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The next design alternative we want to consider is combining the "V" shaped wire component to form the body of the earrings, connected together by figure 8 connectors. You can view two different styles of making these earrings shown left and right. The difference between these two styles is that the earrings shown at left use five figure 8 connectors while the earrings shown at right use eleven figure 8 connectors, connecting the "V" shaped wire components at three different places. Because there are fewer connections, the earrings shown at right will twist on their vertical axis while they are worn. This will present interesting shapes for the earrings, but because of the three dimensional nature of those shapes they do not photograph well. The earrings shown at right won't twist and will always retain the orientation shown.
To make these earrings we used 24 inches of 20 gauge silver plated wire (item 0276) and about 20 inches of 22 gauge wire (item 0309). To make the bead dangles at the bottom of the earrings we used six anti-tarnish sterling silver head pins (item 3021), six 8mm, sapphire, bicone beads (Item 3519), six 2mm sterling silver beads (item 2601) and six 2x4mm crystal silver lined bugle beads (Item 1883).
These earrings can be made on any of our WigJig tools. We used our WigJig Centaur. You can view the peg pattern for making the two wire components used in these earrings at right. Our instructions for making these earrings begin below.
Step 1: Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten a segment of 20 gauge wire, three inches long.
Step 2: Using your flush cutter, cut the wire to the length of 3 inches.
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