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Instructions on Making Earrings with Snap-Fit Findings and common jewelry making tools:

Amethyst CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Bling Diamond Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Let's begin with the instructions for making snap-fit earrings.  Making the earrings shown requires three components -- The round, diamond cut simulated gemstone, the snap-fit setting to hold the simulated gemstone, and the ear clutch finding to hold the earrings on the wearer's ear.  The following paragraphs show how to make these earrings.  You can view our free video on how to make these gemstone earrings with snap-fit findings here.

Step-by-step instructions for making earrings using common jewelry making supplies:

Step 1:  Position your gemstone on a flat smooth surface like a cutting board with the flat side down and the pointed side pointing up.  See the picture below-left

Step 2:  Select a snap-fit setting that matches the diameter of the gemstone you have selected.  If you have an 8mm gemstone, obviously you would select an 8mm setting.  Test the setting by positioning it above your gemstone as shown at left.  The prongs for the setting should be slightly smaller than the girdle (the outside rim) of the gemstone.  If the prongs aren't slightly smaller than the gemstone, gently squeeze individual prongs until all prongs are smaller than the gemstone.  Ultimately, you want the prongs to hold the gemstone firmly, so the stone must be bigger than the setting.

Step 3:  Now we are ready to set the stone.  Grasp the setting with the thumb and forefinger on your dominant hand or in your bent chain nose pliers as shown below-right and position the setting over the gemstone.  (We show grasping the post with the pliers in this picture, because when we grasp the post with our fingers, our fingers hid the post and make it hard to view this technique.) 





White CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 1
White CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 2 showing using jewelry tools to hold snap-fit finding.



White CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 3 showing completed earring.
Step 1 Step 3 Step 4

Step 4:  Push down symmetrically on the setting.  You can use the pliers to help.  Hold the pliers in your non-dominant hand and push down on the jaws of the pliers with the thumb of your dominant hand.  You will hear a snap or pop as the prongs of the setting snap into place around the stone.  Continue pushing until all 6 prongs snap into position.  Normally, once snapped into position, your earring is completed. 

Step 5:  For those who have chain nose pliers, one additional step can be helpful.  This step makes sure that each prong is set tightly against the gemstone.  This is accomplished by grasping an opposing pair of prongs and gently squeezing them in the jaws of your bent chain nose pliers. Do this for each of the 3 pairs of opposing prongs. 

Step 6:  Add an ear clutch to the post end of the setting.  Add the ear clutch before you try to wear the earrings as the clutches can be hard to use the very first time they are used.  After the first time. they tend to work better. 


White CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 4 showing holding the setting in common jewelry tools.


White CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 5

Bling Aquamarine Earrings Jewelry Making Project

Step 5 Step 6 Finished Earrings

Repeat the above steps to make your second earring. 

Please note that very rarely, the prongs in a snap type setting can be bent during shipping.  This doesn't happen often, but it has happened.  If this happens, in almost all cases, the prongs can be easily bent back into shape.  If you have a pair of chain nose pliers, this is the preferred tool to use to straighten the prongs.  If you don't have pliers, your fingers will work.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Size Earring Post Ear Clutch Gemstone
4mm Sterling Silver, 6 prong, item 3109 Item 3250 Any pair of  4mm round gemstones
4mm Gold-Filled, 4 prong, item 3106 Item 3249 Any pair of  4mm round gemstones
6mm Sterling Silver, 6 prong, Item 3187 Item 3250 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
6mm Sterling Silver, 4 prong, Item 3189 Item 3250 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
6mm Gold-filled, 6 prong, Item 3186 Item 3249 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
6mm Gold-filled, 4 prong, Item 3188 Item 3249 Any pair of  6mm round gemstones
8mm Sterling Silver, 6 prong, Item 3315 Item 3250 Any pair of  8mm round gemstones
8mm Sterling Silver, 4 prong, Item 3317 Item 3250 Any pair of  8mm round gemstones
8mm Gold-filled, 6 prong, Item 3221 Item 3249 Any pair of  8mm round gemstones
8mm Gold-filled, 4 prong, Item 3222 Item 3249 Any pair of  8mm round gemstones
10mm Sterling Silver, 6 prong, Item 3214 Item 3250 Any pair of  10mm round gemstones
10mm Gold-filled, 6 prong, Item 3213 Item 3249 Any pair of  10mm round gemstones

 

Amethyst CZ Necklace Jewelry Making Project

Making a Pendant Style Necklace out of common jewelry supplies:

Our second project will be to make a pendant style necklace using one of our simulated gemstones.  Making the pendant itself is very simple and requires just a simulated gemstone and a pendant snap-fit finding in the same size.  Adding this to a necklace requires 18 inches of commercial chain, a commercial clasp, 6 inches of 21 or 22 gauge wire and two 3mm round metal beads.  The steps for making this pendant necklace using a snap-fit type of setting follow.

Step-by-step instructions for making the gemstone necklace:

Step 1:  Position your simulated gemstone on a smooth, flat surface like a cutting board, with the flat side of the gemstone down and the pointed side up.

Step 2:  Position your snap-fit pendant finding on top of the gemstone as shown at right.  Hold the setting in your non-dominant hand.  Be certain to use a setting that matches the size of your gemstone. 

Step 3:  Using the thumb of your dominant hand, push down gently and symmetrically on the setting until all 6 prongs snap into position.  The only error that you can make is to push too hard.  If you push too hard it will flatten the finding and you will need to re-shape it as we describe in blue, below. 

Emerald Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 1 Emerald Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 2 Emerald Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 3
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Step 4:  As we did for the earrings, you will need to squeeze each opposing pair of prongs gently in the jaws of your bent chain nose pliers to ensure that they are snugly seated against the gemstone.  Do this for all three pair of opposing prongs.  This completes the pendant portion of the necklace. 

Step 5:  To complete the necklace, we need to cut 18" of fine or medium commercial chain.  Using the gold-filled pendant setting shown, the links of the chain must be 2mm wide or smaller so that they will fit through the loop in the setting.  You can purchase pre-made chain and modify it as shown here if you prefer.  You can view our Sterling Silver Jewelry Chain here and our Gold-Filled Jewelry Chain here


Emerald Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 4

Emerald Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 6 showing common jewelry making supplies used.

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Step 6:  We need to connect a clasp to the end of this chain.  Please select here to view our free instructions for how to convert a commercial chain into a necklace with a pendant finding.  In the necklace chain shown above, we make this connection using about 3" of 21 or 22 gauge wire on either side.  1/2 hard wire is preferred if available.  Connect each side of the chain to your clasp, using a wrapped bead link and a 3mm metal bead.  You can find instructions on how to make a wrapped bead link out of jewelry wire and beads here.  The clasp shown above-left is a 6mm magnetic clasp, but any commercial clasp will work. You can view a video on making a Wrapped Bead Link using common jewelry tools here.

Please note that very rarely, the prongs in a snap type setting can be bent during shipping.  This doesn't happen often, but it has happened.  If this happens, in almost all cases, the prongs can be easily bent back into shape.  If you have a pair of chain nose pliers, this is the preferred tool to use to straighten the prongs.  If you don't have pliers, your fingers will work.  Please note the position of the prongs in the above photographs.  The six prongs should form a circle that is smaller than the gemstone that you are setting. 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Size Finding Chain Gemstone
8mm Sterling Silver, 6 Prong Snap Fit, Item 3181 Item 3318 Any 8mm round gemstone
8mm Gold-filled, 6 Prong Snap Fit, Item 3143 Item 3319 Any 8mm round gemstone
8mm Gold-filled, 4 Prong Snap Fit, Item 3179 Item 3319 Any 8mm round gemstone
10mm Sterling Silver, 6 Prong Snap Fit, Item 3218 Item 3318 Any 8mm round gemstone
10mm Gold-filled, 6 Prong Snap Fit, Item 3217 Item 3319 Any 8mm round gemstone

Below, we will discuss a different type of pendant setting. 

Silver Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project Setting a Gemstone in a Fixed Post Type of Setting:

Our third project will be to make a pendant style necklace using one of our simulated gemstones and a silver pendant setting.  This setting is not a snap-fit setting like the one in the prior page.  This setting is a more conventional jewelry setting using four prongs, with a notch in each prong.  Notice in the picture at right, that the stone, when set, is below the tops of the four prongs in the setting.  The stone fits in small notches cast into each prong. 

 

Step-by-step instructions for making a necklace using common jewelry tools and a fixed post type of setting:

 

Step 1:  Begin setting a stone in this setting by placing the setting down on a flat surface then place the same size gemstone on top of the four prongs.  It should rest symmetrically as shown below-left. 

Step 2:  Push the stone down symmetrically into the setting with the thumb of your dominant hand.  This will begin to set the stone and one or more sides of your gemstone should fit into the notch on the prongs.

Step 3:  You probably won't be able to fully set the gemstone in this setting with the pressure of your thumb alone.  Once the stone is close to being in position, use your bent chain nose pliers to gently squeeze the gemstone so that it rests in the notches on all four prongs as shown in the picture below-center.  The steel in your pliers has a hardness of 5, the CZ has a hardness of 8.5, so you won't need to worry about scratching the stone, but you can scratch the setting so be careful with your pliers. 

Silver Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 1 More Bling Jewelry Making Project Silver Pendant Step 3 showing using jewelry tools to hold gemstone and setting. Silver Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 3
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More Bling Jewelry Making Project Silver Pendant Step 4 showing using jewelry tools to squeeze setting.CZ and Silver Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making ProjectStep 4: Now, using your chain nose or bent chain nose pliers, squeeze the tops of the opposite prongs in your setting gently with your bent chain nose pliers to make sure that the stone is held tightly.  Try to squeeze until the prong above the notch is bent slightly in.  Do this for both opposing pairs of prongs.  At this point your gemstone should be snug and secure in the setting.  You can test this by trying to spin the gemstone in place.  It it will rotate, that indicates that you need to squeeze the opposite prongs a little more firmly.  Please select here to view our instructions on how to use our gemstone setting pliers to help set your gemstone in this type of setting.

Step 5:  Complete your chain the same way we completed the chain on the prior page.  With this finding you can use any fine or medium sized silver chain.  You can also use a pre-made commercial chain with a clasp like our Item 3306 or Item 3307

In the following paragraphs we will discuss several easy projects for making gemstone jewelry by setting gemstones into appropriate findings. There are eight really quick and very, very easy jewelry making projects.  The only tools required are some fingers, thumbs and occasionally a pair of bent chain nose pliers.  If it happens that all your fingers are thumbs, don't give up.  A few of these projects are even suitable for someone who is all thumbs.

Making 10 Minute Lever Back Earrings Using Snap Fit Settings.

Finished Lever Back Gemstone Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectThese earrings are as easy to make as the post earrings discussed above, but don't require the pliers.  Place the snap fit portion of the lever back finding over your gemstone, with the gemstone upside down on a cutting board.  Push the finding onto the gemstone with you fingers.  Continue pushing until the stone snaps into place on all sides.  Now you are ready to wear your lever back gemstone earrings.  You can view our free video on how to make these gemstone earrings with snap-fit findings here.

Please note that very rarely, the prongs in a snap type setting can be bent during shipping.  This doesn't happen often, but it has happened.  If this happens, in almost all cases, the prongs can be easily bent back into shape.  If you have a pair of chain nose pliers, this is the preferred tool to use to straighten the prongs.  If you don't have pliers, your fingers will work.

Making 10 Minute Round Bezel with Loop Lever Back Earrings using common jewelry supplies:

Round Bezel Earrings with LoopThese are a very popular style of earrings and are made from a regular lever back ear wire finding and a round bezel setting for your gemstone. The round bezel setting is a special setting that has a loop built into it as shown below-left. Setting the gemstone in the bezel setting is accomplished by placing the bezel finding upside down on a firm surface like a cutting board, or on one of the sides of the Wire Whacker, Item 3219 in our Internet store. Since the stone for this setting is set from the back of the setting, the face of the setting is down on your hard surface and the gemstone itself is placed on top of the setting, also with the face pointing down. A slight push with your thumb will cause the gemstone to drop into position as shown below-right. Once the gemstone is in position, you will need to pick up the combination gemstone and setting. Position the thumb of your non-dominant hand on the point of the gemstone to hold the gemstone in position. Using a pair of chain nose or bent chain nose pliers, gently squeeze one of the four tabs in the finding down on top of the gemstone. Work on opposite pairs first -- do tab 1 then tab 3, followed by tab 2 then tab 4. When all four tabs are pressed down, go back one more time in order to make sure that the tabs are as snugly against the gemstone as possible. Once the gemstone is set, then you are ready to connect the loop in the finding to the open loop at the bottom of your lever back ear wire. Use your bent chain nose pliers to open the loop in your ear wire and hang the loop in the round bezel finding from that loop, then close the loop in your ear wire.


Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Size Lever Back Finding Round Bezel Finding Gemstone
8mm Item 0421 Sterling Silver Round Bezel Finding w. Loop Item 3194 Any 8mm round gemstone
8mm Item 0117 Gold-filled Round Bezel Finding w. Loop Item 3199 Any 8mm round gemstone


These free jewelry making instructions continue with Castlite Earrings.  Setting gemstones in Castlite Settings is an intermediate jewelry making project.

Round Castelite Earrings Jewelry Making Project with Ruby CZ Making 10 Minute Castlite Earrings Jewelry Making Project

This jewelry making project uses our Castlite brand post style earring findings to make a pair of earrings. While this is a ten minute Round Castlite Earrings Jewelry Making Project Oblique Viewproject like the previous five jewelry making project, using the Castlite findings requires a little more experience than the findings used in the prior five projects. This is an intermediate jewelry making project while the previous projects were truly beginners projects.

The steps in making these earrings are almost identical to the steps for using our Snap-fit findings. The difference is that occasionally, these findings will be slightly bent in transport and may not fit perfectly on the first try. One of more of the pegs may need to be bent slightly in our out so that it can perfectly accommodate the gemstone.

To set the gemstone, place the stone, upside down on a flat, smooth surface like a cutting board. Place the finding on top of the gemstone as shown below-left. If all four pegs are properly aligned, then slight pressure will cause the gemstone to pop into position, with the edge of the gemstone set in a notch in each of the four pegs holding the stone. If one or more pegs aren't properly aligned, you may need to remove the gemstone, and slightly bend the peg so that it is properly aligned. To bend one of the mounting pegs, grasp the peg with your bent chain nose pliers, while you hold the finding between the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand. After aligning the peg or pegs, position the gemstone face down and place the finding over the gemstone as shown. With light pressure the stone should pop into position.

With this type of setting it is very important that each of the four mounting pegs be squeezed and bent slightly inward. Grasp the earring as shown below-center and one at a time, squeeze the mounting pegs so that they bend slightly toward the center of the gemstone. Because the mounting pegs extend only about 3mm beyond the edge of the gemstone, you will be trying to bend only this final 3mm of mounting post. If you look closely at the finished earring below-right, you will be able to see that the final 3mm of each mounting peg is bent about 1-2 mm inward. This way, it is impossible for the gemstone to accidentally slip out of this finding. Using the thumb and fore-finger on your dominant hand, try to spin the gemstone in the setting. If the gemstone is loose and will easily spin, the stone is not set firmly enough and you need to use your pliers some more to bend the mounting posts in. If you can not spin the gemstone in the setting because the metal is holding the stone too tightly to allow this, then the stone is properly set.

Round Castlite Post Earring Setting Jewelry Making Finding Round Castlite Earrings Jewelry Making Project Squeezing the Pegs Using Jewelry Tools Finished Round Castlite Earrings Jewelry Making Project

When you have completed setting the gemstone in both Castlite earring findings, then add your ear clutch to the back of each earring. This will complete this jewelry making project. Please see page 18 to view how to use our gemstone setting pliers to help with setting gemstones in these Castlite findings.

This same approach to setting gemstones can be used for our Castlite Lever Back Earring findings.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Size Ear Wire Finding Ear Clutch Gemstone
6mm Sterling Silver Castlite Finding, Item 3193 Item 3250 Any 8mm round gemstone
6mm

Gold-filled Castlite Finding, Item 3191

Item 3249 Any 8mm round gemstone
8mm Sterling Silver Castlite Finding, Item 3192 Item 3250 Any 8mm round gemstone
8mm Gold-filled Castlite Finding, Item 3190 Item 3249 Any 8mm round gemstone

These free jewelry making instructions continue below with our instructions for making Low Wall Bezel Earrings.  

Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project with White CZMaking 10 Minute Low Wall Bezel Earrings using common jewelry making supplies:

This jewelry making project uses our Low Wall Bezel Setting in either 6mm, 8mm or 10mm. The earrings that will be made have plenty of bling Low Wall Bezel Jewelry Making Project Made with Tanzanite CZsand have the added attribute of motion since the Low Wall Bezel dangles from your ear wire. In a low light setting, these earrings will capture the available room light and reflect it, making them really sparkle. If you want to look like a million dollars but not pay a million dollars -- these earrings may be what you need.

This is a project that is suitable for a beginner, even a beginner who is all thumbs. It requires a pair of our Low Wall Bezel findings (item 3350) and Item 3210 in Gold Filled or Item 3211 and Item 3212 in Sterling Silver from our Internet store.) It also requires a pair of ear wire findings like the post finding with the ball and loop shown above (Item 2660 or Item 2659 with an ear clutch like Item 2662 or Item 2661). You will need to purchase round gemstones in either 8mm or 10mm to match your round bezel setting.  You can view our free video on making low wall bezel gemstone earrings here. The steps involved in making these earrings can be found below.

Step 1: Position one round, low wall bezel finding upside down on a table top or other flatsurface. These low wall bezel findings are Item 3350 and Item 3210 in gold-filled and Item 3211 and Item 3212 in sterling silver.

Step 2: Place your gemstone face down in the finding as shown below.

Step 3: Now hold the finding and gemstone between the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand while you use your bent chain nose pliers to press two opposing tabs flat against the gemstone as shown below center-left.

Step 4: Finish setting the stone by pressing the opposite pair of tabs down. With all four tabs pressed down, then re-visit each tab in turn and gently squeeze it flat against the gemstone. See the picture 4A below.  When completed the setting should appear as shown below center-right (picture 4B) when viewed from the front and the gemstone will be held securely in position by four tabs.

Step 5: Now you are ready to connect the setting to your ear wire finding. Open the loop in your ear wire with your bent chain nose pliers, connect the setting, then close the loop. Instructions for opening and closing loops can be found in our free video here. The ear wire findings we recommend are items 2659, 2660, 0117, and 0421 from our Internet store.

Round Low Wall Bezel Finding for Earring Jewelry Making Project Step 2 to Round Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 3 to Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 4 to Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 5 to Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project Step 5 to Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making Project
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4A Step 4B Finished
Earring

Make your second earring using the same steps.   Now you are ready to look like a million dollars! Although when wearing the 10mm gemstones you may look more like a billion dollars. These 4 carat sized stones are "Oprah" size.

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Size Ear Wire Ear Clutch Low Wall Bezel Finding Gemstone
8mm Item 2659 Item 3250 Sterling Silver Low Wall Bezel, Item 3212 Any pair of 8mm gemstones
8mm Item 2660 Item 3249 Gold-Filled Low Wall Bezel, Item 3210 Any pair of 8mm gemstones
10mm Item 2659 Item 3250 Sterling Silver Low Wall Bezel, Item 3211 Any pair of 10mm gemstones
10mm Item 2660 Item 3249 Gold Filled Low Wall Bezel, Item 3209 Any pair of 10mm gemstones

These free jewelry making instructions continue below with instructions on making Round Bezel Earrings.  

Low Wall Bezel Lever Back Earrings Jewelry Making Project with White CZMaking 10 Minute Round Bezel Lever Back Earrings using common jewelry making supplies:

This jewelry making project uses our Round Bezel Lever Back Ear Wire Setting (Item 3353) to set a 6mm gemstone. This is a project that is suitable for a beginner, and requires bent chain nose pliers like our Item 4002 to complete the earrings. Setting the 6mm gemstone in this ear wire finding is very similar to setting a gemstone in our round bezel finding for making a necklace as described in page 8 above.

Step-by-step instructions for making 10 Minute Round Bezel Lever Back Earrings using common jewelry tools:

Step 2 to Round Low Wall Bezel Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectStep 1: Position one round, bezel ear wire finding upside down on a table top or other flat surface. These low wall bezel findings are Item 3353 in sterling silver.

Step 2: Place your gemstone face down in the finding as shown at right.

Step 3: Now hold the finding and gemstone in place between the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand while you use your bent chain nose pliers to press two opposing tabs flat against the gemstone.

Step 4: Finish setting the stone by pressing the opposite pair of tabs down. With all four tabs pressed down, then re-visit each tab in turn and gently squeeze it flat against the gemstone. When completed the setting should appear as shown and the gemstone will be held securely in position by all four tabs in the setting.

Round Bezel, Lever-Back Ear Wire Setting for a 6mm GemstoneMake your second earring using the same steps.

 

 

 

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Size Ear Wire Finding Gemstone
6mm Sterling Silver Round Bezel, Leverback Ear Wires, Item 3353 Any pair of 6mm, round gemstones

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Amethyst CZ Earrings Jewelry Making Project

We have shown several techniques for making jewelry with gemstones and a variety of jewelry findings.  We tried to list all the jewelry supplies and jewelry tools required to make these earrings.  We hope that at least one of these approaches will work for everyone.  Goodluck with making your gemstone jewelry. 

 

 

 

 

 



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