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This project has one wire component that we call the Raindrop Component. Instructions for making this component begin below.
Step 1: Cut a segment of 18 or 20 gauge wire 4 inches long. In the earrings shown here the two earrings on the right used 18 gauge wire and the earrings on the left used 20 gauge wire. It is slightly more difficult to make the earrings in 18 gauge wire, but the look of the earrings in 18 gauge wire may be more esthetically pleasing. You can use 1/2 hard or soft wire. The earrings shown were made with 1/2 hard wire.
Step 2: Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers or round nose pliers make a loop in the end of your wire that will be large enough to fit over one of the regular pegs for your jig.
Step 3: Using your nylon jaw pliers, hold the wire by the loop and straighten the wire.
Step 4: Position one metal peg and a 7/16" Super Peg in your jig as shown at right. For a round jig, position your Super Peg in the Center hole for the jig and place the metal peg about 7/8" away from the outside of the Super Peg.
Step 5: Wrap your wire tightly around the Super Peg as shown at left.
Step 6: While holding your wire tightly against the Super Peg, wrap the wire around your metal peg as shown at right.
Step 7: Remove your wire from your jig. The wire will appear as shown at left. It is normal that the wire will spring slightly out of shape. With 1/2 hard wire, the wire may spring even more out of shape than shown.
In the next few steps, we will convince the wire to return to the raindrop shape and to stay in that shape.
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