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Our first jewelry making project is to make a simple pair of earrings. Making simple earrings is as the name applies, simple. If you can make a bead dangle and you can open and close loops, you can make these simple earrings. The required jewelry supplies are two head pins, two or more beads, some jewelry wire, and a pair of ear wire findings.
For those that are unfamiliar with findings, a finding is a metal component that is pre-made and sold as a complete component. A head pin is one type of finding. Ear wire findings come as "French" style ear wires, post style ear wires, kidney shaped ear wires, ear clips and many more. You can view several styles of ear wire findings here.
Begin by making two bead dangles using the techniques discussed in page 7. Now open the loop on your ear wire finding using the techniques discussed in page 6. Add the loop in the bead dangle to the loop in the ear wire finding and close the loop in the ear wire finding. Now you have a simple earring.
Let's first modify the simple earring by adding a jump ring, or a simple circle of wire to connect the ear wire finding to the bead dangle. You can open and close the jump ring to connect the two components. Please note the orientation of the loop in the bead dangle and the loop in the ear wire finding. They will be rotated 90 degrees to their original orientation.
Finally, connect the ear wire finding to the bead dangle by a figure 8 connector and not that the orientation of the loop in the ear wire and the loop in the bead dangle are the same as when we directly connect the ear wire to the bead dangle. Given that the orientation is the same, is there a reason for using a figure 8 connector? The simple answer is yes, there are several reasons. The figure 8 connector adds a hinge in the ear ring that allow the bead dangle to move in more directions that if directly connected. The figure 8 connector also adds distance between the ear wire and the bead dangle.
Complete this jewelry making project by making a pair of earrings using the same combination of bead dangle, ear wire, and connector (either none, a jump ring, or a figure 8 connector.)
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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 jewelry making 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
University College of Jewelry 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.