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For a Beginner the most intimidating step in jewelry making is to begin.  The obvious first question is what do I need to know to begin.  In the following pages we will try to show the basic skills that are necessary in working with wire and beads and will identify some resources to visit to learn how to perform these skills.  The basic jewelry making skills that we will discuss will include how to cut jewelry wire, how to straighten jewelry wire, how to bend wire, how to make a loop, how to open and close loops, how to make a bead dangle, how to make a figure 8 connector, how to make earrings with a bead dangle a figure 8 connector and an ear wire finding, how to make more complex wire components on a WigJig, and how to connect jewelry supplies and wire components with a wrapped bead link to make a bracelet or necklace. 
 

Earrings jewelry making project made with WigJig Jewelry Tools and jewelry supplies using sterling silver or gold-filled jewelry wire and beads.    Queen of Clubs Earrings jewelry making project
Queen of Clubs Earrings

Select the picture or text above to link to our instructions for making these earrings.

        Jewelry Making Supplies:

Tools Required:

  • 10 inches of 18, 20 and 22G inexpensive practice jewelry wire
  • Two six mm beads
  • Two three mm beads
  • Ear wire findings (one pair)
  • Four head-pins
  • Round Nose Pliers

  • Flush Cutter

  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)

  • Any WigJig acrylic jig

  • 30 minutes of free time

  • For additional discussion on tools visit here.

Skills Required:

  • How to use a cutter to cut wire

  • How to grasp wire in pliers

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This WigJig jewelry project is provided as part of WigJig University - College of Jewelry Designs.  We try to provide interesting jewelry projects using beads, jewelry wire and other jewelry supplies.  We hope that these pictures will provide you enough information for you to learn these skills.  We have tried in these pages to discuss the skills necessary for making jewelry in the detail that beginners need.  We also suggest that beginners to making jewelry might need to visit the WigJig University College of Jewelry Making Techniques for additional information about some of the skills and techniques shown. 

 Most, but not all of the jewelry supplies shown here can be purchased in our WigJig store.  We try to have a complete selection of jewelry supplies in our store including chain, wire, glass beads, findings, watches, tools, etc.