads.  These earrings could be made with 4mm beads as we described, with 6mm beads as we briefly mentioned and perhaps with 8mm beads.  A combination of seed or bugle beads and 4mm beads could also be used. 

Angular Ear Wire jewelry making design alternative:

This option is a radical departure from the rounded ear wires shown above to an angular ear wire.  Please see the ear wire below-left for an angular design alternative to the Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings.  The pattern for making this earring is shown on our WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool below-right.  These angular ear wires are rather easy to make, and are easy to put on and actually stay on better than more rounded ear wires.  Making these ear wires requires 20 gauge jewelry wire, but for this earring 1/2 hard jewelry wire will work better than soft wire if it is available.  Use about 4 1/2 inches of jewelry wire for each ear wire you make.

Angular Alternative to Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings with interchangeable beads. Angular Ear Wire with Beads showing interchangeable beads. Angular Earrings Design Alternative to Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.

This ear wire is a good ear wire to use for Interchangeable beads.  You can view the picture at right and see that we added a bead dangle after the ear wire was completed.  That bead dangle could be easily removed and replaced with another bead dangle in a different color/style. 

Alternative 1 to Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings-- Jewelry Making Project  
Alt. 1 to New Comma Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings made using common jewelry making supplies.
Alt. 2 to New Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings made with beads and common jewelry supplies. Alternative 2 to New Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings with interchangeable beads.

Making round interchangeable earrings using WigJig jewelry tools -- design alternative:

Here is a glimpse into the creative process.  We thought about these earrings for a couple of weeks and came up with some new designs that we like better.  Here, we detail the steps for making the earrings shown above.  We will start with the earrings on the left.

Step 1:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten a segment of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire 3.5 inches long. 

Step 2:  Using your flush cutter, cut this segment of jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Using your fine step jaw pliers, or round nose pliers, make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire. 

Step 4:  Place this initial loop on peg one in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool.  Remove peg 14 initially. 

Step 5:  Wrap the jewelry wire around pegs one through thirteen on your WigJig jewelry tool and push the wire until it is adjacent to the empty hole for peg 14 as shown below-right. 

Peg pattern for New Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings shown on WigJig Centaur jewelry making tool. Step 4 to instructions for making New Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings by shaping wire on WigJig jewelry tools. Step 5 to instructions for making New Comma Earrings by using WigJig jewelry tool to shape jewelry wire.
Peg Pattern on
WigJig jewelry tool
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Step 6:  Add peg 14 to the pattern on your jewelry making jig and wrap the jewelry wire around peg 14 as shown at right. 

Step 7:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point your jewelry wire will appear as shown below-left.  Now you will need to hammer the jewelry wire with a nylon hammer and a bench block or anvil.  This will harden the jewelry wire and set the design.  There is a tendency for the jewelry wire to straighten when hammered.  Try to hold the wire in the curved position as you hammer it.  After hammering the wire, replace it back on the WigJig jewelry tool to restore the rounded shape. 

Step 8:  Grasp the jewelry wire with your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers roughly at the position of peg 14 and bend the end of the wire 90 degrees as shown below-center. 

Step 9:  Now grasp the jewelry wire with your round nose pliers near the right angle bend that you just made and make a loop in the end of the wire as shown below-right.  After making the loop, adjust the location of the loop so that it is centered over the ear wire.  Adjusting the location of the loop is done by inserting your round nose pliers into the loop and then twisting the pliers left or right to center the loop. 

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Step 10:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire.  Cut both the initial loop off and cut the excess wire at the final loop, leaving a complete circle of jewelry wire. 

Step 11:  Close the final loop using your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 12:  At this point we are ready for the hand finishing step.  Hand finishing means use your pliers or fingers to maneuver the jewelry wire into its final position.  Usually this is just a matter of small movements of the wire so that it is as symmetrical as possible. 

Step 13:  Using a cup bur tool, you will need to round the cut end of the jewelry wire. 

Step 14:  Add a bead dangle made from common jewelry supplies to your ear wire.

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Plastic Ear Clutch jewelry making supplies.

Finished Ear Wire Plastic Ear Clutches

Step 15:  For these earrings, we do suggest that you use a plastic ear clutch like our Item 2692 shown at right.  Put the ear clutch on after you have inserted the earring into your pierced ear. 

Alternative 1 to Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings-- Jewelry Making Project Alternative New Comma Earrings with interchangeable beads. Alt. 1 to New Comma Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings made from common jewelry supplies.

270 Alternative to Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Making 270 degree earrings alternative design:

Our next alternative to the Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings is shown at right.  We call this alternative our 270 Degree Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings because the wire essentially covers 270 degrees.    These earrings must be made on our WigJig Cyclops jewelry tool so that we can get the 270 degree pattern.  They require 20 regular metal pegs for the Cyclops tool.  (The Cyclops jewelry tool comes with 10 metal pegs.  Additional pegs can be purchased as our Item 0115.) 

Step 1:  Start by straightening 4 1/2 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 2:  Follow the same steps as you did for the earrings discussed earlier.  The pattern for these earrings is shown below-left. 

270 Comma Earrings made by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tools.

Alt 270 Degree Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings with interchangeable beads.

Step 2 Peg Pattern on
WigJig Cyclops Jewelry Tool
Finished Ear Wire

You can view how this earring would appear when combined with our Low Wall Bezel Finding.  The finding shown at right is 10mm in size with our 10mm man-made pink sapphire gemstones. 

Angular Alternative to Comma Jewelry Wire and Beads EarringsMaking angular interchangeable earrings design alternative:

We discussed an angular alternative to the Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings.  Here is one more angular alternative.   

Step 1:  Straighten a segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire about 3 inches long. 

Step 2:  Cut two segments of 20 gauge jewelry wire, each 3 inches long.

Step 3:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire using your fine step jaw pliers or round nose pliers.

Step 4:  Place four pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool  as shown below. 

 

Peg pattern for Angular Earrings made with jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.

Angular New Comma Earring peg pattern showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry making tool.

WigJig Cyclops
Jewelry Tool Pattern

Delphi, Centaur, Olympus or
Olympus Lite Jewelry Tool

Step 5:  Place your initial loop on the initial peg in your jewelry making jig and wrap the jewelry wire around the pegs as shown above. 

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point you need to harden the jewelry wire with a nylon hammer and anvil or bench block. 

Step 7:  Use your bent chain nose pliers to bend the jewelry wire as we did in Step 8 earlier.  Please see the picture below-left. 

Step 8:  Using your round nose pliers make a loop in the jewelry wire at the bend you just made, but on the side of the end of the wire.  Please see the picture below-center. 

Step 9:  Cut the excess jewelry wire on both ends. 

Step 10:  Close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 11:  Use the cup bur tool, to remove the burs from the cut end of the wire.

Step 11 to instructions for making Angular Comma Earrings showing jewelry wire shape. Step 11 to instructions for makign Angular Comma Earrings showing jewelry wire configuration.

Step 12 to instrcutions for making Angular Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings showing interchangeable beads.

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Step 12:  Add a bead dangle to the ear wire you just made.  See the picture above-right for the completed ear wire. 

This completes this alternative for our Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings. 

New and Improved Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Making "Stays On" earrings alternative design:

Frequently, we find that after we have completed a design and made a jewelry item, we find ways to improve it.  This is one of those cases.  After making our Comma Jewelry Wire Earrings and trying them, we learned that they do not stay on very well.  The round shape makes it too easy for them to slide off while they are being worn.  For that reason, we went back to the drawing board and developed the new and improved Comma Jewelry Wire earrings shown at right.  Our instructions for making these new and improved earrings begin below. 

Step 1:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten a segment of 20 gauge soft jewelry wire 4 inches long. 

Step 2:  Cut the jewelry wire with your flush cutter. 

Step 3:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire with your round nose pliers or with your step jaw pliers.

Step 4:  Position your pegs on your WigJig jewelry tool in a semi-circle as shown below-left.  You can choose one of many semi-circles on our WigJig Cyclops, or Centaur or Centaur Lite jewelry tools.  The semi-circle shown here works best when your beads are between 8 and 12mm in size.  A smaller semi-circle would work better for smaller beads and a larger semi-circle would work better for larger beads.  Place your initial loop in the jewelry wire on the end peg in the pattern on your jewelry making jig  for one end of the semi-circle as shown.  (At the end of these directions, we will discuss how to make these ear wires using Super Pegs on one of our square peg pattern jewelry making jigs.)

Step 5:  Wrap your jewelry wire around the semi-circle of pegs as shown below center. 

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and it should appear as shown below-right. 

Peg pattern for improved earring design showing jewelry wire configuration on WigJig jewelry making tool. Instructions for making improved design to Interchangeable Beads Earrings by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool. Instructions for making improved Interchangeable Beads Earrings showing jewelry wire configuration.
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Step 7:  The remainder of this ear wire we will make using our hand tools.  We have to make the notch at the top of the ear wire.  This is the portion of the wire that goes through the wearer's ear.  First, grip the wire at the top of the curve using your bent chain nose pliers as shown at right.  Try to grip the wire at the point where the curve we made in the prior steps stops and the jewelry wire becomes straight.

Step 8:  Using your thumb, push the jewelry wire up and against the pliers until it is in the position shown below-left.  Effectively, you are making a 90 degree bend in the wire at this point. 

Step 9: Now regrip the jewelry wire again using your bent chain nose pliers.  Grip the wire so that your pliers rest against the rounded portion of wire and you are griping the straight portion of the wire.  Hold the wire at a place on your pliers where the distance across the pliers is about 1/8 inch or about 3mm.  See the picture below-center.  Remember where on the pliers you gripped the wire because you will want to grab the wire at the same place on your pliers for the second earring. 

 Step 10:  Using your thumb, push the jewelry wire against the jaws of the pliers until it is in the position shown below-right.  Again, you are making a 90 degree bend in the wire. 

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Step 11:  At this point we need to change our grip on the jewelry wire again so that we can make the 3/16 inch wire segment that will actually go through the wearer's ear.  Grab the wire at a point on your pliers where the distance across the pliers is about 3/16 inch or about 5mm.  See the picture at right.  Remember where on the pliers that you grasped the wire because you will want to grab the wire in the same place for your second ear wire. 

Step 12:  Using your thumb, push the jewelry wire against the jaws of your pliers as shown below-left.  Your goal is to make another 90 degree bend here. 

Step 13: Remove the wire from your pliers and the wire should appear as shown below-center.  If the angles aren't perfect 90 degree bends, use your pliers to make all three bends as close to 90 degrees as possible. 

Step 14:  This is a good time to harden the wire.  Place your jewelry wire component on an anvil or bench block and hammer the wire with a nylon hammer.  Hammer the wire with many firm taps.  You aren't trying to drive a nail, but you will need to hammer firmly about 30 times especially on the rounded portion of the wire.  After hammering 15 times turn the wire component over and hammer on the opposite side.  By hammering the wire you are hardening the wire and setting the design. 

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Step 15:  Now we need to make a small loop in the end of the jewelry wire.  This loop is what will keep your bead from sliding off the end of the wire.  To begin this step, grasp the wire near the tips of your bent chain nose pliers about 3/4 inch or 18mm from the last bend you made.  See the picture below-left. 

Step 16:  Using your thumb, push the wire to make a 90 degree bend as shown below center-left. 

Step 17: Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire near the 90 degree bend, but on the end segment of wire, and make a loop.  Before removing your pliers from the loop, view the loop and adjust it as necessary so that the loop is centered on the remainder of the ear wire.  See the picture below center-right. 

Step 18:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire.  Remember to orientate your flush cutter with the flat side of your cutter toward the ear wire.  After cutting the wire, close the loop with your bent chain nose pliers.  See the picture below far-right. 

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Step 19:  The penultimate step in making these earrings is to make a "U" shaped bend in the wire, just before the loop you just completed.  See the picture at right.  If you have step jaw pliers, use them.  If you don't have step jaw pliers use your round nose pliers.  Grasp the wire about 1/8 inch or 3mm from the loop and bend the wire 180 degrees as shown. 

Step 20:  The last step in making these earrings is to cut the beginning loop off the earrings and then use a cup bur tool to smooth and round the cut end of the wire using a cup bur tool or nail file.  See the picture below-left. 

Step 21:  One feature of this ear wire design is that the beads or ornaments on the ear wire are interchangeable.  They can be removed and replaced.  See the pictures below-center and below-right for how a bead dangle would be added to this ear wire. 

Step 22:  Make several bead dangles using common jewelry supplies. With the pattern we used for this ear wire, bead dangles should use beads between 8 and 12 mm in size. 

In the following section, we will discuss patterns for this ear wire in sizes that are appropriate for 6mm to 8mm beads and for even smaller beads.  We will also discuss how to make these ear wires when all you have is a jig with a square peg pattern like our WigJig Delphi, Olympus or Olympus Lite jewelry tools. 

Step 19 to instructions for making Interchangeable Beads Earrings out of common jewelry supplies. Step 20 to instructions for making Interchangeable Beads Earrings showing how to change beads. Finished Interchangeable Beads Earrings made out of jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.
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Alternative designs for making "Stays On" earrings using WigJig jewelry tools:  Four Sizes of New Comma Ear Wires Jewelry Making Project

We can easily make these earrings in any one of four sizes.  You can view the four sizes of finished ear wires at right.  Size 1 at right uses a 1" diameter pattern and can be made with our 1" Super Peg or with the peg pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool shown below, far-left.  The earrings shown as size 2 at right are made with either our WigJig Spiral Maker tool or with a 7/8" Super Peg.  You can see the pattern for these ear wires below, center-left.  Size 3 earrings shown above right are made with a 3/4" Super Peg or with the pattern shown below, center-right.  Size 4 ear wires shown above right are made with a 5/8" Super Peg or with the pattern shown below, far-right.  To help with determining the scale of the ear wires in this picture, remember that the blue bead shown is 8mm in size or very close to 1/3 inch in diameter. 

1" Earrings made on WigJig jewelry making tools.

7/8" earrings made on WigJig jewelry making tools.
3/4" earrings made on WigJig jewelry tools. 5/8" earrings made on WigJig jewelry making tools.
1" 7/8" 3/4" 5/8"

Spinel New Comma Earrings made out of common jewelry making supplies.The above four patterns show how to make these earrings using a jewelry making jig with a round peg pattern, a jewelry making jig with a square peg pattern or using our WigJig Centaur jewelry tool with both round and square peg patterns.  The larger patterns should be used with larger beads.  The smaller patterns should be used with smaller beads like 6mm beads.  For the 1 inch pattern, 10mm and 12mm beads in your bead dangle will work great.  For the 3/4 inch pattern, 8mm beads in your bead dangle will work great.  For the 5/8 inch pattern 6mm beads work great.  This style ear wire will also work great with our low wall bezel findings and gemstones.  The earring shown at right uses our 8mm low wall bezel finding (Item 3210) with an 8mm Medium Blue Spinel gemstone (Item 3505).  The earrings were made with our 3/4" Super Peg. 

The best thing about this ear wire pattern is that when it is made properly, the earrings really stay on well.  We think that people will really like these ear wires.  When you are selling jewelry that uses these ear wires, remember to tell people about the interchangeable beads.  That gimmick may help close the sale. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We provided instructions for making a variety of shapes of ear wires where the beads could be interchanged.  We like this concept for changing the beads on an ear wire.  For most of the shapes we tried, we found that they needed heavy beads in order to stay on when worn.  The ear wires, when coupled with smaller, lighter beads tended to come off.  Our final design was the Stays On design of interchangeable ear wires.  We suggest trying this design first.  They will stay on better. 

 

 



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